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    Off topic 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    Hi,
    after collecting Japanese watches almost exclusively for more than 2 years (with a little break to hunt some vintage wristalarms ) I thought it was time for a watch that also was branded 'Made in Japan'. Since I couldn't afford a GW-5000 I went for a Seiko SNZG09J1 instead - also known as 'Big Military'. Even though I thought I'd never get another Seiko - mainly because of their misguided policy of not selling the good stuff in Germany . But it reminded me so much of my childhood watch - one of those cheap military green plastic Timex handwound watches (McGyver once wore one of those ) that I couldn't resist. So here it is - including some 'unwrapping pics' - if you don't like 'em (I do ) just scroll down:





    I know - I left some fingerprints





    And some (slightly) better pics I just took at work:




    So what's there to tell after just a few hours that I got it? It wears very comfy and compared to your average G it's also very slim - sliding easily under every sleeve - might be of advantage in winter. The lume is good - wouldn't have expected otherwise - after all it's a Seiko. I really like the beadblasted case - only between the lugs and on the back it's shiny. The strap is a bit flimsy - I might just put it on a Maratac Zulu I think:


    The prong looks like it was made from a paper clip - not really inspiring confidence . So far I can't tell anything about how it runs - have to check in 24 hrs. The crown is no screwdown type - it's no dive watch - but the 100m rating is certainly good enough for me. Oh, and did I mention I really love the 'Made in Japan' on the dial? Although I'm certain the standard version is of the same quality - I just wanted this one - after all it wasn't much more expensive (around 15€ more).
    Considering the name - it certainly is big - at least for my puny wrists :


    Excuse the bad quality of the pics - will have to do a little photo session tomorrow in daylight.
    That's it for now - now back to the Gs !


    Greetings, Sedi
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    V cool. Thanks for the pics! I love boxfresh photos That has to be one of the clearest dials around at the moment.
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    Seiko got to be the mechanical version of G's - Japanese, sturdy, reliable, affordable and also fun to collect. Good choice Sedi
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    Congrats Sedi!!!
    That watch is an all-yime classic!!!


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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    :thanks guys! Yep - I sure hope the 7S36 is as good as its reputation . I do actually like the missing handwinding capability - handwinding an automatic watch is often not a good idea because they are just not made for it. So if you can't wind it - that's one thing less to worry about . The same is true for the crown - can't screw it down so can't ruin the threads. This thing was built to just run worry-free for ever and ever - and I sure hope it will . Time-telling at a glance is of course also excellent - I always liked those 'military inspired' dials - nice and clear. The digits don't light up btw but there is a version of this watch where they do - the SNZG17. However it doesn't really improve time-reading in darkness. On my version only the hands and the hour markers light up - enough to read time in the dark. I'll have to do a nice lume-shot, too.

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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    I almost bought that same model but I really wanted it in black and they didn't have it. The diver I bought instead has the same 7S36 mvmt. Doing well so far.

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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    Great Seiko !

    They make terrific automatics - wear it in good health!
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    Quote Originally Posted by Sedi View Post
    I sure hope the 7S36 is as good as its reputation .
    The 7S36 is a bit of a hit and miss movement, although very easily adjustable. I have two Seiko's, both with this movement, and one of them has been within 3 seconds a day ever since I bought it, unadjusted. Pretty good for a run of the mill movement, often wrongly compared to swiss movements much more expensive. Impressive is the word I am looking for.
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    I think I remember reading a review of the 7S26 (the little brother of the 7S36) from Walt Odets, but I can't find it anymore - maybe it was someone else but I think it was either on timezone or 'the purists' . Maybe someone knows what I mean and can post a link?
    edit: found it - it was John Davis not Walt Odets:
    http://indepth.watchprosite.com/show...ost/ti-352142/

    Greetings, Sedi
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    Re: 'Made in Japan' - but no Casio - Seiko SNZG09J1

    congratulations sedi,

    this is how an analog watch should look like: pure, simple, highly legible (day and night) day and date.

    i can only agree with txemizo's statement, the 7S36 is impressive, once regulated (if necessary) it put many COSC swiss movements to shame IMO.

    mine says hi to yours :








    regards, holger
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