Years ago, when I first joined WUS, these Friday WRUW threads were posted by a fellow named John Wilson, a bus driver from Cleveland who took some fantastic photos of his Omega watches. He hasn't shown up here for some time, but he does pop in from time to time. I hope you're well, John. Come on back.
Okay, so I spent the earlier part of the week wearing the 1957 Rado Golden Horse;
I'm really liking this watch. If you give it a flick of the wrist, you can hear the rotor spin like a fishing line being cast. Reminds me of the Jaeger-Le Coultre Master Control, from back in my watch selling days (2001-2012). Having this watch means that I can clear out some of my more obscure brands, such as Camy, Lanco and maybe the Enicar that I have. Not sure about that one. I just may keep it a little longer.
I switched over to the Speedy Pro yesterday;
I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements. I was getting sick of the glitches that kept occurring with the Windows 10 Photo editing app on my computer. I don't shoot photos in RAW and, quite frankly, I don't want to spend too long editing photos, so Elements seems to be a nice compromise.
And today, I wore a watch that just arrived earlier this week. These have been recently discontinued and I've watched the pricing creep up over the past few months on eBay. I figured I'd better snap one up before they A) become harder to find, and/or B) get too pricey.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Seiko SARB003;
I have a glossy black-dialed 1st Gen Omega Aqua Terra in 36mm. As much as I love that watch, the very thin strip of lume on the hands, coupled with the shiny dial, have made the watch harder to read in certain light as I've gotten older. I noticed this one afternoon when I was driving home and, glancing at the watch while my hands were on the steering wheel, they seemed to disappear against the dial.
This, thrill-seekers, goes against my one main Cardinal Rule when it comes to watches; they must tell the time clearly before all else.
So, I decided that I'd move it along at some point soon.
However, I DO like the idea of a modern dress watch with a black dial, as a counterpoint to my lighter dialed vintage watches.
While re-watching Atomic Blonde (Dir: David Leitch, 2017) one evening, I noticed that MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (the fantastic Charlize Theron) wore a black-dialed watch on a leather strap in the film. A quick search revealed that it was a Carl F. Bucherer, a brand that's beginning to give Hamilton a run for its money as far as wristwatch product placement in movies goes. Keanu Reeves has sported a Carl F. in all three John Wick movies to date.
Anyway, I decided to keep a soft eye out for a dress watch with black dial. I'd seen these Seiko models on Instagram from time to time and decided to look into them a little closer. Automatic Seiko Calibre 6R15 (I had a 1st Generation Seiko Prospex 'Samurai' a few years ago with this movement in it. Should'a kept that watch), 100m water-resistance, 50 hour power reserve. Sure, these lesser-priced Seikos can have 'leisurely' timekeeping, but if worn as part of a collection, this would not, in my humble op, be an issue.
So, I bought one. I got it on the bracelet and I'll leave it that way for now, but I think it might look quite sharp on a decent black leather strap. We'll see. This watch collecting hobby barely makes any sense to me at the best of times.
This watch has a fairly glossy black dial too, but the hands have a little more lume on them. Makes a difference.
Anyways, I'm liking this watch. I have my name down for a Tudor Black Bay 58, but I think I got a little impatient (damn waiting lists!) and went on a mini spree over the past month, having snapped up this Seiko, the above-mentioned Rado, and a late Sixties Seiko Skyliner, which I've shown in the last couple of Friday threads.
Bit of luck, these should keep me quiet till the Black Bay becomes a reality. I've yet to actually see one of them in person. I'm beginning to think that they don't exist, or maybe you can only get them in The Matrix, Neo.
The store where I've put my name down for it has told me that when the next one comes in, I'm welcome to go in and try it on, to see how it looks in real life and how it fits.
Who knows? I may just hate it.
In the meantime, I'll just keep squirreling away my bucks.
Okay, that's all from me.
Thanks for reading, have a good weekend, and what watch you wearing?