Thursday, September 21, 2006

Little Igor

This kid's just too awesome.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Indonesian Complains welcomes...

two new members to the family: SND101 and SNX427.

SND101 is what Seiko fans call Poor Man's Flieger. It has a very legible dial with huge numbers making it easy to tell the time even after a short glance. Although a chronograph, the layout is tastefully done and it doesn't have the overly busy syndrome that many chronographs seem to have.

The case size is 35mm and 39mm including the crown. Diameter wise it's perfect for my wrist. If there's a downside that would be that at 9mm it's not thick enough. I like my watches to have a bit of heft, but this one certainly feels rather light.

It comes with a black Seiko nylon strap that is quite comfortable, but somehow the quality is not as good the SNX427's.

Overall this watch offers a lot of bang for the buck. For those starter WIS's (and pilot wannabes) who don't have enough funds for a Sinn 356 or Fortis Flieger yet, this is the perfect choice.

The SNX427 is my first official foray into mechanical watches. The unofficial one would be one embarassing Omega Speedmaster Petaling Street edition that has been thrown away for good a long time ago (Abang Hudd, you still have your Monza? Or was it a Monaco?)

Wearing an automatic watch sure feels different. Instead of a battery operated circuitry, you have an actual self winding complication that only requires you to move it to work. The joy of watching the sweeping second hand is also something else that you can only get from automatics.

At first I was a bit disappointed with the size: The case size is only 34mm. After wearing a G-Shock for a while, this thing feels so tiny. After it gets a familiar on the wrist it doesn't feel that small anymore though. Good thing that while the diameter is small, the watch is certainly thick enough. The use of the see-through caseback resulted in a beefy 13mm thickness. Being able to see the movement working is also an added entertainment value.

The matte (is it beadblasted?) case is gorgeous. The subdued appearance really enhances the military styling of the watch.

The nylon strap is very comfortable although I think the buckle is a bit big relative to the case size. I have a feeling this will be a very good looking dress watch if the nylons are replaced with a black or brown leather strap.

And now the obligatory lume shot...

The family...