Purchased for $95 the Timberland EK Brook Parck Chukka in red brown. I wear a size 12.5 and tend toward wide, so hearing that Timberlands wear big I went with 12 Wide and the fit is perfect with a regular to thick sock. No wearing in period. The red brown leather appears to be of high quality for this price point. These aren't fancy chukkas like the Trask Gary chukkas that I returned because they were too big in size 13. I may try the Trask in 12 if the price goes down. Size 13 was $135, but size 12 is $275. Go figure.
Since picking up my silver and black Citizen Promaster Sky models, I just don't have time for a lot of my other watches, so my Benarus Megalodon and Benarus Moray Dart 44mm are now on the eBay auction block.
Essential Seiko reading: Jack Forster waxes poetic on the Seiko 5 and the 7S26 movement, which he pronounces "as brutally efficient and stripped to essentials as a Kalashnikov, and like a Kalashnikov, it is designed to work, as well as possible, with as few parts as possible, as efficiently as possible."
I have a theory: Everyone has a different limit. And the limit is defined as thus: There's a point where you can't experience the splendor of your most favorite watches because they've been diluted by others in your collection. Get rid of some of your watches and, voila, your grails, once dull under the weight of too many watches, now shine with the luster and resplendence they deserve.
My 20-year-long friend Tom the college wrestling coach came over to the house yesterday to see about adopting the neighbor's yellow lab Simba, but Tom's recent neck surgery has rendered him too weak to handle the 120-pound hyper beast.
It was the first time Tom and I talked off-campus in almost a year. I just found out that he had broken up with his girlfriend, which occurred six months ago.
I thought this is pathetic. I know more about what's going on with my Internet friends that my "real brick and mortar flesh and blood" friends.
Then I sat down and came up with ten reasons You Don't Have Friends and decided to do some short YouTube essays on the topic. I think I'll call it Why You Don't Have Friends. It will be part comical but rooted in truth: People are becoming too addicted to social networking and too busy to maintain friendships the way they used to.
I would have posted a YouTube installment already but I don't have a private and quiet room to make a video. My flu-ridden twins are about the place. Hopefully Monday or Tuesday I can get this YouTube series started.
I've been smitten by the Seiko SBDB009 but the spring drive technology requires special servicing.
Same with the less expensive Seiko SBBN013, Darth Tuna, which cannot be opened from the case for the quartz battery change but needs a delicate removal of shroud, sapphire crystal, and other parts. Specialized dealers in Japan usually do it.
Once a watch starts to create anxieties, it's no longer a pleasure to own.