I'm currently selling 3 very nice watches? Why? Because of the dilute effect. Every time you acquire a watch, it diminishes in some way the watches that already exist in your collection, both on a wrist time and on a more metaphysical existential level. So before you buy a new watch, you had better be sure it's worth the dilute effect it will bring to your collection.
For those of us who are six feet, 230-pounds, like I am, let us be warned that an Amazon reviewer today fretted that the Seiko SKZ285 Starfish plays small, like a 43mm watch, in spite of its described 47mm bezel. This Amazon reviewer said he may not even have the links removed but have the watch sold as a "catch and release."
The reviewer said he might replace the Starfish with another black watch, the SRP477. Funny, I was thinking of doing the same thing.
Seiko seems to have tapped into my brain for knowing my conception of the ideal manly watch. Their watches more than any brand embody this ideal (I don't work for Seiko in any capacity) and 2014 is no exception. For example, Arizona Fine Time has a nice photo lineup of the 2014 models. The SUN019 shown above looks like a must-have. I'm also intrigued by the gunmetal SSC277 and SSC261. And there are many others. Just when I thought I was cooling down, the 2014 Seikos marched through the wall. If I were starting my collection from scratch and couldn't buy anything from my current collection, I could easily by 6 watches limited to Seikos: SRP441, the SUN019, the SSC261, the SSC277, the SKZ285, and the SRP583 (all-black Black Monster with white markers).
A few nights ago after dinner as I was about to do the dishes, I assumed an earnest expression and looked at my wife Carrie before saying, while removing my Seiko Black Monster, "I no longer wear watches while doing the dishes because I received a memo from The Swiss Watch Industry warning against steam exposure as it compromised the watch's internal parts."
She looked at me with strained credulity and said, "Are you joking?"
"No," I said, maintaining my earnest posture, upon which time she keeled over and started laughing uncontrollably.
How could a man take his watches so seriously? Hey, man, I'm asking myself that question all the time.
I'm loving this gunmetal black Seiko Starfish SKZ285 with a 47mm bezel. If I find one for the right price, I may pull the trigger. On a related note, I'm missing my Seiko SKZ267, which I sold a year ago.
The collection (notice not “watch collection” but the more ominous, protean “collection,” which I envisage as a breathing, huffing, puffing cloud) has changed as of late, its most striking changes focused on my recent inclination to upgrade watches with new bracelets. These activities are often called “mods” in the world of watch idiot savants. Another thing I noticed is that the collection has divided into two tiers, Tier 1 and Tier 2.
Here are the watches in each Tier with a brief comment after each:
Seiko Tuna SBBN017: irresistibly toolish with on the Super Engineer II, makes me feel I’m a character in a James Bond film. Also I can’t stop staring at those giant lume dots.
EcoZilla with modified Benarus Suppa bracelet: It’s amazing how the bracelet completely transforms the watch.
Benarus Moray Dart: The watch’s open bezel design and long lume “darts” make the 44mm Moray Dart play like a 48mm on the wrist.
Citizen Grand Touring: This makes me think I’m wearing a low-maintenance Panerai for under $750. I just wish I were skinnier as the CGT doesn’t wear as well on a beefy dude.
The pre-ordered Benarus Megalodon 04 with carbon dial, due sometime early in 2015. It’s called a Megalodon. Isn’t that enough? If it isn’t, then look at those teeth.
Seiko SBDL021 (due in a month and will take off the rubber strap and replace with a Strapcode Super Engineer II). This is a lost love that is coming back home.
Citizen EcoZilla on rubber strap: This was my first watch love, the gateway drug to the disease. It’s the only watch I wear when I go swimming.
Citizen Promaster BN2029: Fun to wear once in a while but rubber strap and busy dial keep it in Tier Two. Still a keeper, though.
Orient M-Force Beast with blue dial: This is a gorgeous watch with a subtle shade of blue that gets more vivid blue in sunlight. I’d put it in Tier 1 except that Tier is full for now.
Orient M-Force with orange dial on a Super Engineer II. I’m sour that I stripped the crown just a few months after owning it. But it still works. Just don’t get it wet.
Seiko Black Monster SRP307 on a Super Engineer II. I wear this more than any watch, yet I still put it in Tier 2. What gives?
Any watches on the horizon? I’m still looking for decent priced Seiko Sawtooths, especially the blue dial. I may want to get a Seiko SRP441 Land Monster and mod it with a shark mesh bracelet, which I have lying around. The Deep Blue second generation Depthmaster with black case, black bracelet, and sunray blue dial looks very compelling. As soon as I get those, my collection will be complete.
I'm surprised to say this but if I could only own 2 watches from the collection it would be the Seiko Tuna and the EcoZilla on the Suppa. Neither have sapphire.
Seiko decided to join the XL Watch Party, no reservations, with the Marine Master Spring Drive SBDB009. I want one but doubt I ever will as the price tag of over 3K is more than I'm willing to spend. But what a Grail it is. Super big but no Las Vegas vibe. Now that's what I call a manly watch.