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  1. Excellent read. Very enjoyable.
  2. I love this. I'm going o have a look at some Corum's in Bangkok shortly.
  3. Maybe it's because I've come late to Seiko that I'm beginning to like them more and more? But for me, liking and buying are two different things. I would never buy a tuna for instance, it's just too big. But the one I liked, I really liked. The biggest problem for me was the price really, it seems so much for a Seiko. But anyway, I'm heading back tomorrow and no money spent. The week after next I'm in Bkk for a week, and I'll have a good nose around at what's on offer there just for the hell of it - and more than just Seiko. I need to go and look at Omega's new release that have finally got here, but I will also be looking at Laco, Orbis Morgen and a whole range of bronze offerings, plus all the high end stuff to really make me weep, as well as the various mid range offerings such as Glycine and Fortis. It's hard work being retired!
  4. Welcome to the club!
  5. Right, apologies for the picture problems and thanks for letting me know. I copied the entire OP to here and added the revised photos, this time they should all stay up. Thanks for your patience. I thought some of you Seiko nuts might be interested in some divers I looked at today. I'm up in the NE of Thailand, where I first lived when I moved here, in the city of Korat (full name Nakhon Ratchasima). I'd already learnt when buying my PADI, that they sometimes have models here you can't find easily in Bangkok, the PADI when new, was sold out everywhere that I knew in Bangkok, when I came here, I found two, one at the concession in the Dept. store these photo's were taken at, and another at a local independent watch seller who offered the best discount, so that's where I bought mine from at about £300. I was having a look, because the other day, some photo's of a new blue dialled / black bezel Seiko diver were posted here and I found the watch very attractive and I was pleased to see that they had both the 3-hand model and the chrono in stock. Sadly the photo's of the chrono aren't worth using - I was using my phone camera which I'm not much good with - but the photo's of the 3-hand version came out okay, with a bit of tweaking: The dial colour is absolutely stunning, a deep bluish black, that still contrasts with the polished black bezel, which is stainless steel apparently. I love the hands and applied markers and even the black filling of the crown. It's a pretty heavy beast and whilst the case size of 42mm is perfect for me, it's very tall, maybe 15/16mm, which might put some off, but which again, is fine for me. I never quite know what to make of Seiko bracelets, but this one is a step up from my PADI and I really like the case and lug design, which both photo's capture okay - the ones on the wrist weren't any good - and I am seriously tempted by this. The only thing that is making me hesitate, bearing in mind I also have my eye on one of a Damasko, Sinn or Laco, was the price, with a 15% discount, it still came in at about £900, which is a reflection of the poor exchange rate we're suffering from at the moment. Does anyone have any opinions about this model. It's not an LE, so should be available for a while. So, here are the pics of other watches I took, in the order taken, that are good enough to use, with a few questions! I'm not into kinetic watches, but this was quite attractive in an all white sort of way! Is this a diver's GMT? I assume that's what the extra hand and 24 hour clock are for - but the numbers aren't detailed enough and for me, the GMT hand is too short and not very distinguishable. This next batch are all solar models as far as I know, all looked attractive to me, especially the greenish / turquoise model on the left. The one on the right in the next pic was hard to get a decent shot of through the display case and with the spotlights, but it's an attractive looking GPS. The PADI to the left is a new one to me and I'm curious about how many PADI's there are now? Is this an earlier model? Mine has the red / blue bezel and blue dial with the crown at 4o/c. The next is the Marine Master, although it doesn't say so on the dial, but get the price! That's over £5k in today's money, I had no idea they were so expensive! A couple of more realistically priced divers next. These are the same watch case as my PADI. Sadly, my pic of the watch top left didn't come out, hence only half the watch being shown in this pic, primarily of the LE - is that a tuna case? I thought both watches very attractive - am I mad!!!! This next one has been featured on the forum a bit recently. It's very attractive, but too similar to my PADI to be interested in, unless I was to swap one for the other. And finally, another PADI! Not a great pic, but good enough to include. I'm not a fan of the colour combination on this version.
  6. Thanks, just sorting them out now!
  7. That always seems to happen to me with phone pics - sorry about that. I can still see them and Robin S could see them as well. Okay, will get them uploaded the hard way!
  8. It's funny you should say that, as I'm just beginning to appreciate some of their models that I always previously considered ugly, although that doesn't mean I would rush out and buy them. Maybe it's the constant exposure to them?
  9. I thought some of you Seiko nuts might be interested in some divers I looked at today. I'm up in the NE of Thailand, where I first lived when I moved here, in the city of Korat (full name Nakhon Ratchasima). I'd already learnt when buying my PADI, that they sometimes have models here you can't find easily in Bangkok, the PADI when new, was sold out everywhere that I knew in Bangkok, when I came here, I found two, one at the concession in the Dept. store these photo's were taken at, and another at a local independent watch seller who offered the best discount, so that's where I bought mine from at about £300. I was having a look, because the other day, some photo's of a new blue dialled / black bezel Seiko diver were posted here and I found the watch very attractive and I was pleased to see that they had both the 3-hand model and the chrono in stock. Sadly the photo's of the chrono aren't worth using - I was using my phone camera which I'm not much good with - but the photo's of the 3-hand version came out okay, with a bit of tweaking: The dial colour is absolutely stunning, a deep bluish black, that still contrasts with the polished black bezel, which is stainless steel apparently. I love the hands and applied markers and even the black filling of the crown. It's a pretty heavy beast and whilst the case size of 42mm is perfect for me, it's very tall, maybe 15/16mm, which might put some off, but which again, is fine for me. I never quite know what to make of Seiko bracelets, but this one is a step up from my PADI and I really like the case and lug design, which both photo's capture okay - the ones on the wrist weren't any good - and I am seriously tempted by this. The only thing that is making me hesitate, bearing in mind I also have my eye on one of a Damasko, Sinn or Laco, was the price, with a 15% discount, it still came in at about £900, which is a reflection of the poor exchange rate we're suffering from at the moment. Does anyone have any opinions about this model. It's not an LE, so should be available for a while. So, here are the pics of other watches I took, in the order taken, that are good enough to use, with a few questions! I'm not into kinetic watches, but this was quite attractive in an all white sort of way! Is this a diver's GMT? I assume that's what the extra hand and 24 hour clock are for - but the numbers aren't detailed enough and for me, the GMT hand is too short and not very distinguishable. This next batch are all solar models as far as I know, all looked attractive to me, especially the greenish / turquoise model on the left. The one on the right in the next pic was hard to get a decent shot of through the display case and with the spotlights, but it's an attractive looking GPS. The PADI to the left is a new one to me and I'm curious about how many PADI's there are now? Is this an earlier model? Mine has the red / blue bezel and blue dial with the crown at 4o/c. The next is the Marine Master, although it doesn't say so on the dial, but get the price! That's over £5k in today's money, I had no idea they were so expensive! A couple of more realistically priced divers next. These are the same watch case as my PADI. Sadly, my pic of the watch top left didn't come out, hence only half the watch being shown in this pic, primarily of the LE - is that a tuna case? I thought both watches very attractive - am I mad!!!! This next one has been featured on the forum a bit recently. It's very attractive, but too similar to my PADI to be interested in, unless I was to swap one for the other. And finally, another PADI! Not a great pic, but good enough to include. I'm not a fan of the colour combination on this version.
  10. This yellow beastie. I doubt there are many outside of Thailand. Wise watches of Thailand, Citizen quartz movement.
  11. Happy birthday Alan, sorry I missed this yesterday but as I was travelling, I didn't get on-line. I trust you are still recovering from the blow-out!
  12. Its news to me and I guess it falls in line with the increased availability and rebranding of GS as well as the greater availability of Credor outside of Japan, possibly to project an overall corporate image? I assume that every part of the Seiko watch empire, probably incorrectly, will now fit into a specific, defined category, whereas Orient before, apart from at the very top end, were in direct competition with Seiko, including being sold on separate stands when both available at the same store or AD. But that also applies to a degree to Alba, which over here, are, if your like, a cheaper version of Seiko and are often sold alongside Seiko, albeit in their own display stand, so as you walk along, you will see a couple of cabinets of Alba alongside Seiko branded displays. So I wonder if there is to be any change to Alba as well?
  13. Is there an issue with the left front lug in this pic?
  14. Going back to the OP - that's as nice a Nomos as I have seen. I'm not a fan of the brand, but that makes very effective use of 3 basic colours.
  15. CW Vintage Trident today. What attracted me to this model was the matt black dial and matt black ceramic bezel - and no wavy line! I like the colour of the hands and markers, not because its pretending to be something it isn't, as is the case with all such modern vintage style watches, but in its own right and the colour matching with the strap. I just think the different elements of this watch make an overall attractive package.