Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rado Golden Horse Chronometer Reissued 秀气中的高雅

Rado Golden Horse Reissued Chronometer (reference 658.3834.4 )


My first impression of anchor probably came from the black and white cartoon of Popeye the sailor man who eats a lot of spinach. Mind you I never know what spinach looks like during then and even now. 


I could never understand why Popeye needs to rescue his super ugly and ultra annoying girl friend, Olive. No no.... NO, I won't post Olive Oyl here!!!

Well, this is not about the Anchor or Popeye or Bluto.... This is about a watch called Rado with its rotating anchor logo.......


Back in 2007, a friend from local watch shop called and offered me Rado Golden Horse reissued. He said it was limited edition and in conjunction with the 50th years anniversary of Golden Horse series. Golden Horse is Rado's first automatic watch. 

I think I threw two questions to him before making the decision not to take up the offer. First, does it come with sapphire glass? Second, any difference in appearance comparing to the Golden Horse from the 1970's or 80's? No for both the above questions.

On top of that, the retailing price ain't cheap. It has a price tag of RM2,700.00 before discount. 


10 years passed..... On 1st September 2017, the same friend Wechat-ed me with a single word "WANT?", then another word "Chronometer" and attach with the following photo....



Hell, it is a badly beaten watch showing sign of battle scars from everyday abuses.......  Cracked mirror, scratches all over the place. However, the watch is still in original state i.e. no aftermarket parts or anything . 

Well, the right noises are it is a chronometer, it is a limited edition, it comes with boxes and papers (full set) and it is only asking for 1 gram. Bare in mind, this chronometer edition had a price tag of RM4,800 back in 2007. 



Precisely after two months in the garage, this watch finally comes back to papa......



I don't bother to take the outer black box. The inner box has shown signs of bio-degrading. Luxurious watch like this suppose to come in a more lasting box. Omega, Oris, Rado, IWC all have this kind of environmental friendly self destructive inner boxes.....



The watch tag, the cleaning cloth and the super thick instruction manual that I doubt any owner would read it thoroughly. 


Credit card size Rado warranty card and chronometer certification card. 


Here is the watch after proper tender loving cares. This is a stainless steel watch with sleek design. Nothing too fancy, nothing extraordinary.... plain, clean and simple.  


The whole ideal is being truthful to the famous vintage Rado Golden Horse. It maintains all the integrity and the quality of the old Rado's tradition and blends in the new twist.... the new technologies. 


This watch is measuring about 36mm in diameter and 12.5mm in thickness. By current trend, this is a relatively small watch. 


This watch comes with a dome shaped hesalite crystal and a black dial. The silver dauphine hands and applied hour markers tell time effortlessly. 


The red Rado swinging logo is pretty eye catching; so is with the Golden Horse Seahorses logo. At the 9 O'clock position, it is clearly stated that this watch is an officially certified chronometer. 



This watch has the date function at 3 O'clock position and is highlighted using silver square frame and a square cyclops.  


The case and the bracelet are polished into shinning metal finishing. 



The crown is signed with anchor logo and looked big in comparison with the watch.  


Different from the 1958 Rado Gold Horse, this crown is a screw in and locking mechanism which contribute to a better water sealing (100M). 





The back case is nicely decorated with Seahorses logo and traditionally marked water sealed. The watch's reference and serial number is printed at the case back along with the word chronometer and 100m. 



The stainless steel bracelet fit nicely to the lugs. This watch is quite comfortable to wear as the design of the bracelet is very flexible and not bulky.


The bracelet is fitted with a double push button deployment buckle. The stainless steel buckle is finely engraved with the Seahorses logo. 





Rado used the chronometer certified 2824-A2 movement on this watch. the 25 jewels automatic work horse is beating at 28,800 bph and has a 38 hours power reserve. The movement is gold plated and take a note of the rotating disc..... it is in anchor shaped. 



I really don't know how the ex-owner wearing this watch and what type of job he is doing. This watch is suitable for those with smaller or medium wrist size and a white neck workforce. Someone who is sophisticated but decided to be low profile.  


Thinking about it..... a lot of vintage Rado is still alive and kicking today. A lot is still in tip top condition. This reissue has suffered a 10 years abusive use; with a little bit of love, it still shine in glory. Rado does produce quality watches which doesn't hurt wallet too badly..........


P.S. This watch doesn't fit my oversized wrist at all.... Collecting it as it is one hell of a good watch and a cannot miss bargain.......


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let it be Orange: Seiko Diver 7S26-0020 SKX011J

Seiko Scuba Diver 200M 7S26-0020 Made In Japan


The first orange I know is probably the Sunkist Orange.....


Orange is the colour for joy and creativity. It radiates warmth and happiness. Wearing an orange watch can help aid decision making, boost in aspiration, and enhances happiness, confidence, and understanding. It is also a way of gaining attention......


I won't go into details about Seiko 7S26 200M diver as I have written quite extensively in April 2013. (Click here to have a read on 7S26 SKX007K!)


This orange dial is labelled as SKX011J. The "J" stands for the watch being manufactured in Japan. Manufactured may not be the correct word to use.... With globalisation, I think it is more appropriate to think that this watch is being cased in Japan and having the final QC (Quality Control) inspection in the land of the rising sun. 


Is there a significant different between the J and the K? Well personally I think that the J has a better overall finishing.


The uni-directional bezel is of my favourite colour scheme of black and golden yellow. Have seen a lot of Seiko fanatics modifying their Seiko diver's bezels with aftermarket ceramic bezels..... For once, I prefer to keep it simple and original.


You can also change the original hardlex mineral crystal to scratchproof sapphire crystal. SKX011J comes with heavily lumed golden hands.



At the bottom of the orange dial it is clearly stated as "Made in Japan". A word of caution, I have seen plenty of fake Seiko 5 and fake Seiko divers with dial printed with the wording "Made in Japan". 


This is truly, a beautiful watch..... But if I am the designer, I would put in a golden Seiko wordings and perhaps a golden frame to highlight the day and the date. That would give extra class for these divers and can fetch more dollars.


Always love the robust screw in crown on the 7S26 divers. They look marvelous and function well. 


The jubilee bracelet fits well for all purpose on this 200M diver. It is very comfortable to wear. 


Look at the finishing of the clasp, it just spell well finished watch, which is at an affordable price. 


The stainless steel back case is also stamped with the wording Japan. 


This watch is actually for the Hong Kong market. A friend managed to hijack it to Malaysia. 


and more precisely to my cabinet....... I love the Seiko Orange Monster, but never buy it as it is too bulky and heavy to my liking. This one just fit me perfectly. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trying very hard

Have been absented from Watchopenia for more than a year...... 2016 went in blank.... total blank.... Nope, I won't quit from this blog. For those of you following Watchopenia, you probably notice that I am not that satisfied with my photo taking. I have been trying to polish up my skills and also upgrading my primitive camera and equipment.

So in my 2016 birthday, I bought myself my first ever DSLR camera. Nothing fancy, just a humble second hand Nikon D-90. 



Bought the camera body but left no money to buy a Macro lens. Still in the process of learning how to best focus on tiny thing with great details....... 

Meanwhile I found this Light Box or White Box from Taobao.com. 



So everything is set and ready.... Below are two samples that I took. The watches used for the practicing session are Rolex replica! 



I think I need a more powerful lighting...... the struggles continue.....................