Sunday, July 16, 2017

Watch Sighting: Michael Kors Caine Chronograph Watch

I recently sighted this Michael Kors Caine Silver-Tone Chronograph Watch.  It looks like a nice solid watch with a 45 millimeter case, stainless steel case and bracelet, accurate quartz movement, and 100 meters of water resistance.  I like the brilliant blue dial, the slanted racing font for the numbers and the solid construction.  It looks like a good competent watch!


Michael Kors Caine watch

I spotted this watch at the Fossil Watch Outlet at the North Georgia Premium Outlets shopping center off of Georgia 400.  If you don't have a convenient outlet near you, it is also available on Amazon.  Instead of going to the watch, it can come to you.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thrift Store Find - Keiser 8-Day 7 Jewel Mechanical Clock

Here is an interesting clock that I recently found at a local thrift store.  It's a German-made mechanical clock.  It currently shows the time correctly twice per day.  It's a potentially interesting project and a bit of a dilemma.  I'd like to get it working again.  However, there are no extra funds for a serious professional repair.  Yet, an amateur repair has a good chance of simply making a mess.  Putting a quartz movement on the back and calling it a day is a possibility, but would destroy any "collector value."


The clock is about 5-inches in diameter with gold tone hands and markings.  The background of the dial is a simple grid.
 
Kaiser 8 Day Clock


I took the cover off of the movement to reveal the complex 7 Jewel movement underneath.  I stopped at this point because I would require a smaller screwdrivers, some sort of cleaner for the parts, a parts container, and most importantly a clue about how to put it back together again!

Kaiser 8 Day 7 Jewel Clock Movement
 The movement appears to be a two-deck affair with lots of gears and small pieces.

Kaiser 8 Day 7 Jewel Clock Movement (Side view)
Since it is a wind up clock, there is also a spring to worry about.  I believe it is contained in the drum shown below.  Any tension on the spring would need to be released carefully.
 
Kaiser 8 Day 7 Jewel Clock Movement
 This gear assembly looks really cool.  It would be fun to actually see it in motion!  The question is how and when . . .
 
Kaiser 8 Day 7 Jewel Clock Movement
One thing that I noticed is that some parts are missing.  There is a fixed winding key screwed into the back that winds the alarm bell.  However, there was no winding key for the movement itself.  It seems possible that the clock might work if it were simply wound.  Ah well, I may actually have to read up on this topic.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Invicta Specialty Quartz Pro Diver Chronometer - Watch Out On The Town

I had been holding this Invicta Specialty Quartz Pro Diver Chronometer aside for special occasions.  But, you really don't have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy wearing a nice watch.  I wore this watch out to grab a fast food lunch and cruise around our new baseball stadium.  This Invicta looks good in any setting.  This photo captures the watch and the new Coca-Cola Roxy Theater.

Invicta Specialty Quartz Pro Diver Chronometer

If you'd like to read a review of this watch, check out Wristwatch Review: Invicta Specialty Quartz Pro Diver Chronometer. After two years, the battery still seems to be going strong.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watch Sighting: Burberry Men's Chronograph Watch with Leather Strap

I recently spotted this Burberry watch at a Fossil Outlet in North Georgia.  I snapped this photo while the clerks were all mobbed with other customers.  This watch is a Swiss-made quartz model with a leather strap, a very clean bezel design, and a subtle texturing in the dial design.  The sub-dials on this Burberry watch seem very readable.  Overall, it appears to be a very clean, dressed up, watch.


Finding an exact match for this watch out on Amazon proved to be a daunting task.  I was able to find this watch with a similar design, but with a black fabric strap.  I think it's a good looking watch, but somehow the leather strap version looks a little more streamlined.


The Fossil Outlet store often has some great deals and in-store coupons or buy one/get one for x% off specials.  It's always an interesting shop to visit.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What kind of watch does Clint Eastwood wear?

Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite actors.  From classic spaghetti westerns to Dirty Harry to modern classics like Gran Torino, he has been a major contributor to American cinema.  It's natural to wonder what kind of watch he wears.  In this 1981 NASA photograph, Eastwood is wearing a Rolex GMT Master.


According to the "Rolexicon" published by the renowned British watch magazine, QP, this watch has been nicknamed "The Dirty Harry" by Rolex collectors.  Due to the brown bezel scheme, this Rolex is also known as the "Root Beer" watch.


If you have the money for a vintage Rolex, an Amazon dealer has this Rolex GMT II available at this writing.



For the rest of us, it can be difficult to find a similar watch that evokes the Rolex look and feel at an affordable price point.  One watch that I found on Amazon looks like a GMT Dweller.  However, it would be tough to find one with a "root beer" bezel design.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What kind of watch does Ryan Seacrest wear?

When it comes to professionalism, charisma, fashion sense, and personal appearance, no man has a better reputation than popular television and radio host Ryan Seacrest.  That dude is everywhere and he does a great job in every hosting gig.  If you wonder what kind of wristwatch Ryan Seacrest wears, the mystery has been solved.  Ryan Seacrest often wears a vintage Rolex.


According to Bob's Watches, Ryan often wears a vintage Rolex Daytona Reference 6239.  The popular watch blog spotted him wearing the watch to the Golden Globes.  Here is the same watch below worn by Seacrest when he hosted a USO function.
vintage Rolex Daytona Ref 6239.
vintage Rolex Daytona Ref 6239.
vintage Rolex Daytona Ref 6239.


Ryan Seacrest Rolex
In searching through images of Ryan Seacrest on the web, I've seen this same watch repeatedly in promotional shots for his short-lived 2015 show "Knock, Knock Live" and in photos of USO functions hosted by Seacrest.  This particular watch dates back to the late 1960s.

Photo By Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Washington D.C, United States (161020-D-SW162-0288) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Emulating the Style of Ryan Seacrest's Watch

If you had money and wanted to recreate the Ryan Seacrest look, it would be a simple matter of finding a similar Rolex watch.  On mere mortal salaries, it's a bit more of a challenge to emulate the look of the Ryan Seacrest Rolex.  However, finding all black subdials and a white dial can be a bit of a challenge.  In my opinion, this Invicta Speedway comes closest.



Another similar watch is another Stuhrling Original Monaco Quartz Chronograph with white dials on a dark background.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I Hate Unisex Watches

In these modern times when gender identity and sexual orientation are widely discussed, I'd like to make one thing clear to watch companies.  I'm beginning to really hate unisex watches.  I'm not a unisexual.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that no one is actually a unisexual.  As a man, I like to buy watches that are clearly and undeniably for men.  My wife likes to buy watches that are clearly and undeniably for women.



When men's watches are dainty and I have to ask - "Is this a men's watch?" - then the watchmaker has already lost a sale.  My wife also hates that "Boyfriend" watches that are women's watches that are the same size as men's watches have been traditionally.  For example, the Peugeot Boyfriend oversized watch below has a 40mm diameter case.   Unisex and boyfriend watches simply don't interest us in the least.



For the most part, I think unisex watches are a lame attempt to broaden the appeal of a production run of watches.  Perhaps the watchmakers want to save money on raw materials by shrinking the size of the average watch case and shrinking the width of the average watch strap?  Perhaps, they want to double the size of the potential market for a watch?  I'm not really sure about the motivations of the watch companies.  I just know that a watch is one of the few personal accessories that I wear as a man and that I want any watch I wear to be undeniably masculine.