May 31, 2021
by Kenny Yeo
Colors feature heavily in this month’s roundup. To start, we have the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Aquamarine, which comes in a very unusual aqua color and is a collaboration between our very own Ariel Adams and Zodiac. Next, we have the limited edition G-Shock GMW-B5000-TR9, which features a multi-colored bracelet and multichromatic LCD display. And if vintage watches are your fancy, we tell you how you can get started with vintage Soviet-era watches.
From around the Web, we kick off with an article on one of my favorite aspects of watch design — typography. Great choice of typefaces can enhance a watch, so let’s see some examples of thoughtful watch design. We also have an article on top watch collectors and their favorite independent watchmakers. For fans of Japanese watchmaking, we take an in-depth look at Grand Seiko and its new 9SA5 hi-beat caliber. And to close things, find out why more accurate clocks and watches may be adding more disorder to the universe.
Yes, this is a watch that was designed in collaboration with our very own Ariel Adams, but I think you’ll agree when I say there’s something very cool about it. I think it’s the color. At 40mm-wide and a bit over 13mm-thick, the sizing is modest and contemporary. And then there’s its very unusual colorway, which, when combined with its styling, gives it an indescribable vibe that is, to me, equal parts vintage and beach. Add to that a water resistance of 200 meters and a COSC-certified STP automatic movement, and you have a watch that’s not just a great dive watch but a great watch, period — especially for everyday wear.
Watch lovers are becoming more discerning, and there’s more talk these days about getting a versatile watch. Christopher Ward’s response to this trend is its new C63 Sealander collection, which consists of three watches that the brand says “can go from beach to office to soiree.” What’s interesting about these watches is their more conservative dimensions and their ruggedness. None of these watches are more than 40mm-wide and 12mm-thick, and they are all water-resistant to 150 meters. The flagship C63 Sealander Elite even has a titanium case that, when paired with a titanium bracelet, weighs just 70g, so you hardly feel it on your wrist. If you have been shopping for a watch that you can wear every day and for any occasion, you ought to hit the link below and check out these new watches.
Grand Seiko is a brand that’s no stranger to GMTs. If you bother to count, it has no fewer than 40 GMT watches spread across the brand’s Elegance, Heritage, and Sport collections. Curiously, the sporty ones have all come in 44mm-wide cases. Fortunately, this problem has been rectified with the release of no fewer than four new 40.5mm Spring Drive GMT watches. These are hardy watches with stainless steel cases, ceramic bezels, and 200 meters of water resistance. And we are going to take a closer look at the SBGE255, which comes with a blue dial and a matching blue ceramic bezel.
Vintage watches are hot. You only need to look at watch auction results to know that. Consequently, the prices of desirable vintage watches have been increasing steadily. And it’s not just vintage Swiss watches that have been under the limelight; collectors are paying more attention to vintage Japanese watches, too – as evidenced by the recent auction of vintage Grand Seikos at Phillips and Christies. So what is a watch lover to do? For those who are of a more adventurous disposition, vintage Soviet-era watches are worth checking out. Perhaps unbeknownst to many, the history of the Soviet Union is peppered with lots of interesting watches. After all, they were closed off to much of the world and had to rely on themselves to produces watches that were essential for all facets of life. This is your introduction to collecting vintage Soviet watches.
The G-Shock GMW-B5000 has been a massive hit for the brand. Who knew a metal square G-Shock would be so popular? Not surprisingly, Casio has been releasing many variants of the GMW-B5000 — in different colors, finishes, and materials. The latest is possibly the most eye-catching because it comes in a gold ion-plated case and a multi-colored bracelet. Even the dial features multi-colored accents and a multichromatic inverse LCD display. Additionally, the case material is a new type of titanium alloy called Super-TIX120AFG, which is said to be twice as hard as typical titanium alloys. Hit the link below for a closer look at the watch.