October 31, 2017
by Kenny Yeo
Watches that represent great value feature highly on this month’s most read articles. Grand Seiko is known to feature excellent finishing for the money and there was a lot of buzz surrounding the newly announced Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition SBGJ227, which is an updated version of the highly sought after but sold out SBGJ005. Still on the topic of Seiko, we also have the Prospex SRPB97 “Orange Samurai,” a brightly colored diver that is exclusive to the US.
The auction of Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona has got to be the single biggest horological event this year and we have an interview with Aurel Bacs who talks about the importance of this watch and why it was put up for sale now. To round things off, we take a look at the Krayon Everywhere, the first mechanical watch that is able to tell sunrise and sunset times anywhere in the world.
1. Sinn 103 St Sa E Watch Hands-On
The trend of vintage-inspired watches shows no signs of diminishing and one of the newest watches to embrace this movement is the Sinn 103 St Sa E, which is essentially a vintage-looking version of the regular Sinn 103 St. Gone are the large white Arabic hour markers and replacing them are Arabic hour markers with faux-patina lume. The attractive syringe hands and central chronograph seconds have faux-patina lume applied too. The end result is actually quite charming and I think fans of Sinn, or anyone who is looking for a hardy and tough chronograph, will be pleased.
2. Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition SBGJ227 Watch Brings The Popular Green Dial GMT Back
Seiko is doing a lot of good things to promote its high-end Grand Seiko collection around the world. And in 2014, it got a boost when the Hi-Beat 36000 GMT Limited Edition watch won the “Petite Aiguille” prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. However, since only 600 were made, it was hard to find one. Now, Grand Seiko fans have another chance to get a green dial Hi-Beat 36000 GMT watch. This is the new SBGJ227 and it is a limited edition piece too. But don’t mistake it for a reissue. The dial layout is different with Grand Seiko now occupying 12 o’clock following the rebranding exercise this year. Also different is the treatment of the dial, which has a textured radial pattern. Only 700 pieces will be made, so hurry now.
3. Seiko Prospex ‘Orange Samurai’ SRPB97 Watch
I think it is safe to say that you guys really love Seiko. Following the earlier SBGJ227 Hi-Beat 36000 GMT, we have another Seiko in our most read posts this month. This is the new Prospex SRPB97 dive watch or more affectionately known as the Orange Samurai. The Samurai is one of Seiko’s most popular entry-level dive watches and is so called because of its angular case – specifically the lugs. This new version sports a bright orange dial as well as matching orange markings for the first 15 minutes of the bezel. The good news for US readers (and bad news for everyone else) is that this particular variant of the Samurai will be exclusive to the US.
4. Casio G-Shock G-Steel ‘Tough Chronograph’ GST-B100 Series Bluetooth Connected Watches
G-Shocks continue to entertain our readers and for good reason. They are hardy, practical, and perhaps most importantly, accessibly priced. The G-Shock G-Steel ‘Tough Chronograph’ GST-B100 Series is the latest in a series of Bluetooth-connected watches from Casio and it features a couple of nifty features. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and gets daily timing updates to ensure accuracy. It can even automatically detect and update itself when you move into a new timezone. The accompanying app on your smartphone also provides quicker and easier control of the watch’s various functions. The best thing about it, to me at least, is that these new models are significantly smaller, which makes them easier and more comfortable to wear.
5. Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope Watch Review
Junghans is a German watch brand that is becoming increasingly popular. Many of you were intrigued by the Meister Driver Chronoscope and it is not difficult to see why. The design is quirky and straddles the line between vintage and modern. The dial is clean, but not at all boring. It is practical too, with highly legible hands and chronograph registers. It is sporty and yet quite elegant at the same time. All in all, the Junghans Meister Driver Chronoscope is a very versatile watch with an attractive design.
6. Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review
Tudor is easily one of the hottest brands right now and last year they launched what many think is one of the most attractive modern dive watches in recent memory. Essentially, the Pelagos LHD is a “destro” version of the popular Pelagos dive watch – that is to say the crown is on the left side of the case. It also differentiates itself from the regular Pelagos by having beige faux vintage lume and the Pelagos wording on the dial in red. And if that isn’t enough, it is numbered too. Yup, each Pelagos LHD will have a numbered caseback. These unique design traits along with its handsomely crafted titanium case and ceramic bezel make it one of the best bang for buck divers in the market right now.