Friday, February 9, 2018

Citizen Eco Drive Diver 200M

The watch that Asia's Richest Man Wore

Li Ka Shing is one of the Asia's richest man. Yea, one day I want to be as rich as Uncle Li...... (day dreaming). Why is Li Ka Shing presented here in a non-financial, non-economic related blog?
In an interview with Bloomberg, Uncle Li showed his daily wrist watch to the interviewer..... A citizen eco-drive with PVD coated case and bracelet. According to Uncle Li, that watch was bought at USD500.

Forbes estimated Li Ka Shing to have a personal wealth of over 20 billions dollar! I would be more than content with a fraction of his wealth. 
I am looking up to Uncle Li..... he is my mentor.....  I want also an Eco-Drive.......

Citizen BN0190-07E Promaster Diver

The saying that every watch tells a story, couldn't be further from the truth with this particular one. This watch is supposed to be retailing at RM1000++; at or Ebay, the cheapest is about RM850++. I bought this one for RM600 brand new. 

It all started with Mr FOAF (Friend of a friend) went to ABC watch gallery in a premier shopping mall. Mr Foaf placed RM8,000 as a deposit for a Rolex. He later found out that he had been ripped off and charged exorbitantly. He promptly cancelled the order and demanded for refund. However, the shop owner refused to back off........ 

Negotiation after negotiation...... Don't know whether is the gentlemen type or corporate type negotiation or not? Overhead it involved Mr Dragon and Mr Tiger..... Or locally we called them Ah Beng and Ah Seng.

Mr Beng and Mr Seng are very effective liaisons. They could broker a peaceful settlement in no time. The shop-owner finally relented and agreed to refund on one condition. Mr Foaf needed to purchase a watch from the shop on RSP (Recommended Selling Price) without any discount given. 

So finally Mr Foaf chose this Citizen Promaster Diver BN0190-07E. Mr Foaf went on to buy his Rolex from my friend and asked my friend to help him sell off this watch.....

It was few days before Chirstmas 2017, I was hanging around friend's shop before this Citizen caught my attention. Being an excellent salesperson, my friend offered me to name him a price for the watch. I offered RM500 playfully. He said Mr Foaf wanted RM800, but he would deal with me in between. That's how the RM600 came about.

By any standard, the simple design of this ISO Compliant Promaster Diver’s watch is sure to turn heads. This watch is actually quite huge. Its diameter measuring 45mm with 12mm thickness. The watch weighted 104gm adding enough density to one's wrist. 

The Stainless Steel case is equipped with a bold uni-directional Rotating Elapsed-Time Bezel and a matching black dial. As it is a dive watch, the hands and the markers are heavily luminous painted. 

This watch featured anti-reflective coating mineral crystal and is water resistant to 200M/20Bar. 

Its crown is screw down type and is signed with promaster's logo. 

One of the distinctive feature of this watch is its black polyurethane strap. The strap sits precisely in between the lugs.  

Despite being quite thick, the strap is surprisingly very comfortable in wearing. 

The stainless steel buckle is designed ergonomically. The word Citizen is engraved on the buckle. 

The stainless steel backcase has all the information regarding the watch. I am happy to know that this watch is anti-magnetic (DC field up to 4800A/m at 5cm). Sound like suitable for super agent.... Bond, James Bond..... Nah, Mr Bond has more exquisite taste.....

The heart of this watch is the eco-drive E-168 movement. Eco-Drive can generate power from any light source, artificial, natural and even dim light to keep watches running without ever replacing batteries.

Theoretically, this watch should be able to serve you very well for the next 15 years to come. Once fully charged, E-168 can be functional for up to six months. The movement also has the function of low charge warning and over charged protection. It is quite a bulletproof movement. 

The date can be quick set and also it has a hacking function. The accuracy is about ±15 Seconds / Month. One word of caution thou, with any Solar powered watch, you always need to expose them to some light.... so never store them inside your drawer, or vault. If you stored them too long inside darkness, you probably need to fork up some cash to change its battery or capacitor. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Miscue.... Titoni Cosmo King 737 DB-SC

Titoni Cosmo King Full Diamond Dial 

I have a profound crush on watches with dial paved with sparkling diamonds. I also have a devoted love for Titoni Cosmo King. 
Hence whenever a Titoni Cosmo King popped up for sale in the ebay or any sell forum or blog, I would take a look or two.

So when this watch was listed by a Hong Kong seller, I kinda fall in love with it instantly. Love at first sight; as if I am sweet 16 again.....

 I couldn't find the initial listing photos by the seller. It was portrayed nicely..... Every angle of the photos were calculated in order to conceal any defect of the watch being detected...... On the surface, it was declared as a pristine used watch with everything in good working orders. 

As the old folks are saying.... look can be deceiving..... A nice looking girl may not have the inner quality that is desirable!!! I had chosen the rotten apple......

After removing the stainless steel jubilee bracelet, you can see that there is a crack on the watch casing. 

Upon further inspection, the fluted bezel looked very wrong and did not fit this particular watch. Hold on, the bezel is kind of gum on to the case........ The bezel might be from either a Rolex replica watch or a Rolex Oyster Datejust or Day-Date homage. 

The acrylic lens is also an aftermarket replacement and it has a crack at one O'clock position. 

The crown of this watch has also seen a better day.... Hell.... I basically need to find a replacement case, lens, crown, and bezel for the entire watch. 

If anything is of consolation, the stainless steel bracelet is original and the see through back case is in good condition.   

At first, I tried to find an old Titoni case as replacement. Two years passed and I could not find a single descent case for it. After consulting with my watch mechanic, we decided the best option would be this one from Hong Kong's ebay seller (Nope, not the same one that conned me!). This one is listed as Bulova stainless steel case for ETA 2834 movement.

The case comes with a sapphire glass top and a mineral crystal see through back case. 

The crown is somewhat eye-catching for this one. It is a PVD coated, black colour crown with Bulova logo imprinted. 

To my relief, the back case is no signed with any brand name. So the ball game now is to fit the Titoni's movement and dial into it. 

Ebay is like a box of chocolate.... You never know what you're gonna get...... Just enjoy the chocolate and deal with the consequences as best as you can. At the end of the day, you might get more satisfaction out of life.........

Monday, January 22, 2018

My first watch in 2018: Lend me a watch to wear.....

Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic A13035.1

Always see this watch at the luxurious watches cabinet in a friend's shop. I always tease him to lend me a watch to wear...... Sometime I would sillily asked him whether I could pay him a dollar a day as a slow installment for a fine watch in stock...... Who in their right minds would take a deal like that????

Recently this friend passed this particular watch to me..... Nope it is not a gift for 2018; he is no doubt a generous friend but only after pestering him for ages. So you can see how annoying I am...... This is more a test drive for the watch. 

This one is a used 2000's Breitling entry level; Colt Chronograph Automatic A13035.1. This watch measuring 41mm in diameter and 16mm in thickness. It has a stainless steel case with uni-directional rotating bezel. The stainless steel case has shinning mirrorless finish. 

The watch comes with a dome shaped sapphire crystal and a 100 meter or 10 ATM water resistance. 

The blue dial is decorated with luminous arabic numbers as hour markers. It is contrasted with silver coloured sub-dials. Breitling logo is printed in golden yellow colour as well as Breitling 1884 in white. At the 6 O'clock sub-dial, the word Automatic is stated. 

The hour and minute hand are heavily luminous. What is interesting with this particular Colt Chronograph is that the chronograph counting hand has been changed with one that has Breitling's logo at the end tip.

The crown of this watch should have a B logo there..... But I think this watch had been polished badly before and therefore the crown looked as if it is unsigned. The crown is a screw down and lock type. If I am the new owner of this watch, I might take the liberty of changing its crown to a Chronomat style crown. 

This watch comes equipped with the Breitling's Diver Pro silicone strap. This is a classic and very very comfortable to wear. 

The black rubber strap has a signed Tang buckle. 

The back case of this watch is a screw down type. This watch is powered with the ever famous and super reliable Valjoux 7750 Chronograph movement. 

This is a very nice watch to have and for everyday use..... However, I had returned this watch to my friend. I confess, I wore it for a day..... This particular watch is just too small for my wrist size. I has always love to own one Breitling Chronomat Two tones.....