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      About the OCW-T200 series Mobile Link "Oceanus Connected"

      The OCW-T200 easily connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth where you can check the information available on Oceanus.
       
       

       

      Top screen

        

      History of Self Adjustment

      You can view its history of self adjustment records to view time zone corrections via radio waves and Bluetooth.

       

       

       Solar Power Charging Transition

      The amount of energy generated by the solar cell of the watch is displayed.

       

      Latest Updates

      It updates with the latest time zone and summer time information from each country.

      Phone finder 

      It searches for your smartphone.

      Tuna can / Next generation model

      Tuna can / Next generation model

      Out of production model

       

      Next generation model

       

      SBDX038 /1000m 8L35 Automatic Movement

      • Listed price about 4000US$
      • Aug 2020 release
      • The bezel is made using "Ever-brilliant steel" (EBRSS), giving the surface a sense of world-class durability and beauty.

       

      Left -- SBBN047  1000m 7C46 Quartz Movement 

      • Listed price about 2500US$
      • Jul 2020 release
      • The SBBN047 is made even more scratch resistant due to the shroud and bezel being finished with "Super black dia-shield"

      Right  -- SBBN045   300m 7C46 Quartz Movement  

      • Listed price about 1500 US$
      • Jul 2020 release
      • The SBBN045 is finished by dia-shield on the shroud
      Uniform upgrade 
      • There is an arrow tip on the minute hand to make it easily visible when underwater.
      • The indexes have been triangulated and rounded, which increases visibility even more.

      Reference: 

      About the Quartz watch Second hand alignment

      About the Quartz watch Second hand alignment

       About the Quartz watch Second hand alignment

      There are times when the second hand doesn’t quite hit the marker.second hand mis-alignment

      I have received many questions regarding this from several customers asking why this was happening. I found an easy-to-understand explanation on the Citizen watch site, so I am posting a summary of it. 

      The second hand’s movement is controlled by the gears. There is an intentional space placed in-between each gear.  That space(playfully) is called "backlash". This backlash is the cause of the second hand mis-alignment The gear space causes the place where the second hand stops to slip a little.

       An adequate backlash is essential for smooth gear operation. To put it quite simply, the gears would stop turning if the backlash was too small.

      The reasons for the necessity of an adequate backlash are outlined below. 

      1.Thermal expansion
      The gears expand due to the heat from friction. A difference of just 10C can have an affect on gear alignment, even if they are small. The backlash is essential in minimizing that affect. 

      2.  Distortion
      The gears of a watch take on pressure as they mov, causing these small parts to become slightly distorted. The backlash is necessary to minimize distortion.

       3. Impact
      Watches are sometimes dropped. The will cause the gears to break upon direct impact if there isn’t a bit of slack. 

       4. Wear resistance
      By creating a backlash, it is easier for lubricant to get up into the gearspreventing abrasion. 

      5.Parts Standardization
      The parts in a watch are not all exactly the same size, strictly due to error, despite an increase in machining accuracy.(Of course this is within the acceptable range for the maker).In order to account for this error, it is important to put the backlash into place to ensure that all parts turn smoothly..
      This might be the main reason.

      In conclusion

      The Backlash is an essential part of the gear, and can’t be removed 100%.

      While it is possible to reduce the backlash by improving the gear manufacturing precision and assembly method, doing so would have an impact on thermal expansion, impact, and wear resistance etc.

      In other words, an adequate backlash is the solution for balancing durability, accuracy, and refined hand movement within the watch.

      That is all of the available information from the Citizen watch site.

      References:
      Citizen watch site (Japanses)
      https://citizen.jp/support/useful/lag01.html
      Picture : Wikipedia
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlash_(engineering)


      The rest is what I have been able to determine speaking from personal experience.

      SEIKO has come out with Backlash auto-adjust mechanism, which they use in the Grand Seiko Quartz for reducing second hand mis-alignment.

      The Grand Seiko Quartz uses the power of the spring to reduce the slight second hand  mis-alignment that is created by the backlash as much as possible. (It’s like stopping the motion of a moving object with the power of a spring, which is difficult to wrap my head around.)

      Even though the misalignment is far less noticeable in Grand Seiko is n comparison to any other watch, even the meticulously crafted Grand Seiko suffers from a slight second hand mis-alignment. (Sorry SEIKO)

      About SEIKO Backlash auto-adjust mechanism,
      https://www.grand-seiko.com/au-en/special/9f9s9stories/vol3/2/

      Seiya Kobayashi

      The Alpinist will make a comeback in Jan 2020.

      The Alpinist will make a comeback in Jan 2020.

      1. It has been newly fitted with 6R35 movement. The power reserve has been upgraded to 70hr. *(The 6R15 movement had a 50hr power reserve.)
      2. It will keep the 20 ATM water resistance but will come with a see-through back.
      3. The green dial will remain pretty much the same. It was announced that a black and white contrasting dial will be offered as well.

      There aren’t any available photos, and details are subject to change.
      But I still can’t wait for it to come out.

      SBDC091
       Green dial + Brown leather strap  -- 75000 Yen

      ALPINIST SBDC091

      SBDC089
       White dial + Black leather strap  -- 75000 Yen

      SBDC087
       Black dial + SS bracelet   -- 77000 Yen

      ALPINIST SBDC087 SBDC089

      SeiyaJapan.com

      Sayonara Grand Seiko SBGX205, SBGX209

      Sayonara Grand Seiko SBGX205, SBGX209

       

      Seiko has announced that they have stopped selling the SBGX205, (as well as the SBGX209).
       
      The SBGX005 sold since 1997 underwent a minor change and was sold as the SBGX205 for 22 years.

       

      Since it was a long seller, and was relatively affordable, it was a best seller.
       

      Grand Seiko was only sold within Japan when it went on sale. So this watch was made for Japanese people.

      The 36.5mm size was perfect for Japanese people.
         

      The curved case differs from the typical flat and straight lines of the recent Grand Seiko.This design was also in style at the time. 

      Only the case design was different l, and was polished with SALLAZ polishing.
      It uses all of the best technology of Grand Seiko.
       
       
      In order for the band to always keep a nice feel, there is a little bit of play between each link.
        
      The dial has a special finish. (It is difficult to explain in words). This makes the contrast of the hands really stand out, making them really easy to see.
        
      Now, even when I wear this watch, there probably wouldn’t be very many people who would recognize it as a Grand Seiko. It might not suit a younger crowd.

       

      However, I think it fits 50+ year old men just fine. So I would like to buy one and keep it a secret from my wife.
      Sayonara, Grand Seiko that doesn’t look like a Grand Seiko.

       

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      References: Grand Seiko Magazine GS9 (No5 September, 2016)