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Good night, sweet prince(s).

Good night, sweet prince(s).

 

Seiko recently made a surprising announcement.

They have stated that they will discontinue series production of the ever-popular SARB017, SARB033, SARB035, and SBDX017 model wristwatches.

Ahh, their sun has finally set!

Nothing lasts forever, and businesses have to adapt and change with the times. I guess the same can be said for their products.

Current production is to be halted, production is to be discontinued, and they will no longer be available for purchase.

The SARB017 came out in November 2007, and the SARB033 and SARB035 went on sale in June 2008.
Those wristwatches have sold extremely well for more than 10 years.

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Thinking back, the SBDX017 has been sold for more than 15 years before the model change to the SBDX001.

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I don’t understand their reasoning for halting production. However, all of them are Seiko wristwatches that launched divers watches, and were all well-loved for their basic simplicity that the Seiko brand is known for. They were all lovely watches.

However, since this is Seiko we are talking about, they are bound to make watches that are even more fantastic than before.

Good night, sweet prince(s).

Watch hunting was very fun 20 years ago.

Watch hunting was very fun 20 years ago.

20 years ago, the internet didn’t even exist, which meant that there was no standard price for used watches, and their cost really varied a lot.

For example, Seiko watches were sold cheaply at local pawn shops and flea markets at the following prices below:

57GS 40000 yen
44KS Chronometer 40000 yen
4S15 Military SUS 15000 yen
Citizen 7400 60000 yen

I didn’t know a lot about divers watches at that time, so I passed over them. However, it made me wonder how they got their hands on so many valuable watches.These sort of cheap prices would be unbelievable nowadays. Needless to say, I bought all of them.

I even came across a person who was selling several rather rare 2nd Diver watch by themselves. They were selling the ones in good condition for about 30,000 yen.

Nowadays, lots of people use net auctions. That is why you no longer see unbelievably cheap deals on used items anymore.

 

My good luck charms

My good luck charms

1. My grandfather's sword


My grandfather was a soldier in the military, and always carried a Japanese sword.

When I sought the expert opinion of a specialist, they told me it was more than 400 years old.
-I have no way of knowing if that is actually true or not.


I have never been in any big misfortunes up to now, and have led a relatively
happy life.
I feel like I have been blessed like this because the sword watches over me.


2. My father's Grand Seiko


Needless to say, this wristwatch is my treasure.
It is the cornerstone of my work.

Thanks to this watch, I have met countless people that I would never have had the chance to otherwise.
I met a lot of people from abroad, which expanded my world.
Also, whenever I face any sort of trials or tribulations... or simple tests, I always wear my wristwatch.
For example, I wore my wristwatch the other day during an English test.
I feel that wearing it helped me bring my A game.


3. A fountain pen that was given to me as a gift by a friend


When I hospitalized for a month, one of my watch enthusiast friends living abroad gathered funds from everyone, and sent it to me as as a "get well soon" gesture.
They all lived in different countries, and have never met me in person.
They are all watch enthusiast friends that talk to me on an internet forum.
Following their lead, others chipped in, and raised the funds for it.
I was rather surprised when I found out about it, and was deeply touched by their gesture of friendship.
I really love this pen, and use it all the time.
I feel like I get all sorts of great ideas when I use this pen.

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Digital VS Analog

Digital VS Analog

Digital instruments such as the Iphone, digital cameras, and PCs have several useful functions.
You can't live without them. You'd be in a pinch if you didn't own them.

However, that also means analog items also hold a certain significance things such as fountain pens, film cameras, mechanical watches, and red pencils.

It is not a question of convenience, but rather one of partnership.
If you use them, then they become indispensable to you.

For example, it feels really nice to write fine letters with a fountain pen.
It also leads to good ideas. Underlining things with a red pen in books is rather enjoyable.
-I have no word to express how important the 1964 Grand Seiko I received from my father as a gift is to me.

Recently, the type of analog good I have my eye on just happens to be a car that was found in a used car shop.

It is a beetle that uses an air-cooled flat4 engine. It was made in 1973, and is 1200cc.
It takes forever to speed up. It's top speed is only 120km. The windows fog up when it rains. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
However, it is a pleasure to drive in.
The engine purrs sweetly. The manual mission allows for total control of the vehicle.
I mean have you seen the steel plated front panel?
Analog goods have a certain charm that digital goods are missing.
It is nothing new. But it provides a sense of security. 
What analog goods are your favorites?
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The difference between SARX019(Old model) and SARX049(New model)

The difference between SARX019(Old model) and SARX049(New model)

The SARX049’s watch dial is even whiter than that of the old model(SARX019)
The facade doesn’t really look any different. The dial is dual curved with anti- reflective coating crystal to make it easier to see. It feels even classier with its new sapphire crystal see-through back, deep blue color hands. The crown design was changed.

These things are the same as SARW035(New) and SARW011(Old)

SEIKO AUTOMATIC PRESAGE SARX049

SEIKO AUTOMATIC PRESAGE SARW035

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