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Old 03-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #4261
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What?!? A BOX???

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:34 PM   #4262
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So I found this thing sold by a "reputable" (lots of sales, lots of positive comments) seller on eBay and bought it but freaked a bit when it came in the mail. For one, the return address was Kowloon. That's Hong Kong (China), not Japan which makes me think I just got played. [COLOR=Yellow
played? probably not. you can usually figure out on ebay where the item is being sold/shipped from. seiko is a japanese company but unless you specifically buy a japan-made watch your watch was probably made in malaysia/philippines or somewhere else cheaper than japan. should work the same though.[/COLOR]

It didn't come in any official Seiko packaging. I didn't even get the manual you got.

again, the ebay sellers usually indicate how the watch is packaged and if it comes with a manual and warranty card. i spent a few extra bucks and bought it from a seller in new zealand. the ebay ad specified seiko box and warranty card (and japanese model).

I'm wondering how it could be water resistant to 100m if the side crown doesn't screw down?

Mine also has the arabic but I advanced it to the English. The only thing is that today it should have said "MON" but was back to Arabic. I changed it back to English so let's see if tomorrow says "allahu akbar" instead of "TUE."

there are some guidelines about setting these watches. might want to google them. usually people avoid playing with the time/date between 9pm and 3am or something like that. try setting the date a day early and then advance forward to make sure you get the right day/date/time (am vs pm).

If this thing is legit, then I guess I'll be happy with it. It's a decent looking watch. I'm just still skeptical that this thing is a bad chinese knockoff that's going to break any second.
probably not a "chinese knockoff." i'm not an expert, but i haven't really heard of people making fake seikos. especially because the real deal is only around a hundred bucks. wear it and enjoy it!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #4263
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probably not a "chinese knockoff." i'm not an expert, but i haven't really heard of people making fake seikos. especially because the real deal is only around a hundred bucks. wear it and enjoy it!
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It's well known in the watch "community" that a 100m water resistant mark doesn't mean that you can dive to a 100m depth with the watch (weird, but it's like that)


Here's what Wikipedia says about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_R...classification
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:56 AM   #4264
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Only the 200m divers are ISO-certified. A 100m watch is fine for swimming and snorkeling. I think only the 200m and up (down?) Seiko divers have screw down crowns.

There are Chinese Seiko knockoffs, but those are usually easy to spot and look nothing like any official model.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #4265
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Just got one of these to replace my grandad's Timex that took its last lickin' and stopped tickin':



Its alright, nice cheap watch for everyday.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:45 AM   #4266
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It's well known in the watch "community" that a 100m water resistant mark doesn't mean that you can dive to a 100m depth with the watch (weird, but it's like that)


Here's what Wikipedia says about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_R...classification
The eBay auction DID say it would come with a manual (didn't).

The watch is working great now. It did advance properly today and is no longer in arabic.

I'm not going to dive with this watch, I just want to make sure it's not going to fail if I jumped in the pool or got caught in a rainstorm. I have a real dive watch I would use (the Seamaster).
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:57 AM   #4267
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there are some guidelines about setting these watches. might want to google them. usually people avoid playing with the time/date between 9pm and 3am or something like that. try setting the date a day early and then advance forward to make sure you get the right day/date/time (am vs pm).

This.

Yes, do not attempt to "quick-set" either the day or date when the wristwatch is between the hours of 9 and 3. During this time, the advancing pawls are engaged in the teeth of the day and date wheels, and if you advance either while the pawls are engaged, you can damage and/or break things.

"Quick-set" refers to the crown being pulled out to the first position, where you can then click the day and date wheels independent of turning the hands of the watch. Of course, this only applies to the watch being between 9PM and 3AM, but when you first get the watch, or pick it back up after having been idle for a bit, you probably won't know whether it's between 9PM and 3AM, or 9AM and 3PM. At any time, you can pull the crown fully out, and advance the time, and day/date, by turning the hands through midnight, without any concern.

The Seiko 5's use plastic day and date wheels, and the advancing tabs can get broken if you don't heed the above warning. Indeed, this would apply to most any wristwatch with a day or day/date quick-set function.

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Old 03-27-2012, 10:11 AM   #4268
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Limited edition #90 /150 worldwide, Tungsten Carbide, Swiss Automatic, Sapphire Double AR front, and sapphire case back .


Off course I love the ORANGE and BLUE, KTM style colors, wonder why?? LOL.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:33 PM   #4269
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probably not a "chinese knockoff." i'm not an expert, but i haven't really heard of people making fake seikos. especially because the real deal is only around a hundred bucks. wear it and enjoy it!
I will chime in that I have not seen fake seikos (that I am aware of); however, I have seen fake casios. Based on that observation, the cost of the legit item is not the sole driver, it is the potential for margin.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:41 PM   #4270
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Limited edition #90 /150 worldwide, Tungsten Carbide, Swiss Automatic, Sapphire Double AR front, and sapphire case back .


Off course I love the ORANGE and BLUE, KTM style colors, wonder why?? LOL.

handsome watch. Always dig those aircraft-inspired sword hands.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:15 PM   #4271
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Limited edition #90 /150 worldwide, Tungsten Carbide, Swiss Automatic, Sapphire Double AR front, and sapphire case back .


Off course I love the ORANGE and BLUE, KTM style colors, wonder why?? LOL.
That is nice!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #4272
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Tungsten carbide case! Wow! That's heavy, man! [Seriously - heh.]

That had to have been machined with diamond tools and/or EDM.

Beautiful!

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Old 03-28-2012, 07:40 AM   #4273
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Tungsten carbide case! Wow! That's heavy, man! [Seriously - heh.]

That had to have been machined with diamond tools and/or EDM.

Beautiful!

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Interesting reading about Tungsten Carbide, actually a powder form compressed at high temps, can only be polished with diamond dust, super resistant to scratching like a sapphire, and resistant to chemicals of all sorts. It actually is classified as a ceramic . This watch has some interesting build notes. It actually has a stainless steel insert that houses the Swiss mechanical movement along with the stainless case since Tungsten Carbide can't be threaded. The Outer Tungsten Case is heated and the Stainless Inner liner is put in liquid nitrogen to shrink and the two are then put together to form one unit. . Its very cool . The back of the watch
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:02 AM   #4274
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:23 AM   #4275
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Maybe, but it cost more than ten times what my SKX009 cost. NICE.

As to the tungsten carbide, IIRC that called sintered metal, and they also often chose to do that with TI, but for different reasons.

Diamond dust polishing...hm, be careful with that...a leather hone with some dressing and dust on it would probably work.
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