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RayF
22495
Jan 22, 2021
Did someone say Ice Monster?!
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Doesn't take much to get me to show off my favorite almost-the-same watch as the models offered on this drop! Obviously I like mine best, but the differences are mainly, if not all, cosmetic. Like mine, the versions above use 4R36 movement (still considered one of Seiko's most bulletproof and reliable engines) but unlike mine, these sport a more traditional dial layout, and that's not a bad thing. Mine came on a bracelet. I swapped it for Seiko silicone strap from a Seiko Tuna (if memory serves). The blue dial version above, comes with a very similar blue strap--and the combination of the two make that one my fave. Whichever you like, I can assure you these are all very decent, mid-range divers, suitable for most of the diving you'll ever do (and 100% of the diving you're never gonna do, Mr @Paxman and Mr. @Many12 ;- ) Here's the deal: the models offered above are now, or soon will be, discontinued--they're part of the prior Seiko 5 line which has been replaced by the latest Seiko 5 line (which Seiko has decided to turn into their fashion watch collection--don't get me started). To my mind, these are the better watches, and they're selling here (and elsewhere) for about half the price of the newer Seiko 5 models--and that's an especially good thing (assuming you're in the market for a decent diver at a decent price)! I am, however, aware there are dissenters in the crowd... My good friend Mr. @Watchyoutalkingabout, is a prime example. He often suggests everyone should stop buying reasonably priced tickers and just Uber on down to your local five-figure watch store. He also suggests that in recent years, quality has slipped and materials used these days just ain't what they used to be. That, and that things seem to go bump in the night more often than they used to. To this, I say: sounds like a personal problem. As a matter of fact, I would say that everything that can go wrong with a watch, and every hard luck story that can befall a watch collector, has gone wrong and fallen upon him. His stuff breaks more, scratches more, falls apart more and get's eaten by his dog more than any other watch guy I know. If there's any kind of watch issue/problem one can experience, he has experienced it (and if not--he surely will tomorrow). By contrast, I have a whack of Seikos (some the same as his) and they all keep good time, work as new, and they all still look great. None of them are broken, no parts have fallen off, none of the crystals are scratched or chipped, and not a single airplane has ever fallen out of the sky and landed on my house--I guess I'm just lucky that way? Today, @Watchyoutalkingabout has a new reason not to buy a modestly priced Seiko--he complains there's no aftermarket value for sub $200 dollar watches on sites like Bob's and Watchbox--do tell?! Those are the same fuckers doubling the prices of second hand Rolex and Omegas--how the hell can they be expected to turn obscene profits on a sub two-hundred dollar watch? Of course their not interested! If you're here looking to flip watches, especially cheap ones, I suggest you get a job at a nice used car lot and make some real dough. This site, and these watches, are for guys who just wanna buy a watch--not a Rolex, not a stainless steel Swiss flag to wrap around their wrist--just a damn watch that works. If that's you, this is your watch. If you take reasonably decent care of it, it'll probably last longer than your car--unless you bought it used, from a car flipper. In closing I'd like to offer my sympathies to @Watchyoutalkingabout for what's about to happen to him tomorrow. I don't actually know what's going to happen to him, only that it will be unlucky, unfortunate, unusual and most importantly, unlikely to happen to you. I sincerely hope it's not that airplane thing I mentioned earlier.
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JAone
999
Jan 22, 2021
RayFLike the ice monster, great color; you seem more cranky than usual; maybe you should throw some of that ice over your head! or better idea: - in a double scotch or something!!
RayF
22495
Jan 22, 2021
JAone People say such hurtful things on the internet!
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Watchyoutalkingabout
Jan 22, 2021
RayFJust got another scratch on the high dome mineral crystal of my Seiko flighty this morning, @RayF and it’s all your fault. Keep in mind, I actually do wear these watches and do shocking things with them - like taking them outside or even, gasp, swimming with them! I banged the flighty on the stair rail after my morning swim & run. Should’ve grabbed the g shock instead. None of cheapo watches have completely failed so far, and my counter hypothesis is that the things that have gone bump in the night are do to lack of quality control - something you have to pay for. My point still stands and coincides with yours; there’s no point in discussing resale value for pretty much any Seiko that isn’t a crazy limited edition. These are exactly the watches you buy to beat up, use, wear, and eventually discard. If you want resale value, you have to go higher end. You dont have to go too high though. Watchbox also offered me $1100 for my Maurice Lacroix that I bought on here a few years ago for $1300. That was back in the good old days of massdrop. Oh the times we had.
RayF
22495
Jan 22, 2021
Watchyoutalkingabout Perfect outfit for your aprés swim mornings...
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Watchyoutalkingabout
Jan 22, 2021
RayFI’m ordering that. Either for Halloween or the coming apocalypse, whichever occurs first.
bigred25929
342
Jan 22, 2021
RayFIt's just too bad that the 4R36 movement will give you carpal Tunnel Syndrome in order to get it going! ;P
RayF
22495
Jan 22, 2021
bigred25929 You just gotta buy one of those forty-thousand dollar, two-dozen watch winder safes like I have ;- )
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bigred25929
342
Jan 22, 2021
RayFI'm in! Lol
bigred25929
342
Jan 22, 2021
JAoneComeon man don't ruin a good scotch by throwing it in ice! It's gotta be neat my friend!
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RayF
22495
Jan 22, 2021
bigred25929 And preferably straight from a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag.
bigred25929
342
Jan 22, 2021
RayFIf you're drinking from a brown paper bag, you're not drinking scotch! That for sure! Lol
RayF
22495
Jan 23, 2021
bigred25929 You have no idea what's in my paper bag!
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b00st3d
0
Nov 17, 2021
RayFWhat are you talking about these are not even what is referred to as an Ice Monster this is a Seiko "Baby" Ice Monster and it is no different than any other Seiko SRP481
RayF
22495
Nov 19, 2021
b00st3d Did you have a point you wanted to make?