The New Seiko 5 Field Watches – A Pragmatic Choice

My sister-in-law, a newcomer to the world of mechanical watches, sought my guidance for an affordable yet dependable timepiece. Her prerequisites were simple: a good mechanical watch that wasn’t overly bulky, feminine, or overly masculine. As I pondered her needs, two lineups immediately came to mind – the Seiko 5s and the Hamilton Khaki Fields.

The Seiko 5 Series and its Significance

The Seiko 5 series carries a rich history that dates back to 1963 when the original Seiko Sportsmatic 5 was introduced. It brought forth five defining attributes that shape the collection today: automatic movements, a day/date window, water resistance, a recessed crown at 4 o’clock, and a robust case and bracelet. The series spans an array of styles – from dress watches to field watches to divers – appealing to various tastes and preferences. Seiko 5 watches, with their affordable price points, have remained a favorite among both newcomers and seasoned collectors.


The Seiko 5 SRPJ09 – An Introduction

Allow me to introduce the Seiko 5 SRPJ09, a member of the “Field Street Style” category. While the nomenclature might raise an eyebrow, I’d classify it simply as a Field Watch, along with its counterparts like the SRPG27 and SRPH27. The differences lie in the dial designs, either the Type A or Type B configuration.

Seiko SRPJ09

The Legacy of Seiko’s Field Watches

This modern update pays homage to Seiko’s legendary field watches, particularly the well-regarded Seiko SNK800 series. Many of us started our watch journey with the likes of the Seiko SNK809 – an iconic first-time watch. In my case, I opted for the beige variant, the Seiko SNK803.

Shift in Price and Perspective:

However, times have changed, and the Seiko 5 SRPJ09 comes at a price of around $250, a shift of nearly $100 from its predecessors. Wait, wasn’t it priced around $100-120 before? It’s evident that the older Seiko 5 models have risen in value, reminding us of the evolving landscape of watch collecting.

Reasons to Opt for the Newer Model:

Should you still consider the newer models despite the price hike? Absolutely. The advancements in movement and design warrant consideration. The Seiko 5 SRPJ09 isn’t just a watch; it’s a step towards embracing enhanced performance and aesthetics.

Exploring the Specifications

Let’s delve into the technical specifications that define the Seiko 5 SRPJ09:
• Movement: Caliber 4R36, an automatic with manual winding capabilities
• Power Reserve: Approximately 41 hours
• Jewels: 24
• A practical day/date display
• Case Material: Robust stainless steel with a durable hard coating
• Case Size: Thickness of 13.1mm, diameter of 39.4mm, and lug-to-lug distance of 48.0mm
• Crystal: Curved Hardlex
• Clasp: Secured by a three-fold clasp
• Water Resistance: 10 bar
• Weight: 145.0g,
• A see-through screw case back

New Seiko 5 vs Old Seiko 5
Thickness Comparison
SRPJ09 vs SNK803 (Thickness)

Old vs New Seiko 5s

Here are the hard facts – The newer Seiko 5s Field watches offer improved movement and better water resistance.

The subjective aspects (or perhaps controversial) are the better-looking logo and the domed crystal. This crystal adds a nice distortion to the dial when viewed from different angles. When it comes to the newer Seiko 5 options, there are good ranges of sizes available for everyone (from the SRPJ83 / 81 at 36mm) – to the SRPJ09 / SRPG27 at 39mm.

Taking all these factors into account, I believe that the newer Seiko 5s Field watches offer a compelling value compared to the older models, justifying the $100 price difference.

But what do you think about these newer Seiko 5 Field Watches? Leave your comments below, as it’s always interesting for me to read your comments.

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Seiko 5 GMT Sports SSK003 Batman

Best Affordable GMT Movement: Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003

As a watch enthusiast, I couldn’t resist delving into this timepiece that has been making waves in the watch community. But wait, there’s more! This watch holds a special place in my heart as it has even sparked a shared interest in my family members, leading them to make purchases of their own. Join me as I uncover the design, functionality, and craftsmanship that make the Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003 an affordable GMT watch.

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Glycine Airman the first gmt watch
A vintage Glycine Airman watch – image by Analog / Shift

The idea of GMT watches came up in the 1950s when pilots and travelers needed a reliable way to keep track of time in different places. And guess what? it wasn’t Rolex who created the first known GMT, it was Glycine in 1953. However, it can be agreed upon that it was the Rolex that popularized and changed the game of the GMT watches with their Rolex GMT Master, in 1954, when they created it for the Pan Am Airlines pilots.

Rolex GMT MASTER first gmt watch
Rolex GMT-Master Reference 6542 in 1954

So, how do these GMT watches work? It’s pretty simple, actually. You’ve got your regular hour and minute hands telling you the local time, and then there’s that extra hand or small dial showing the time back home or wherever you want to keep track of.


The three fresh variations each display a distinct dial color – black, blue, and orange. To ensure clear visibility, the GMT hands are vibrant red for the black and blue dials and black for the orange version.

seiko 5 sports gmt ssk001 black version on table
Seiko SSK001 – Black Ver.
seiko 5 sports gmt ssk003 blue version on table
Seiko SSK003 – Blue Ver.
seiko 5 sports gmt ssk005 orange version on table
Seiko SSK005 – Orange Ver.


Movement: Automatic Caliber 4R34
Power reserve: Approx. 41 hours
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Thickness: 13.6mm
Case Diameter: 42.5mm
Lug-to-lug: 46.0mm
Crystal: Hardlex
Lume: LumiBrite
Distance between lugs: 22mm
Water Resistance: 10 Bar


seiko ssk vs seiko skx
Seiko SSK003 VS SEIKO SKX013

Inspired by one of Seiko’s highly admired divers – the beloved Seiko SKX series – you can definitely see a similar case design including the hour markers. However, instead of painted hour markers like the SKX, this one has applied hour markers, which is definitely an upgrade. Also, similar to the SKX, this comes with a jubilee bracelet, but this definitely is a way better quality compared to the jangly bracelet that SKX has. It also feels heavier and thus, making the wearing experience feels more premium.

Seiko SSK003

The sunburst blue dial proudly showcases the iconic Seiko 5 logo, alongside the words “Automatic” and “GMT” in a striking red hue at the lower section. A cyclops bubble on the right side magnifies the date for easy reading. The red GMT hand is a real standout, adding an eye-catching touch to this GMT watch. The Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003 truly captivates with its appearance! What’s intriguing is the bezel’s color – it’s a subtle blue that might go unnoticed in normal lighting conditions. Here’s a funny tidbit: my brother didn’t even realize it was partially blue at first – quite the surprise!

Seiko SSK003 WristShot


1. Hardlex Crystal (Not A Sapphire Crystal)

I do not understand why would Seiko continue using their Hardlex crystal even at this price range. In my opinion, this is one of the least things that watch wearers could ask for, and sadly Seiko can’t even give us that.

Close up shot seiko ssk003 blue batman

2. Form Fitted Bezel (No Snappy Snappy)

The form-fitted bezel might bother some wearers as well. It is a bidirectional non-clicky bezel.

3. Not A True GMT

Seiko SSK Transparent Caseback

There aren’t a lot of GMT options out there within this price range. What Seiko has done at this price range, is truly a market changer. Although it isn’t a True GMT, this office GMT is still a bang for the buck. To understand the differences between an office & a true GMT, I highly suggest watching this video by Mark from Long Island Watch who did an awesome job explaining the differences. I think you should at least know what’s the difference so that you can make a better-informed buying decision. Watch here


1. Good-Looking Watch

Although with a quite a thick watch, it is still wearable even with my small wrist. And I might add, it’s actually pretty comfortable if I were to compare with my SKX013, probably due to the better quality of bracelet.

2. Seiko SKX Alternative

For those who love the SKX design, and yet did not jump into the chance of getting one due to the high price, this Seiko GMT SSK is easily more worth it. So consider getting this. My article here explains more

3. Probably the most useful complications out there (something that you might actually use.

4. Worth the money, hardly find any other GMT watch that of a similar price range.


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Cheapest Cartier Tank Alternative: Casio LTP V007 Watch Review

Pricing at $3,000 to $7,000, the iconic Cartier Tank has been one of the watch fan’s favorites for a long time, and understandably so!
The history and design attached to the watch are simply like a holy grail for the watch enthusiast.

Having said that, not many of us are able to splurge on watches at that price range, and sadly, many opted for fake Cartier Tank watches instead.

I do not support fake watches at all and highly discourage anyone from buying them. But I understand one wants a cool classy watch to replace this hole in our hearts. Well, let me introduce this $20 watch from Casio that may be, the cheapest Cartier Tank alternative ever.

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JLC Reverso, Cartier Tank, Rectangular Watches
Rectangular Watches – Something Really Classy About It, Don’t You Think?



Pro 1: $20 Cartier Tank Inspired Design

It’s ridiculously cheap. This is why I am firmly against counterfeit watches, as you don’t need to spend a lot to wear a watch. Additionally, you are getting a Casio, a brand that almost every watch enthusiast can appreciate.

Shopee Casio LTP-V007L Malaysia
It’s only about $20!

Pro 2: Surprisingly Solid

When I first unboxed it, I was pleasantly surprised by its substantial-good weight. I initially was expecting a plastic toy watch kind of weight seeing its size, so I’m really glad that this feels substantial and solid.

not a plastic toy watch kind of weight, definitely

Pro 3: Original Design

Arguably, the Seiko Tank may be a better alternative for The Cartier Tank, I would argue that this Casio is like a baby between Reverso & the Tank.

On a first glance, it looks like a homage to the tank, but due to the lugs and case design, it gives off slight JLC’s reverso vibes.

CASIO LTP-V007L-7B1UDF VS Cartier Tank Vs JLC Reverso
For those who dislike copycat homage watches, this watch is a good choice since it doesn’t look exactly like the Tank. Baby of Cartier Tank + JLC Reverso

So, this might be a plus for you. But if you prefer a more accurate tank design, consider these Seiko Tanks.

Seiko Tank, Cartier Tank Affordable Alternative, Seiko SWR049

Seiko SWR049 (Men)

Seiko Tank, Cartier Tank Affordable Alternative, Seiko SWR053

Seiko SWR053 (Women)

Pro 4: Classy Dial + Cartier Tank Inspired

The watch’s main attention grabber is of course, its dial – the roman numerals with minute markers, on a lovely silver sunburst dial. So, with this Casio, you’re definitely getting some inspiration from the Cartier Tank. This is just a really classy watch.

CASIO LTP-V007L-7B1UDF Small Wrist Shot

Pro 5: Small Size (Perfect for Women)

This could be an advantage if you’re a woman or don’t mind wearing a small watch if you have a small wrist. So, for all you ladies out there, this could be your go-to watch.

  • Case Width: 22m
  • Lug to lug: 31mm
  • Thickness: 7.5mm
  • Lug width: 14mm
  • Leather strap tapers down from 14mm to 12mm
CASIO LTP-V007L-7B1UDF Small Wrist Shot (150mm, 5.9 inches)

Con 1: Might be TOO SMALL for men

I think the biggest con for this watch is also its small size. Unfortunately, Casio only produced this watch for ladies as part of their LTP line. However, men with smaller wrists can still wear it or try changing the strap to a non-tapering one to increase its wrist presence.

CASIO LTP-V007L-7B1UDF Men Wrist Shot

My Honest Thoughts

I have no regrets purchasing this watch and although on the first day, it felt weird wearing it because I simply wasn’t used to wearing a feminine small watch.

But today is only the day 2 of wearing this, and I already got used to it and I LOVE IT.
If you’re a lady looking for a Cartier Tank alternative, this watch is a no-brainer.

And for the guys out there, you can always get this for your girlfriend or wife and get themselves into this unhealthy watch hobby of yours 🙂

But seriously though, this watch is so worth it, and I highly recommend it.

CASIO LTP-V007L-7B1UDF with a guitar
No regrets at all!

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Hamilton Intra-Matic Mechanical Chronograph H Review

Discover the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph: a blend of classic and modern style. This remarkable timepiece boasts precise craftsmanship, a 60-hour power reserve, and a sleek stainless steel case. Join me as we explore the iconic features of the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph, a true favorite among watch enthusiasts.

Hamilton first chronograph watches.
Hamilton Chronicles. Chronograph A, Chronograph B
Hamilton’s first chronograph watches
From this image, you can see that Hamilton kept most of the design elements from the hour hands to the hour markers.


Brand: Hamilton
Model: Intra-Matic Chronograph H

  • Reference: H38429110 (Panda Dial with Mesh Bracelet)
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Lug to lug: 49mm
  • Thickness: 14.3mm
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Box-shaped sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
  • Movement: Caliber H-51
  • Power reserve: 60-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Lume: Super-LumiNova hands
  • Price: USD 2400 (as of writing)


H-51 Movement


well-balanced looking dial
The decision to keep the tachymeter in the same color with the central dial instead of making it black like the auto version is another great touch.
The watch is highly polished all around, keeping with the vintage design.

Wearability & Comfort

on my female wrist of 150mm

Price & Value

We got this watch from its retail distributor at a good discount – we paid RM 6,262 for this watch (USD 1,400).

Let me get this straight, this is our most expensive watch ever and by no means I would call this an affordable one. Though, I know of many watch enthusiasts out there would call this an ‘affordable swiss-made chronographs’.

But overall, I would say this Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph H offers great value for its price and is still the best bang for your buck (speaking from an owner who’s been wearing this for more than 1 year).

nothing beats the feeling of unboxing your new watch

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Discovering the Rich History of Hamilton Watches

Discover the captivating history of Hamilton watches, where craftsmanship and legacy intertwine. From their meaningful role in World War I to their iconic presence in Hollywood movies, Hamilton has left an enduring mark. Let’s start a journey through the remarkable heritage of this beloved brand, appreciating its timeless appeal and enduring craftsmanship. Get ready to be captivated by the stories that have made Hamilton watches a favorite among enthusiasts worldwide.

The Watch of Railroad Accuracy

The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton made a name for itself during the early days of American railroads. They supplied accurate watches that were crucial in preventing accidents by synchronizing timing on the rails. Thanks to Hamilton, the trains ran like clockwork, keeping people and goods moving safely and efficiently across the country. Earned them the title of: The Watch of Railroad Accuracy.

Hamilton Watch Company Lancaster

World War 1: Trench Watches

Hamilton used to make pocket watches, but during World War 1, they had to switch it up and create what’s called trench watches. These watches were basically modified pocket watches that soldiers could strap onto their wrists. They were more practical for war since you wouldn’t want to be fumbling around with a pocket watch when you’re trying to hold a gun. Trench watches were a mix between pocket watches and wristwatches. By making these watches for the military, Hamilton became known as a trusted supplier of reliable timepieces.

US AIRMAIL – From Rail to Air

In 1918, Hamilton was commissioned to make watches for US Airmail pilots. During the final months of the First World War, US Army pilots started delivering mail by plane. At that time, pilots needed wristwatches for navigation, calculating fuel consumption or air speed, and timekeeping.

As Sylvain Dolla, the current president of Hamilton Watches, said, “Aviation also needs prevision, which is why Hamilton started timing the skies in 1918.”

While timekeeping in aviation has been replaced by electronics today, Hamilton watches are still worn by pilots worldwide.

Hamilton US Airmail
Pilots receiving Hamilton Watches
Pilots receiving Hamilton Watches

World War 2: Chronometers & Field Watches

Hamilton stopped making watches for the public from 1942-1945 and focused on supplying the US military with over a million watches during World War 2. The US Navy was one of Hamilton’s main customers and they received over 10,000 marine chronometers during the war years.

Besides chronometers, Hamilton also produced a series of field watches for the US military. These watches were designed to meet the rigorous demands of military use, with features such as luminous hands and markers for easy reading in low light, a hacking feature that stopped the second hand when the crown was pulled out to synchronize time, and a rugged build to withstand rough conditions.

World War 2 (WW2) US Military Watches by Hamilton
WW2 US Military Watches by Hamilton

Hamilton’s Khaki Collection

Hamilton’s Khaki collection of watches first emerged in the 1940s as a line of military timepieces designed to be tough, precise, and reliable. These watches quickly earned a reputation for their excellent quality, durability, and accuracy. As time passed, the Khaki line expanded to include land, air, and sea watches to cater to different activities.

Khaki Field (Land)

The Khaki Field watches are designed for land-based activities and feature rugged, durable designs that can withstand tough conditions. They typically have large, easy-to-read dials with bold Arabic numerals and luminous hands for increased visibility in low-light situations.

Khaki Aviation (Air)

The Khaki Aviation models are designed for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. They often feature large, easy-to-read dials with multiple time zone displays, chronograph functions, and other features useful for aviation.

Some iconic designs include the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical. The original version was produced in the 1970s and was a popular choice among military pilots. It featured a 36mm stainless steel case, black dial with white Arabic numerals, and luminous hands and markers for increased visibility. The modern reissue of this watch was released in 2018 and features a similar design with updated materials and technologies, including a 33mm stainless steel case and a hand-wound mechanical movement.

Another iconic model is Hamilton’s Model 23, a pocket watch designed during WWII for use by the US military. Its accurate timekeeping and durability made it a popular choice for pilots. Today, the Model 23 serves as the inspiration for the Hamilton Aviation Khaki Pilot Pioneer (yes, the same name as the previous) watch, which pays homage to the original design while incorporating modern features and materials.

Khaki Navy (Sea)

The Khaki Navy watches are designed for water-based activities and are suitable for diving and other water sports. They often feature water resistance to at least 200 meters, rotating bezels for timing dives, and other features for use in aquatic environments.

One example of a vintage Hamilton watches under the Khaki Navy lineup that has a modern reissue is the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman. The original vintage model was introduced in the 1940s and was designed for use by US Navy underwater demolition teams during World War II. The modern reissue, the Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman Auto, was introduced in 2016 and features a water resistance of up to 300 meters, 80-hour power reserve, a rotating bezel for timing dives, and an automatic movement.

Over the years, Hamilton has continued to update and improve their Khaki Collection – introducing new models and features such as sapphire crystal, automatic movements, and chronograph functions. Today, in particular, Hamilton’s field watches remain popular among watch collectors and enthusiasts for their rugged style and functional design.

World’s First Electric Watch in 1957

Hamilton Electric 500

The Hamilton Electric 500 watch was the world’s first electric watch, introduced in 1957. The electric movement used a battery-powered balance wheel and was a revolutionary development in watchmaking at the time. The original Hamilton Electric watch was produced in a variety of styles and was highly popular throughout the 1960s.

World's First Electric Watch: Hamilton Electric 500
World’s First Electric Watch: Hamilton Electric 500

Hamilton Ventura

One of the most iconic models of the Hamilton Electric watch was the Ventura, which featured a distinctive shield-shaped case and was famously worn by Elvis Presley in the movie “Blue Hawaii.” The Ventura line was reintroduced in the 1990s and has since become a popular modern watch model.

Elvis Presley with Hamilton Ventura
Elvis Presley with Hamilton Ventura

Is the Electric Watch the same as a Quartz Watch?

An electric watch uses a battery to power a small electromagnet that drives the watch’s movement. A quartz watch also uses a battery, but it uses the vibrations of a tiny quartz crystal to keep time. Quartz watches were able to be made smaller and more accurate than electric watches, which made them more popular. In addition, the quartz crystal is more reliable than the mechanical parts in an electric watch, which can wear out over time. This is why quartz watches eventually became the standard for accurate timekeeping.

Hamilton Becoming ‘Swiss-Made’

In 1974, Hamilton was bought by the SSIH, which is now called the Swiss Swatch Group. Even though it was part of a new group, Hamilton kept its reputation for making quality and accurate watches from its home headquarters in America.

The Swatch Group
The Swatch Group

However, in 2003, Hamilton moved its headquarters and production facilities to Biel, Switzerland, which is known for its watchmaking for brands like Rolex & Omega. This move helped Hamilton to add the “Swiss made” quality mark to each of its watches produced in the new location.

OMEGA Factory in Biel, Switzerland
Another SWATCH’s acquired brand: OMEGA’s factory in Biel, Switzerland

Today, Hamilton is considered a Swiss watch brand because its watches are designed and put together in Switzerland, and most of them use Swiss-made movements. But even though it’s technically a Swiss brand, Hamilton still has connections to its American heritage. Its design inspiration and association with Hollywood movies reflect this unique identity.

So, although Hamilton is now a Swiss watch brand, its rich history and character show its roots in both the United States and Switzerland.

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I Tried Making a Leather Watch Strap at a Local Workshop

Leather Watch Strap

As a self-proclaimed cheapskate who can never justify spending more than 10 bucks on a leather watch strap, I’ve always been curious about the art of leatherworking.

So when I heard about Yogyakarta’s reputation for leather crafting, I knew I had to dip my toes and try it out for myself. That’s how I found myself signing up for a leather making workshop for beginners at Kaula Leather Workshop, eager to satisfy my long-held curiosity and finally experience the thrill of making my very own leather watch strap.

Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta
Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta

The Workshop: Chill Vibes and Knowledgeable Teacher

Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta
Easy enough to find the workshop – thanks to the signboard
Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta
Upon arriving at the workshop, I was struck by the relaxed vibe of the place.
Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta
It even has a pool!


Before we arrived at the workshop, I had already let them know that I wanted to make a leather watch strap and that my sweet husband wanted to make a leather purse for me. When we arrived, I showed the teacher the watch strap sample that I had in mind, while my husband chose a design from their purse collection.

The teacher was so friendly and knowledgeable, and he quickly helped me cut the calf skin to the perfect size for my 20mm black leather watch strap. I was making the strap for my husband’s Hamilton Intra Matic Chronograph H watch.

Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta
The teacher helped us cut the calf skin according to correct sizes


As I brushed on the black paint onto the leather, I felt my excitement building up as the leather watch strap began to take form. It took a few layers of paint to achieve the deep black shade that I was going for.

Kaula Leather Workshop, Yogyakarta, Watch Strap Making
Circle, circle, straight
Drying Leather Watch Strap
Drying – the most time consuming part


While waiting for the paint to dry, the teacher suggested making a keychain and bracelet as a bonus activity, which turned out to be a fun way to pass the time.


When the paint had dried, I noticed that the color wasn’t as black as I had hoped. The teacher advised me to brush another layer of polish, which helped to darken it.

Making Leather Watch Strap
Painted another layer of polish of some kind, to make it shinier and darker

After the teacher did some stitching on the strap, I then punched some holes, put some glue, sanded the edges, and applied wax to give it a smooth finish. Putting on the buckle was a bit challenging, but with some adjustments, I was able to complete the watch strap.

Leather Watch Strap Making
Cut it precisely to make sure both upper and lower straps are of same width
Making Leather Watch Strap
Put on some glue
Leather Watch Strap Making
Punched some holes
Leather Watch Strap Making
Grooved/Indented it out


The entire process took a while, as my husband was also making a leather purse for me at the same time, but the end result was worth the wait. I felt proud of the finished product and can’t wait to show it off. It was a fantastic learning experience, and it gave me a newfound appreciation for the art of leatherworking.


20mm Watch Strap: 350 000 IDR or USD 23
Big Purse: 625 000 IDR or USD 40

I won’t lie, the workshop wasn’t exactly cheap, but for almost 7 hours of creating something with my own two hands, I’d say it was worth it. There’s just something special about being able to proudly wear a watch strap that I crafted myself.

In conclusion, I highly recommend checking out Kaula Leather Workshop if you’re interested in trying your hand at making leather goods. It’s a great opportunity to learn a new skill and gain a deeper appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into creating beautiful leather items.

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Casio Minimalist Watches: Goodbye Daniel Wellington!

In the realm of fashion, Daniel Wellington has undeniably made its mark, captivating the hearts of many, especially in women’s fashion. However, let’s take a step back and explore an alternative that deserves recognition especially in the world of timepiece: CASIO.

Casio is a well-known brand in the world of watches, and it’s easy to see why. From sporty and rugged to sophisticated and elegant, the brand offers a wide range of styles and designs to choose from. Moreover, their focus on durability, reliability, and affordability sets them apart from other watch brands, making them the perfect choice for anyone in the market for a new watch.


I first bought these pair of watches to my parents 2 years ago. The two watches, MTP-VT01D-1B and LTP-VT01D-1B, were budget-friendly at only US$42 each and offered good-quality and stylish minimalistic design.

Left: Women’s LTP-VT01D-1B; Right: Men’s MTP-VT01D-1B


Both watches have thickness of 8mm, Japanese quartz movements, and 30m water resistance. The men’s version has a case diameter of 40mm with 20mm lug width whereas the women’s version has 34mm case diameter with 16mm lug width. Both has acrylic crystal sitting on top.

CASIO LTP-VT01D-1B Wristshot
Women’s version as seen on my 150mm wrist


Let me be upfront, these watches aren’t mindblowing or anything like that. With that kind of budget, you get what is minimal and perhaps a lil’ bit more.

Although the acrylic crystal is a downside, as you can see, my mom’s watch is so scratched up and the only thing that made me feel better is that she wears it very often. 😀 She is very bothered with those scratches however, so I planned to get a Polywatch to help her buff up those scratches. No problem at all. Hey, no complain at all for the price I paid.

Scratched Casio LTP-VT01D-1B
My mom wears this so often that it was so scratched up 🙂

Daniel Wellington Alternative (please don’t buy DW watch, just don’t)

You have a simple and easy-to-read display, making it perfect for those who prefer a minimalist style, or even someone who is seeking a Daniel Wellington look alike watch.

A typical Daniel Wellington watch will cost you USD 275, while this only cost you USD 42. Needless to say, with that pinch of money, you get a bank for your buck. Afterall, it’s a Casio.

Daniel Wellington Watch
This is USD 275. From Daniel Wellington, a brand which does not produce good quality watches.


In conclusion, I highly recommend these two watches from Casio as they are stylish, reliable, and affordable, making them the perfect gift for couples especially now that Valentine’s Day is arriving. Available in a variety of leather strap options and colors, the MTP-VT01D-1B and LTP-VT01D-1B are worth considering for anyone in the market for a new minimalistic watch.

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Timex M79 Review – Is It Worth It?

I did something impulsive and bought myself a Timex M79 watch. I’ve been wearing it for a week now, and I wanted to share my honest thoughts with you.

I’m still undecided about it and plan to give it more time before making a final judgment.

But for now, let’s dive into my initial impressions of the Timex M79 during this first week. Curious to know if it’s worth it? Keep reading to find out!


I managed to get this item for USD 140, which was a HUGE discount from its retail price of USD 289.



I particularly love the eye-catching metallic colors on the bezel especially comparing it with the faded look of the Q Timex. While the Batman bezel is a popular choice, I prefer the Coke bezel for its vibrant color and complementary look with the red second hand. I found it to be more striking than the subdued Batman version.

Timex M79 Black, Batman, Coke
Prefer the coke version for its complementary look with the second hand

I also like the matte black color of this M79 watch. The blue-ish color on some quartz models doesn’t match well with the bezel in my opinion. I appreciate the applied lume hour markers, black day/date window, stamped crown, transparent case back, Timex logo, and the ‘Mercedes Hour Hand’, which resembles the design of Rolex watches.

Timex M79 Batman vs Timex Q
Left: Timex M79 Batman; Right: Timex Q
Source: Random Rob’s Youtube

Some may criticize Timex for copying Rolex, but as a beginner watch enthusiast on a budget, I appreciate that they are trying to do their own thing and made changes such as the letter T instead of copying exactly.

Overall, I love the look of this watch. All the design elements fit nicely and create a handsome appearance.

Timex M79 Coke Red, Transparent Case back
Transparent Case Back


I have a preference for angular case design with a combination of polish and brushed finish, such as the Tissot PRX, AP Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and the Seiko 5 SNKK45. I especially like this design with an integrated bracelet.

The only issue I have with these designs is the size, which appears too big for my small wrist (150mm). The salesperson suggested I go with the smaller quartz version, but I still ended up with the mechanical M79 for its better value proposition despite it looking slightly big on my wrist. I didn’t like the colors on the quartz version


The third thing I love about this watch is its bracelet design. Although some may worry about it pulling hair, I personally haven’t experienced that issue. Perhaps it’s because I have little hair on my wrist. Regardless, the bracelet is visually appealing.



The bezel has mixed reviews, with some finding it to be the weakest part of the watch and others finding it to be sturdy. My first impression was that it feels tactile and loud, which I like.


The cheap movement is a common complaint among some people. They feel it’s too cheap and not worth the retail price, and also call it ugly and noisy. I, personally, don’t mind it, knowing what I’m paying for. However, I understand where these complaints are coming from, especially for those paying full price.

My only issue is the flimsy feeling when adjusting the day and date, as it almost seems like I might break it. On the positive side, winding the watch feels responsive and tactile.

Miyota 8205 Movement, Transparent Caseback Timex M79



A 50m water resistance rating DOESN’T allow for diving, only light swimming and water activities.

During my holiday in Yogyakarta, I brought new watch with me but I end up not wearing any watches during a jeep water trail ride near a volcano due to lack of faith in its 50m rating.

Maybe it could handle, but I still did not want to test it because after all, it’s a newly bought watch. I just wished for 100m water resistance for more confidence in testing it.

Mount Merapi Yogyakarta
My Trip to Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


The Timex cost-cutting shows here – this black, plastic-looking part under the bezel. It lacks the silver finish and comes across as cheap. This is a really weak point of the watch, in my opinion.

Timex M79 Bezel
Black plastic part underneath the bezel making it look ‘cheap’


The bracelet is a source of complaints among users. While it doesn’t tug my hair, I find it difficult to wear and at times, irritating. This may be due to my small wrist and the slippery material of the bracelet. I avoid wearing this watch when I’m in a hurry for fear of it slipping off. The lug and case design also make it difficult to find alternative bracelet/strap options. For those who dislike the bracelet, the GMT version has a better one.

Better bracelet in Timex Q GMT


Timex, I get that you’re trying to make a faithful reproduction of the 1979 watch, but not everything has to stay the same. Updating the movement to mechanical is a step forward, so why not upgrade the crystal too? An acrylic, domed crystal is just not up to snuff.

In just a weeks, I’ve already bumped this thick (14.4mm) watch several times and, unfortunately, put scratches on it. I know some folks don’t mind a little wear and tear, but I don’t want a brand new watch to be marred with scratches. An older watch, sure, but a new one? No, thanks.

Timex M79 on my 150mm wrist (wristshot)
Timex M79 on my 150mm wrist


Despite the inclination of negative aspects in this review, I still believe that the watch is a good purchase due to the substantial discount offered. Thus, my conclusion is, if you can get it at a discounted price, go for it, otherwise it’s not worth it.


Timex M79 Coke Ver.

Timex M79 Batman Ver.

Timex Q 38 mm

Timex Q GMT (recommended)

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12 Best Affordable Watches You Can Gift (Under $100)

Watches don’t have to be expensive to be good. Here are the 12 best affordable watches under $100 that are perfect as gifts.

Criteria For This List of Budget Friendly Watches

When it comes to gifting watches to someone, I would prefer it to last. I didn’t want to gift a smartwatch or a fashion brand watches that will only last a few years. So here are my criteria for this list:

  • Price below/around $100
  • Reputable brands
  • Good track records
  • Value for money

12 Best AFFORDABLE Watches under $100
(in 4 categories)

Category 1: Digital Silver Casio

Let’s start with the good old digital watches. When it comes to digital watches, there’s only one brand you can go for. Despite its ridiculously low price tags, Casio has been regarded as one of the best watch brands out there. This style of silver Casio suits those who love the retro look. There are of course lots of models with slight variations from each other.

Here are the ones that I will recommend after trying them on my tiny 150mm wrist.

Casio A168

The Casio A168 is a bigger brother of the A158, which is a silver version of the famous F-91W. As you can see in the photos below, they look pretty much the same, but the thicker A168 does have a little bit more wrist presence.

Casio A158 and Casio A168 from ben's watch club
Left: A158; Right: A168
Casio A158 Wristshot
A158 on my 150mm wrist
Casio A168 Wristshot
A168 on my 150mm wrist
Backlight Casio A168 vs A158
Also, this particular model (right) has a better backlight than the A158 (left)
Chris Pine (Wonder Woman) wearing Casio A168
Chris Pine is seen wearing Casio A168
Source: Warner Bros.
Casio A168

Casio A700

If you would like a thinner, sleeker and might I add, slightly more elegant design than the A168, look no further than the Casio A700. With only a thickness of 6 mm, it is the thinnest Casio digital ever.

You can either opt for this mesh bracelet or this retro looking one. Notice that there are differences in the color of the watch itself too. The mesh featured a silver dial, while the retro bracelet features a usual 80s-looking black dial.

Casio A700
Casio A700
Casio A700W-1ACF
Source: shensarloji
Casio A700WEM-7AEF
Source: shensarloji

Casio AE1200 a.k.a Casio Royale

If your loved one likes James Bond and has a thing for geeky gadgets – you can go for the Casio AE1200. In the 1983’s James Bond movie: Octopussy, he was spotted wearing a Seiko G757 5020 Sports 100:

Seiko G757 5020 Sports 100
Seiko G757 5020 Sports 100
Casio AE1200 Worldtime
Casio AE1200

Known as Casio Royale (a play on the James Bond movie: Casino Royale), as you can see, the AE1200 looks a little bit similar to this. This causes a cult following for this watch. The best part of the watch is that it has a world-time function, with a push of a button, you get to see different time zones. Pretty cool.

At a point in time, I actually owned this and modded a little bit. I removed the words illuminator and the 10-year battery because I thought it will be cleaner that way. But afterward, I sold it because it looks kinda big and awkward for my small wrist. Kinda regret it now, not gonna lie.

Casio AE1200 Worldtime
Slight modifications on this piece before I sold it
Casio AE1200 Worldtime

Casio A500

What if you really like the world time function, but just like me, you have a small wrist – well afraid not! Casio A500 has come to save us. This A500 is a smaller and slender-looking watch with the same features as the Casio Royale. Even while recording this, I’m getting the itch to purchase one of these to replace my AE1200.

Casio A500 Worldtime
Source: selenelion
Casio A500 Worldtime

Category 2: Robust G-Shocks

From a clumsy wreck like me who always drops things, hitting things to a hardcore outdoorsy fireman, get them a Casio G-Shocks. Mr. Ibe, a Casio Engineer at that time set up “Project Team Tough” after he broke a mechanical watch gifted by his father. This team was created to invent a watch that is simply unbreakable.

Following these Triple 10 Principles:
10 Year Battery Life
10 Bar Water Resistance
– Survive 10 Meter Drop

After throwing over 200 prototypes, the first G-Shock was born.

Original first G-Shock DW-5000C 1983
Source: G Shock UK

Casio G-Shock DW5600

This is by far, the most famous g-shock model, in fact, it is the original design designed by Kikuo Ibe.

Casio G-Shock DW5600

One thing to note, however, is because of its shock absorption design, this may wear a little bit big on those with smaller wrists. So a tip would be to drop by your local retail shops to try it on and see if it fits. Below is what it looks like on my 150mm wrist:

Casio G-Shock DW5600 Small 150mm Wristshot
DW5600 on my 150mm wrist
Casio G-Shock DW5600

Casio GMA-S2100 a.k.a. CasiOak

Nicknamed after Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Casio GMA-S2100 got its nickname because of the similar octagonal design of the watch case. This is also one of the most famous models out there when it comes to the Casio G-Shocks.

I often overlook these CasiOaks because somehow I didn’t find them to be attractive. But surprise surprise, one day I visited a G-Shock shop and spotted this particular model: Casio GMA-S2100, and tried it on. To my surprise, wow. I like how it looks! The next thing I find myself doing is, researching everything to know about these CasiOaks, which I did before.

Casio GMA-S2100 CasiOak

I found out that this specific model is a smaller version than the usual CasiOak. Casio also marketed this smaller version as a women’s size watch. To be honest, I feel any guy can pull this off especially the white and the black one.

Black Casio GMA-S2100 CasiOak 150mm Small WristShot
The smaller CasiOak surprised me. This fits better than the DW5600.
Wrist size: 150mm
Casio GMA-S2100 CasiOak

Category 3: Adventurous Field Watches

Field watches, also known as military watches, are durable timepieces designed for use in rugged outdoor environments. They typically feature a simple, easy-to-read design with large numerals and hands, and a utility-style aesthetic making them a popular choice for adventurers.

Timex Expedition

Timex Expedition is a line of field watches produced by Timex, a well-known watch manufacturer. These watches are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and feature durable materials, such as water-resistant cases and shock-resistant movements.

Timex Expedition watches often have large, easy-to-read dials and come equipped with features such as Indiglo backlighting, chronographs, and timers. They are known for their combination of affordability, ruggedness, and functionality, making them a popular choice for people who lead active lifestyles.

Timex Expedition

Seiko SNK Models

Seiko SNK803
Seiko SNK803

Category 4: Classy Dress Watches

Dress watches are timepieces designed for formal occasions and are characterized by their understated elegance and refined appearance. These watches typically feature simple, minimalist designs with elegant metal cases, leather straps, and clean, uncluttered dials.

Dress watches often lack the rugged features and added functions of other types of watches, instead emphasizing their classic style and subtle luxury.

Casio MTP-VT01 or LTP-VT01

This watch has a stylish and modern design that is sure to catch the eye. It features a durable stainless steel case and band, but a very scratch-prone acrylic crystal. The watch has a simple and easy-to-read display, making it perfect for those who prefer a minimalist style.

Both watches have precise quartz movements, ensuring accurate timekeeping, and are ideal for people who dislike the idea of setting the time occasionally.

Whether you’re looking for a modern and stylish watch or a classic and timeless one, the MTP-VT01D-1B and LTP-VT01D-1B have got you covered. I personally bought these two watches as a couple’s watch pair for both my parents.

Casio Souple Watch Casio MTP-VT01 & LTP-VT01

Seiko SNKL Models

The Seiko SNKL is a stylish watch that’s a hit with those who appreciate quality and design. Produced by the reliable brand Seiko, it’s part of the popular Seiko 5 collection. With its affordable price tag and dependable performance, the SNKL offers great value.

The watch has a sleek stainless steel case that stands out and a simple but eye-catching dial with easy-to-read hour markers and hands. Whether you’re looking for a stylish accessory to wear on the weekends or just want a high-quality watch to wear every day, the Seiko SNKL is an excellent choice.

Seiko SNKL41, SNKL45
Seiko SNKL

Seiko SNXS Models

Seiko SNXS79
Seiko SNXS79

Orient Tri Star RA-AB0034Y19B

The Orient Tri Star RA-AB0034Y19B is a truly stunning timepiece that is overlooked and underrated. Its bright sunburst dial and high-quality construction make it a standout watch that is sure to turn heads.

Orient’s stock image of this timepiece does not do justice. I first came across this watch through MinitWatch’s YouTube video, and I was so impressed with it. So, if you’re in the market for a new watch, I highly recommend giving the Orient Tri Star a closer look. You won’t be disappointed.

Orient Tri Star RA-AB0034Y19B
What a beautiful sunburst dial!
Source: minitwatch
Orient Tri Star RA-AB0034Y19B

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Seiko SNK803: Best Budget Automatic Field Watch under $150?

Seiko SNK803, the beige/cream version of the famous Seiko SNK809 – is one of the popular models within the Seiko 5 line for its awesome field watch design for under $100, few years back. But due to its popularity, the price has increased slightly. Obviously, there are many more watches with newer movements & calibers. This article hopes to provide all the information you need so that you can make an informed purchase decision.


The Seiko SNK is one of the popular choices in the Seiko 5 line. Seiko 5 isn’t just one watch. It is a watch line, a group of watches that adhere to the 5 attributes of a watch. The “5” in Seiko 5 is a reference to the features of  

  • 1. An automatic movement
  • 2. Day/Date display
  • 3. Water resistance
  • 4. Recessed crown at 4 o clock
  • 5. Durable case

Although Seiko 5 is known for its affordable good-quality watches like the SNXS & SNKL models, It has divers too like the newer Seiko SRPD line.


But today we will take a look at a field/pilot-style watch from Seiko 5 – The Seiko SNK, specifically the SNK803. Here are the specifications

  • Case Size: 37mm
  • Thickness: 11m
  • Movement: Automatic Seiko Cal. 7s26
  • Lug to lug: 43mm
  • Lug width: 18mm
  • Crystal: Seiko’s Hardlex
  • Water Resistance: 30m

The Seiko SNK has few colors / variants :

Seiko SNK803, SNK809, SNK805, SNK807
From left: Cream (SNK803), Black (SNK809), Green (SNK805), Blue (SNK807)
Credit: Long Island Watch

There’s also one with a bracelet of the same sand-blasted matte finish as the case – Seiko SNK809K1. In my opinion, if you’re looking to buy the black dial version, this is the model you should buy. Reason? – The canvas strap sucks. Thus, you will find this metal bracelet to be more useful and if you don’t like it, you can always change the straps.

Seiko SNK809K1 Bracelet Version
Seiko SNK809K1 (with metal bracelet)
Credit: OLX


From the get-go, you can see that this dial is inspired by field or pilot watch design. It is pretty legible with a type B pilot watch design. Meaning the minutes are primary, while the hour is secondary. This adds to the military aesthetic feel to the watch, I must say.

At the 12’ o clock, you have this black triangle, which adds to the ruggedness of the dial design. As with other Seiko 5, this too features an applied Seiko 5 logo, with the words automatic 21 jewels at the bottom.

Seiko SNK803 - Cream Beige Dial Ashley Tee
Military Aesthetic

This particular variant features this interesting cream color. Personally, this is a perfect watch for my collection because most of my watches are in monochrome colors, thus this helps to diversify my collection. This color is unique yet versatile enough to pair it with your clothes.

Admittedly, this color is slightly less mainstream than the famous black version – making it suitable for those who doesn’t like mainstream watches. Although this watch has lume, but it is pretty weak and nothing to be shouted upon.

Seiko SNK809
Credit: Watchient


This watch features a sword hour and minute hands while the lollipop second hand move smoothly with a dash of red at the end of the tip. Making the watch a piece to enjoy especially on Sunday appearing as red on the day / date window.

Macro Shot Seiko SNK803 Day Date with Red Second Hand


The case – for me, this is the highlight of the watch. The sand blasted matte finish reminds me of the iconic Hamilton Khaki Field.

Hamilton Khaki Field vs Seiko SNK
Left: Hamilton Khaki Field; Right: Seiko SNK803
Credit: 12&60

I fancy this type of finishing because it can hold against scratches better. Of course, you can still scratches, but it is not that obvious compared to your polished case watches. finishing because it looks like as if it can withstand scratches.

Also, I’m happy that Seiko did the same finishing for the buckle rather than leaving it polished to save costs.

Seiko SNK803 Bracelet Buckle
same sand blast finishing on the buckle

However, they did cut their cost by leaving the case back, and between the lugs as polished. But then I don’t really mind it. I would rather they have the same finishing on the buckle, than the case back.

Only 37mm Case Diameter!

If you’re like me, wanting a rugged style watch, but can only find those above 40mm, this makes a perfect choice. The case size of 37mm makes it perfect choice for those of smaller wrist. As you can see here. I have a small wrist of only 150mm.

Ashley Tee YouTube Video, wristshot of Seiko SNK803, small wrist size of 150mm


One last thing that I want to point out about the case is that it has transparent case back, meaning you get to see the movement inside –making it an exciting choice first-time watch owners out there.

Transparent Case Back Seiko SNK803


Ah, the strap – it is straight up disappointing. I like that it’s made out of canvas, and has reinforcements around those pin holes, but there are 2 reasons why I dislike this watch strap.

leather reinforcements on watch strap holes seiko snk803
Leather reinforcements for the holes

1. The strap is too big for my wrist size.

wristshot of seiko803, too long of watch strap
5 minutes later after I wore this watch

2. Uncomfortable, rough, and it itches


Without any shame, I admit this is my 3rd watch in my collection of the same movement: 7s26. It is not because I love the movement that much until I get 3 watches of the same internal mechanism. But because most of my watches are within affordable category, and Seiko uses this movement for most of their budget watches.

However, the newer Seikos no longer use this 7s26, but then again, they are also a teeny tiny more expensive. Honestly, having this non-hackable, non-handwinding movement doesn’t really bother me as much. As long as I don’t pay fortune for it.

For those who are new to the 7s26 movement, it’s a very famous in house movement by Seiko created in 1996 and often used in Seiko’s affordable line of watches. For example, all if not most of the older Seiko 5 models use this movement.

Question: What is non-hacking?

Answer: the second hand will not stop when you pull out the crown to set the time/date. Aka, you can’t be absolutely accurate with your watch.

Question: What is non-handwinding?

Answer: to get the watch moving, you need to do the famous shake (as seen in my video)

Water Resistance

30m of water resistance – Disappointing to say the least– because it looks rugged and feels tough but yet, can only handle splashes of water. Anything more than that, this watch will suffer.

This Watch Is Suitable For:

Guys out there looking for gifts for their female loved ones, because again, you can wear it too. #win
Featuring my husband’s wrist of 160mm
Non-OCD person who doesn’t mind if their watch is running a few seconds early or late.
First-Time Watch Owners

If you’re looking for a good reputable watch that will not fail on you and don’t want to spend too much on a timepiece, this is for you. But I will say this goes the same as for other Seiko 5 models. I have a few affiliate links below for other Seiko 5 models, feel free to check them out.

These links will not incur any extra charges on you, but instead, it will help support this blog if you purchase using my links.

Final Thoughts

I’ve had this for 1 year and I’m happy with it, and it will always be in my collection. However, I don’t wear it as often. But that is solely because I like my other watches more, like my Seiko SNXS79.

Affiliate Links

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