I already wrote my love for Vostok on my previous blog, but somehow I just can’t get enough of it ha ha. So, I sell my old Komanderskie for Rp. 300.000,- (approximately $25) and bought another Vostok, this time the well-known amphibian for Rp. 321.000,- (approximately $25), but somehow some Komanderskie also look just like this, the Vostok Men’s Komandirskie Automatic Wristwatch Russia Watch Submarine # 921163. But yeah, the back case on this watch showing amphibia logo though, and it’s a Vostok anyway. So I guess this is a win-win bargain.
The watch is “good condition” with minor defect such as dirty spot on the glass, scratch here & there, also the water resistant is “weird” or inconsistent sometimes it seal tight but the other time leaked. But compared to my previous watch, this watch is waaaaay better.
I decided to fix the watch, clean the glass & tighten the seal. But somehow I stumble on the net about “legendary” amphibian that wore by Steve Zissou in the movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”. The movie is weird & not for everyone, but it’s a cult classic, also the watch wore by him is very nice.
So I bought a new dial that exactly looks like Zissou’s, and I can’t be more happy he he. I buy it on a great seller on ebay that you can find here.
Just like my previous blog, Vostok basically is “just” a watch, a mediocre or budget friendly watch to be blunt. But it’s a good watch, a great beater watch with a distinctive style of its own. Many people love this watch for what it is. A watch that tells time, reliable, tough, quirky and cheap.And you can modified it any way you want it, because its cheap. I already saw custom bezel, custom dial, or even put the machine into other watch body. Go crazy, surprise yourself.
If you can find a new one with good quality, I urge you to buy it, you won’t be disappointed if you’re a watch aficionado, or just wondering what diver watch you should buy for the sake of curiosity. This ain’t Rolex, or even Seiko, but if its makes you happy (and its not a bad thing), it can’t be that bad he he.
So, I always have a soft spot for Gundam. But those figures are damn expensive and takes time to built. So all of my Gundam is their cheapest one, the 1/144 scale. And I lost interest in modern Gundam. I stopped watching Gundam after Gundam Wing (too many pretty boys with lame story). I tried Gundam SeeD but that series is kinda…not my cup of tea to be polite. And Turn A Gundam is…a blasphemy or insult IMHO.
My last Gundam figure that I bought is Gundam Astray Red frame, the first one with that big Samurai sword. I love it, even paid someone to painted it ha ha. After that, I have a long hiatus of buying Gundam figures (and also the favt that Zeta Gundam is nowhere to be seen, I don’t have any bucket list left).
But, last week I stumbled a Gundam is bargain bin, this Gundam, Barbatos Lupus. For Rp 200k. Very cheap for a Gundam figure. And it has a big damn sword. So I just bought it ha ha
And it’s even got further reductions. So the price is actually Rp 150k. WOW!!! I honestly don’t have any expectations but even if the figure turned out disappointing, I won’t have any regrets ha ha.
So yesterday I just built it. And see how it goes.
But as the figures reached it final form. I just realized how long I was away from Gundam figures that I just shocked to see how detailed they’ve become. Even in 1/144 figures.
The finished figure is so awesome, it didn’t looked like an assembled figure if you don’t look at it closely. A damn good manufactured figure.
Damn. Even if the foot is looked weak and wobbly. It managed to stay stable, even posing it with its humongous sword.
Wow. This figure makes me want to buy more Gundam figures ha ha. Just to see how far they’ve come in assembling plastic into such a great figures. And this Barbatos is also a great figure. Buy it just to taste how great and satisfying to build and play with Gundam figures he he.
Oh, sorry for the $hitty image. I just so excited that I posted this immediately he he
Maybe it’s just me or something, but I found less & less people wearing watch these days. People even use their cell phone for checking time rather than use their watch (even when they wear a watch ^_^). I guess this so-called trend cemented in that movie, “The Internship” where the main character realized that their job as watch salesman is over due to that trend and their acknowledgement that wearing a watch is dying breed.
I’m glad that somehow I manage to “infected” my friend to became watch aficionado he he. Even if it means that they just buy one watch, the fact that they happy with their watch is, at least for me, the sign that watch is not going to died and disappeared. Maybe it became a niche or cliché market but it will survive. There are lots of watch club out there, and the fact that Google, apple, etc try to made smart-watch is undeniable fact that watch is here to stay.
Honestly, I don’t see the importance of using smart-watch, or even android gear, or any kind smart-accessories. Well, I’m not a fitness buff but I don’t see any benefit for an accessories that drain your phone battery (connected via Bluetooth), doesn’t stand alone (even if it’s stand alone, limited function) and also poor battery performance, besides it probably looks cool or show how rich you are he he. Maybe smart-watch is in premature state or something that will be better in the future, but I don’t need a distraction from my phone if my phone could do it all anyway (that’s why people look at their phone rather than watch, why not use it also for notifications, or use their phone for fitness applications).
I guess this is why I’m wondering, why did I still used (dumb) watch in this day & age. So far, this is top reasons why:
1. Time reminder or checker
This is the basic function that works just right. A watch is a machine that exactly tells you what time is it. Even if some people would say that the definition of time it self is only a concept that was created by men to coop with changes of sun or moon movement, or just to standardized daily schedule, but that is the point, a machine that tells you what time is it.
Sure people would say that a watch, analog watch to be exact, the automatic machine, tends to be faster or slower within weeks or months, thus it’s inaccurate. True, but that’s what I enjoyed from using automatic or even hand winding watch, set the time early in the morning before activity. If you want accuracy, you should used quartz watch or digital watch. Problem solved he he.
2. The good old days
Ah, the good old days, what I mean with this is the fact that in the good old days, you don’t need to do everything, just do one thing good and it’s good enough, or even a job well done. That’s what a watch really is, a machine to tell time, everything else is an extra or added value.
This is also why I don’t jump into smart-watch bandwagon, that thing trying too hard to do or to be everything. They should focus into a watch first and everything else later instead of try to do everything, that’s why the only smart watch so far that I recommended is only pebble.
3. The history, prestige and all that jazz
This is the extra and added value of a watch (besides the number 4 below, style) that the wearer can get benefit from. Wearing a watch isn’t really just wearing a watch for watch aficionado. You should know the history of the manufacturer, the type of movement, water resistant, material, etc. Because a watch isn’t really a watch for people who really like watch. It’s a culmination of human engineering, seriously, just look at automatic or manual winding watch and you’ll realize how damn ingenuity human really is. You’ll appreciate the history of the manufacturer or the progress they made in conjunction with the method of modern days watch.
If you buy a cheap watch and then buy an expensive one (even not Rolex or Omega but something like Seiko or Orient) you’ll realize how fancy, authentic, and luxurious those watch compared to the cheap one. That’s why the prestige of wearing luxury watch sometimes can’t be compared by using smart-watch or affordable watch.
Wearing watch also shows your preference or in some level shows what kind of person you are. If you prefer automatic watch, you’re the type that loves hassle free or simple things. You don’t need or don’t bother yourself to change battery. Vice versa if you prefer quartz, you’re also a simple man that might not be devoted because you can change your watch without the hassle of setting the watch when the power reserve is done. If you love digital watch, you might be a highly adaptable person that embrace changes and loves technology. Sure this preference might be biased, but it might be an indicator, just like in your preference of shoes, women, etc.
Ah, this is also an added value or extra, but for some people this is the most important stuff. A watch is a versatile accessory that could easily adapt to your style whenever you needed it. Even small modification like changing strap can really change the watch into something else entirely different. That’s why sometimes people could only use one watch but different straps just suit it with the occasions.
5. Battery life
Smart watch, at the moment I wrote this, had a maximum battery life of 6 months (but with normal battery not li-on). The li-on maximum life is approximately 7 days. That’s why wearing them is such a hassle, at least for me that is. Wearing a dumb watch doesn’t required the mundane charge your battery activity in order to use it. My automatic watch only need date and day setting after inactive, my manual winding just like that but need a simple winding (but if you wear it as daily driver, you just need winding and then it’ all system go, quartz watch can withstand 5 years of battery cycle (my G-shock last for 10 years!).
So yeah, maybe I’m old school, and my love for watch is probably a sign that I’m remnant or relic of the past. But I don’t think watch is going to be dead & forgotten. Smart-watch is the answer to the question whether wearing watch is a dying breed. Just like wearing shoe, or choose a car or cell phone, what type of music we listens, a watch showing what kind of person we really are I guess. And as long as people have their unique traits or ability, I guess watch will always be needed.
I found this image on the internet and it got me thinking, this is probably right. We got exactly what we “want” in life. The problem is, that “want” is a very loose term that can’t be generated to everyone’s standard or even normal standard. Just read the image attached below.
Got the point? Sometimes we don’t know what we really “want” or to be exact, we thought that what we want is what we need. We even justified it with that stupid quote “never regret what you wanted, because at one point, that is exactly what you wanted”. What if what I really wanted once was to kill someone or to get “some” with someone else that I don’t supposed to like others wife, celebrity or imagination character? Seriously, Steve Jobs is right when he mentioned that people never know what they want until we showed them.
So, we’re supposed to find what we “want”? As simple as that really? Well, that’s the tricky part, a want is not a need, I always said that, but to make things worst, the “want” is usually temporary or just a phase like that hot girl from high school that you lusted and would do anything for…until you realize that she’s not worth it because one thing or another.
That “want” is, sometimes though, isn’t strong enough or to be more honest, not worth it, either you realize it or not ha ha. OK, to make that statement clear, I’m going to put it this way. In this modern age, where technology makes life easier, somehow it makes us more…weak I guess. I mean, we’re supposed to be the king of the food chain, Khalifah, the most dangerous predator of all time he he. But look at us know, victory has made us weak, too lazy to work out etc. Well, that’s an exaggerated but I hope you see through the sarcasm or stupid analogy of it.
We live in the world where we could get what we want instantly. This is a double edge sword depends on how you perceive it. It makes the process easier or we just don’t appreciate the process anymore. We don’t care about the details, the ups & down, as long as the result is in our favor. To make matter worse, we’ve seen how some people gain their 15 minutes of fame and somehow able to maintain it, even if some would say, it’s our fault to make stupid people famous or something, but the fact that they sill around is a sign that this is what “majority” likes, or even worship.
I’m sick to see how people treat Kardashians as if they are the best, most talented people or something. Or how people adored Korean celebrity for their “beauty” even if the fact that plastic surgery is so common, even a culture there. Or how today’s celebrity is the individual that sell controversy rather than achievement or work of art (even if art it self is also depends on the eye or ear of the beholder). As if what matter is the style, over the substance. These celebrities justified their reckless, stupid and dumb act in the name of be yourself, being honest, etc. No wonder today’s youth is become more & more like @$$Hole. They were “taught” that it’s cool to be promiscuous, to be a gangster or ghetto, etc.
True that those people I mentioned also maybe work hard to get to what they are today. But unfortunately this type of people gave the young generation a weird understanding on how to become success or how to behave. They seek the fastest way to became famous, or as if people acknowledgement or approval is important for them (sure it’s important, but not the goal, but byproduct or the result of the effort).
But then again, maybe this is the new era or something and I’m just the relic from the past. So, I guess people today should just stop complaining if their life isn’t the way that they “want” to. Because, just like the story of the image, if you want that life, earn it, work hard for it. If in the process you got distracted by social media, chasing fun or etc. Then I guess that “want” isn’t strong enough for you to be committed to it. You got the exactly what you “want” in life, be a slacker I guess ^_^.
So, most watch aficionado agree that Seiko SKX007 is one of the best, most affordable diver watch available. I wholeheartedly agree with that. SKX007 is a tool that built & designed for diving, and they even got certified for it. But there are reasons why I prefer to buy something else, like my Orient Mako Pepsi, besides the fact that it’s cheaper than SKX007^_^.
So, I once have the opportunity to buy new watch, which at first would like to be SKX007. But then all of a sudden I stumbled to another watch, also from Seiko, type SNZF17 with code name “Sea Urchin”. So, SKX007 priced at Rp. 2.700.000, – (approximately $200) while SNZF17 priced at Rp. 1.500.000, – (approximately $110). Of course I buy sea urchin without second thought. Don’t know why though.
But suddenly I realize why I bought SNZF17 rather than SKX007, I found the reasons when my friend bought SKX007 and I compared it with mine. So, the rest of this page will probably tell you why SKX007 isn’t my cup of tea. Not by all means it’s a bad watch (it’s one of the best I admit), it’s just a matter of preference I guess.
First, just like the reason I prefer Orient rather than Seiko, the elegance or luxury. Somehow SNZF17 shows more…formal or finesse than SKX007. Also the design of the body also shows that SNZF17 have more “streamlined” body (especially from the sides) and the dial also shows more elegance feel rather than SKX007. Let the pictures do the talking.
True, from technical standpoints, SKX007 beat the hell of SNZF17, the price tag doesn’t lie about that. SKX007 is a true diver with certified 200m water resistant while SNZF17 is only diver style watch with 100m water resistant (that mentions a lots). The rotating bezel also gives you the reason the price tag is a wide margins, SKX007 rotating bezel is silky smooth, sounds heavenly and almost effortless to rotate with 120 clicks (so damn satisfying) while SNZF17 rotating bezel is “hard” and the sound is “CLICKY” in a loud way.
Another best feature of SNZF17 is the fact that date and day dial is black with white numbers and letters. It’s a small feature that makes the display looks so much better and elegance. This realization also makes SNZF17 is even better than my Pepsi Mako he he (even the deep-oh-satisfying-blue dial can’t help) in terms of display somehow.
But honestly, as a watch it self, I prefer SNZF17 somehow. Sure it’s “only” 100m water resistant, but it’s not like I’m a professional diver or something. It’s a great watch to swim in a pool or playing on the beach anyway. The elegance it shows makes SNZF17 the best bang for the buck, the beautiful body somehow certified this watch as “Bond in a budget” for regular Joe. You can brought this watch to a party. The price tag is even better than SKX007. A matter of preference anyway, but SNZ F17 makes it 2nd the best on my watch so far (the best is still my Vostok ha ha).
Well, probably people still wonder how on earth that Donald Trump won the US presidential Election. Did he cheat? Or there something wrong in the system? A glitch or something? Etc, etc. But the fact is, he won. Fair & square with margin difference that you can’t deny. So, seeing this, I personally found something to be learned here. Oh, this is a point of view from non US Citizen that loves watching a commotion or accident waiting to happen he he. Also I’m not a Trump supporter so this is a weird point of view of someone that fascinated by his victory.Trump’s victory revealed some of human deep dark secret that many people deny or pretends never existed. Especially those who believes in equality, liberty & all that jazz. Here is some that I found he he.
1. Silent majority
Say what you want but the fact that Trump won at large margin show that the majority of US citizen prefer him rather than Hillary. Sure most celebrity bitching about how bad & awful he is. But probably know we know that those celebrity probably minority that received out of proportion highlight by the media or some hidden agenda promoted by the media that have common interest?
We all know that media hates Trump, celebrity hated Trump, and IT mogul hates Trump. Almost everyone hates Trump, everyone that supposed to “matter” prefer Hillary than him. But wow, how the table has turned & the silent majority decided that Trump is better than Hillary.
Or the lesson here is, for everyone who thinks that they are “influential” people or celebrity or anything, this is a wake up call that maybe you’re not that influential, people just love to see you do some $hit that entertaining for them, not impacted or something. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your content or mapping your viewer or follower he he.
2. Social Media
This is interesting, because like I mentioned on point number 1, influential people doesn’t have a significant impact on the voters. Even though mainstream media, makes Trump a target, reporting every “mistakes” or bad behaviors, he still wins.
Some people blame social media such as facebook or twitter that “allegedly” giving false information about Trump. Though honestly information on social media is almost always misleading or bias depends on the point of view of the people that post the information. People somehow attracted to the information on social media that showing different point of view about Trump that was shown in majority media (that describing Trump as the bad guy). And isn’t “influential” people is the one that use or even abuse social media as their tool to promote anti-Trump agenda?
3. Backfire Attack
This is in conjunction with point number 2 where majority of media describing Trump as the bad guy or suggesting people to vote the other contender, bold moves that probably make the voter fed up with this “unethical” move by media or even social media. This is probably why voter tend to disbelief what major media told them to do.
Either people fed up with Trump “antiquity” or this is basic human psychology that tends to do the opposite that they are supposed to do or tell to do ha ha. Either way, these are a major back-fire or slap in the face for everyone that abuse media & social media for their own personal agenda.
This is probably where we dive into most people deep dark fear, the unknown. People always afraid what they don’t know or understand, and it’s very human to do that. Not everyone can welcome changes that easily, or to adapt changes. This is where Trump wins. He “ensures” the status quo won’t change.
Honestly, this is also what happens with Brexit. British people think that immigrant or open boarder like E.U. is hurting their economy. Foreign people stealing their jobs, tax, etc. It’s better to shut themselves or put a barrier or wall to protect them from the danger or harm that “might be” just occurred in their mind. This is “us against them” train of thought at its core.
This one is also interesting and also in conjunction with point number 4, about power or the upper hand. Voters are tired, fed up with feeling of powerlessness from the danger or harm that “might be” just occurred in their mind (immigrant, authority, tax, etc) and they think that Trump will turned the table into their favor.
Trump also, showing the tendency to bully others, being jerk or something, which some people somehow judge as aggressive, self confidence or powerful. To have that kind of figure on their side is probably makes them feel save.
The feeling of being powerful or gained the upper hand is always tempting. That’s why people say power tends to corrupt, that’s why it needs to be checked. But power is so tempting so most people just go with it. IMHO, that is what happens in Israel-Palestine conflict, the war for power, land and gaining authority with religion mixed in the bag so the conflict will be justifiable.
Obama’s reign doesn’t have any significant impact on US economy most people said, and so they decided to choose Trump, a non democrat party candidate. Also his xenophobic view ensures them that Trump will prefer domestic economy rather than spending money elsewhere.
Well, no matter how great you are for the rest of the world, it doesn’t matter if the people that are closest to you didn’t approved or enjoy the benefit. Like it or not, what’s in it for me is the most important question, even if the answer won’t be the answer that people expected to be. Take note everyone, please do good to people around you first, after that you can do whatever you want as long as the people closest to you is already provided he he.
Despite what everyone said about bully, it will never disappear or vanish. It’s natural to bully someone that is different, weaker or anything unlike you (different), or probably just the spitting image of everything you despise or wanted to be but you can’t. Even the act of bully could be viewed as a show force, to show dominance or something. Or just picture this, bully or jocks will always be the alpha male of some community right? At least being the center of attention.
One funny thing is, Trump came out of nowhere and suddenly won the election. Some people probably curious to see how far he will come and give him a chance, until they realize that the “monster” they create is too big to be stopped at the moment ha ha. Just like some people curious about Brexit, they freaked out when they realize the act of curiosity become reality ha ha.
Another act of hypocrisy is when the party or group that against Trump, that pointed that Trump is a bully, sexist, violent, etc, is becoming that bully, sexist, etc person themselves. They march on, strike, and even wreak havoc because they can’t accept the fact that Trump won in the system that they “believe” in. Ironic really, but also funny at the same time. Some states even threaten to leave U.S. and became independent state if Trump is officially crowned. They just can’t accept defeat or did this what happened if those “majority” (influential people) somehow become minority. They can’t accept if things went not the way they wanted.
8. The voice of people is the voice of God?
Last but not least, the most important question I always ask that nobody could give me a satisfaction answer: is the voice of people is the voice of God? I’ll be straight forward to say that I agree when Steve Jobs said that people don’t know what they want or needed unless you show them. Being majority doesn’t mean you’re right, it’s just like “just because you hurt too, doesn’t make you right” or the “greater good” is always the better option.
People are dumb sometimes, people tend to follow the flock / herd even if the mobs are wrong. Even people considered confidents as traits of righteous people. And that’s why the majority isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s the crazy people / the outsider that will change the world. Because they look at things in different point of view. Loves changes and like to try something new he he
Well, that’s what I learn from Trump’s victory and little bit of human deep dark secret. Most people will worry that Trump will make things go bad. But I like to see whether Trump will do all those atrocious, bombastic, crazy rhetorical campaign or he became pragmatic knowing that everything he do could effect everything ha ha. I mean, he isn’t the first of its kind. We have Hitler, Mussolini, Ahmadinejad or other “outstanding” leader of the nation & it’s alright with the world anyway.
So, I decided to buy “diver” watch, the affordable one according to watch fan around the world, an Orient Mako. And to make it more obvious, I say it forward, I LOVE THIS WATCH!!!! And I will tell you why.
Big, bulky, robust, luxurious
Beautiful display, even more beautiful than Seiko SKX
Better steel strap than Seiko
Reliable movement and power reserve
Doesn’t have certification for 200m water resistant
Bezel doesn’t have pinpoint arrow and not as smooth as Seiko
When people asked what is the best affordable diver watch, majority will say, Seiko SKX007 (or SKX009). It’s a great watch, certified 200mm for diving, robust and reliable. BUT, the price tag is still not affordable for me. The cheapest one is 2,3 million Rupiah (approximately $ 220). Also, Seiko SKX series are known for its notorious wobbly, wonky, cheap steel strap. Thus I look for another alternative.
That’s where I found Orient, another Japanese brand that also deemed affordable, especially the Mako line. Somehow I found that my Mako XL (bigger in diameter than another Mako or even Seiko SKX series) is the cheapest one available (available for 1,6 million Rupiah or approximately $ 150). So I bought it in a heartbeat, without reviewing the pros & cons. pure impulse action I might say.
Then it arrives, with stainless steel strap. Bulky, robust, heavy and luxurious, yeah Orient is more “formal” than Seiko somehow. Somehow this watch is manlier than SKX series and with a better steel strap than Seiko. But it looks too bulky for me, so I swapped the strap immediately. Sure Mako XL feels too big for some, but not for me. The 22mm strap looks proportional with this 45mm (approximately) beast. Even some people say that Orient own movement is more reliable than Seiko
If there are things that I don’t like is the bezel. Not because it’s only 60 clicks (Seiko 120 clicks, hence smoother bezel rotation) or because the bezel is sturdier than Seiko (it’s a man watch, I’ll use my manly strength to turned it ^_^), but because Mako XL doesn’t have pinpoint arrow for the starting point in the bezel. I’m not a diver but I use the bezel for other stuffs like boiling egg, tell me how many minutes passed from a speech, etc.
Another one cons is the lume, which in my case is weak compared to Seiko, I don’t know is it because my watch is ex-display or something ha ha. But it’s kinda hard to see the display in the dark, the display is more beautiful and luxurious than Seiko SKX.
What about 200m non certified water resistant? Well, if you’re not a diver, it doesn’t matter. I use it for bath, swim, etc and it’s resist water just fine (if not fantastic).
Bottom line, this is the best affordable diver I ever bought (so far that is). This is for you who have big wrist, or man enough to wear such a bold statement watch. This watch is looks more expensive than the price tag it wear. This baby could be use as formal dress companion or as a beater watch. Highly recommended. If you think this watch is too big, buy Orient Mako (not the XL) or Orient Raven. Smaller but looks better than Seiko SKX IMHO.