Friday, December 27, 2013

Disney Parks Authentics Mickey Watch - A Simple Yet Fun Watch, A Review

This is one of the few times that I would get myself a pure quartz watch.

In January of 2013, I got the opportunity to re-visit Disneyland Anaheim after a 17 year hiatus. It was a nostalgic moment for me as 17 years ago, it was the honeymoon destination for me and my wife. Now, 17 years later, we are back with 3 kids in tow.

Unfortunately, 17 years ago, I wasn't into watches. Back then, Seiko was supplying to Disney automatic models unique to Disney but not anymore. Now, such automatic watches are fetching sums exceeding USD500 per unit!!! So, one of the mission that I have with the visit is to get myself a Disney themed watch.

Unfortunately, the only mechanical watch available was by Ingersoll. A re-issue of a model first issued back in the 1930s. Every other watch was quartz. :(

Nevertheless, my wife decided to get one for me as part of my birthday gift. What she got was by Disney Parks Authentics, with a Mickey Mouse dial and the option to change into 3 different bezel and straps/bracelets.

Disney Parks Authentics is a brand owned by Disney Corporation that is responsible to produce all the consumer products sold in the parks. For this particular model that my wife got me, its an analog quartz but with a special twist. It comes with replacement straps and bracelets.

If you look at the watch, you would imagine that it is designed using a contemporary layout where the lugs are part of the watch casing. In actual fact, it is not. The actual watch casing has the shape of a wall clock. The bezel can be screwed off and once that's done, the strap or bracelet including the lugs will drop off. This makes changing the bracelet or strap a tool-less affair. This means that you can individualize you watch into  9 possible combinations (after taking into account the 3 different bezels that are also provided). 

Personally, I prefer the leather strap.

The Mickey Mouse outline makes this watch a good formal wear piece. Not too cartoon-like.

The watch does not have any other functions apart from the three hands. It is approximately 40 mm wide.

The case-back is printed on with basic information about the make and the movement used. From here you can see that its made in China using Japanese quartz movement and has a water rating of 3 ATM or 30 meters.

One thing about quartz watch, the accuracy beats any mechanical watch's. 

This side picture shows you how the detachable lugs connect with the watch case. Note the gap at the top of the lugs where it meets the watch casing.

The leather strap that comes standard is comfortable. No other obvious markings are provided.

I reckon, the cost of the intellectual property rights to put up the Mickey Mouse image onto the watch is more than the total cost of production. Overall, a simple, comfortable but above all a fun watch.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rolex Milgauss 116400GV - Short Video On The Second Hand Movement

A short video of the movement of the second hand of the Rolex Milgauss 116400GV. For more, visit: Rolex Milgauss 116400GV - Solid And Youthful, A Watch Review

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Hamilton khaki Field Officer Auto H70615733 - An Unassuming Yet Strong Character, A Review

This was my first experience with this iconic American watch brand. Now part of the Swatch Group, Hamilton continues to offer watches with American styling.

The Hamilton khaki Field Officer Auto H70615733 comes with a sapphire crystal window covering a 44 mm stainless-steel watch casing. With an exhibition case-back, you will be able to see the automatic ETA 2824 movement with handwind and hackable capabilities. The lug width is 22 mm and the strap used in  black leather. The dial colour is black and there is a 24 hour sub-dial in Arabic numerals. Water resistant depth is set at 100 m or 330 feet.

What I like about it is the big hour markers with inner military hour markers and outer minute markers. The hands are simple and effective.

The casing with a brushed finishing. Double layered leather strap, thick and sturdy plus a double buckle hole system compliment the rugged look. The engraved crown is also a nice touch.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ingersoll Mickey Mouse 30’s Collection Watch – So Cute And Full Of Magic & Wonder, A Review

I was in Disneyland California in January of this year. However, the choice of mechanical Mickey Mouse watches was limited. What’s available was so expensive. Nevertheless, the power of the internet allows me to search for the same item at a fraction of the cost that was sold in Disneyland Resort. Trust to have it!

After making the necessary arrangement and waiting patiently afterwards, the package arrived safely. I love this part. Feels like Christmas.

When I opened the Amazon package, I found a nice black box with gold letterings with the brand and the model name printed on it.

The model I got was the Mickey Mouse 30’s Collection by Ingersoll. Ingersoll reissued the classic 1930s Mickey Mouse Watch (the first to feature Mickey) that stayed true to the original watch offering from the gift box the even down to the mechanical movement. The case width is 33 mm excluding crown while the lug width is 16 mm. The movement is a 17 jewel winding mechanism (Chinese origin I believe). This watch comes in two versions. The first is the leather trap version and the second is a full bracelet version. I chose the bracelet version.

When you open the black box, you will find the main watch box in red. A simple cardboard box with both Mickey and Minnie Mouse printed on it. Flipping open the top reveals the watch.

In the 30’s, the watch was considered unisex. However, with a size of just 33 mm, today, this watch is more suited to be called a ladies’ or “boy-size” watch. Honestly, I would wear it only if I can replace bracelet with something else.

The crystal is plain mineral glass. Instead of being flushed to the bezel, it is domed. I like this.

Winding the 17 Jewel mechanisms takes about 40 turns before the main spring becomes tight. Power reserve is approximately 28 ~ 30 hours. The crown only has one position where one can adjust the time. There is a sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position which shows the second movement. However, instead of a second-hand, a decorated rotating disc is provided which does not allow you to measure time in seconds accurately.

This watch is made out of stainless steel but aged to make it look vintage. The snap-on case back is plain. The serial number of the watch is etched on it. This watch is not waterproof.

The bracelet is unique with a couple of Mickey Mouse shaped buttons on it. The catch on the clasp is a simple push down mechanism.

The quality of manufacturing is very basic. Not to a level expected in this day and age. However, it is designed to be a replica of the watch issued in 1930s so one can’t complain much about this.

I would like to suggest the Ingersoll create a special line of more modern automatic watch designs incorporating other characters from the Disney franchise. This could be runaway success as it was to back then in the 1930s.

I love the watch but I cannot get myself to wear it. For the last few months, this watch was in my desk drawer and acting like a desk clock.

A few days ago, I get the chance to replace the bracelet with a leather strap of 16 mm.

Now this watch is proudly on my wrist!

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