Seiko SRP775K1 thoughts

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I recently picked up the attractively named Seiko SRP775K1 for review which is one of the most traditional watches that Seiko makes. It is a remake of the classic Seiko 6309 and also one of the most accurate remakes I have seen in recent times. There is no doubt that this watch is inspired by the 6309 and at a quick glance, someone who knows the original may think this is a mint condition classic from the 1970’s.

For me, this may become the watch I wear for some time to come (said that before) for a variety of reasons. It is of course mechanical and includes a 4r36 automatic movement which some say offers almost complete accuracy on a weekly basis (2-5 seconds out per week). My experience so far is 2-3 seconds a day, but for any mechanical that is still extremely impressive.

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It looks fantastic with some beautiful gilt touches and a classic 1970’s diver’s form, but it does wear small. Despite this actually being a big watch, the cushion casing, which is beautifully finished and polished in specific areas to add to the cushion effect, and short lugs make it sit slim on my 7.5″ wrists. This is not a problem as such because this means that it will fit most people, but I am used to a much bigger watch and it is taking some adjustment to get used to a slimmer watch. The main advantage of the size is that it works as a dress watch under sleeves and is also ‘toolwatch’ enough to suit a more casual look.

The watch does wear heavy on the top, but if you have the strap sized correctly (never easy with the silly strap mechanism Seiko uses), this will not be noticeable.

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Visually, as I said, it is stunning and everything from the date window to the hands are classic Seiko in every way, but with a sense of luxury throughout. The chapter ring is very slightly out of line, a common Seiko problem in recent times, but aside from that the lume, accuracy and everything else is a joy.

Few watches suit every occasion and offer as much functionality for the price and so I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a traditionally made watch which benefits from a modern movement.

Make an Indoor Water Garden

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Install your planted jar somewhere it will get bright, indirect light. The indirect light will allow the plants to grow, while preventing algal blooms direct light can cause.

Initially, your plants may shed a few leaves as they get adjusted and recover from the root pruning. Remove these leaves as they die, and any further dying leaves as the plants grow. Top up water as it evaporates, and prune the plants as you see fit. If the plants aren’t growing well, or there is an algal bloom, the position you have the jarrarium in may not be suitable… More at TPH.

I may actually try this to brighten up my rather minimalist desk.

Benjamin Button Reviews The New MacBook Pro

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The new MacBook Pro shows that Apple is finally becoming serious about developers.

Gone is the gimmicky TouchBar, gone are the four USB-C ports that forced power users to carry a suitcase full of dongles. In their place we get a cornucopia of developer-friendly ports: two USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 ports, a redesigned power connector, and a long-awaited HDMI port.

Photographers will rejoice at the surprising and welcome addition of an SDXC card reader, a sign that Apple might be thinking seriously about photography… More at Pinboard Blog.

This is just so clever.

The Statue of Liberty Almost Got a Glowing Wrist Watch

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It was 1926, and the trio of watchmakers—Benjamin, Oscar, and S. Ralph  Lazarus—had opened a shop on Beekman Street, in Lower Manhattan. Their business was a short walk from the Battery, where they would have been able to stand on the South shoreline of the island and gaze at the Statue of Liberty across the harbor.

The Statue of Liberty was beautiful, the brothers conceded, but didn’t such a goddess deserve a bit of bling? They offered to make her a giant, illuminated wristwatch—you know, a little something she could show off on her upraised, torch-toting arm… More at The Atlantic.

Can you imagine that happening?

All We Need Is Love—and Leonard Cohen

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I’m turning 40 in a few weeks. I wasn’t expecting it. Like most of us, I’ve spent a lifetime learning a vocabulary fit to describe only the thrusts and pleasures of youth. I have many words for hope. I have odes to future plans. And I have faith. But don’t ask me about my right knee—it creaks now like the floor of an old hotel—or about the dread I feel each night, watching my children sleep and knowing that I can’t protect them, not from everything, not forever. I’ve lived a hard and sobering life, but my failures still confound me, and, on certain cold nights, so do my desires. And my heart breaks too easily these days, weighed down by the darkness that creeps in from every crack in the culture. I don’t know the words to describe the path forward, mine and ours. Thank God my rabbi, Leonard Cohen, does… More at Tablet.

A brilliant article. Leonard, please don’t ever die.

Take your pet camping

For now, the trailers are only designed for pets up to 20 pounds, and unlike your full-sized camper, they aren’t waterproof. So unless you’re anticipating clear skies, it’s probably best for your pooch to go “camping” in your living room instead of the backyard… More at Mental Floss

I don’t ever go camping, but for some reason I really like this idea. 

Make your car Bluetooth-enabled for £1

 

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Popped in to Tesco yesterday to get some Halloween nonsense for my daughter who is obsessed by it and while I was there I noticed a Mitec Essentials Wireless Car Kit for £1 (normally £30!). Yes, it is currently reduced to £1 and so I picked it up. I could not see what exactly was in the box, but I thought I could risk £1 on it, especially since £1 is worth much less than £1 these days.

So I got home and thought I would see what was in the package before I got out of the car, conscious of the frozen mixed berries in the bag that my wife needed which needed to stay frozen I guess.

And within 1 minute I had Bluetooth working perfectly in my car.

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I was concerned that the Bluetooth accessory needed power from the car, but I needn’t have worried because there is a USB port in the top of the car power plug so I could still power my iPhone as normal. I checked and it works fine.

The next step was to remove my aux lead and then plug in the one that is attached to the Mitec into the car aux port.

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And finally, I navigated to Bluetooth settings on my iPhone and the Mitec was available. I tapped it and it was connected.

Podcasts play perfectly and so does music, and there is also a useful circular thingy you can stick on the dashboard (stickies included) to deal with calls and volume.

I didn’t expect it to work so well, but it really does and for the money (if you have a Tesco near you), it is an incredible bargain.

And the frozen berries stayed frozen.

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