ALBA earliest Digi-Ana from 1980. My lucky grab from junk bin and lucky fix for my collection. The Y651 features dual time/date, stopwatch and alarm, and an electronic-adjust analog clock.
Found it from a street side seller, sold as junk. No sign of life whatsoever. But when I look through the crystal, the dial is pretty clean and the blank LCD screen doesn't show any sign of an aged screen. There's no rainbow effect nor any liquid leakage. So, I picked it up and see if I could do anything about it.
Soon as I opened up the case, some acid-crystal inside the battery compartment but not serious, easy clean off without the need of extra work that I can't handle. Then the next thing was, pop in a new battery, IT'S ALIVE!! Case is gummed up as usual and all buttons are jammed with gooey stuff. I can handle those. The scary part is still the C-clips that hold the buttons. Gotta be super careful this time while handling them, it is so light that they could almost float in air.
Learned a few things this time. The chromed plastic casing sucks. The reason why all buttons are stuck, other than dirt, it's the problem with the chromed coating over plastic. Over the time the coating started to bubble that jammed the button. Had to scrape off the coating inside the tunnel and make it smooth again, and a dip of silicone will smooth out the button moving. And replacing the c-clip does need practice. I sort of have a grasp of doing that right.
After a few hours cleaning up the case carefully under the loupe, and restored the bracelet to its original brushed line finish, now it's back to it's '80s glory.
This watch is from the 1980 production, which is a year after ALBA hit the market. That from the limited resources, believe that the Y651 could most probably be their first series of Digi-Ana watches to hit the market.
So here it is, from junk to gem, a 39 years old watch, which I wouldn't try to guess how long it has been treated as junk, or how far it had traveled. It's now functioning as what it's meant to be --- a watch.
The ELNIX is an electromagnetic watch. A technology before the quartz revolution Running at 28800bph, the sound it made is very dfferent from the other Hi-beat watches, it is really a joy just by hearing it clicks. The noise it made is very different. This, in most part, is an mechanical watch, without a rotor for automatic winding but a battery to power the movement.
This 8030 is made in 1975, which seems to be the final year for the ELNIX series.
From the mid 90's. Marc Jacobs brought out their line of fashion watches. Details on the whole collection can't be obtained, but this is one of then.
Built with a very robust monoblock stainless steel case and which looks like a sapphire crystal, this watch isn't light at all. It sure weighs comparatively heavier that most Japanese digital from the same era. Inside the case, the module is made by an unknown manufacturer. Decent quality but definitely far from the other great modules in the market by the main players. The pushers, surprisingly all four were made by solid stainless steel, that give the user a very pleasing 'pressing' experience. And I must say, this feels even better than some of those Japanese ones.
The bracelet is original with the brand marked on the clasp. However, from the limited info available from the internet about this watch, it is a lady watch! Size wise, it is pretty much the same as most men's digital watch, nothing like those quarter-sized lady models. Well, the bracelet is a 14cm solid one, which for the length is a typical factory setting for a lady model. While trying it on my wife's wrist, it looks just right without any need of bracelet alteration. It's meant for her then, and yes, Marc Jacobs might not know much about watches, but they do know what looks good on women of course.
Digital Saturday with Memo Diary WIS.
Based on the same design of the iconic UC-2000, Seiko brought this out shortly afterward. With some tweaking in functionality, here's the UC-3000 from 1984. Housing a different module, the watch looks almost identical to the UC-2000, except it's now coated in black.
Getting rid of the built-in calculator and stopwatch, now they put in a bigger memo and an enhanced schedule. This time the memo can have 100 lines, all up to 1K memory in total. With the help of the new text-editing keys on the external keyboard, like 'insert' and 'delete' of characters or lines, making data entry an easier task. It works exactly like those text editor on UNIX systems in the '80s.
Another prime feature, probably for the first time on a wristwatch, you can set a whopping 43 separate schedules with alarm on this little thing, each with your own descriptions! All could be quickly done with the keyboard, that transmits the signal to the watch by induction. But I still wonder, who would ever do that.
Still, this is one cool watch to play with, and to look at.
Classic, robust, beautiful. 6458, Seiko's first mid size quartz diver.
Grand Quartz with a gold-dust dial. Elegance, in the language of Seiko from the 70's.
Glorious Sunday with this eye-catching high beater. One of the best movements used exclusively on the Lord Matic, the 5216 at 28800bph, that made it named 'SPECIAL'. The faceted crystal was also one popular design back in those days, and since these crystals were custom built for specific models, it is extremely difficult to find original replacement if they are scratched or damaged, which made nowadays examples with good crystals very desirable, and collectible.
Golden Digital Saturday!
The F033 is one early simple dress watch, with an outstanding design on the display. By using a rough yet reflective surface as the back panel for the LCD, external light can be reflected in different angles from it, to enhance the contrast of the display for easy reading. This works pretty well even in a dimmer situation. Obviously, it is not really needed for those models equipped with built-in light, and most F models are not light bulb equipped.
Enjoy every moment in your game of life, with your favorite timepieces.
The graduation watch of The Nihon University, College of Law (日本大學法學部). This one is made for the graduates of their law school of 1998 (平成10年).
Digital Saturday, woohoo!!
A proud owner of this gorgeous Seiko Pulsar calculator, from 1979. Fully functional, perfect keyboard response, with the signature stylus-in-the-clasp, thanks to the previous owner in keeping it nice. All I have done was some careful cleaning of the keyboard and vents under of a watchmaker loupe, plus a light polish to get rid of most fine lines, ultrasonic-cleaned the bracelet and light brushing to restore its finish the best I can. Man, I love it, it's my first Pulsar too.
Special thanks to Seth, for helping me in acquiring it. It is finally on my wrist, you're the man!