I've had a number of watches come in since June, but haven't had a proper incoming thread for any of them because my camera was KIA.
I'll cover them in chronological order.
1. Armitron Star Trek Collector's watch
I saw this one on amazon last spring and really liked it. Automatic movement, skeleton face, display back. And for $120. I liked it, but not for $120. Then it popped up on the shark for something like $75 and I had to have it. Because I'm a geek.
When I got it, I have to say that I was quite surprised by the level of finishing applied to such an inexpensive watch. The pattern on the dial wasn't shown in marketing photos, nor was the attention to detail paid to the movement. The watch sold on sale for $75 (which removed the Star Trek fanboy markup), which likely means that it costs about $10-$20 to make it.
I don't care to open the caseback to find out if the screws are actually blued or merely painted, but the movement sure looks nice for such an inexpensive watch!
The seagull movement in it runs very accurately when I wear it (which is very rarely), about 5 seconds fast per day!
2. Lüm-Tec Combat B6
I fell in lust with this watch from the moment I saw it. I got in near the end of the preorder cycle, and managed to get number 007/100, which is pretty cool for me because I'm a big James Bond fan as well. The lume is great (of course), and the watch keeps great time - on the order of +/-1 second per day when I wear it and leave it dial up at night. My only surprise with this one was that the dial has a gloss finish, I was expecting it to be textured and non reflective. Oh well, it's still a really cool watch to wear, and it gets a lot of positive comments.
(sorry for the terrible cell phone picture here)
I love the green strap
Caseback showing serial number 007/100
3. Lüm-Tec M12
I had absolutely no intention of purchasing this watch. It's another quartz chronograph, and silver dials aren't really my favorite. But then I won it, so here it is . I get a ton of compliments on this one whenever I wear it. I wear it when I'm dressed up a little bit since I don't have a proper dress watch at the moment.
You can really see the contrasting sunburst patterns on the dial and subdials in this wrist shot:
And I REALLY dig the blue lume, though it fades way too fast to be of any real use. It looks awesome when it's freshly charged though!
4. Invicta Pro Diver 8926c
This watch needs no introduction. We all know it, love it, hate it, or care less. It popped up on the shark a couple of weeks ago and I jumped on it. It looks nice, keeps reasonably good time, and is just all around a reasonably good watch for the money. Plus, it matches my father's 8926NB that I got him for his birthday this year, so I wear it when the family goes out. Nothing special here:
5. Casio G-Shock G9000-8V Mudman "Stormtrooper"
I don't know where people got the idea to call this one the Stormtrooper, it's not white, and doesn't really have enough black accents on it for me to call it that, but I don't make up the nicknames. I think that it's more of a Sandtrooper color, or maybe even ACU Grey (the lighter grey of the ACU). I really like the color personally, and the lume is orange (I've never heard of a stormtrooper with orange glow!) and white. All in all, it's a really cool watch and I like it a lot.
I just picked this one up on wednesday and I bought it specifically to wear to work as my client can be... ornery at times, so I wanted something that could have the crap beaten out of it without me getting too upset, or having to make the company (who would then take it from him) pay to replace a more expensive watch in the event that it's broken. I've been wearing my Seamaster to work for the past 6 weeks, but this weekend it was the G-Shock. I walk in, he sees the g-shock and goes "WOW JUSTIN! NICE WATCH!" I died a little inside, but I do have to admit that I really like it. The automatic backlight is cool.
It really doesn't wear as large as the specs would lead you to believe:
LOVE the orange and white backlight
6. Casio GW9200BLJ-2JF Riseman "Men in Earth Blue"
This one just came in on Friday afternoon, I picked it up from the post office while I was working . It flew all the way in from Tokyo to live with me and enjoy the mountains of New England in all the seasons. I really like it. A lot. If I hadn't been at work all weekend, it would have been on my wrist (I know that G-Shocks can take the beating, but this one's kinda hard to get a hold of, and way more expensive than the mudman above too) since it came in. Props have to go to Chino in Japan for getting this one here in THREE DAYS . The japanese must have finally gotten a handle on macro teleportation...
As I was fiddling with it friday night, I found that I don't have a choice of units for the barometer, altimeter, or thermometer - I'm stuck with hPa, meters, and celsius. This doesn't bother me that much because I went to school in Canada for a semester and still use the metric system daily, but it was a little bit of an unwelcome surprise. Oh well, it's still awesome, and I can't wait to take it to the mountains.
It's solar-powered and syncs with atomic clocks around the world through Casio's Multi Band 6 system. The instructions told me to leave the watch in an open window to for syncing reliability, but it didn't sync when I did that. It did sync last night when it was put away in its box UNDER my bed .
This JDM Riseman came in a nicer box than my USDM Mudman. It's a hinged cardboard box with a vinyl pillow. This is also a reasonably good reproduction of the color of the case and band:
USDM Risemen get a dragon engraved on the caseback, in accordance of the ancient legends that dragons control the weather. JDM Risemen on the other hand, get a flying squirrel .
This one wears more in line with the specs: 51mm wide by 15.9mm thick. It's big, but light due to the composite construction. Combined with the color, it has quite the wrist presence. You can really see the blue negative display in this wrist shot:
Thanks for looking everyone, I hope I didn't bore anyone too badly!