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Seiko 5 SNK789K1 Review

I was contemplating buying my first automatic watch. The default internet recommendation: “get a Seiko 5.” The official Seiko website only shows the┬áSeiko 5 Sports line, which screwed the pooch a few years back by becoming overpriced “dive style” watches. Old school Seiko 5 models are still available, and at good prices. So I bought a Seiko 5 SNK789K1 . . .

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Aventi A11 Full Review

Dear Hanu, I’ve had the Aventi A11 for almost a month now. My deepest apologies for not posting a review sooner. I’ve got a new dog and the second ex and my youngest have moved to Canada. That’s no excuse for the delay, but it is an explanation. And then there’s the simple fact that the Aventi A11 is not my jam . . .

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Vintage Watches – The Hidden Danger

Buying vintage watches is fraught with peril. If nothing else, it’s entirely possible to buy a vintage watch that doesn’t work, either immediately after purchase or soon thereafter. At that point, you’ve got to find someone with access to proper parts who can service your antique timekeeper and . . . wait. There’s also the problem of “frankenwatches” – watches hiding non-original parts. And then there’s . . .

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Rolex Kills the Oyster Perpetual 39

There it is: the only Rolex I own. It’s a white-ish dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 with white/blue indices, known as the OP39 to its many admirers. To my mind, and to many of its owners, it’s the only Rolex worth having. It’s elegant, subtle, perfectly built and right-sized. And it’s gone. Rolex is discontinuing the OP39 in favor of an upsized $5900 Oyster Perpetual 41, with some new colorways. Like this . . .

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