Saturday, 22 November 2014

United Colors of Benetton Wide Strap Watch part 1

It was only a couple of days ago I blogged a Benetton by Bulova watch, but today is the first part of a blog from the United Colors of Benetton range.

The Benetton brand started in 1965 producing bright colourful clothing. The United Colors line of products began in the 80s, and is probably the most known range of products. As part of the line, they produced watches which seem to follow the colourful and fashionable theme.

Today's watch is definitely bright and colourful. It has a wide strap/cuff strap design in a bright yellow patent leather (but back of the leather is soft). The strap fastens with a clip which just presses on the strap making it adjustable to any size without the limitation of holes or notches.

The watch is a rectangular 3 hand dial design in a matching colour. It runs with a quartz movement, unusually with the crown at the 12 o'clock position.

There is also another unusual feature to this watch, and it is the reason for this being a 'part 1'. To find out what, you'll need to pop back for part 2 tomorrow!

Friday, 21 November 2014

DJ Honda DJ002 Rotating Disc watch

It's been a long time since I blogged one of this brand of watches, so I thought it was about time for another.

The watch is by DJ Honda and is the 3rd from this brand I've featured here. DJ Honda is otherwise known as Katsuhiro Honda and is a famous Japanese hip hop DJ and producer. In the 90s, he started a clothing and accessories line using his 'h'  logo for the products. As part of this clothing line, he released a series of watches, and if there was one for every model number I've seen, there are at lease 8 different designs.

This model is DJ002 and is a rotating disc style of watch. It has a common shape of case, with a round centre where the face sits. The face is grey with a black stripe down the middle where the 'h' logo lies. At the bottom of the face is a small window where the time discs can be seen. This is a 2 disc design, and so there is no seconds display. It has a metal link strap which is fastened by a 'h' branded clasp.

The back has the brand name and logo, as well as the normal info (water resistant 5bar, stainless steel back, base metal bezel).

The watch was originally sold for ¥18,900, but isn't available anymore (and it seems that is the case for all of the DJ Honda watches).

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Benetton by Bulova - Ecology

It seems that the Benetton by Bulova line of watches is now becoming its own sub-collection as this is the 4th I've blogged, and I have more to come.

The watch is a collaboration between the Italian clothing brand Benetton, and the American watch manufacturer Bulova. This collaboration seems to have started in the early 90s or possibly the late 80s, and has many different designs of watch. More can be found on the brands I'm earlier posts (found using the tags linked on the right of the page). Most of the designs I have use a similar case style, but with many different colours, patterns, and text. The case is round, but with a wider tapered section where the straps attach, and a Benetton logo imprinted on the bezel just below the dial.

This particular model has the text 'ecology' in a handwriting style font across the centre of the dial along with stylized drawings of two fish. It comes with a leather strap which is covered with a jade green fake crocodile skin coating.

It is a quartz 3 hand dial design, and inside is a Ronda movement.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Flik Flak Sweet Banana

I'm wearing another of the 'cool kids' watches from my childhood today as I noticed the colour matched my t-shirt.

The watch is one of the Flik Flak watches which are a range of Swatch watches for kids. Flik Flak refers to the tick tock of the watch, and the range was started in 1987 to bring the Swatch style into the kids market. One of the things I've read about the Flik Flak watches (but I hold no responsibility about if it is wrong) is that the range was machine washable (40C in a fabric net and without prewash), but due to the age of the models I have I don't quite trust this.

This model is called Sweet Banana and was part of the Spring Summer 1999 collection (and was designed in 1998). The design has a red aluminium case with a yellow face and strap. The face has a picture of an open and part eaten banana in the middle, while the fabric strap has a chain of cartoon monkeys along the length.

The model number for this design is FBB366, and it uses a Swiss ETA movement.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Nooka 360 Night

Today's watch is one of my Nooka collection, but something unlike all of the others I've blogged so far.

The Nooka brand was founded by designer Matthew Waldman who developed the unique Nooka style. I've blogged many Nooka and there is more info on the brand in the other posts.

The watch is the Nooka 360 Night and it is one of the high quality models from the brand. The watch is unusual for a Nooka in that it is a round design rather than the normal square. This is also an analogue design with a 3 hand dial (which is also uncommon, but I've shown one analogue Nooka before).

The watch has a deep steel case and so sits high out of your wrist, but this is due to the feature which gives the watch its name. The unique function of the watch is that the entire head can be rotated clockwise through a full 360 degrees. This allows you to set the watch at whatever angle is easiest to use, whether for normal use on your wrist, or for things such as driving where you look at an unusual angle.

This version is the all black model with black case, face, hands, and (Italian) leather strap. The face is textured, and appears more dark grey than black so the black hands can be seen relatively easily.

The watch is one of the newer designs, and I think it only came out in the last couple of years. It is still available from Nooka, and has an rrp of $285.

One thing about the watch I didn't find online was the battery change instructions, so I thought I can let my readers know. There are 4 small holes on the back of the watch near where the strap attaches. When the head is rotated to be exactly straight, these will align with 4 small screws, but just show the black case when misaligned. These screws release the front of the case from the strap and rotating section which allows you to get to the battery.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Diesel 947 Rubber Watch

Today's watch is one where something doesn't quite ring true with what it claims to be.

The watch is meant to be by the clothing brand Diesel, and is similar to designs I've seen before. On the back it has the 'Only the Brave' name and logo referring to the group which Diesel is a part of. It is a 3 hand dial design with a large rubber one-piece case and strap. The dial is the same colour as the case and has hour markers except for 02, 03, and 04 which are shown as large numbers arranged in a vertical line. So far so good...

The build quality is the first thing that seems strange with this watch. The crown has a loose feel, which could be through use, but also the seams on the rubber from the mould are also a bit rough. The back looks to be a screw back model, but in reality just lifts off, which again can just be a design choice. The number on the back just says 947 rather than the usual DZxxxx format. When searching for this online, there are no hits for this design that I could find, suggesting that this isn't a normal Diesel model number.

So overall there is nothing that definitively says this is a replica rather than real, but as you can see above, there are many things that hint this is not right.

So there it is, my post on my (possibly) Diesel 947 watch.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pocket Monsters Tsutarja (Snivy) watch

Last Sunday I blogged a Pokémon clock, and this Sunday it's a Pokémon watch.

I've got quite a few Pokémon watches, including several from the same range as this. This watch is a Japanese Pokémon watch for the Pokémon Tsutarja who is known in the English version as Snivy.

Tsutarja is a grass type Pokemon and was one of the 3 starter Pokémon in the Black and White series. It is described as a Grass Snake Pokemon and evolves into Janovy (Servine) at level 17 and Jalorda (Serperior) at level 36.

The watch is a basic LCD design with a lid over the front of the watch. It is likely that it was a prize watch from one of the Gachapon machines in Japan and it was one of a series of the Pokemon Black and White characters.

The design has a green and yellow pokeball as the cover with the text Tsutarja and Pocket Monsters on the green strap. On the face, there is a picture of Tsutarja and the 4 digit LCD display.

The back shows it is by T-Arts and made in China. As normal with the Pokémon watches there are lots of detail in copyrights listed on the back and also the face (to Nintendo-CR-GF-TX-SP-JK and Pokémon).

As the Black and White games came out in 2010, the watch must be from around that time.