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Oct042014

The Seiko 'Sea Urchin' is a Smart Watch not a Smartwatch

I bought a new watch and I think it may be one of the smartest buys I've made in a long time. If you want to know more, watch the video below.

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Reader Comments (21)

Great review as always,with the tongue in cheek humour! I had a Seiko 0674 digital watch as worn by Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me,but without the Dymo coming out of the top! As it was such a miserable night out there, I decided to look at some of your back catalogue. Most enjoyable, especially gems like the DOTKLOK. My, my, your presentational skills have come on leaps and bounds! Anyway, am looking forward to your review of the Polaroid Cube. Also, I see that Innovv have a new model, the C3.( I thought that was a Citroen...) It looks ideal as a dash cam, what with the very small and discrete camera(snake cam). Maybe a review in the offing?

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

The C3 that was on it's way to me from China appears to have gone AWOL, however expect the Cube review in the next few days.

October 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Looking forward to the Cube review, hope it revives Polaroid's fortunes. Disappointed to see their brand name on some rubbish TV's in Tesco though. Edwin Land must be turning in his grave. BTW, I really think you should send your CV to The Gadget Show, their presenters behave like they're talking to kids. But maybe you prefer your reviews to be a hobby. Beats fishing eh?

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

I know that tv would never have me, and a few years ago that kind of thing would irritate, now I'm older I realise that I would find it very difficult to adapt my way of working to a structured tv environment, so I'm happy carrying on like this where I have full control.

October 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Lovely review about something I really don't know anything about. Not worn a watch in 30 years, but you make me want to get one!

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

We have two daughters. I'd hoped for a least one boy so I could justify buying a Rolex and then pass it down as a family heirloom. No such luck.

I've narrowed my collection down to two watches. My outdoor fun watch is the Casio G-shock Gw-9400:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFYYKLA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My dress/office watch is the Citizen Men's AT4008-51E:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005BSEOXK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Both watches have atomic timekeeping and are solar powered.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I used to own a Rolex Submariner and I loved it but had to sell it due to change in circumstances :( This looks like a good alternative, stylish, reliable and with a solid reputation. I really think you need to spend £100+ on a watch to get something you can wear for years and years to come.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames R Clark

i don't wear a watch Mat, but I found your review interesting and informative, as always. My father left me an Omega Constellation when he passed away, which is an elegant a watch as you would ever wear, now more than 60 years old, but looks like brand new, but it has an automatic system and day/date display. anyway, keep up the excellent work you do.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Which pin removal tool do you have there, and where did you get it? I've found a few alternatives on Amazon, but the reviews of them tend to be of the "this is cheap for a reason" type.

October 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

It was from a chap in China on eBay. It seems to have been as one off. I wouldn't call it professional or top quality, but it works. I don't think you can go too far wrong with any cheap watch link removal tool, unless you plan to use it professionally to do hundreds of watches.

October 31, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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