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Author Topic: "Casio G-Shock For The Steampunk Fans" rather misses the point  (Read 5564 times)
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2008, 05:00:46 pm »

It's nice that they're thinking of us...
Or thinking of our money, rather.  And not thinking all that hard, even.
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2008, 09:46:00 pm »

What a shame, Casio should stick at what they're good at.  I actually recently bought a classic Casio Alarm Chronograph because I literally couldn't resist its unaltered retro futurist design.



(and because it was properly cheap and I found recently all of my watches are too nice to do anything more energetic than eating dinner in) How could they have gone so wrong?

This is probably the first time an image has been linked from the Argos website
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2008, 09:55:35 pm »

*Laughs* How wonderfully ironic.

I have to point out in reply, then, that Sony Ericsson must be "jumping on the steampunk bandwagon" too in releasing the following...

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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2008, 09:59:28 pm »

I found recently all of my watches are too nice to do anything more energetic than eating dinner in[/size]

Personally - I have no use for watches that can't function in at least a few adverse conditions. So I seek out fine watches that are also simple and robust.

But mechnical only - if you please. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2008, 10:06:58 pm »

Well, I'm going to make people hate me but I actually have just fallen in love with that Deco 'phone AND I'm due an upgrade quite soon. What model is it?

I found recently all of my watches are too nice to do anything more energetic than eating dinner in[/size]

Personally - I have no use for watches that can't function in at least a few adverse conditions. So I seek out fine watches that are also simple and robust.

But mechnical only - if you please. Smiley

Well, I was exagerrating somewhat.  Technically I suspect the Casio is less robust than any of my other watches, which I'm sure are very hardy, but it's cheaper to replace a Casio entirely than to even get a new crystal ground for a Cartier or an out-of-production vintage watch which they're really aren't suitable for either cycling or farming.

EDIT: I have disovered the 'phone - it's apparently a W880i
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« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2008, 10:31:29 pm »

Style and Function never looked so bad.

How can it be Steampunk-ish? It's DIGITAL, for goodness sake! Maybe if it was Analog, or even better, Clockwork, yes. But DIGITAL?!?

I used to have a small clockwork watch, gold colored. But then I lost it.
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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2008, 11:20:18 pm »

Now that is a rather ugly watch.

Funny, that was my exact thought.
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« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2008, 11:31:46 pm »

To be fair the G-Shock has to be digital, I was speaking with my uncle who owns and runs and armoury and he swears that the G-Shock is the only watch that can hold up to the abuse he throws at it, an analogue watch would quickly be rendered useless after its gubbins were shaken and beaten about as heavily.
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« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2008, 11:33:17 pm »

They could however have made a digital sweeping arm.
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« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2008, 11:35:38 pm »

I found recently all of my watches are too nice to do anything more energetic than eating dinner in[/size]


Personally - I have no use for watches that can't function in at least a few adverse conditions. So I seek out fine watches that are also simple and robust.

But mechnical only - if you please. Smiley


This one fit? NOS (never issued) 1988 Hamilton MIL-W-46374 with ETA hacking movement..



Or this? (This one gets a lot of wrist time)  Grin One of the most accurate and comfortable mechanicals I own..



And a decent beater - modded Seiko.. nice, but a bit on the heavy side...


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« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2008, 11:42:34 pm »

I don't find this watch that ugly but its true than steampunk is more than a bronze paint.
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« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2008, 11:50:34 pm »



Or this? (This one gets a lot of wrist time)  Grin One of the most accurate and comfortable mechanicals I own..

Cheers
Harold

I had a rather nice Rolex that I wore for many years.  As I recall, I paid $10 for it in some rather nice store in Bangkok.  Sadly, it died.
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« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2008, 12:20:43 am »

No, I wouldn't say that looks steampunk either...someone missed the mark.  In terms of attractiveness, I find it kind of middling.
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« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2008, 12:49:00 am »



Or this? (This one gets a lot of wrist time)  Grin One of the most accurate and comfortable mechanicals I own..

Cheers
Harold


I had a rather nice Rolex that I wore for many years.  As I recall, I paid $10 for it in some rather nice store in Bangkok.  Sadly, it died.


 Grin  Grin  Grin   
On a related note, I was once told by a fellow collector in Hong Kong that the Rolex fakes at that price level were generally designed to last about a year, or as one importer told him 'Until next holiday".. If you got a few years out of it, that was pretty good luck.. The average $10 Asian Rolex if its not a quartz movement, generally has a movement that is no more than 7 jewels, and is pretty rough in terms of finish. If you move upscale into the $100-200 range, generally then you start to see Million Smart or E&C movements.  Worst ones I have ever seen were fake Omegas that used a Chinese copy of a Russian movement..   

  In case you wondered, here's a pic of the movement in mine...
Of interest is the microstella balance, and the balance bridge with adjustable end shake.



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« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2008, 02:31:35 am »

BoingBoing suggested that it looks like something a Jawa might design. Which actually seems quite right.


Possible inspiration?
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« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2008, 03:05:45 am »

Ugh! no steampunk would come within 1,000 feet of that thing!

I'd say that's rather insulting, as it seems to imply we have no taste.
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« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2008, 04:18:41 am »

Just for a comparison, real steampunk watches:
http://www.eager-beavers.net/suekichi2/products/shouhin_guide.cgi?temp=TMP0

And as a point, I like the watch, I would wear it, but not steampunk. . .
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« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2008, 06:03:06 am »

I won't call it Steampunk in any sense of the word(has more of a 50's sci-fi vibe to it, really), but I think the basic design could be salvaged and actually make a decent looking watch.  They would have to replace the current face, though.  It just doesn't work with that body style.  Needs to be more angular, like the body is, I think.
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« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2008, 06:11:55 am »

Screams "Why?" right out of the box… Slap the person who designed it and go. You'll be a true square, with aluminum accents and perforated resin band. Style and function were never looked or worked into the design.

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« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2008, 12:08:19 pm »

EDIT: I have disovered the 'phone - it's apparently a W880i

Yeah: the first and last ones. It's rather nice, but I like the W910i better... and it's much cheaper than it now, too!
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« Reply #45 on: August 19, 2008, 01:31:26 pm »

Well, OK, it's brass, but not Steampunk, no gears, no moving hands, what's the point?
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« Reply #46 on: August 19, 2008, 05:35:33 pm »

Oh, yes, last summer my sister went to the beach for a few days, and when she came back to the city, her skin was tanned in a very beatiful way. When I saw her with her new bronze colored skin, I just thought "By Jove, she looks very Steampunk!" *sarcasm*  Angry
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« Reply #47 on: August 20, 2008, 08:26:08 am »

I must admit it's better than a watch I just saw at wal-mart, which instead of having the actual gears visible they had the disgusting idea of printing them on the back of the face which...kind of defeats the point of showing gears. Let's see'm move dammit!

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« Reply #48 on: August 20, 2008, 09:27:38 am »

If you go back you might find a watch by the same manufacturer that the gears actually move because of the use of a real movement instead of battery...
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« Reply #49 on: August 20, 2008, 09:50:23 am »

Oh I saw the watches like that, but that's not the point, the one with the gears just printed and embossed was just...wrong. The watch I really liked they no longer carry, it was a pocket watch with a transparent face, glass back and a real movement. You could see nearly everything.

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