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SEIKO AUTOMATIC DIVER SKX009J1 GENTS STAINLESS STEEL CASE AUTOMATIC DATE WATCH
SEIKO AUTOMATIC DIVER SKX009J1 GENTS STAINLESS STEEL CASE AUTOMATIC DATE WATCH
Offered by WATCHDEAL
Price: £284.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A robust, accurate, versatile and stylish watch. Highly recommended., 21 Nov. 2015
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After years of only wearing radio controlled, solar powered watches I decided I wanted a change and, finding nothing I really liked in the quartz watch market, decided to try out a mechanical watch.

This was a step into the unknown as I'd never owned a mechanical watch before. Having previously been obsessed with absolute accuracy (and hence only owning radio controlled watches) it seemed an odd decision to go mechanical, especially as all but the most expensive mechanical watches quote accuracy figures typically in the range of +/- 30 seconds a day which sounds hopeless. However, my SKX009 does far better than this and on average loses 1-2 seconds a day. I now have a number of mechanical watches and the worst of them in terms of accuracy loses around 10 seconds a day. Accuracy of all mechanical watches is dependant on many things - how fully wound the watch is, whether it is worn a lot or not, temperature, position it is left in overnight (e.g. face down, face up etc.) and so on. To me, this makes them more interesting than quartz watches.

Anyway, accuracy issues discussed, I love the SKX009. The dial is beautifully clear and uncluttered. I really like the simple dot hour markers, the ellipse or “stretched circles” markers at 6 and 9 o’clock and the bold triangle at 12 o’clock. Similar dial markings are found on many other dive watches but those on the 009 are a master class in simplicity and clarity. The hour hand is a sword design and the minute hand an arrow. I found these a little odd to begin with but have really grown to like them. The day/date display at 3 o’clock is a good size and very clear. The case is a cushion design with a very pleasing curve that seamlessly integrates the lugs with the main body. It also makes the watch very comfortable to wear. Lastly the rotating bezel is very well engineered with a smooth and positive action. It moves anti clockwise only with 120 clicks to a full rotation. The edge of the bezel has a gentle knurled finish making it easy to grip without any roughness to the finish. The 009 has a dark blue dial and a red and blue "Pepsi" bezel. The 009s sibling, the SKX007, is an identical model except for having a black dial and an all black bezel.

The SK009 comes on a rubber dive strap. It's not pretty or particularly comfortable. It does do its job well but there are thousands of alternative straps and bracelets out there that will transform the look of the watch. You can stick with the tool watch look and put the 009 on a NATO strap, go for a leather strap to give it a smart casual feel, or dress it up with a bracelet. I now have mine on a Strapcode Super Engineer II which results in a weighty, classy combination that looks and feels far more expensive than it is.

If you get a SKX009 you are buying a watch with a lot of heritage, being the latest member of a family of highly respected and proven Seiko dive watches that go back to the 1960s. The SKX uses Seiko's own 7S26 movement. It's worth noting that this movement does not hack, i.e you cannot stop the second hand to set the time. Nor does it allow hand winding. The only way to wind the watch is to wear it. Neither of these factors bother me at all. The movement has a power reserve of around 40 hours - meaning when it is fully wound it will keep running for around 40 hours when you take it off.

To summarise, the 009 is a classic, versatile, tough and stylish watch with bags of history from one of the best respected watchmakers in the world.


Nylon Watch Strap by ZULUDIVER®, IP PVD Black ZULU Buckles, Black, 20mm
Nylon Watch Strap by ZULUDIVER®, IP PVD Black ZULU Buckles, Black, 20mm

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality, comfortable strap, 21 Nov. 2015
This is a really nice quality strap. I have tried other Zulu / NATO straps and often they are either made of nylon that feels too thin and flimsy which doesn't inspire confidence, or too thick and feels uncomfortable. This one is just right. It feels sturdy but also comfortable.

The 5 ring design will hold your watch very securely. It's nice to know that it will not fall off even if one lug pin should fail.

Highly recommended.


MANNA UltraSlim iPhone 6 4.7' Case Protective Cover Wallet | EasyStand | Finest Nappa Leather "Astana" | Black
MANNA UltraSlim iPhone 6 4.7' Case Protective Cover Wallet | EasyStand | Finest Nappa Leather "Astana" | Black
Offered by LEICKE
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality case. Highly recommended., 15 Nov. 2015
This is an excellent quality case despite the modest price tag. It is made from good quality leather and offers good protection for your phone. The front cover closes with a satisfying snap, and overall the phone feels like it is held in place securely.

It always seems a shame to fit any case to an iPhone as it is such an attractive product, but the Leicke Manna is a very good looking case so this softens the blow of having to cover up your sexy phone to some extent.

I don't really use the phone stand feature but it does work well should you want it.

My only slight criticisms are that when the cover is open and folded behind this obscures the camera which is a bit of a pain, and I wish they made the case in a wider range of colours. The black is very smart but the only other versions are burgundy and a tan colour. If they made it in a funky lime green or orange I would buy one of those in preference in a flash.


Seiko Automatic Diver's SKX007J1 SKX007J SKX007 200m Made in Japan Watch
Seiko Automatic Diver's SKX007J1 SKX007J SKX007 200m Made in Japan Watch
Offered by WatchesZon-2EU
Price: £217.00

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cheap, robust, accurate, versatile and stylish watch. Highly recommended., 24 May 2015
The Seiko SKX007 is a truly iconic watch. It is part of a family of Seiko dive watches that date back to the 1960s and uses Seiko’s own 7S26 movement which has been around since 1996. As mechanical watches go the SKX007 is pretty cheap, but you are getting good bang for your buck. The watch is very rugged due to it’s substantial steel case, screw down crown and the very reliable 7S26 movement. The case has a brushed finish on the top surface and polished finish on the sides and back. The case back features Seiko’s “Tsunami” wave logo.

Part of the reason the watch is cheap is that the movement does not allow hand winding or hacking. This means the only way to wind the watch up is to wear it (or put it in a watch winder or shake it) and non hacking means that when you pull the crown out to the time setting position the second hand continues to run. If you like to stop your watch to set it to the exact time then maybe the 007 isn’t for you. Personally I’m not bothered by this aspect at all. When fully wound the watch will continue to run for around 40 hours without being worn.

I love the simplicity of the design. The dial is beautifully clear and uncluttered. I really like the simple dot hour markers, the ellipse or “stretched circles” markers at 6 and 9 o’clock and the bold triangle at 12 o’clock. Similar dial markings are found on many other dive watches but those on the 007 are a master class in simplicity and clarity. The hour hand is a sword design and the minute hand an arrow. I found these a little odd to begin with but have really grown to like them. The day/date display at 3 o’clock is a good size and very clear. The case is a cushion design with a very pleasing curve that seamlessly integrates the lugs with the main body. It also makes the watch very comfortable to wear. Lastly the rotating bezel is very well engineered with a smooth and positive action. It moves anti clockwise only with 120 clicks to a full rotation. The edge of the bezel has a gentle knurled finish making it easy to grip without any roughness to the finish.

The SKX design makes it a really versatile watch. The mix of brushed and polished finishes give it both the feeling of being a tool watch but also with a little bit of bling. It’s a watch that is just at home whether worn formally or whilst out walking, servicing the car or whatever. The rubber strap it comes with is very effective - grippy but comfortable. However, it’s not a pretty strap. The SKX looks much better paired with a leather strap, a bracelet or a NATO strap. These various options totally transform the watches appearance and feel. I have my 007 on a dark brown leather strap which contrasts really nicely with the black dial and bezel. Put an Oyster or Super Engineer bracelet on and you’ll have a very chunky and classy looking combination, and one that looks and feels much more expensive than the actual price tag.

The subject of the J versus the K versions is one that has been talked about at great length. Having looked into it and discussed it on watch forums I think I can confidently say there is no difference in quality. I believe the J version is aimed at the Japanese market and the K at other markets. They use the exact same components and are made to exactly the same quality control standards. The differences are entirely cosmetic. I personally prefer the J version purely for the fact that it has the extra text in the bottom half of the dial, reading “21 Jewels”, which I find makes for a more balanced dial.

Accuracy of the watch is something to consider, especially if you’re not normally a mechanical watch user. The quoted specs for the 7S26 movement are in the region of +/- 30 seconds a day. In my experience the movement is far better than this, typically running at +/- 1 to 2 seconds a day when it is regularly worn. Accuracy of all mechanical watches is dependant on many things - how fully wound the watch is, whether it is worn a lot or not, temperature, position it is left in overnight (e.g. face down, face up etc.) and so on. When I used to have a watch winder the SKX007 was far less accurate when sat in the watch winder compared to when it was worn. This has also proved to be the case with my other mechanical watches. Conclusion - they like being worn!

So in summary, the SKX007 is a cheap, robust, accurate, versatile and stylish watch with bags of history from one of the best respected watchmakers in the world.


22mm SUPER Engineer Type II Solid Stainless Steel Curved End Watch Band for Seiko skx007
22mm SUPER Engineer Type II Solid Stainless Steel Curved End Watch Band for Seiko skx007
Offered by Strapcode UK
Price: £68.52

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, comfortable, well made. Looks great!, 20 May 2015
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Very good quality bracelet. It fits my SKX009 perfectly. A bit fiddly to fit but with patience it's no problem. Having screwed links rather than pins also makes adjustment simple, as long as you have a small enough screwdriver. NOTE : this is the version with the curved end links as opposed to straight, which integrate perfectly with the watch case.

The bracelet is pretty heavy. Together with my SKX009 the overall weight is around 205 grams. But I like it being heavy. It feels solid and reassuring. The chunky links catch the light in a very pleasing way and I like how the top of the links are brushed and the sides polished, to match the brushed and polished finish of the watch.

Highly recommended.
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Seiko Men's Watch XL Analogue Automatic Plastic SRP555K1 Sports
Seiko Men's Watch XL Analogue Automatic Plastic SRP555K1 Sports

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, accurate, good looking watch. Very pleased., 22 Jan. 2015
I'm a recent convert to mechanical watches after years of owning Quartz pieces. The Seiko range of mechanical watches is a real find - they're affordable, well made, good looking watches. And to my surprise they're very accurate. I have had my SRP555 for a week or so and it is accurate to +/- 2 to 3 seconds a day and often better than that - far more accurate than Seiko's literature suggests. Being a mechanical watch, accuracy does depend on how much it is worn, what position it's left in when off the wrist and how fully wound it is.

The SRP555 uses the 4R36 movement which is an auto winding mechanism that also allows manual winding. It is also hackable, meaning you can pause the second hand when setting the time.

I like big watches and the SRP555 is just the right size for me. Big but in no way cumbersome. The face is beautifully clear and easy to read. The see-through back is a bonus too, allowing you to see the mechanism. The watch feels very well made and is totally comfortable to wear. The only slight criticisms would be that the white on black day/date isn't quite as legible as black on white, and the second hand can be a little difficult to see in certain lights as it's very thin and of polished chrome finish. But these are very minor quibbles and overall I am very happy with the watch and highly recommend it to anyone.


TP-LINK TL-PA251 AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through
TP-LINK TL-PA251 AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Adapter with AC Pass Through

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective, reliable. Recommended., 22 Sept. 2014
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Not a lot to say about this powerline adapter. Simple to set up, works flawlessly. I have BT Infinity with a download speed of around 40Mbps - miles within the data rate this adapter can provide.

It is a fit-and-forget product. Excellent.
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3.5mm audio / aux in extension cable 3.0m
3.5mm audio / aux in extension cable 3.0m
Offered by InCarCables Ltd
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality cable, keenly priced, 22 Sept. 2014
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I bought this as a headphone extension cable for my son who uses it for listening to his TV. The cable feels good quality, with a nice positive feel when you plug it in.

Whilst it is at a budget price it in no way feels like a budget product. Happily recommended!


Roland Cube 60xl Bass Amplifier
Roland Cube 60xl Bass Amplifier
Offered by Sound Affects
Price: £419.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great amp with wide range of tones and very useful features, 15 Jun. 2014
This is a very flexible amp crammed full of useful features. Equipped with the Roland COSM system you effectively have 7 amps in one, or even 14 as each amp model can be further modified by turning on the “Shape” function which gives that amp model a different tone. I favour a clean, fairly neutral tone and my favourite two amp models are Super Flat and Session. The amp models available are :- Ampeg B-15 (labelled Fliptop), Fender Bassman (B Man), Trace Elliot AH600SMX (T.E.), Acoustic 360 (Bass360), SWR SM400 (Session) and the Ampeg SVT (Concert 810). Two further tones are available - Super Flat and Super Low. These aren’t modelled on an existing amp but do give the sound of an amp more than you would get just by using a DI Box. Super Low is the same tone as Super Flat but with some added sound one octave lower. These varied amp models coupled with the Cube’s 10” Woofer and Coaxial Tweeter give you sound ranging from dirty and muddy right through to super clean and detailed.

Another really useful feature is the built-in compressor to help even out your dynamics. There is also a Drive function to give you a distorted sound if you wish. There’s also a tuner included with manual and chromatic modes. A fairly comprehensive effects section gives you Chorus, Delay and Reverb (Room and Plate reverbs included). There is also a looper function which allows you to record a riff and play it back while you improvise over the top. A simple 3 band EQ is also provided.

On the back there are various useful outputs. DI Out (which bypasses all the amp modelling and effects), Line Out which includes all the modelling etc. and leaves the amps speaker active (so you can record the modelled sound while still hearing the amp) and finally a Recording Out/Phones which cuts the speaker so you can either listen on headphones or record the amp output without the speaker being active. There’s also an Aux In for connecting an MP3 player, and various footswitch sockets.

The amp will happily play quietly enough for practise at home without annoying the neighbours and would be powerful enough for small pub/club gigs. It’s fairly compact and not too heavy and feels robustly built. The wide range of tones and well thought out features make it a great amp.


Martin SP 92/8 Acoustic Guitar Strings - Phosphor Bronze Wound (Custom / Light, .011 - .052)
Martin SP 92/8 Acoustic Guitar Strings - Phosphor Bronze Wound (Custom / Light, .011 - .052)
Price: £8.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tone, long lasting, 24 May 2014
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I've been using these strings for years now and have never found an alternative I like more. Most recently I tried a set of Rotosounds which were no competition for the Martins. These SP strings have a lovely bright tone and I find they keep their bright sound for a very long time.


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