Sunday, June 11, 2017

SINGLE-RED SEA-DWELLER



Note: I decided to conduct an experiment, and keep a daily diary of thoughts and observations on the all-new Rolex Single-Red SEA-DWELLER. So basically, whenever I have thoughts, I will add them with a date-stamp at the bottom of this story:


JAKE'S NOTEBOOK

The Second Coming

SINGLE-RED SEA-DWELLER


If you are reader of Jake's Rolex World, you know how over-the-top excited I got when when Rolex introduced the Single Red SEA-DWELLER earlier this year at BaselWorld 2017. I got so excited, I wrote a 6 Part Series on the significance of the Second Coming of the SINGLE-RED SEA-DWELLER. I just got the a new Single Red SEA-DWELLER, and I plan to write a detailed review once I have had a chance to live with it on my wrist for a while. That being said, I wanted to offer my initial impressions. In a nutshell, this watch is pure MAGIC!!!! I have been looking forward to getting this watch on my wrist every since Rolex introduced it at BaselWorld 2017, and I can't seem to stop staring at it on my wrist!!!


I believe Rolex has a home-run on its hands (pun intended) with this magnificent new SEA-DWELLER. One of the reasons I am so excited about this watch is due to its larger 43MM size. I am pleasantly surprised at how low-profile the case design is, and how well it sits on my wrist—as seen in the photo below. If you look closely at the photo below you will notice how well the lug structure follows the curve of my wrist, which is an important feature in the Rolex Oyster Bracelet geometry. I also could not help but notice the lugs are significantly elongated and the overall case shape is NOT that of the blockier Supercase. Instead, the case shape is way more old-school, as the lugs swerve inward, and are longer and skinnier. This results in the watch looking less bulky from the top and side views. At first it is a little strange seeing the helium release valve, as I have never worn a SEA-DWELLER before, and I assume in time I will grow used to it. The overall design of the watch is very macho in a refined elegant way—kind of like Sean Connery as James Bond. This model is super-streamlined with fresh, clean-cut GQ lines.



If you look closely at the ceramic bezel insert in the photo above, you will notice how crazy-precise the ceramic bezel insert fits inside the bezel. I bought my first Rolex Submariner close to 35 years ago, when I was 18 years old, and since then the only other Submariner I have owned is an LV Submariner with the green bezel. I realize this probably sound weird, but since the LV had the green bezel, it seemed way different than my first Submariner which had a black bezel. So basically, wearing this SEA-DWELLER is Deja Vuing me out, and making me remember the joy and wonderment I experienced when I got my first Submariner 35 years ago. Also, it's so interesting to see something you are so familiar with, scaled-up larger. I love the familiarity aspect of this watch, and that carries over to the red SEA-DWELLER dial designation. Obviously I have never owned a Single-Red SEA-DWELLER, but since I have carefully studied so many photos of it, as well as photos of Single Red Submariner 1680 models, there is an instant feeling of familiarity.

The very first thing I did when I was resizing the bracelet to fit my wrist was to remove the Scuba Diving Suit extension from the bracelet, which I don't plan to use, and in doing to it made the Rolex Oyster Bracelet look much, much cleaner and balanced as you can see in the photo below. One think for certain, is the Oyster bracelet on this watch is a serious piece of engineering art. The watch has a built-in feature that allows you to simply increase or decrease the wrist size in very small increments, so you can easily resize as the weather changes without having to use any tools. The Fliplock Clasp on this puppy is the easiest one I have ever used. It is literally smooth as butter. Note the horizontal lines on the clasp are a light reflection.


I think the freakiest thing so far about this watch is how accurately it keeps time. This is due to the all-new Rolex Caliber 3235 movement, which seems to keep quartz-like accurate time. I am tracking the precision of the timekeeping functionality using an atomic clock. Over the next weeks and months, I will publish my timekeeping precision findings.

Also, I think I should mention, the overall build-quality of this watch is exceptional and it is built like a tank. The SEA-DWELLER watch feels heavy in the hand, but not on the wrist. I believe this is due to the fact it is so well balanced on the wrist. 

I really hope this watch is a sign of things to come with Rolex and that Rolex comes out with a 43 or 44MM Single Red Submariner model, with and without the date. Since the new SEA-DWELLER has a Cyclops Date window lens it make it look much more like a larger Submariner. I never really liked the Rolex DEEP-SEA, as it had weird unbalanced proportions, although I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the James Cameron DEEPSEA dial. It would be so cool if Rolex offers a similar gradient dial on this watch in the future...

...Speaking of proportions, the all-new Single-Red SEA-DWELLER has such perfect proportions, its like the DEEP-SEA and Submariner had a baby, that inherited the best of each parents features and traits. Another way to look at it is the new Single Red wears its weight much better than the DEEP-SEA. Rolex watches have always been designed and built like no other, and with this new model, that lead has been significantly increased. In other words, there is no other watch brand that makes a model that is anywhere close to Rolex.

My other observations so far are that I love the fatter hands which make it look bolder and clearer. Also, I am surprised in a good way, at how dark or blue red the SEA-DWELLER dial designation is. I was expecting it to be more of an orange-red, but it is a straight up blue red that is very subdued at most angles in many different lighting conditions. I live the larger size so much better, but I keep thinking Rolex should also come out with a 45 or 46, or 47MM version, but if they were to make a larger model, I don't think they would make it any thicker. At 43MM, the SEA-DWELLER will likely appeal to many Panerai fans as the watch has a more macho/masculine presence.





Day 3



June 12, 2017:

I still can't stop staring at the Single-RED on my wrist. The photo below shows me photographing the SEA-DWELLER in the mirror, to show how it sits on the wrist from the rear and front-facing perspectives. 




When I took these photos, I was not planning to publish them, but I think they capture the essence of the Single Red SEA-DWELLER. The iPhone case in my hand is a prototype and looks strange and as it was printed with a 3D printer, which explains why it looks semi-transparent. As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I think Rolex should consider making a 45, 46 or 47MM Submariner for bigger guys. I think the photo below shows how on my wrist there would be plenty of room for an increased diameter. 



I know this might sound strange, but one of the things that draws me to it so much is all the amazing SEA-DWELLER exploration History that is tied up in this watch

I have been comparing and contrasting it with my LV Submariner, to check out all the differences, and I plan to put together my findings. One key difference I noticed is that thickness of the bezel is much taller on the SEA-DWELLER, which makes it much, much easier to grab when you want to spin it, and also makes the watch look more macho. It also strikes me that Rolex was able to hide or camouflage some of the watches thickness by making the bezel thicker. This is one of the reasons I believe the watch looks so balanced on the wrist.



In the photo above, we see the all new Single Red SEA-DWELLER next to my 50 Anniversary LV Submariner, which in now around 12 years old. Despite the obvious family resemblance, the build quality is absolute night and day. Especially the difference between the Rolex Oyster clasps. If you look at clasp in the photo above you will notice the LV claps looks janky, and has all the primitive exposed sizing holes. The Single Red in comparison has a super-clean clasp design, which is complete flush when closed. Also notice the LV has the Rolex logo on the bottom of the wrist facing stamped clasp, which rubs against your wrist, where the SEA-DWELLER is super-clean with no engravings. This translates in to far greater comfort. 

Also, the SEA-DWLLER has the Glidelock tooless adjustment system which is light years ahead of the old fashioned wrist sizing system on the LV, which required using a tool or paper-clip to adjust the singing. With the SEA-DWELLER, you just take the watch off your wrist, unlock the Glidelock by moving it away from the clasp, then slide it to the new position to make it tighter or looser, then lock it back down by snapping it back against the clasp—then put it back on your wrist. I feel like all the pet peeves I have ever had in my life with Rolex are gone and have been perfected with the new SEA-DWELLER. I know the Gridlock has been around for years in the current Submariner and in other Rolex watches, but I thought it was worth pointing out how much Rolex has evolved over the past decade. Also, if you look at the photo above you see how dark the red is on the SEA-DWELLER dial designation. The more I evaluate the color red, the more I think it needs to pop more, and be a little bit more of a Cherry Red.



I am also obsessing over comparing the time on the SINGLE-RED to the Atomic Clock App on my iPhone. So far the time is an EXACT Match. I mean it is not off by a second!!! +0/-0.

I keep thinking about how Rolex watches have evolved over time. It strikes me that Rolex has hit a new level of perfection with the Single Red, in the sense that as far as functionally and build-quality, there is no room for improvement. 

I am still getting used to seeing the helium release valve, which looks like a belly-button to me :-0





Day 4



June 13, 2017:

After really analyzing the lug structure, I realized the shape of the Tonneau case lugs is indeed, identical to the older style Submariner lugs from before the Supercase. In other words, the lugs on the Single RED SEA-DWELLER harken back to match the lugs on the LV Submariner, which represents quite a departure for Rolex, as almost every new case since the Ceramic GMT-Master has come with a squarer Supercase. Ironically, the return of the Supercase came from older Rolex models from the 1950s. So basically, Rolex keeps reusing or recycling prior design language. The obvious question is why would Rolex depart from the Supercase, with its larger broad shoulder look, and move toward the older more narrow, elongated lug structure on the Single Red SEA-DWELLER? My best guess is that it make the watch look less blocky, and more streamlined. I also imagine it is in response to the DEEP-SEA being so blocky and disproportionate. 

Another strange anomaly I noticed on the Single Red, it that its Maxi Markers seem to me the exact same size as the Maxi Markers on my original LV Submariner, which is bizarre. In other words, Rolex seems to have scaled most elements on the Single Red SEA-DWELLER up in scale to be proportionate, but the seem to have not done so on the SEA-DWELLER, which I think is a mistake. Why? Because having the larger markers gives the watch a bolder, more aquatic look, which I defiantly prefer. The slightly disproportionate markers still look a bit Maxi, in the sense the are not the small effeminate markers Rolex had on the Submarine and SEA-DWELLER back in the 1980s and 1990s, but if it were up to me, I would properly scale them up more. The comparison photo below, if you look closely confirms my design analysis of the Markers.



I'm not certain what is going on, but somehow overnight, the SEA-DWELLER sped up, and is now running 6 seconds faster than the Atomic Clock. This is still very good, and is within standard COSC specs of -4/+6 seconds per day. I did not wear the SEA-DWELLER last night, but put it on its side. I know I have a way to go, but I am curious to see how it performs over the course of a month. If you average the daily offset, the SEA-DWELLER is still within Rolex's amazing new standard of -2/+2 seconds per day.

I still keep staring at the SEA-DWELLER all day long, but I am starting to get used to it. Another takeaway point is that Rolex really needs to make the 43MM standard on all sports watches. It just gives the watch so much more wrist presence. Another detail I think I noticed is how Rolex has successfully incorporated the the Caliber 3235 movement into the SEA-DWELLER. The think that is interesting is that I know Rolex hates using movement ring extensions around the movements to make a smaller movement fit in a larger case, and with the new Single-RED SEA-DWELLER, Rolex simply made the movement cutout smaller, so it looks perfect, like it was made for the watch. I took the photo below which illustrates my point.



The top set of images shows the 43MM Single-RED Rolex SEA-DWELLER on the left, with the 40MM LV Submariner on the right. The second image below is identical, but I drew red circles around the screw-down caseback. Notice how much more meat the 43MM SEA-DWELLER case has around the screw-down caseback. Designing and engineering the watch the 43MM SEA-DWELLER this way, results in two different detail changes. First, it makes the watch case heavier, only around its outer perimeter, which contributes to it having a great balance on the wrist as the case weight is balanced on the outer edges of the case. Second, and most importantly, it allows Rolex to use a movement that was designed to be able to fit into a 41MM case, to be incorporated into the 43MM case without a case movement ring. A case  movement ring is typically used to hold a smaller ligne movement in place when put in a larger case. The result is a kind of funky look, like you put a Cadillac emblem on a Mercedes. In other words it looks ill-fit. Rolex brilliantly just decreased the case movement opening.




Day 5

June 14, 2017:


I compared the SEA-DWELLER with the Atomic Clock again, and the SEA-DWELLER did not gain or lose a second since yesterday. In other words, after 5 days of wearing the watch, it is running 6 seconds fast, which is just a little more than a second fast per day, which is excellent!!!

I spoke with the owner of RubberB today, about the Single-Red SEA-DWELLER, and he said they plan to come out with a RubberB strap for it, around January 2018. He said it takes a long time to develop and test the rubber straps before they come to market. He also mentioned that from what he has heard, the 43MM Single Red is hard to get ahold of, and there are already significant waiting lists.

The need for Maxi Markers? I keep obsessing about the size of the Maxi Markers, asking myself if my previous observation that Rolex did NOT scale-up the markers is a correct observation? The more I think about it, the more I think Rolex just used the same Maxi Markers they use on the 40MM Submariner and GMT-Master. In my personal opinion this is a mistake, as I like the bolder look of the larger circles, rectangles and upside-down pyramid on the dial. This detail may have been by design, as the Rolex designers appear to have gone back to the older style case design, with longer skinnier lugs, so it makes some sense that they went back to slightly smaller Maxi Markers, but I defiantly prefer the larger, bolder markers.

43MM? An obvious question, is when Rolex says the all-new Single Red SEA-DWELLER is 43MM, how exactly are they measuring it? When I measure with my calipers, I noticed the bezel from outer edge to outer edge measures EXACTLY 43MM.





Day 6

June 15, 2017:



I checked the time accuracy again today, and on my sixth day of wearing it, it's running 8 seconds faster, which is superb! Not only is it within the COSC Standard of -4/+6 per day, but it is within the Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification standard of -2/+2 per day.

Whenever I wash my hands in the bathroom, I keep noticing the Single Red SEA-DWELLER on my wrist in the mirror, and often times, I'll stare at it, and for some reason, the image below keeps popping into my head. 



The photo above is of Office Of Naval Research Aquanaut, Ian Koblick, which was taken in March of 1969, and shows him in the Tektite Underwater Habitat, testing his original prototype Single Red SEA-DWELLER. In other words, I primarily wear T-shirts every day, and the when I look at the SEA-DWELLER on my wrist, it looks a lot like this.

Earlier in my notes, I kept talking about how the red SEA-DWELLER dial designation uses paint that is too dark, and even though the photo below is of a Single Red Submariner, and not a SEA-DWELLER, I think this is the correct shade of red. In all fairness to Rolex, the photo below could have the red popping more due to the excellent lighting in the photo. 



By the way, the lugs on the all-new SEA-DWELLER appear to be very similar in shape to the lugs on the vintage Single Red Submariner pictured above. In other words, they are narrower, which results in the watch looking less square and boxy, and more streamlined. I put together the photo collage below that visually illustrates and confirms this point. Notice how much more tapered and narrow the lugs are on the 43MM SEA-DWELLER compared to the 40MM Submariner. 




Day 7

June 16, 2017:


I checked the time accuracy again today, and on my seventh day of wearing it, it's running ten seconds fast.

I also keep noticing the second markers on the bezel, which the Submariner does not have. If you look at the photo above, that compares the SEA-DWELLER to the Submariner, you will notice the black bezel on the SEA-DWELLER essentially has 60 markers, v. the Submariner which just minute markers from 0 to 15 minutes. The fact the SEA-DWELLER has more markers, give it a more technical look.



Day 8

June 17, 2017:

I checked the time accuracy again today, and on my eighth day of wearing it, it's running 11 seconds fast.

I realize I am really getting used to wearing the watch, and it seems like it has become a part of me. Speaking of which, that is one of the things I like so much about the new SEA-DWELLER, is how well is fits and hugs my wrist—especially for a thicker watch.



Day 10

June 19, 2017:


I skipped over Day 9, and on Day 10 the movement is running 15 seconds fast, which is very impressive. The Rolex 3235 movement is pictured below, which  is inside the Single Red SEA-DWELLER.









Day 11

June 20, 2017:


I think Rolex should make both the minute and hour hands wider, and thus more masculine looking. Both hands look a little anemic and skinny. Also, I would really like to see the Maxi Markers properly scaled up, as they look like Mini Maxi Markers to me.

It appears, in my opinion, the Rolex design team is paranoid about scaling issues, and almost went slightly in the opposite direction. In other words, I think the consensus is that Rolex wandered astray on the scaling of Day-Date II, and Datejust II, as well as the way they scaled up the DEEP-SEA SEA-DWELLER. With the DEEP-SEA, they basically, took a 40MM watch and scaled up the body to 43-44MM, and made it much, much more top-heavy, or as a friend of mine said, "made it look unblanced, like Mr. Patatohead." 

Rolex seriously bulked-up the watch case on the DEEP-SEA, but didn't bother creating a scaled-up Oyster Bracelet. Instead, it appears they just put a standard 40MM Submariner/SEA-DWELLER size bracelet on the 43-44MM DEEP-SEA. With the newest Day-Date, and Datejust models, we see Rolex retreated back to the exact scale as the originals, even thought they made the new models larger in size. This makes perfect sense, as the newest models retain the classic proportions that made the models trademarks to begin with. With the 43MM Single-Red SEA-DWELLER, as I previously mentioned, they did the same thing, even retreating back to the pre Super-Case proportions with narrower lugs, which looks surprisingly good and streamlined. 

The design team seems to have decided to give the 43MM SEA-DWELLER a new size Maxi-Marker that scale wise, has never existed. In other words, they simply gave it the Maxi Markers from a 40MM watch. They probably did this as they thought it was a comfortable scale compromise between the older SEA-DWELLER Maxi Markers and the smaller ones from before the 40MM SEA-DWELLER went SuperCase, but I think this is a mistake. I think Rolex should scale up the Maxi Markers and make them proportionally larger. I also think Rolex should make the minute and hour hands bolder, wider and more masculine.

I am also really curious to see what a 46MM SEA-DWELLER would look like. I think if they made a larger SEA-DWELLER, or Submariner around 45-46-47MM, they should NOT increase the width of the bezel, but instead add 100% of the additional size to the dial area.

I also noticed one of the brilliant design characteristics of the new 43MM SEA-DWELLER is Rolex was able to hide a significant amount of the overall watch thickness by making the bezel thicker/taller. This makes the watch body look thinner, while having the additional benefit of making the bezel much easier to grab and spin. It also allows the crystal to be positioned in a very low profile manner, which looks fantastic!

Timekeeping: Still running 15 seconds fast. Last night was the first night in 5 days or so, where I did not sleep with it on my wrist, which is interesting that it did not speed up at all? This means that after 11 days, it is running closer to 1 second fast per day, than 2. To be specific it is averaging 1.36 seconds fast per day, which is very impressive!





Day 16

June 24, 2017:



The SEA-DWELLER is running 20 seconds fast, in 16 days of constant wearing, which is definately excellent.



Day 17

June 25, 2017:



Took this cool underwater wrist shot of the Single-RED SEA-DWELLER today. The SEA-DWELLER is still running 20 seconds fast.








Day 18

June 26, 2017:




The SEA-DWELLER is running 21 seconds fast as of today. This is very interesting, I think the Single Red seems to be slowing down a little bit, which is great!

Last night I was looking at the Single Red SEA-DWELLER, and I was thinking about how today/contemporary it looks. I am convinced that all Rolex models should be offered n a 43 or 44MM size. I was also thinking about Jose's SEA-DWELLER Timeframe poster, seen below, and how profound it is to be wearing an actual Single Red SEA-DWELLER.



Specifically, the only way you could wear a genuine Single-RED SEA-DWELLER before the advent of the 2017 43MM Single-RED SEA-DWELLER was to purchase a vintage prototype, which today cost somewhere between a half and three-quarters of a million dollars!?!!




Day 19

June 27, 2017:



The SEA-DWELLER is running 24 seconds fast as of today. 




Day 20

June 28, 2017:


The SEA-DWELLER did not gain any time and is still  running 24 seconds fast. This is interesting in the sense it did not slow down, but also didn't speed up over the past 24 hours. In other words, it kept perfect, to the send time for the past day. I am getting really curious to see where it will end up after 30 days? So far it is averaging 1.2 minutes fast per day, which means that if I wasn't tracking it so closely with an atomic clock, it would appear to be keeping perfect time. 





Day 21

June 29, 2017:


I was surprised today, when I tested The SEA-DWELLER against the Atomic Clock, it had slowed-down by a second, to be running a total of 23 seconds fast, which is interesting. For the record, I have never tested a watch on a daily-basis, where I precisely tested it against an atomic clock, but it sure in interesting!





Day 23

July 1, 2017:



This is a little weird, but for the past two nights, I slept with the watch on my wrist, and it sped up a total of 2 seconds per day, and is now running 27 seconds fast. I think I am going to try to wear it while I sleep for the next two nights and see if it keeps speeding up at this pace, then I will switch over to a few nights were I don't wear it while I sleep.

One thing I can't stop obsessing over is the width of the hands, on the Single RED SEA-DWELLER. I think they are WAY TOO SKINY, and don't match the rest of the design language on the watch. This is really weird to me, but if you look at the hands on the 42MM Rolex Explorer, they are much, much wider, which is what this watch needs. 





I included the comparison image above to show the difference its between the width of the hands on the Single Red and the Explorer II. Notice how much wider/fatter the minute hand is on the Explorer?





Day 26

July 4, 2017:




So now the Single Red is running 31 seconds fast, so it has sped up four seconds over the past 3 days. One again, I have slept with it on my wrist every night, so tonight I will take it off and see if it slows down.

Yesterday, when I was taking a shower, I kept staring at the Single Red, and I realized I have not worn a Rolex with an all black bezel insert since my Submariner I purchased 34 years ago, which is interesting...

I am finally used to wearing the Single Red SEA-DWELLER, which I would equate to gaining a new girlfriend. Let me be specific. In my life, I have dated many, many women, and one thing I always wondered with each new woman, "Is this the one? Is this the end of the line?" Meaning, I always wondered, with each new lover, if she was the one I would end up spending the rest of my life with. I specifically recall, when I would start dating a new woman, looking at detail like the shape of her hands, and fingernails, or the details of here face, or her curves, and I would, by default, compare them to the last girl I dated. Then, after a month or so, my new girlfriends features, would become my new 'De facto' standard. There is a song about this, that was came from the musical titled, "My Fair Lady". You can see the video below from the classic movie:




I must admit, that nobody sings this song as well Dino!!! I had to ad the version of "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face", since Dino is so cool, and talented...


Several years ago, Christ Botti covered the song with his trumpet, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face", and dubbed an amazing recording of Dean Martin singing the song, which can be heard in the video below.





My point, or analogy, is that whenever I begin wearing a new watch, I go through a similar experience, where at first it seems kind of foreign, and over time, I grow accustomed to her, and that is where I am now after a good three weeks of wearing the Single Red SEA-DWELLER. Now, she seems like she is mine, and I have grown accustomed to her face. 



I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

Damn! Damn! Damn! Damn!
I've grown accustomed to her face
She almost makes the day begin
I've grown accustomed to the tune that
She whistles night and noon

Her smiles, her frowns
Her ups, her downs
Are second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in

I was serenely independent and content before we met
Surely I could always be that way again
And yet 
I've grown accustomed to her look
Accustomed to her voice
Accustomed to her face 

I can see her now, Mrs. Freddy Eynsford-Hill 
In a wretched little flat above a store
I can see her now, not a penny in the till
And a bill collector beating at the door

She'll try to teach the things I taught her
And end up selling flowers instead
Begging for her bread and water
While her husband has his breakfast in bed.

In a year, or so, when she's prematurely grey
And the blossom in her cheek has turned to chalk
She'll come home, and lo, he'll have upped and run away 
With a social-climbing heiress from New York

Poor Eliza. How simply frightful
How humiliating! How delightful
How poignant it'll be on that inevitable night 
When she hammers on my door in tears and rags

Miserable and lonely, repentant and contrite
Will I take her in or hurl her to the walls
Give her kindness or the treatment she deserves
Will I take her back or throw the baggage out

But I'm a most forgiving man
The sort who never could, ever would
Take a position and staunchly never budge
A most forgiving man

But, I shall never take her back
If she were even crawling on her knees
Let her promise to atone
Let her shiver, let her moan
I'll slam the door and let the hell-cat freeze

But I'm so used to hear her say 
Good morning everyday
Her joys, her woes
Her highs, her lows

Are second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in
I'm very grateful she's a woman 
And so easy to forget

Rather like a habit 
One can always break
And yet 
I've grown accustomed to the trace 
Of something in the air

Accustomed to her face





Day 27

July 5, 2017:



So last night, I took the SEA-DWELLER off my wrist and this morning it had gained a second, and it currently running 32 seconds fast.





Day 32

July 10, 2017:




After 32 days, the SEA-DWELLER is running 40 seconds fast, which is still very good, and I might point out that if a watch runs faster, it is better than it running slower. In other words, if a watch runs slower, it could make you late for appointments. If it runs faster, you would arrive earlier.





Day 42

July 20, 2017:



After 42 days, the SEA-DWELLER is running 47 seconds fast. This seems to be pretty good, and it seems like the SEA-DWELLER might be slowing down just slightly. So far on average the SEA-DWELLER has been running just over a second fast per day.






Day 50

July 28, 2017:



I have no idea, why this is happening, but the SEA-DWELLER after 50 days is running 46 seconds fast, which means it somehow slowed down even more!?!! In other words, if you base the performance over the first 50 days of constant wear, the SEA-DWELLER is running less than 1 second per day fast.







Day 53

July 31, 2017:




This is so weird, and don't ask me to explain, but the SEA-Dweller is now running 42 seconds fast. In other words, it is running even slower, which is great for long-term timing test specs. I am curious to see if it keeps slowing down, and will it speed up again, or stabilize?

Another thing I have been noticing, is that the bezel turns much easier than on an older Submariner or SEA-DWELLER. In other words, it feels smoother and is easier to spin. The downside is that it is fairly common for it to get moved unintentionally. This can occur if you hit a door handle or something. I notice as I typically keep the upside-down "0" Pyramid directly above the upside-down 12 dial marker, and it is fairly common for me to look down at the watch and see the top pyramid at 57 or 58 minutes. This does not really bother me that much as I typically don't use the bezel to time anything critical, but I thought it was worth pointing out.





Day 63

August 10, 2017:



The SEA-DWELLER is running 46.5 seconds fast. This of course is after 60 days. So based upon a 60 day test, the Single Red is running approximately 3/4 of a second fast per day, which is SUPERB!!!





Day 69

August 16, 2017:




I was not planning on keeping track of the Single Red SEA-DWELLER timing accuracy for longer than 60 days, but my curiosity has clearly gotten the best of me. Today, it is 47 seconds fast, which is bizarre in a great way.




Day 76

August 23, 2017:






If you have made it this far, congratulation to you and me ;-)

The SEA-DWELLER is still running 47 seconds fast, as it has for the past few weeks, so I decided to conduct an experiment are reset the time on the SEA-DWELLER to the Atomic Clock and conduct a new test. I decided to do this as the watch has now had plenty of time for a good break-in period. I am naturally very curious to see the results. Particularly after 30 days.






Day 82

August 29, 2017:





5 days ago, a day after I reset the Single-Red, I noticed it was running a second slow, which I wondered if I had been off by a second, so I thought about resetting it, but decided against the idea. In other words, perhaps I set it second slow and just did not notice it, but usually I am pretty throughout with these things. I remember double and triple checking it right after I reset it. 

Fast forward today, and the SEA-DWELLER is now running two seconds slow, which is super-bizarre as it was running fast in my last test. I actually think it is good that it is running two seconds slow, as I anticipate it should speed up, but maybe not.

I posted a story today that shows this bizarre wrist shot I took of the Single Red SEA-DWELLER in an interesting light situation.





On a side note, I have been wearing the SEA-DWELLER for 3 months now, and a few days ago I put on my Apple watch, and got really frustrated with it, but I forced myself to wear it for a day, and when I took it off my wrist and put the Single Red back on, I was relieved!!! Why? The Single Red SEA-DWELLER is simple as pie. Set it and forget it. The Apple Watch was not paired to my new phone, and in order to do so was a Federal Case, so I just didn't bother pairing it. When I looked at all the Apps on my Apple Watch, I thought to myself, 'I really don't miss or need any of these'. Also, I had this epiphany that the shape of the Apple Watch reminds my of the original Casio Calculator Watch.




By the way, when I was 12 Years old, back in 1978 I bought a Casio Calculator watch from a store located near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco named Consumer's Distributing, which had a free paper catalog, and you would order from the catalog in the store, and then wait for them to bring it to you. It was located a few blow away from Tower Records, just past Trader Joes.

I also remember my Casio Calculator had the Space Invaders game built into it. If you examine the photos above and below, you can see how the general shape of the Apple Watch is similar to the Casio Calculator watch. It's basically like a Casio Calculator watch that is all screen, without physical buttons.




Just for fun, I took the photo above that compares the Space Black Apple Watch next to the Black Casio Calculator watch, and in the photo below I blacked out the face of the Casio Calculator watch, and that is when you really see the similarity of the case shape. This is a thought I have had many times in the past, so I am glad I illustrated it below.




Maybe in the future I will change my mind again, but his probably explains why I have not posted on Jake's Apple Watch World for over a year.





Day 103

September 20, 2017:






So this will probably be my last entry in this diary. Today the SEA DWELLER is running about 21 seconds slow. Basically, the watch has been losing about 1 second per day, which is awesome!

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