Titanium Perpetual Calendar
Close-up of dial, please click picture to go ahead>


I used this close-up for a watch identifying post on TimeZone.com when the watch still pretty unknown outside Japan
You can click on the picture to see very old and not very good pictures taken in 2001.

Short Stories: The Quickest Buy ever, Mini Review

I worked two weeks in Tokyo in January 1999. From 08:30 AM to 9:00 or 10:00 PM on most evenings. I was installing software and teaching and had a deadline for the next stop on the regional tour, Hong Kong. One of the last evenings in Tokyo (after having seen the watch quickly when going for lunch at 1:15 PM in the Tokyo Station underground maze)  I said to myself: "What a life! Working like a horse, eating room service almost every dinner...I need to reward myself". And I did. One evening, I had a break of ca. 45 minutes and I rushed to the nearby Tokyo Station and took the train to the Akihabara station, 2 stops away if I remember correctly. The place where you find a lot of electronics and watches - not vintage I might add, but the latest gizmos from J3 (Seiko, Citizen, Casio). I arrived there 7:20 PM and realized that 80% of the shops were closed already. It was dark, cold, rainy, a typical Tokyo Winter evening. All I did was to rush into a shop that was not yet barred and bought myself this souvenir from Tokyo. A hasty buy, but I did not regret it. Not at all, because it turned out to be a Japan only model and the 8F32 ticking in there was doing so at 6 times the normal 32768 Hz.

Mini Review

Plus: This is a watch I will wear for sports or if I am in a hurry in the morning and do not want to fiddle with setting the date.
The readability of the dial is excellent. There is nothing distracting. The little triangle on the second hand has no obvious function besides being luminous. It could however be an aid to read the display of Leap Year, Month and Day in the Date Window, by pulling and pushing the crown twice within 1 to 2 seconds. 
The design is sleek and sporty IMO.. This perpetual design was not altered for a long time (Seiko standards - a year is long). The first follow-up Perpetual GMT was by far not as nice and classy in design. Later they produced this design with Perpetual Calendar and GMT function.
The wearing comfort is great, at least to my standards - I can live with relatively stiff bracelets/straps - I do not feel discomfort. The titanium "hand cuffs" leave a little space between the strap and the skin and thus the watch is perfect for hot weather as well. The clasp features also a safety latch and it opens by pushing a small button on the side, thus not being a test whether your fingernails are healthy. Lithium battery life should be 10 years according to the manual. Date is calculated correctly until 2100 when in synch.
Minus: There are no minute ticks on the inner bezel for minute 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 so you have a chance of hitting this time window of 20%. That means about every 5th time you set the watch, you end up between minute 13 to 17 and have no good way to estimate the minute hand position. This is a design error, better, the functionality of the watch has been sacrificed for the design. It is only because some guy from the design department got the upper hand over the engineers which had these markers on the bezel I am 100% sure of that. It is like you make a dial for a pressure gauge and leave out a certain area of the scale. Not reasonable. That and the fact, that you are not allowed to gain weight (you have to cut that rubber strap to  your wrist size) is really the only negative thing I can say about this watch. Duractect (Citizen) came a bit later in 2002, so I assume that this Titanium has not yet been surface hardened and older SEIKO Titanium tends to be a bit soft.