G-SHOCK FULL METAL GMW-B5000TFG-9 35TH ANNIVERSARY GOLD REVIEW 2018 EXCLUSIVE BASELWORLD RELEASE

G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000TFG-9 35th Anniversary Gold Review 2018 Exclusive Baselworld Release

Casio G-Shock’s Full Metal GMW-B5000 line has taken the watch world by storm. Debuted at Baselworld 2018 in Switzerland, these new releases have been the subject of immense publicity and praise on every continent, watch blog, and retail boutique worldwide.

Here at Arizona Fine Time, the energy & excitement is in sync with the rest of the world- We absolutely love Casio G-Shock’s Full Metal Series (and we’ve been very busy making sure our customers get a piece of the action too!)

In addition to the initial blog review we did on the Full Metal Silver GMWB5000D-1 (which you can find by clicking here), we’ve decided to include some additional photos of the actual 35th Anniversary Gold release, known as the GMW-B5000TFG-9.

Both models are still available for pre-order here at Arizona Fine Time, but they won’t be for long. Call our watch experts at 1-800-486-3996 and reserve your GMW-B5000 Casio G-Shock Full Metal today!

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ETERNA KONTIKI BRONZE MANUFACTURE LIMITED EDITION 1291.78.49.4122: HANDS ON

Today, we had the unique opportunity to go hands on with one of the industry’s most exciting releases of the year: The Eterna Kontiki Bronze Limited Edition 1291.78.49.4122. Initially, this model was introduced at Baselworld 2017, however no retailer was able to actually acquire any to sell until early 2018. We at Arizona Fine Time were extremely lucky to acquire 10 of these models, with only 300 produced for the entire world. Let’s take an in-depth look at what the Eterna Kontiki Bronze really has to offer to the consumer.

The Kontiki Bronze Limited Edition was produced to commemorate the announcement & 70th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kontiki Expedition. Heyerdahl sailed from Callao to Polynesia with a crew of six men and almost no supplies. The crew relied on Pacific winds and currents to propel them all the way to Raroia in French Polynesia. On each crew member’s wrist was an Eterna watch, contributed by the company specifically for the expedition. Upon reaching Raroia, all crew members were pleased to discover their pieces were running as smoothly as ever, unaffected by water, moisture, salt corrosion, and temperature variations. Now that we’ve covered a bit of the backstory, let’s get down to the watch itself.

The Kontiki Bronze boldy presents itself in a 44mm bronze (copper and tin) case, and uses an alloy without aluminum, making it more resistant to turning green like so many bronze pieces do in such little time. A charcoal gray, granite-patterned dial provides incredible contrast to the triangular luminescent (Super LumiNova) hour markers at each quadrant on the piece. I imagine this will provide an extra “leg up” to anyone taking this piece on a dive, or just sporting it in complete darkness.

While on the subject of diving, the Kontiki Bronze has a water-resistance of 200 meters, and a unidirectional rotating bezel adorns the dial with a no-decompression limits scale, giving any diver a useful aid in the event their diving computer malfunctions. This scale signifies the exact amount of time a diver can spend at a particular depth before having to decompress.

When you really take the time to carefully examine the Kontiki Bronze, you’ll find this watch also doubles as a utilitarian piece, not only because of it’s decompression scale and ultra-contrasted legibility, but also because of the tack-stiched, tastefully rugged brown leather strap. Tack-stitching provides additional durability, safeguarding the band from potential wear or added stress. It’s indeed a practical feature, but also provides an almost accidental asthetic that comes off as quite pleasing, especially at a quick glance. The strap measures out to 22mm with a bronze pin buckle that has Eterna logo in mid-matte black.

The Eterna Kontiki Bronze contains an in-house 3902A automatic movement that beats at 28,800 bph and contains a power reserve of 65 hours. This Caliber 39 movement is part of a unique family capable of everything from a manual time-only, to a GMT, to a triple date chorongraph, and more! There are 88 total permutations in the Caliber 39 family, and it’s all thanks to Eterna’s master watchmakers in Grenchen, Switzerland.

For a bronze Swiss Diver with an in-house movement, the $2,950 price point is really a no-brainer. In all, The Eterna Bronze Kontiki Diver is a piece that far surpasses expectations and passes the taste test with flying colors. With only 300 produced for the world, it’s strongly recommended that you secure your piece sooner, rather then later. Any of our Arizona Fine Time watch experts at will be happy to help with any questions you may have. Call us now! 1-800-486-3996

CASIO G-SHOCK FULL METAL 5000 SERIES COMING SOON TO AZ FINE TIME

CASIO G-SHOCK FULL METAL 5000 SERIES COMING SOON

Posted by Gary Spahr, Kole Hirsh on 12th Feb 2018

Arizona Fine Time is proud to offer the new Casio G-Shock Full Metal 5000 Series

Possibly replacing the DW-5750 revival as the most surprising release of the year, the G-Shock GMW-B5000 series features metal bezels and bands with the classic square shape plus a sapphire crystal, Tough Solar, Multi-Band 6, and Bluetooth V4.1 connectivity. Reminiscent of the solid gold Dream Project concept watch, the GMW-B5000 has two variants: the silver GMW-B5000D-1 and gold GMW-B5000TFG-9. We don’t have any official information from Casio yet but have heard that the watches are limited editions made of steel with a price of around €500 EUR for the silver model and €600 EUR for the gold model.

It is believed that the GMW-B5000 has a full stainless steel housing and screw-back case like the GW-5000-1JF. A European distribution site states that it has a phone finder and flight log memory functions, as well as the usual features like world time, stopwatch, timer, 5 alarms. It is fully shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. Unlike most 5000-5600 models, it has a LED light instead of the EL backlight. No word yet on if it has call and message alerts like the GB-5600 series did.

The solar panels on the face have a brick pattern that is reminiscent of the first-ever G-Shock DW-5000 and previous DW-5000 anniversary tribute models. This is the first time this brick pattern has appeared on a solar model.

Click Here To Pre-Order A G-Shock Full Metal 5000 Series Watch

More information to come soon! Call our experts to place your pre-order now: 1-800-486-3996

 

BASELWORLD 2016 – A NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER – 8X22

BASELWORLD 2016 – A NEW SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER – 8X22

SEIKO ASTRON GPS SOLAR CALIBER - 8X22

It’s hard to believe that only 4 years ago, Seiko launched it’s technological marvel, the Seiko Astron GPS Solar line of timepieces. Since it’s debut, Seiko has taken an evolutionary approach to the Astron lineup. Each year since its launch, Seiko has taken another step towards perfecting the Astron GPS Solar technology.

Following the initial 7X52 caliber, Seiko introduced the 8X chronograph caliber and dramatically altered the Astron landscape. Not only did this caliber add more features, it was also dramatically reduced in size while retaining its functionality. The size of the caliber and watches shrunk by 30% creating a much more wearable timepiece.

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BASELWORLD 2016 – GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE SPORT COLLECTION – SBGC017, SBGC015, SBGE037, SBGE039

BASELWORLD 2016 – GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE SPORT COLLECTION – SBGC017, SBGC015, SBGE037, SBGE039

Grand Seiko Baselworld Limited Editions

Introduced in 1960, Grand Seiko has been following an unwavering path of what Seiko calls “the purest essentials of watchmaking”. This path includes a clear ideal that each Grand Seiko timepiece should follow the rules of precision, legibility, comfort, and durability.

Since Grand Seiko’s introduction, these ideals have been followed to a “T”. However, this consistent forward motion does not mean there is no room for creativity and innovation. Today, Grand Seiko is giving us a taste of the future with their latest additions.

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HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

Grand Seiko SBGR097

HANDS ON WITH THE GRAND SEIKO AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION BLUE GS DIAL SBGR097 – 42MM 9S61 NO DATE

2015 marked not only the 55th Anniversary for Grand Seiko, but also the 5 year anniversary of the introduction of the 9S65 caliber.  The advantage of the 9S65 as compared to the previous 9S5 series was the use of Spron 610 for the hairspring.  They also had a 72 hour power reserve (which was originally introduced in the 9S67 in 2006), due to their in-house manufactured mainspring, Spron 510.  Today we introduce you to a model that commemorates both anniversaries…  The SBGR097.

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GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033

GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT LIMITED EDITION GREEN DIAL SBGE033 : HANDS ON

In line with the Grand Seiko 55th Anniversary, Seiko has a beautiful assortment of new limited edition models, outside of the 62GS Historical Collection.  The first we would like to introduce is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT Limited Edition SBGE033, with a beautifully done radial finished green dial.

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