Insert obligatory “Always wanted a tank” sentence. The Solarbeat has been on my want list since its release but it’s so hard to save up with all these rising costs. And now I’m saving up for my wedding. So I thought that dream was impossible. But now I started my dream job 2 months ago and wanted to get a watch to commemorate it. Was thinking of getting a Lorier Falcon III, however couldn’t justify the extra costs to get it shipped to Aus. Maybe after a promotion I’ll get one but wanted something within a $200 budget for the mean time.
I went down the Tank alternatives rabbit hole and spent 2 months reading and watching reviews. Kept searching for vintage Seiko models but the prices were too much. Then last weekend I went on a shopping trip with my gf and walked past a jeweler shop and noticed this lil fella (SWR054) through the window. I knew its dimensions were smaller than the tank (Case is 18.9mm) and that’s what put me off from this watch at first as I felt it was much too small than the tank. But I decided to ask the clerk if I could try it on and you already know where this is going.
Love at first…wear? Is that a thing? I just loved the dainty understated unpretentious size on my 6.5” wrist. My partner said it was tiny but liked how it fit my small wrist, I was kinda afraid she’d say no and tell me “You have the same watch!” Which obviously I don’t and it’s all the same to her lol.
I took photos of it on my wrist in store and left as my partner searched it up online and saw a competing jeweler had the same watch for $100 less. Amazing work by her cause she always loves a good deal and I owe her for helping me. So we went home and just ordered online with free shipping and now it has arrived in its new home.
Now I’m not sure if still want a tank anymore, I’m crazy right?!!
So I guess I’ll set my eyes on the Santos Dumont instead 👀😉😎