This past March I was very fortunate to be one of the lucky few to win the lottery for the opportunity to buy the M.A.D. Red 1. I will likely never own an MB&F watch, but I was ecstatic to own a piece of mechanical art from Max B. & Friends all the same. After winning, paying, came the 8 month wait. A small battle with DHL and it finally arrived today and it brought a guest.
The Red 1 is a tall piece, but at 50mm L2L it’s not as unbearable as one may think. Let’s be honest, it’s not an everyday piece and one I will rarely wear, but still one I will cherish as part of the collection. And for those that have been following the collection, know how much I love red watches. I only unpacked it moments ago, but I look forward to trying it out.
Onto a watch that was much harder to get than I anticipated, the new Seiko EU Exclusive Alpinist SPB355J1. I once owned the Sarb017, but gifted it to a family member. Shortly thereafter they discontinued it and the prices were almost double, so I gave up re-obtaining it since I couldn’t stomach the idea of paying $600+ for a watch I bought for under $300. Then Seiko announced this one. I tried and tried to preorder it, but no AD would sell it since it is supposed to be a EU only piece. Ultimately, I was referred to a dealer in the UK who didn’t care about the exclusivity guidelines. This also happened at the time of the crash of the pound, coupled with a discount code, but it was still a $720+ Alpinist, which two years ago I would have said “oh, hell no” to, but that dial and those blue indices. I will be putting it through the paces this weekend. I haven’t seen anyone share this new Alpinist yet, so figured I share some quick phone shots. I’ll follow up with DSLR macros soon.