The rain stopped sometime before 4 am. The sky is clearing and if I'm to believe the weather forecasting, it may even last further into the day. A good opportunity to take some shots of the San Martin SN021-G "absolutely not Explorer" while finishing my coffee.
It's cold enough to allow the Canon G12 to capture the steaming coffee and the early morning light is still soft and not overly bright. This is unlikely to change until spring so maybe I'll have to start being serious about using the manual mode and play with exposures and white balance without relying too much on the camera's auto mode. The problem is that it sounds too much like work and I'm not spending this time outside for working.
The SN021-G is more interesting than what you may think. Facing it straight ahead the dial and general shape kind of look like an Explorer, it's only when it's looked at more carefully and from different angles that the differences start to be noticeable. The width of the bezel for example, the size of the hands are rather obvious. The texture on the dial less so, but it all adds up to create a watch that reminds strongly of an Explorer, but one that was created from second hand descriptions and not a direct copy of a specific model. That's of course my opinion, which is just one of many.
What is less controversial is the quality. The San Martin is a good watch to wear, it's well put together and is also comfortable to wear. It's not going to be a substitute for someone who is looking to wear a modern Rolex Explorer, but in my case I just want to wear something nice today and the San Martin is doing just fine for me.
I'm a big fan of watches that are interesting because they are either unique, have interesting features, well designed or simply offer a great value for their price.