As a reminder, this is the AliExpress homage of the Artist-Formerly-Known-As-Omeganut's (@HotWatchChick69) wildly successful charity auctions; I have much less brand recognition but just as much value to offer.
Thank you to all who participated in the first auction and to @JackieMoon_LMS for the winning bid. Together we raised $303 for two wonderful and worthwhile organizations here in the Bay Area: the SF-Marin Foodbank and the Alameda County Food Bank.
I have been a decade long supporter of both organizations because there are very few nonprofits that have the impact on my community that AC and SF/Marin Food Bank do and even fewer that do at the same efficiency.
Respectively, 93 and 95 percent of all gifts go directly to food grant programs, rather than into administration or further fundraising. As much as any nonprofit can be, they are efficient, well run machines that are devoted to ending hunger in the Bay Area. (Source: Charity Navigator).
While I don't have a fancy corporate match, I will personally double match the final bid of all of the three auctions with receipts to be posted at the end of the auction. One bid, 3x the result split between two worthy organizations. Can't beat it.
Auction two of three starts now and its going to hurt because I f*cking love this watch.
Today, for your consideration, I am auctioning a modern classic, the SPB167 Presage Sharp Edged “Aitetsu.” The watch, overall, is in truly excellent condition, but I’m sure there are some scratches under the lugs from strap changes.
Movement: Seiko Automatic Caliber 6R35
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 21,600 VpH
Jewels: 24 jewels
Water Resistance: 10 bar / 100 meters / 330 ft
Diameter: 39.3 mm x 11mm
Lug to Lug: 47mm
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating on inner surface
Caseback: Open exhibition caseback
Why I love this watch
This is perfection in a case. The case lines are sharp (edged as it were) and the sizing means that it sits low and flat on a variety of wrist sizes (mine is 7.25in for reference).
The dial is immaculate with the beautiful textured blue sunburst. The hands are sharp and well lumed (particularly for a dressier style) and the hour markers offer a mix of high polish and brushed for a ton of visual interest.
The bracelet is comfortable, with solid links and endlinks and a milled and chamfered inner clasp (pressed outer). The polished sides of the center link were ripped straight from a Grand Seiko and give it a ton more interest than a simple oyster style.
And despite the fact that I am literally the clumsiest person in the entire world, there are very few hairline scratches, a tribute to Seiko’s superhard Diashield coating.
The Aitetsu is pretty much everything I adore about Seiko. It’s well made, super interesting to look at and, most importantly, offers incredible charm at a reasonable price.
Why I am selling this watch
I am a deeply stubborn individual who has decided he needs to reduce his watch collection. This is nothing more than a bout of 1WC driven madness. I also believe in the cause I’m donating to and I’m a man of my word. The conditions are ripe for you take advantage of me!
More honestly, even prior to the 1WC, I found myself reaching for it just a little less because of the SBGA429, which fills a very similar niche in my collection but is very slightly dressier (sadly useful for me given the ramping number of last minute, in person meetings these days).
There’s a large part of me that hopes no one bids on this watch so I’ll be forced to keep it.
Why you should buy this watch
It’s about as perfect as GADA watches get below $1K. The dial is positively charming, the hands are sharp and the lume is bold.
Wearing it right now is giving me nostalgia. I’m honestly hoping it goes to someone who loves it as much as I do.
Or, you know, you’re @Ichibunz and can’t resist a Seiko at any price.
A lovely review with far better photography than mine.
What you get:
The watch comes with original packaging, box, papers, all additional links, and a traceable purchase history along with the warm and fuzzy feeling that you’ve made a difference in the world.
Auction ends at 12PM Pacific Standard time (that’s 12:00 for our UK/European friends) on July 18th. Bidding starts at $150, which includes shipping to anywhere in the world (except for...you know North Korea or Russia or other places Americans can't really ship to).
Have at it!