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Watch Case- what’s next?

I've been thinking about what comes next for the app. The May (2019.5) release was really big and time consuming. It opened new possibilities for a few extra features and improvements. Also, the recent WWDC and announcements of Dark Theme Mode will definitely affect my work.  In June my focus is to improve on the foundation we've established over the last few months. Make the experience better on iPads and iPhones and focus on bugs and small UI tweaks. Hopefully that will be a good starting point for more visual changes that will be coming to Watch Case in the…
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Watch Case- May update

The next version of the app will be number 2019.5 but think of it as a 2.0 with lots of new features, refreshed UI, improved stability (fingers crossed) and  with a new price (Free!).  It now works on iPhones and iPads and all data you enter will be saved across all of your devices. The new version is on the App Store now. I'm curious to hear your feedback.
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Watch Case for your iPhone
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Watch Case for your iPhone

TLDR; Watch Case is an iOS catalog for your watch collection. Store info, photos, services and more. Export each piece as a nicely designed PDF file you can share. A few months ago my watch collection grew and I got a hold of a few very interesting, vintage pieces. I purchased Seiko 6138-0030 from eBay and as much as the watch was authentic and in a decent condition, I started wondering how much more it would cost if the seller would clean the piece, show its servicing history and was able to provide nice looking documentation about the watch. Also,…
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Seiko Spirit SCVE005
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Seiko Spirit SCVE005

I got the Seiko Spirit SCVE005 in September 2017. Now, more than a year later, I'm still not sure how I feel about the purchase. There are a few details about this piece I really love and appreciate, like its Bauhaus design,  the dark-blue accent or a beautiful, silver dial. On the other hand, it frustrates me sometimes. To the point that I am considering selling it. Here is why... The watch is big. The case is only 40mm wide, which doesn't make it super large on a wrist, but it is 13mm thick. A bit too thick if you…
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That crystal had a rough life
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That crystal had a rough life

Once I took the watch apart, I couldn't help myself but to work on the crystal. I did some research and find out that the Seiko branded Hardlex Crystal is somewhere around 7 on the hardness scale from 0  to 10. I also find out that it is possible to remove scratches with a few different levels of sand paper. First I started with a thicker grit of 800 until the deeper scratches disappeared. That initial process was taking quite a long time so I moved down a bit and tried 400 grit. Then I move on to a very…
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The initial disassembly.
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The initial disassembly.

I waited a whole five minutes before I decided to open the watch and take a look at the movement. And yeah...I didn't stop after lifting the back cover. I didn't have my tool box with me at that time but I still managed to take off the blue outer bezel and remove the crystal. Unfortunately while taking out the movement I removed the stem and made a mistake while doing so. I wiggled the movement before putting it back and couldn't get stem back in place. That is a whole different story that lead to another adventure I will…
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Only for special occasions.
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Only for special occasions.

I was a six years old boy in 1992 when my grandpa passed away.  As my dad told me, this watch was grandpa's daily wearer for years but he stopped using it at some point. My dad didn't know why and frankly, he forgot about the watch until we found it a few years ago. I don't remember much of the person my grandpa was and I can't even say I remember him wearing this watch since... well... as a child I wasn't really interested in watches. From what I know, my grandpa used to wear his Kirovski watch quite…
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My first eBay watch.
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My first eBay watch.

I can’t say it was an impulse buy, but I wasn’t really planning in advance. I sometimes browse eBay for used Seiko 6138 or Seiko 6139 models but didn’t actually think I will find one worth buying. Somehow, this time was different and after a few exchanges with the seller to make sure that the watch runs, is authentic and wasn’t serviced for a long time, I decided to buy Seiko 6138-0030, aka Kakume. The history of the Seiko 6138 and 6139 models is really interesting and I will definately write more about it in the future. You can see…
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