FRIDAY WIND DOWN: New Seiko divers, sandblasted Octos and a queen of the safe

As the minutes tick ever closer to 6pm, and each member of the Time+Tide team finishes up their work for the week in their respective homes, thoughts turn to very important matters. Such as, what will the knock-off drink of choice be this week? How many blessed days without a Zoom call? And, what is on the Uber Eats menu for dinner? It’s been a long, but excellent week of watch news and reviews. And if I can talk personally for a moment, it’s been a week when I’ve been more grateful than ever to work in this fantasy land called the watch industry. While many in our community risk their lives daily to protect the wider community, and keep us safe and healthy, we have been able to concern ourselves with the important work of how to get JDM Seiko and Grand Seikos, and also to ponder — at length — the democratisation of ceramic bezels. Distractions, I’m sure you agree, have never been more welcome than now. Football (thankfully, Australia has 20 straight days of AFL games to make up for the interruptions in the season so far), Netflix, Stan, Amazon, SBS, ABC iView, watches, watches, watches. We are grateful…

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