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  1. The Seyes River brand name was registered to Montres Seyor SA of Neuchatel, Switzerland on 17 June 1957. A later reference comes from an interesting automatic 1970s watch with 38 mm (excl. crown) case shown by Beasywatch on Wordpress: This watch is co-branded Fortis and Seyes River and interestingly, I came across another similar Fortis watch in a different colourway, this time co-branded Fortis and Skylark (pic from Timeline Watch): In the case of Skylark, this brand name was in fact registered by Fortis in 1957, and it seems that these two watches are essentially Fortis pieces with the co-branded names relating to the different models. It has to be said that there seems to be no such river named "Seyes", and I do not know the derivation of Seyes River as a brand name. I feel sure that one of the Forum's members who, like myself, enjoys researching the history of watch brands, such as my erstwhile colleague @spinynorman, will be able to dig more deeply into the matter of "Seyes River" watches, although actual valuing of watches is not part of the Forum's remit.
  2. There is a bit of confusion here, dear @Rotundus; let me explain. The predominant colour in Betta Bilda was white - for the bases and the bricks - but some elements were also in green and red. As you mention, the tiles were in green, but also the window frames and doors were mainly in red. I only know this not from memory but from looking up vintage Betta Bilda sets. In fact, it does seem that some more unusual architectural Betta Bilda elements were in blue or even yellow, but the main three colours in each set were, as I stated, white, red and green. Phew!
  3. This thread interests me because I have written a number of reviews on certain smartwatches for the Forum. The fact that I have abandoned this subject area tells me that smartwatches have failed to make their mark on my watch collecting, which may have something to do with their lack of "watchness" so to speak. I must admit that my advancing age probably has something to do with my failure to collect and adapt to smartwatches, and I certainly have no problem with people who collect these devices, whether or not they decide to call them "watches". Perhaps I am just not "smart" enough to start collecting smartwatches and/or smartphones - who knows, they might be a major collecting area in the future. As for myself, I will hold on to my non-smart mobile phone for as long as possible, enjoying the fact that it has a proper phone keyboard instead of one of those infuriating little flat touch-screen keyboards.
  4. Yes, Rog @Roger the Dodger, I live in constant fear of the accidental "click" that turns my world upside down. Thanks for giving me the solution for when that eventuality arises.
  5. Thanks for showing that fabulous watch advert, dear @Eaglegale. I can really see that as a poster on my study wall.
  6. A colourful Nanoblock Time wristwatch shown on the blog of Ivan Teh - RunningMan in 2015 Even when I was a child, I eschewed Lego. I just didn’t like the large size of the pieces and the garish colours; it all seemed so clumsy and “babyish”. My architectural construction toy of choice was “Betta Bilda” which used a small range of colours - predominantly white but with red and green components as well - and smaller basic block units. I don’t know what I would have made of “Nanoblocks”, which uses a wide range of colours and basic blocks which are even smaller than Betta Bilda bricks; the smallest Nonoblock measures 4 mm X 4 mm. This might have seemed a bit fiddly for me, and the small blocks would surely have got lost. Nevertheless, Nanoblock has become a very popular toy, not only among children but also among adults, some of whom have become noted Nanoblock builders/sculptors. Nanoblock is a product of Kawada Co. Ltd., a Japanese concern. While on the subject of favourite creative toys, I also loved “Britains Floral Garden”, but that is another story. Exploded view of a Kawada Nanoblock Time Traveler wristwatch, and view of its parts (pics from Europa Star Time.Keeper) followed by a Nanoblock Time Squared White wristwatch which has a case size of just over 40 mm X 40 mm (pic from nanoblocktime US): In 2012, Kawada introduced the “Nanoblock Time” (written by the manufacturer as one word, “nanoblocktime”) wristwatch as a fun way to build a customized watch using Nanoblocks. This product added a new dimension to Kawada’s already established micro-block buiding system. The small size of the Nanoblocks allows a greater number of creative options and a higher degree of precision when constructing the customizable parts of the watch, and there is a good range of colours to choose from when constructing the watch, depending on which set is purchased and how many Nanoblocks one has to play with. At this stage in the topic, I will just introduce my own Nanoblock watch, purchased recently for the heady sum of fifty pence. It was on the toy shelf in a charity shop and I just thought it was a bit of “nonsense”. Little did I know that my particular set costs about US$100 and has become something of a fashion item. My set contains two quartz watch units side by side, with decoration on the bezel in vibrant colours formed from individual Nanoblocks; the dual watch module is attached to a plastic Nanoblock bracelet with a stainless steel clasp. My particular set is called the “Traveler” because one of the two watch units can be set to a second time zone. In addition to the dual watch on its metal and plastic bracelet, the Traveler set comes with 50 extra blocks for added creativity, and a black nylon strap terminating in black Nanoblock ends. Even with the twin watch units set side by side, the measurement across is only 40 mm, so the watch as a whole is manageable in size although it has to be said that its thickness is rather more substantial at 15 mm. In the case of the Traveler, the two watch blocks can be set diagonally in addition to the side by side position. Nanoblock Time Squared watch set containing a rather nice grey and yellow watch, shown in more detail in the third picture. This set of 2015 pics comes from the website of Christopher Tan, an enthusiatic Nanoblock builder based in Malaysia: The Nanoblock Time watches are, to my mind, great fun but perhaps not a genuinely practical proposition. The first problem I noticed occurred in the shop when I took out the watch for examination; the tiny bricks easily detached themselves from the watch, and being so small they could be easily lost. Unless one glues the micro-bricks in place, I can’t see them remaining in situ on the watch during periods when the watch is worn. In terms of everyday wear, the 2016 review of the product on Euopa Star Time.Keeper by Mr. E highlighted two potentially negative points, apart from the one I myself raise here. The first concerns the lack of any meaningful water resistance and the second is the question of readability. I believe that at least some of the Nanoblock Time watches are stated to be “water resistant”, hopefully meaning that the watch would at least survive rainy weather, and as far as readability is concerned, I feel that although the dials tend to be quite small, they are reasonably legible. The Traveler set is available in six different colour combinations, and although the Nanoblock Time watches are not really a practical proposition, they are rather fun, and when I looked at photographs of the various customizations that Nanoblock enthusiasts have created, I was rather impressed. The creative fashion side of the Nanoblocks Time watches is really what these items are all about, and there is nothing wrong with that. I suppose that the question of value for money really hinges on what the purpose is for buying a Nanoblock Time watch, and how enthusiastic you are about Nanoblocks as a medium for creativity and/or fashion design. The Traveler Black Nanoblock Time watch, above, and the Nanoblock Time All Rounder. The All Rounder costs US$59 from nanoblocktime US and is rather limited in customization (pics from nanoblocktime US): Having written the draft of the above text, I thought I had said most of what needed to be said about Nanoblocks Time watches. Then, G-Shock-horror, I read that there was a cooperation between Casio’s G-Shock and Kawada in 2019 involving Nanoblocks! In fact, this is not a worrying case of a G-Shock wristwatch being made from Nanoblocks but merely what is rather grandly titled a “G-Shock x Nanoblock Watch Display Tool”. This comprised a black platform with space to display a G-Shock watch, a red ‘G’ in Nanoblocks, and a space for one Nanoblock sports figure (included in the pack). The four different sporting figures are a hockey player (in homage to the famous 1984 G-Shock TV advertisement from America), surfer, BMX rider, and snowboarder. The G-Shock x Nanoblock Watch Display Tool celebrates G-Shock’s popularity in extreme sports, and although not available in Japan, the display tool has been used by G-Shock commercially elsewhere to accompany purchases at official G-Shock outlets (though not itself for retail sale). On 3 February 2020, an update announced that the G-Shock x Nanoblock set would be given away by G-Shock Taiwan with each purchase of a GM-5600 at official G-Shock stores. The type of sports figure in the set was to be selected at random. I have included in this topic the promotional Watch Display Tool video launched by Casio in 2019. G-Shock x Nanoblock collaboration movie posted on YouTube by Casio G-Shock on 26 November 2019 (youtu.be/AnzGnyxatq8): The Nanoblock Time Smart watch for kids, produced by Omate in conjunction with Kawada (Nanoblocks) (pic from PC Magazine):
  7. My dear @JoT, I was going to end my involvement with this thread after my last post but your conclusion here above is most interesting, and since writing the thread-head and my subsequent posts on this thread, I have actually been considering that idea and now lean towards your notion that watches for men have been getting both larger and smaller. I feel that my main thesis holds true when it comes to mainstream trends, but I also recognize that in the complex and varied world of watch buying, wearing and collecting, there has also been upscaling of certain watches to meet an existing market. It is possible that while some watches are still large, and some are getting larger, the influence of the rising interest in vintage watches is an important factor which has tended to "permit" the wearing of smaller case sizes by men. Unfortunately, I haven't the mental and emotional energy to carry on with this topic on this thread, but I do thank those members who have shown a constructive approach to their posts. The whole area of watch trends is fascinating and I certainly do not claim to be the final arbiter of taste trends in watches.
  8. Many thanks dear @Roy, your answer fitted the bill and everything is back to normal. I must have accidentally clicked the text size setting when writing/editing my post, and I used the "Ctrl +" keys to enlarge the text again. I do apologise for bothering you with a problem that I should have known how to fix, but when the text went tiny, I did panic a bit wondering what havoc had I wrought on the Forum for those of us with fading eyesight.
  9. My dear @Igerswis , @spinynorman, and any other Forum member still interested in this thread, please understand that my initial post or thread-head on the subject, and subsequent detailed post, were not intended to raise hackles, and I tried to supplement your interest in the subject under discussion by providing some interesting references. I apologise if I didn't live up to your expectations but do feel that there is now sufficient evidence to discern a trend towards smaller watch case sizes for men, although the watch market will always be varied in its response to trends. When I am presented with a watch that needs to be dated as accurately as possible, case size is one factor which can assist in the dating process though only in conjunction with other contributory factors, and the "balance of probabilities" in dating current wristwatches designated as "men's" is, in my opinion, shifting towards smaller case sizes. Indeed, although the term "unisex" is often viewed as an upsizing of women's watches, it can also be seen as a downsizing trend in men's watches. I must also declare that I am not of the opinion that it is "obvious" that all media articles by "bloggers/journos etc" (see spinynorman's post above) are out to "try and talk watch sizes down." I do hope that I have made sufficient effort to allay any residual bad feeling that might exist on this thread, and I must also tell you, dear Igerswis, that it was NOT me who edited your post.
  10. Dear @Roy, something strange has happened which I can neither account for or rectify. I was writing a post on the Forum when suddenly, without warning, the text of my post and of the Forum generally, suddenly went small. I am now seemingly stuck with tiny text that makes the Forum more difficult to read. The problem is only with the Forum and not on any other site I go onto from my browser. Is there something I can do to increase the size of the text on the Forum? Thanks for any advice you can give.
  11. I must admit that I would like a 24-hour watch in my collection. I am aware that the 24-hour time system is sometimes referred to as "military time" and on digital watches, I prefer to run them using the 24-hour system.
  12. Dear @spinynorman and @Igerswis especially, may I refer you to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Darrell Hartman, dated 30 March 2021 and entitled "Why Men's Watch Faces Are Getting Smaller?" (Forgive me, spinynorman, for repeating this reference mentioned by you here above but I still think it's relevant). Another article noting the beginning of a trend towards smaller men's watches is "Making a Case For Smaller Watches For Men" by Amish Behl, dated 2 June 2020 and in "Winding Ritual" which describes itself as a "publication dedicated to wristwatches with in-depth, authentic editorial for budding and seasoned enthusiasts alike". Another interesting piece is to be found on Fratello, dated 17 April 2020 and by Rob Nudds, entitled "You Asked Us: Will Watches Get Smaller Again?" This article concludes that the "frequently heralded return to smaller, more classical diameters" will see "more and more brands releasing smaller, slimmer watches that have a more timeless vibe". In addition to specific articles noting the existence of a trend towards small men's watches, evidence that this trend is growing comes from many online sources recommending smaller watches for men. Examples are "Why 'Modest' Watches Are The Best Watches" posted on The Kavalier on 9 April 2019, and "It's Time to Get into Small Watches" by Samuel Hine, dated 8 April 2020 and in GQ. Before going on, I should just point out that a genuine trend is not always "calculatable" however good the market research, and trying to define some sort of start-size followed by a finish-size in what is a subtle and variable yet definite trend is not really possible. My sensitivity to changes in watch fashions, which is directed by many influences/sources, including posts on the Forum, advises me that a trend towards smaller watches actually began tentatively a few years ago and is still on the rise. This is not to say that big watch cases for men are obsolete or passé, and there will always be a market for the larger watch sizes - not least for professional/practical reasons where it is necessary to have a larger dial. In fact, a more heterogenous mix of case sizes generally may be the future for the watch market, especially if society continues to become more gender fluid and less cohesive or proscriptive in its approach to fashion. Variety is surely the spice of life, and freedom to wear what we like, when we like, whoever we are.
  13. Saw this one of ebay... Priced at £200. The seller didn't show the movement, however :
  14. Yes, I'm all in favour of wearing whatever takes your fancy. It's interesting though that there is still some clinging to stereotypical notions and a felt need to blindly follow particular fashions or trends. I think that part of this is the desire to "belong" and to not be an outsider, which I can understand even if I try not to let it rule my own choices. Many thanks for the replies on this thread.
  15. I am always intrigued by the general trends in watch case sizes over the years. I am still finding very nice ladies' watches to add to my collection, some of them quite recent and with relatively small case sizes. As members will know, there has been a recent change in direction whereby gents watches have been getting smaller again after a period where the fashion was for wide cases, and I am wondering if watches for women are also starting to follow the downsizing trend. I am not sure how many female Forum members there are, but I would love to know their take on this question. I do know that my wife, Kristina, would not countenance a small or impractical watch, however pretty it might be, because she needs to be able to read it at a glance.
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