Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Omega Speedmaster Professional: Secret Enjoyment

#Omega #Speedmaster Professional #Moonwatch with *ahem* action figure #geekmuch #wristwatch To the average person, the Omega Speedmaster Professional looks like any other wristwatch. It doesn't attract a lot of attention and that's one of the main reasons why I enjoy wearing it. One time someone looked at the Speedmaster on my wrist and told me that the second hand was broken. I just smiled noncommittally and didn't bother to explain. There are things about this iconic watch that I appreciate and I don't care if other people know it or not. While my particular Speedmaster has not been on the moon, it has a heritage and a place in space history that holds special interest to me. I like that it is manual wind and it gets life from its user. The main reason I enjoy this watch so much is that I didn't buy it for myself. A few years before my 5-year-old son was born, I decided to buy something that was worthy of passing down and the Omega Speedmaster Professional was what I picked. So I'm borrowing it for now and giving it good use until the time is right to give it to my son.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mechanical Watches Are Living Machines: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

Omega Speedmaster Professional

I used to be obsessed with the accuracy on my mechanical wristwatches. I kept records and measured time and it bothered me if a watch as plus or minus more than a few seconds per day, until I came to the realization that none of them would ever be as accurate as any of the solar-powered atomic watches I had. That's when I accepted that every watch had a specific purpose and role in my collection and that my everyday survival did not depend on up-to-the-second accuracy. The solar atomics are soulless robots that serve well, by my mechanical timepieces are living machines given life through movement. The time I spend winding and adjusting and listening to each one is a little night time ritual that gives me much pleasure.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

CaptCase for iPhone

The CaptCase leather iPhone cover was the second campaign that I backed on Kickstarter that was successfully funded, but it is the first to be delivered to me. The packaging it came with was very nice and quite suitable for gift giving. Although I do like my Twelve South BookBook leather iPhone cover, after a year of use some of the stitching is coming apart. The CaptCase is a similar design but slimmer with a cutout for the camera and an outside pocket for a card or two. It is available for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 and cost me less than half the price of the BookBook.

Nitecore EA4W LED Flashlight

I recently purchased a Nitecore EA4W flashlight after educating myself with some of the excellent reviews written by Selfbuilt over on CandlePowerForums. I'm very pleased with this high-powered compact LED flashlight that runs on only 4 AA batteries.

Before I knew anything about the real world of flashlights I purchased a MAGLITE® LED 3-Cell D Flashlight from Walmart. You can see it in the top picture. It's brightness is rated at 131 Lumens. By contrast, the Nitecore EA4 is much more compact and rated at 860 Lumens. The picture on the bottom right shows the Maglite on the left and the Nitecore on the right shining on a fence about 30 ft away. The difference is clear. The Nitecore is noticeably brighter in the grass directly in front as well as on the fence. I bought the "W" version of the Nitecore EA4 that has a warmer LED than the cool white that is also available. The Maglite has a cool white LED. The compact size of the Nitecore EA4 will make it much easier to throw in a bag or keep in the car. It also comes with a belt holster if you prefer carrying that way. I can't wait to try it out at the campground the next time we are RVing. Although, we might have an unfair advantage at the Flashlight Lollipop Hunts!

For a comprehensive review of the Nitecore EA4 complete with lots of comparison pictures, check out Selfbuilt's review here: Nitecore EA4 (XM-L U2, 4xAA) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, VIDEO and more!

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