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A few days after Getat

 

Quick impressions. 

  • Winding lasts about 12 hours or so. 
  • Setting time and winding easy. 
  • Put it under running faucet and no leaks so far. 
  • Strap is a little too wide for the buckle, needs to be twisted a bit too pull through. 
  • Very comfortable wear. 
  • Lume is pretty good when charged. 
  • Timekeeping is good. 
  • Brushed case is sinister good. 

Getat PAM homage arrived.

IMG_2234 After some time of waiting and finding my Hong Kong tracking number didn’t work and getting a new transaction produced, delivery from Hong Kong with a working tracking number took about 4 days total. So now I know that the original shipment was never actually made or forgotten about.

Here is the homage – sandwich dial, 100M water resistance (swimmable), manual wind, closed back, simple band which is rather nice, very good lume, roller lever, etc. Setting the time is a little wonky as pulling the crown out works but sometimes slips and needs pulled out a little further in order to move the hands. No AM/PM to worry about as there is no date window. Just a simple sweeping seconds hand and the hour minute hands. Sapphire crystal.

After all the wait, is this watch worth waiting for? I’d say yes, as painful as the very long wait ultimately became (well over a month). Very simple, very elegant, and it should prove to be a nice beater. The G. Gerlach is on it’s way from Poland and will take main daily duty (besides Apple Watch). The Rolex will be just for fancier occasions. I am not sure what to do with my Seiko diver at this point since it’s an AWESOME beater watch. My son is ten years-old – perhaps he might be old enough to sport such a thing. Or I could wait a few years on that one.


That’s pretty decent lume after only a few seconds under iPhone flash. 

Morning setup

To the left of my keyboard: Joylent in a green Ambronite shaker bottle. To the right of my keyboard sits a vacuum insulated tumbler loaded with c&S coffee. Around my neck: Bose Quiet Control 30 headphones pumping out BT (A Song Across Wires) from my Mac – without wires 🙂 Three monitors (leftmost Macbook Pro screen), center a 26″ Dell, to the right of that another 26″ Dell, in a vertical position for coding). I have USB to HDMI to get the third monitor working from the Mac (not using displayPort).

 

Sound spectrum analyzers on iDevices

I’m surrounded by expensive equipment that I don’t know how to properly engage. So I bucked up and got a sound spectrum analyzer for my iPhone. I need to detect specific bands and thus needed to search hard. 

I’m wondering how accurate these microphones and analyzers are. It seems pretty accurate. The polling looks quick enough and I’m generally seeing what I expected. Just curious. If I need to I can always go back to the series equipment and ask for help. 

Getat Shipping SNAFU

Homage watches in general produce a lot of furious back and forth in the watch world. Some people think that getting an inspired piece for far less which maintains the character of a much more expensive watch. Others view that as blasphemy and if you want a watch, get the real thing. Homage watches are not replicas – they do not mention the name of the brand they aspire to in their design and presentation. From far away you wouldn’t know the difference. And that’s the crux of the problem.

Anyway, I bit on a PAM homage a while ago – knowing I can’t slap down that kind of cash with the kids in school, moving, about to get new automobiles, etc. I wanted to see what it felt like to sport it – and it has 100m water resistance so I figured it could be worn as a beater. I decided to order from Getat in Hong Kong.

Silly me. A month later (more now) I emailed and told him that my tracking number still did not work. At this point I gave up all hope. I was told that he updated Paypal and to check it out. He cancelled my previous purchase and then put it through again – and gave me a new tracking number. That one actually works. I think he may have forgotten to actually ship anything – lest I get two watches in the post eventually?

I am pretty upset at this point and wrote the whole thing off in my mind. With a G. Gerlach Enigma on it’s way from the motherland, I know which watch will be my beater. If the PAM homage ever arrives I’ll be quite surprised. Let’s go Polish Post 🙂

Update for Jun 23, 2016 (post).

Getat came through after a what seems to be a dropped ball. Or a bad tracking number. Since he sent a new watch, it makes me think that the first shipment email from Getat was false. After an order and try to forget situation, a great watch arrived. Already received one comment on it today about how nice it was (from someone who knows nothing about watches).

Daily watch beater: Seiko SKX013K2 to G. Gerlach Enigma

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When not wearing my Apple Watch or more more expensive pieces, my daily beater has been a great Seiko SKX013K2 diver. Automatic, Day, Date, sweeping second hand, incredible lume, and 200m water resistance. This thing has been banged against car doors, door jams, and more without skipping a beat. Very accurate time. Honestly – it’s been a watch that wears easily.

I have since discovered G. Gerlach and their retro-styling. The fact that they are a Polish watch company of great renown is a large bonus. I think they have been around for about three years or so. Look at that Gerlach… it’s beautiful, has a double-domed sapphire crystal with a great AR coating. Date. It’s quartz but it doesn’t have a second hand (so you don’t need to see a cheap looking second tic). So it’s quartz under the hood (accuracy), but has a mechanical chronograph function. A three watch battery. I love automatics, but if this thing has a three year lifespan between batteries, I don’t need to even worry about it. 200m water resistance too. A definite upgrade for a beater watch and it looks a lot better than the Seiko on a NATO. And it’s Polish. Perfect.

Just throwing this out there in case someone is interested in G. Gerlach and a fantastic daily beater.

Swift: Bose SoundTouch device discovery using Bonjour

Are you a developer wanting to use the Bose SoundTouch Developer APIs to create an experience that drives SoundTouch devices? Are you interested in implementing Bonjour discovery AND resolving IP Addresses without using Objective-C and a bridging header?

Well. There is a kick start project on Github that does this very thing. It’s a Swift project that searches a Wi-Fi network for Bose SoundTouch devices, and then makes calls to each via their IP Address to get their Mac Address, device type, and more. Pretty cool.