Hi everyone, just got back from my vacation

in Kazumi's land of beauty, Japan! I have wanted to go back after my kids were born and finally, 8 years later I got back to Tokyo (not Osaka though, Kazumi Hi everyone, just got back from my vacation). I went to Odakyu's dept store in Shinjuku and saw some VCs in the showcase, I saw a WG (I assume) 3 hand watch with a different white dial (looks like a distinctive sunray dial) and black strap. Alex, which one is that? Could be a special limited edition for the store?

I was wearing my Malte chrono all the way, the only watch I haven't brought abroad with me (yes, even to Tokyo Disney Resort...I was guarding the watch extensively, imagine if I had bumped it onto something Hi everyone, just got back from my vacation). The Malte chrono proved to be a great companion, no scratch/ding/nick after the trip but I did get myself a simple cheap Japanese made Seiko but very classic/elegant looking for the good memory of this trip. Love the watch!

How's my friends doing here? I wish you all a good day ahead of you!   

Hi Rei, welcome back :-) did the watch you see look like this?
07/03/2008 - 21:01

If yes, its just the older version of the Patrimony Contemporaine automatic with the 1st generation sunray dial which was replaced by the cream colored one soon after.

I am not aware of any LE made for that particular store...
07/04/2008 - 03:03

Hi Rei,

I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Japan.  I assumed you enjoyed lining-up in between rides at Tokyo Disneyland?  Although we have Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks here, you still end up spending most of your time in a queue (line up 40 minutes for a 2-3 minute ride?).  Anyway, just soaking up the difference in scenery, etc. must be worth the effort.  (Rei san, iroiro natsukashikatta desu ka?  I am sure your superb Nihongo came in very handy). 

It used to be that Japan was a very expensive place to visit, but nowadays you see so many tourists around.  I guess it is proof that the Japanese economy (and the Yen) have slowed down and other countries and currencies are doing much better.  Japan is also doing a lot to make itself more tourist-friendly. 

As to the watch, I am not aware of any LEs made for that particular dept. store (I know Mitsukoshi had a special version of the patrimony small seconds (I think) for a recent anniversary LE).  Alex might have hit the target on this one as I've seen quite a few of the 1st generation Contemporaine automatics (with silvery sun ray dial) here.  Personally, I prefer the newer model with the creamy white dial.

Kazumi san, nihon wa honto ni tanoshikattan desuyo!
07/04/2008 - 06:10

Kedo, Dizunirando () de amari narande nakattayo... but yes 1 or 2 rides took forever to wait and 5 minutes later it was over!

As for the patrimony I mentioned, please see my reply above. Could be a previous LE for Japan...


Thanks Alex! But it didn't look like this
07/04/2008 - 06:00

since I know this model if it were this one... it may have a sunray guilloche pattern? Wish I had taken some pics.

Was the model you saw a Patrimony Contemporaine? (nt)
07/04/2008 - 12:13


It's not patrimony contemporaine, Alex. (nt)
07/04/2008 - 14:17


I really don't know what this watch can be, sorry :-( (nt)
07/04/2008 - 16:44


Scan of the Seiko.
07/10/2008 - 14:35

35,600 Yen...not too bad, eh? Surely is NO match for VC, but it's a good watch nevertheless...