Snowflake at Dawn

Nov 22, 2020,06:43 AM

This is the most popular, or perhaps best known of the Grand Seiko models in the past 15 years (in my estimation). 

How can I portray this watch that hasn't already been done before?

Got it! 

I'll go for a walk before dawn and photograph the watch along the way ... 

Well as you can imagine, the reason this hasn't been done before is that it can't be done. At least not very well. 
And the photos don't capture the foghorns, the distant rattling and hooting of the trains, the dripping of cold water down my neck from the trees ...
But I have a busy day ahead so this will have to suffice for my morning walk.

Does it look like a cool autumn morning in Paris?

Or walking the beat in foggy London (excuse the palm tree, I'm near the botanical gardens)

Somewhere along the Mediterranean coast?

Notice the Bird of Paradise

The whoosh of a car slipping down the road in the fog

Aha! The sun comes at last, and saves me from imagining any more gloomy pre-dawn scenes (and you from having to put up with them)

A few more images since the sun finally arrived (before leaving again)

Cazalea & Snowflake, companions for about 14 years now...

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Great shots and watch!!

 By: aperna : November 22nd, 2020-06:47
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Michael, have you ever had to service your snowflake yet?

 By: aperna : November 22nd, 2020-07:11
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 By: cazalea : November 22nd, 2020-07:17
I don’t know of anyone who has serviced a Spring Drive watch. Since the movement only rotates in a forward direction and the “escapement” or speed control is by magnetic repulsion, there is very little friction and no back ‘n forth motion as in a conventi... 
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 By: micro : November 23rd, 2020-03:46
I’m embarrassed to admit I had to send my SD back for repair not once but twice. I dropped it both times rendering it inoperative. Return to Hong Kong was in the order of a few weeks and cost was under 400usd.
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How's this for marine layer; taken yesterday on our way downtown

 By: cazalea : November 22nd, 2020-13:28
You can see the fog has come in the harbor entrance (underneath the arrow) and filled it to an elevation of about 400 feet. The airport (foreground) is about 10 feet above the high tide line. The heat of the sun will drive this back off the land but it st...  
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Thank you! Very educational!

 By: hmd4m : November 23rd, 2020-16:38
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Great photos - the first two are really atmospheric

 By: jml_watches : November 22nd, 2020-13:40
The watch looks good in the sunlight when it arrives Cheers JML
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Really enjoyed these photos!

 By: Moana43 : November 22nd, 2020-14:05
I thought I was a fairly "early adopter" of the Snowflake when I got mine in 2012. You got yours in 2006? Wow -- didn't know it had been out that long. BTW, don't know how you feel about it, but I like having the original Seiko branding on mine. Cheers, J... 
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Yes, it’s been out for a very long time

 By: cazalea : November 22nd, 2020-15:41
I agree - I like the text and think it balances the dial Mike ...  
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