Pulsar update (strap)

As promised here is an update regarding the alternative strap arrangement on the Pulsar.  The original strap which is reminiscent of a tyre tread as a wrap fitting at the case lugs – ie – it almost grips the case in a pincer grip.  This in turn causes the strap to push the watch out a little from the wrist, on an already rather thick case.  The strap is also rather hard and stiff which I find a little uncomfortable.

The replacement is a black silicon rubber double ridged 26mm wide and 6.2mm thick at the watch lug end which suits this large watch very well.  It tapers down to 4.4mm thick at the buckle and has highlight yellow stitching which compliments the yellow accent on the pushers on the Pulsar case front.

Alternative 26mm soft flexible silicon buckle strap from Weston Straps UK.

Alternative 26mm soft flexible silicon buckle strap from Weston Straps UK.

This is the first strap of this type I’ve bought and very impressed with it as it is extremely comfortable and now makes the wearing of this large Pulsar just perfect.  Having a relatively small wrist I had to add an additional hole for the buckle to fit, which was easy enough to do.  The only down side is the buckle end is 25mm wide (only a 1mm taper) and the original Pulsar buckle is 24mm (the standard Pulsar strap is a 26mm with a fast taper to 24mm buckle fit, so presently I’m using the 25mm buckle that came with the strap.

Silicon double ridge with yellow stitching.

Silicon double ridge with yellow stitching.

The strap whilst it’s smooth on the outer surface with the twin ridge definition, has a textured surface underneath against the wrist.  Just enough to give added grip without discomfort.

The strap came from a watch supplier new to me here in the UK and that’s Weston Watch Straps and their web site is http://www.westonwatchstraps.co.uk

They also have a presence on eBay and if you’re struggling to find a strap to suit, they may well be worth a look as they ave a pretty wide range of good quality and sizes available.

Anyway as you can imagine I am delighted with the result and it does solve an issue that many folks have mentioned to me in the past.  And this is especially with large watches and Diver or Military models, as they often provide straps that ,may well look good or even “macho” but when it comes to actual comfort, they seem to have given it little consideration.  Many of the models come with very hard and stiff leather straps or 8mm thickness plus and frankly these are often very uncomfortable in the extreme.  Just make sure you keep the original as if you do come to sell it on, then you can fit it back on the watch – and being unused – the buyer gets a great strap and you get an enhanced price.  Winners all the way.

Underside of the strap is textured gives added grip - without discomfort.

Underside of the strap is textured gives added grip – without discomfort.

Almost but not quite the same as in the old days when you got your first car with leather seats!  The first thing you did was to cover the seats in plastic, to protect them!  2  years later you sell the car and the buyer gets this car with the most pristine leather seats you can imagine – is that not sick or what!  You never even sat in them . . . . . .

OK not the same I know, but with watch wearing – comfort is no small consideration and if the strap is not comfortable – change it.

Last point – This large Pulsar has an added bonus especially if you wear glasses.  This display is so big and clear that I can read the time easily without my glasses on – and you can’t say that with many digital watch displays.  And since I got this not one but two friends I know have already bought the same model – and I bet they ask where I got my strap . . . . .  😉

Lorus, Pulsar – choices

Sometimes in this world of Casio, Citizen and Timex I yearn for the odd model that doesn’t have that corporate look.  The Casio and G-Shock or the Timex Expedition for example, so this week I decided to have a look at some different watch models and styles from two Brands, Lorus and Pulsar.  Although specialising in a lower price point as a sales philosophy they do manage to produce some up to the minute watches.
And being part of the huge Seiko empire they have access to some serious watch electronic know-how and are well worth a look.  The first model that caught my attention is the striking Pulsar PV4005X1, which on first impression is Style with a capital S and when you see it up close it really does stop you in your tracks!

Pulsar Race PV4005X1

Pulsar Race PV4005X1

Whilst it looks the part it also appears to come up with the goods as far as specifications is concerned –

Black dial (Negative) full-panel dot-matrix “style” liquid crystal panel, with Hours, Minutes, Seconds (Digital).  It also shows Day, Date, Month, Year.  Other features are a 10hr 1/100 sec Chronograph, Split time, Timer, 3-channel Alarm,and World Time (33 cities).  For night use it has a LED panel light with auto illumination, Mineral crystal, a Stainless Steel case, 4 screws back and a Water Resistance of 100m, plus a PU strap, rounds up what this model has to offer.  Dimension wise a little big for me at 49mm width, but still smaller than most of the newer G-Shock models, so could well be a popular choice.

As with all digital displays, it does depend on the contrast and whilst it looks OK in the images, it is a learning curve as to how you see it in less than ideal light.  It has of course a panel light operated by the lower right pusher.  (Personally I prefer an Ana-Digi set up as I find analogue hands easier to see these days, but for those into digital this model certainly has bags of appeal).

– The LED panel illumination selected manually or on auto has a nonadjustable duration of 2 secs.  From my experience especially at night, the eyes and brain struggle to take in and read dial information in that time.  Timex for example have a 3 seconds option which is much more effective.  An adjustable duration setting would be preferable.

However on balance and certainly for looks it’s a winner and I’ve seen it on Amazon for around £90, so it also appears to win on price too.

Here from their European web site are a few images – these can all be seen HERE.

Pulsar - selection 2

Pulsar – selection 1

Pulsar - selection 1

Pulsar – selection 2

I’ll be looking at Lorus (another Seiko brand) in a forthcoming Post and featuring one specific model that a friend has just acquired – might be interesting.

Managed to get hold of one of these models and it is pretty impressive I have to say.  It’s not too big on the wrist (mine is only 170mm, so quite small) as the case is 13.9mm, but the rubber strap is quite thick at the fitting point on the watch.  The strap has preformed underparts which hold the strap at a curve at the fixing point.  This makes the watch stand out further than perhaps it should from the wrist.  I will play around with fitting an alternative (26mm) silicon strap just to see how it looks and post the result in a further update Post.  Maybe I’m being picky here and it may turn out to be OK anyway – but we’ll see.

Here’s a couple of images of this watch – 1) on the wrist and 2) in comparison to a Fossil with similar display set up.  I note that the matrix “style” display on this Pulsar is certainly one of the best I’ve seen.  It has a similar luminescence almost on a par with my Breitling Aerospace, which has always impressed me.  So full marks to Pulsar!  ALSO – In reality the matrix “style” display clarity is exceptional and as the figures are so large, 2 seconds is easily enough time to read the time/data in the dark – very impressive and I stand corrected!

Pulsar on smallish 170mm wrist

Pulsar on smallish 170mm wrist is actually not to bad at all.

Comparison to Fossil with similar display set.

Comparison to Fossil with similar display set.