Despite its diminutive case size (34.5mm wide X 42mm lug to lug), it looks pretty damned fine when you open up its little glassine envelope and see it for the first time; and odds are pretty much 50/50 that you'll see something like the above photo or the one below just before you retrieve it from its little cocoon.
There's just something special about the way Seagull puts these together. They waste no opportunity to add any pleasing-to-the-eye detail that they can. Everything about the case, from the amazing 'root beer' brown dial -- with the blood red little dot on the seconds hand and the blue-filled Seagull logo -- to the sides and back is superbly detailed and very, very easy on the eyes.
Of course, any WIS worth his salt is going to want to see the 'innards,' so I have conveniently added the above and below pictures for your perusal. As I mentioned in my previous Seagull photo essay, the ST5 mechanical movement is truly iconic to those who enjoy Chinese Horology, and it has even earned its chops among those who are skeptical of anything watch-related that comes from the PRC. They even threw in a nice anti-magnetic inner movement cover to keep the movement from getting, well, magnetized.
Yeah, that's all great stuff, Mort, but what kind of bracelet -- or strap -- did you end up with on said-same Seagull with the 'root beer' brown dial...? Interestingly, when I bought this beautiful little piece of Chinese watchery, I thought it would be an easy task to match it up with a nice strap, something in leather, or even something in nylon, like the NATO brand of band. After a couple of days worth of shrugged shoulders and ever-deepening reading-glass pinch-marks on the bridge of my nose, I came to the conclusion that anything with a monochromatic appearance and style was pretty much a non-starter. That put the ball firmly in the NATO strap's court. Of course, even that search was a long one, with a couple of 'almost-buys' in there for good measure, but ultimately, I found the strap that 'popped' off the screen -- and smacked me around a few times, just for good measure, too...
The brown was, of course, a near-perfect match, but the two 'turquoisy' (hmmm, spell-check says I just created a new word...how's about that, eh...?) blue stripes really caught my eye, even matching, to a certain extent, the pale blue 'fill' coloring in the Seagull logo below the dial's 12 o'clock position. And, as a finishing touch, there's a thinner -- but still cool-looking -- orange stripe down the center that, while it doesn't match much of anything on the watch, still adds a very nice visual-balancing touch. As the late/great John Lennon used to say, "I like that."
And, of course, like most NATO straps, it's very comfortable and very light on the wrist...which is sort of a redundant statement, I suppose, but what-the-hey; whose essay is it, anyway, right?
So there you have it, fellow Watch Forumiters; the 'root beer' brown-colored dial-wearing, ST5 movement-sporting, New-Old-Stock Seagull Men's Mechanical Watch, complete with colorful NATO/OTAN strap.
Now, I'm sure at least a couple of you are saying, 'That's all well and good, Mort, but are you gonna tap out a photo essay/review every doggoned time you pick up another color of the NOS Seagull w/ST5 movement?'
Hmmm...I dunno. How does a 'loose maybe' sound? Dang...there's those crickets again.
Oh well, as I always say, thanks for dropping by for a look. It means a lot to this old, greying Skyhawk...