Thursday, 11 September 2008

Full Metal Watch Band

Don't believe the Japanese Meteorological Agency website when they say there is a 30% chance of rain.

Thinking those odds were pretty good, I was about to leave home towards Shinjuku. Outside it looked like another drab Tokyo day, and wouldn't you know it, we had a short burst of heavy rain making a mockery of the weather man yet again.

Still I wasn't going to give up that easily. I grabbed my umbrella, and I was determined to get there rain or no rain.

I realized the watch band on my newish Citizen watch was not the original one. While it's not a bad strap, it doesn't fit as well as I'd like. I prefer a steel one so that was my main reason for wanting to go into Shinjuku.

The best (easiest?) place for these things are the big three electronics stores, Yodobashi, Bic Camera and Sakuraya.

Sakuraya had the biggest selection of the three in Shinjuku, as they have a store solely selling watches and accessories.

Here I saw my favourite one that would've looked amazing with my watch. It looked like this. The only thing holding me back on this one was the around 9000 yen price tag. I could buy another watch with that kind of money!

They had an all black one like this, but it didn't really match too well, and in the light looked like it was almost a chocolate brown colour.

Yodobashi had a H-link one (2100 yen) that I didn't mind, but I think the size may have been a problem. Unfortunately the 19mm that I need is not a common size.

In the end I got this divers-style band from Bic Camera that looks pretty good, don't you think?

It only cost 1570 yen, and with my Bic Camera points card I got 157 yen in points to buy something else. That's about one and bit more than a half Crunkys! Sweet. Literally.

After that we were both hungry for dinner. Okonomiyaki was the word and it hit the spot perfectly.

I picked up some AA batteries too for my crappy torch to use on my weekend camping trip in Kujukuri-hama, Chiba prefecture, not too far from Tokyo.

Only two more sleeps to go!


stumbler said...

I've just stumbled onto this blog post ala google while looking for information on nearly that exact watch!
Mine has a black faceplate surround rather than the white of yours, but its still a fantastic looking timepiece.
Unfortunately, mine lost the backing, and for some silly reason, Citizen thought that the removable and losable backing was the perfect place for model information!
I'd greatly appreciate it if you could take but a moment to share the model number of this beautiful timepiece for my benefit, and perhaps that of anybody else looking.
Cheers, A Canadian web lurker.

Jimmy In Japan said...

Hi, I sent that watch back home a long time ago. I looked it up on the net and I found this -

I believe your watch is IT21-4051i SS
Hope this helps you :)

stumbler said...

Rather belated, but I wanted to thank you for taking the time to not only reply but dig up the information I failed to find.
This will be quite indispensable information for restoring the watch. Thank you!

Jimmy In Japan said...

A belated reply gets a belated response from me! LOL My version of this watch broke when I changed the battery. Somehow I shorted out pins removing the back. Unfortunately if it breaks Citizen no longer has parts (at least in Australia) to repair it. I have to try to find another one now. I dig the original style.