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Old 02-09-2019, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default historical did bit on the "Orange Monster"

I am sure that most of you Seiko aficionados are quite familiar with the "Orange Monster"
This watch watch has now been available for purchase in the US for close to 20 years. Actually probably closer to 18 years or so.
But, does anyone know how it came to be available for sale here in the US?
Well, you are getting this directly from the "horses mouth"

I am sure a lot of you are familiar with the watch web site princetonwatches.com
Myself and my wife started Princeton Watches in 1997 in Cleveland Ohio.
Since I am a PADI Divemaster, we decided that when we opened Princeton Watches (It did have a store front location), that we would specialize in dive watches and in flight chronographs. (I used to fly as well). Besides, I always liked "Boy toys", watches, cameras, etc, etc.
Citizen and Seiko were our first major brands, and in the early days of the internet our web site grew by leaps and bounds and soon started selling many Seiko and Citizen watches.
Well, one year, I am thinking sometime around 2000 or 2001either at the JCK
show in Vegas or at the Basel Show in Switzerland we were shown the Seiko Master catalog which has every single Seiko model made. Of course, as you well. know, there are a lot of wonderful watches made by Seiko that us poor US citizens are not allowed to purchase, at least not here at home.
Anyway, in that catalog I spied the "Orange Monster." to make a long story short, at first they would not allow us to imported, but then they agreed, if, and only if, we ordered 300 units at the time. We agreed, but on the stipulation that we would have the US exclusive for at least 2 years.
So, this is how the Orange Monster originally came to the US shores. As a point of interest, we sold many many units, and placed orders of 300 at the time, at least till our exclusive ran out, at least 5 or 6 times. Thant's a lot of watches!
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Very cool history, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on the success!
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That's one very cool post! Thanks for sharing as they say. Congratulations on your continued success.
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Hello,
Thank you for the comments. FYI, we sold Princeton Watches/www.princetonwatches.com to EVINE Live Dec. 2016, and had a contract to run the company till Dec. 15th 2018. As fo that date we are formally retired!
I am working on now liquidating, (Not quite the correct word) diversifying of my extensive watch collection. As one can imagine I have collected quite a number of timepieces over the years, and sadly I have but 2 wrists to put them on!

Will be posting more with photos to come.
Oh, the same can be said with the "Black Monster" the SKX779, but that came along a year or two later.
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I appreciate you sharing the back story and thank you for your contributions to our community.

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Both the 1st Gen BM & OM were some of my earliest purchases when I started this madness in 2014.

Had the OM up for sale, but maybe I shouldn't.

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I think I got my 1st gen. Monsters from Longisland Watch, but the recrafts I got from you guys. Thank you. It was a pleasure dealing with you.

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Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your retirement!
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Thank you Rob, and thanks to all of of your for your comments.
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Thank you for sharing this story.
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Thanks for sharing your history! I remember back in those early days of folks hitting the forums hard to drool over the photos and sleuthing to figure out how to track down the Monsters. Good stuff.
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