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  1. 19 points
    Morning... 1961 9k JB DeVille. Cal: R540, 17 jewel.
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    Smiths today while waiting to go nowhere fast Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. 16 points
    A vintage Helvetia Beatmaster 28800, automatic, circa 1975
  4. 15 points
    Morning, MuDu is another of my favourite brands, having more examples than is strictly necessary although not quite yet in numbers which could be deemed clinically obsessive. Made by Adolf Müller & Kurt Dubach based in Geneva who registered the name in about 1957, what will be today’s effort runs on a 25j Felsa 4007N auto and dates from around the mid-60s. Compounding MuDu’s colourful reputation for shady provenance, a 2018 publication by author Peter Walsh highlighted the exploits of the Investigations Branch of the then HM Customs & Excise and relates a 1961 incident of a gang of miscreants being apprehended after dumping three kitbags of MuDu watches which had been brought across to Newhaven from the Belgian coast by an obliging fisherman. Coincidentally, this 2018 post from the Christopher Ward forum discussing the MuDu brand history possibly gives some insight into what became of at least one of the recovered watches: “I’ve just come across your very interesting history and discussions regarding MuDu watches. You may be interested to know that I purchased a MuDu 25 jewel doublematic for about £5 from a Customs & Excise sale of seized goods in 1961. After 56 years it is still working and keeps perfect time!” Just by way of an historical postscript, the book also mentions that one of the alleged miscreants, generously described as a “homicidal East End heavy”, was acquitted of the Newhaven job but later became the prime suspect in a couple of gangland murders allegedly linked to everyone’s favourite London twins of the era. Ah, such heady times, when the music was cool and MuDu watches were, um, hot. Regards.
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    Good morning horology fans My first pair of the day... OMEGA Speedmaster PROFESSIONAL 3570.50.00, cal.1861 18 Jewels. OMEGA Railmaster,CO-AXIAL CHRONOMETER, cal.2403 27 Jewels.
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    Morning Vostok Europe 'N1 Rocket' (Cal: 6S21)
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    Morning all hope you have good one Alpha GMT for me today
  9. 12 points
    How many is clinically obsessive? I'm asking for a friend. Nothing obsessive about this old favourite, the Zand with its unpretentious Lorsa P62.
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    This arrived in the post this morning, another vintage 'non working' quartz that took very little to get it ticking again It's a Seiko JDM 0922-8060 from August 1975
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    Today is less blue - Eterna Tangaroa, bought for a massive bargain from Drop for complicated sentimental reasons. I expected it to languish in my watch box hardly ever getting worn but it's a sold member of my rotation, mainly due to it being deceptively easy to read (when there is light - no lume) and it being incredibly comfortable to wear - the bracelet is some sort of oyser / president hybrid that is just so comfortable. Long lugs means it sits on my wrist just right and things like the signed deployant and crown are just icing on the cake. The ONLY thing i would change would be the date wheel colour, to match the dial but that's really nitpicky.
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    Change to the 21J hand-winding Felsa 465N-driven Allaine, now with a lovely new Fluco strap.
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    Been wearing this one all morning .
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    Good morning This today. Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk
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    It's this weird little Raketa today: Found online for next to nothing, I wasn't sure if I liked it but wanted to give it a try. It came with a heavily scratched crystal, so yesterday, I tried PolyWatch for the first time (rather than on a more valuable timepiece). I have to say, I'm intrigued. Before: And after the first round of polishing. Probably gonna do another one later:
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    Good morning, A busy day in the Calibration Lab.......Hamilton and Gagemaker together........ two great American brands....????
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    Much more rain and I will need a ruddy submarine! Vostok Komandirskie Amfibian. Vostok folded link bracelet. HAGD J
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    Another day in the world off aviation at the airport with the work beater
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    I am now wearing this retro cool Seiko dress watch, which actually was s gift from @Nigelp
  23. 5 points
    This for me today. Sent from my MAR-LX1A using Tapatalk
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    A swap.... TISSOT Le Locle POWERMATIC 80, Cal. C07.111 23 Jewels ( ETA 2824-2 based) SWISS MADE & J.Springs NPEA003, Cal. Y675C 21 Jewels.
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    Remember the old ads when real people achieved real things, and had to wear a good watch to achieve them, What is there today to match, let's see them, and no James Bond nonsense, he's fictional. Here's mine. This young lady works for a window fitting company and can be seen here holding a window in place whilst wearing the latest Tudor.
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    Over to these for the evening... ROLEX SUBMARINER 14060, cal. 3000, 27 Jewels, 1997 ALPHA, cal.ST-16, 21 Jewels
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    I've been away for a few days on an early surprise birthday jaunt to Butlins at Bognor Regis (a similar 80's music themed weekend to my stag do last year) so I decided to give my favourite Bulova Precisionist some wrist time, and I'm still wearing it today:
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    I agree!! If the science, technology, skills, existed to restore such extensive corrosion, I'm fairly confident this would have been restored... 'Antikythera mechanism'
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    I have pretty small wrists and i've ended up buying watches that look ridiculous on me but I can't help myself sometimes..is that ridiculous enough
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    Hey Graham! I think 150 would be a max cap, but trying to stay lower if it's possible. A bit hard when it comes with sapphire glass probably. Looking at Reef Tiger now, didn't know the brand! that's not a bad one! thank you so much
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    Much as I like Eco-Drives, they wouldn't be my first choice for keeping in a drawer, being solar powered.
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    And I was only wearing my P.E. shorts!
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    Have a look at Citizen eco drive titanium dress watches. There are some decent discounts to be had.
  37. 2 points
    You could try rust remover. Leave the whole watch submerged for a day or two, then throw it away. Its past saving
  38. 2 points
    I've followed the brand for a while and although I think some of their designs are spot on ( and some are pretty whack - what's with the combined dive / gmt bezel guys?) The one, single thing that's stopped me buying one is the branding / logo. The original Chr. Ward London was too 'wordy' and looked very 'Chinese watch trying to be upmarket', The swiss / english flag logo is great but then they go and slap their name all over 9 o'clock. Again that makes it a hard pass, They need to bite the bullet and like Kentucky Fried Chicken changed to KFC, move from Christopher Ward to CW although Daniel Wellington / DW kind of got there first so the option may not be open to them.
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    Hi Rafy I also loved my CW diver, extremely well built, solid watch .
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    Hi Rafy Think you already know that I’m a big supporter of the brand & have acquired quite a few to date, including their own in house calibre SH21. Regarding quality I struggle to think of any other brand (that I’m accustomed to) that can offer more bang for buck!! Customer service has always been exemplary in my experience & the owners willing to engage personally, particularly Chris Ward (watch this space) ? Remember that you have 60 days to return a timepiece if it doesn’t come up to your expectations for a full refund. They’ll even send you a free returns package. You have nothing to lose, Rafy Good hunting
  42. 2 points
    You're not serious, are you? It looks like a pizza that's been left out in the rain. Without the rust there'd be nothing left.
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    Hi guys, It is some times, not to say years.... I am looking to get some CW Divers, and especially the bronze ones. I know that in term of movements, CW is using top notch reliable automatic movements . But does some of you have experience with CW, in term of quality, finishes, etc... And most of all how they size on the wrist. I am usually wearing big divers. I was thinking about the below model, And super like the below model too Thank you
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    I was sat in a Breitling boutique last week having a good chat with the sales lad and I came away with the new 2020 catalogue. Apart from the watches it's got loads of interesting info / history and a bunch of old averts. I'll post some up once I get home. Some of you old timers might even recognise some... they go back about 80 years
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    If what I want and what I can afford intersect (and I think the wife won;t moan too much) then I'll buy it. I've just filled up one watch box and the other is pretty empty so not gonna stop any time soon. I have noticed that the more watches I have the harder it is to decide what to wear. Also if I'm skint or wife approval rating is low I'll buy a strap from somewhere cheap - that can freshen up an existing watch and reinvigorate my wearing of it.
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    That second bronze diver looks incredible! AAAAAANND then I see 'Christopher Ward' all over the dial Another CW that I won't be buying because of the way they brand their watches. The flags logo is sufficient and subtle. I'll even live with 'chronometer' and the depth rating. I also take offence to the moon phase for the same reasons. Beautiful dials, in this case hand finished, then with printed text splashed all over it. Don't let this bias your decision, I hear nothing but good about the watches, but hopefully they will look back a couple of years at branding and think 'we went in the wrong direction'
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    There's a little more information on David Boettcher's site, which says the company was listed in 1918, as Karrusel said above, with E. G. Harrop and A. M. Lederman as directors. The LWCCo appears to be a successor of the Harrop family business as manufacturing goldsmiths and jewellers. https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/sponsorsmarks.php The London Gazette of 1 August 1919 carries a notice regarding the liquidation of the LWCCo. The meeting to finalise the winding up was scheduled for 4th Sept 1919. That gives you a pretty definite end date, and maybe suggests LWCCo wasn't in business for very long, which would explain why their cases are hard to come by.
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    The author of the giveaway can add prizes. @niveketak you need to click on add prizes in the giveaway. PM me if you need help. I would have done it already but I do not know if the two watches are separate prizes?
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    I used to have this National Electric parts cleaner, I used white spirit on the advice of an old repairer that we called 'The clock man'!! The very first watch that I stripped and cleaned was a really old thing that had a steel top plate that was rusting in places, It removed all traces of the rust!! I had to pack in as my fingers were arthritic and tools were slipping from my grasp in to the movements John john
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