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  1. Yes, it has been some time! I pop in occasionally to see what's going on. Just picked up a pretty special piece and wanted to share it with you good folks. Better grab a cup of coffee) or tea in your cases), or other favorite beverage, for this one... * WARNING: A LONG POST THAT IS PIX HEAVY * Went to an invitation only watch event, a couple of weekends ago, where representatives from TAG/HEUER, Breitling and Oris, among others were on hand showcasing their product lines with their new 2021/22 introductions. When I walked in, I quickly scanned the cases and displays, looking for anything that caught my eye or for the unusual. Went to the Oris display and played with a few of those. Had my Oris Depth Gauge on my wrist (dollar for dollar - can this brand be beat?). A nice selection of Carl Bucherer (another must on my list), checked out the Breitlings, some nice new stuff!! Got to the TAG/Heuer display and was stopped dead in my tracks! At the very end of the long case... There it was... a Mikrograph!! Talk About unusual and rare! The Mikrograph is known for its history, as the first stopwatch that offered 1/100th of a second resolution. The 2016 Mikrograph 100th Anniversary wristwatch, sports a bullhead layout (with the crown and pushers placed at the 12 o’clock position) and a unique two-section case that allows the inner case to be detached from the strap, outer case and lugs. Once removed from its wrist watch configuration, the Heuer Mikrograph 100th Anniversary watch can be mounted into the supplied desk stand or a dashboard mount for further use as a stopwatch in your Aston, Ferrari, etc. (Insert favorite sports car here)! Incidentally, interestingly enough..., this is badged as "HEUER" only! To mark the Heuer 100th anniversary of the first mechanical stopwatch to break the seconds down into 100 parts! In other words... 1/100ths (0.01) of a second. A commemorative wristwatch with several nods to the original stopwatch! Only 100 produced to honor such an incredible milestone! Their own in-house movement with 66 jewels! Yep, you read that correctly... , sixty six, 6-6 jewels! Uses the Bullhead design with the crown and pushers at the 12:00 position. It also features an onion crown as a nod to the vintage chrono, as well as the 4 beautiful steel, blued hands used for the chrono function. I believe this is a porcelain dial, but I can find no information to confirm this. I love how TAG used the old 1916 font for the numbers, etc. This particular watch was born in 2016 and is already 3-5 years old (depending on how long it took HEUER to finish the series of 100 watches), but New Old Stock! Right out of TAG's vault and brought to this show, where I "was allowed" to purchase it (it was marked, "For Display Only")! I am a pretty good customer of the store and I knew so much about this particular watch that the the rep told my AD, that I deserved it!! We negotiated a very fair price on this amazing timepiece! I saw a brief write-up on this particular model in 2016 and remember the article had mentioned that the entire run of 100 had sold out before it even went to press! At the time, I knew it was a Hopeless Grail, Fuggedaboutit!... so I gave up on it, knowing I would never get a chance at one. Then fast forward five years. Like a stopwatch encased in a module. The watch body can be used as a wristwatch when worn on the strap. Or can be removed and used as a desk "clock". Then you can take it to your sports car and mount it on the dash! Included in the impressive box are the desk mounts and a special bracket for attaching it to your dashboard! This very special limited edition from TAG/Heuer is the first mechanical watch to feature a chronograph with a central 1/100th of a second hand which makes one revolution of the dial (the outer chapter ring), for every second! The Mikrograph uses a groundbreaking in-house design evolved from TAG's famous Calibre 360. It's actually a dual movement: one part uses an escapement beating at 28,800bph (8Hz) to show the standard time and date, with a self-winding rotor; the 1/100'ths portion, runs at a whopping 360,000bph (100Hz!) and allows for the remarkable chronograph function. This section requires hand winding and has the corresponding power reserve for this 90 minute chronograph function (marked 0 - 100 which is a percentage of the 90 minute reserve). Despite the cutting-edge technology involved, the aesthetic is beautifully vintage, inspired by classic Heuer stopwatches and the brand's long involvement with motor sports. Starting with the unboxing, as I feel this is actually an important part of this package (okay, I'll admit it... I like to see a nice box for a nice watch!). This even exceeds my high standards for a nice box! This is quite stout being made of very dense wood and metal. [B]The box alone..., weighs an unbelievable, 7.2lbs[/B] (according to my very accurate bathroom scale)!! The manual, COSC Certificate, guarantee/warranty, all tags, etc. are housed in a pocket cutout, underneath the box. I love that this is the 100th Anniversary of the 1/100ths second wristwatch, that runs at 100Hz and in a Limited Edition of only 100 pieces! C O O L ! ! I hope you enjoy the following pix starting with the unboxing... The true color... The proverbial wrist shots... Those gorgeous blued chrono hands (the hour and minute hands are not, reflection)... A few more misc. shots.. That beautiful case back... I know you want to see the video of this magnificent piece working... .... ooppss can't load a video, have to use a YouTube video for you. If you turn the sound up, I believe you can actually hear this amazing mechanical movement/complication running at the insane rate of, 100Hz! Posted elsewhere in another forum, so apologies if you have seen it and wasted your time on it earlier!
    29 points
  2. Vintage Certina 24-45, their 1st In-House Automatic Circa 1951 Recessed signed crown and drilled lugs and unpolished case Old movement shot
    29 points
  3. Weekend morning cliché of having had 5 consecutive days having had to drag kids out of bed and then being woken at 6:15 by the buggers all up at the weekend. So a Saturday Seamater Seventy-Seven for this morning.
    28 points
  4. One for @JayDeep....1990 Lorus 'Mickey Mouse' watch, powered by a Seiko 17 jewelled auto movement with quick set date. In 2014, I had the case refinished and re plated. It's the only 'gold' wrist watch I own. I've never seen another auto MM watch...the others all seem to be the older 'Bradley' hand winders or quartz.
    27 points
  5. Schuhren Unitas 6948
    27 points
  6. OMEGA De VillE Prestige. Cal: 2500 Co-Axial, 29 jewel.
    26 points
  7. First truly lazy day for a few weeks…
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  9. Just to wind up Jay this morning, I think I shall have to give Snoopy an outing. ...
    26 points
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  11. 1955 GUB Glashutte Q1. Cal: 60.2, 18 jewel.
    26 points
  12. Morning Seiko 'Presage' SRPB41J1 (Cal: 4R35)
    25 points
  13. Off to the dentist for routine 6 month check up today...
    25 points
  14. It will be an Olympics like no other 'And the gold medal for the best chrono seconds hand counterweight goes to Switzerland'
    25 points
  15. Speedy Tuesday... it's gotta be this one...
    25 points
  16. All the parts needed for the build: Movement - Dial and Case Movement in holder ready for the dial to be fitted. Dial fitted; Note: I am using an NH36 movement with day date but only using the date option on this build. Fitting the hour hand. Hour and minute hands fitted. Seconds hand needed broaching slightly as it was too tight to fit on the pivot. After checking the hand clearance I place under a dome to monitor for a short while. Fitting movement to the case. Crown and stem fitted. Movement ring. Movement ring fits in nicely. Movement ring spring, helps maintain some pressure when the case back is fitted so nothing moves around. Case back seal greased. Seal and spring fitted. Case back has been fitted but not torqued down as it will need to come off again later, now on the timing machine for a quick check. Just need to fit the bracelet Bracelet on and now attached to the Cyclotron for further testing (24Hrs) 24 hours later, Bracelet off and just done some final tweaks, the case back is now torqued down properly. Looking good.
    25 points
  17. Vintage Gold Eterna -Matic
    25 points
  18. Railmaster. Cal: 8806 Co-Axial Master Chronometer, 35 jewel.
    25 points
  19. Glycine Airman "The Chief" GL0252 from their vintage range
    25 points
  20. 1898 Silver cased Adam Burdess, Coventry, PW. Cal: Burdess lever fusee (Grade A), 15 jewel.
    25 points
  21. 24 points
  22. seamaster from 1959,18ct gold denison case on Omega BOR bracelet
    24 points
  23. This strap looking for a home again, since it was displaced from my EB Kimmeridge by the Geckota Super-engineer bracelet, so now it's having a Ball ... I did like this on black rubber, but leather may be better now I am in the office more, rather than my kitchen! HAGD
    24 points
  24. A Seiko beater for pottering about
    24 points
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  26. Still the Timex Marlin California hand-winding for me. It's gained only 5 seconds since Monday morning
    24 points
  27. longines hummer today..
    24 points
  28. You gentlemen all get up so early! I think you maybe need to forego a watch and get a comfy bed Moser's "tool watch" today. Pioneer. 43mm stainless steel. HMC Kaliber 200 automatic.
    24 points
  29. Greeting watch fans! My vintage Zenith Octagonal Defy Automatic Circa 1969
    23 points
  30. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150 calibre 8900. I’ve had this gem for nearly a month. As I’m having a restful day in the garden I thought I’d savour the moment!
    23 points
  31. Morning Smiths Saturday for me, Smiths Everest PRS-25 - Gilt Dial (Cal: Miyota 9039)
    23 points
  32. Brand new moon today. And a story of pretty poor customer service IMHO. The strap broke (little drama -- no impact was involved). Normally I like to keep my watches in original condition, so I enquired of the local Zenith AD. Eight weeks back order (and £270). The price didn't phase me too much, as I've bought other OEM straps -- it was about ten per cent more expensive than a GO item, and six times the price of a Nomos strap, but really cheap by comparison with AP. The eight week wait impressed me not at all. What if this were my only watch? Against my principles I bought a Hirsch strap from my local jeweller (£34 fitted) to tide me over. Zenith -- especially with the mark up the will make on straps at that price -- get a "could do better" Captain Moon Phase.
    23 points
  33. I bought a new watch this week... Citizen Stiletto AR1130-13A (upgraded with a Rios strap)
    23 points
  34. Morning all, going through my collection now .. back on with this seiko chrono.. really feeling the love for this again
    23 points
  35. 1960's VENUS. Cal: ETA 2452-1, 25 jewel, SS case.
    23 points
  36. Waiting for the wife’s second jab .. so on with save the ocean stay safe
    23 points
  37. @Karrusel Stunning PW, Alan! @yokel The Moser is one of my favourite OPWs on the forum!
    23 points
  38. Wish you a good week-end to all
    23 points
  39. Back to the 60s with the 44KS.
    23 points
  40. New in Brown and bronze, cosc to boot
    22 points
  41. Morning Trying to bring a bit of colour to a grey morning, Seiko 5 Sports “Sports Style” Sunburst Green SBSA011 (Cal: 4R36)
    22 points
  42. This old favourite for me this morning, have a good Sunday all ...
    22 points
  43. A quick outfit related strap change (bless you quick-release spring bars) and we're good to go. Heuer Autavia Calibre 02
    22 points
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