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  1. The Glycine Incursore California 3901 is easily my most worn and favoured watch. The best thing about it is the dial and AR coated crystal. The worse thing about it is the crystal is mineral and the most easily scratched one I have ever known. I have scratched it and polished the scratches out so many times I guess I weakened it because one morning a crack appeared and spread like a windscreen chip. I contacted Glycine who told me to send it to INVICTA in Holland. I contacted INVICTA for a quote and was told the replacement crystal would be Sapphire but it would not be AR coated. The price £190 + £48 Handling + £??? Labour + Shipping......OUCH So I set about sourcing a new crystal. Not easy because it is a custom size. I managed to remove the old one without it breaking in two and spent a good hour measuring everything. Found an Optics company in China with the correct size Sapphire crystal. I had my doubts as it was only $22 including shipping, but it arrived and I noticed immediately that it felt far denser and more substantial than the old mineral. The next thing to do was to try and get the crystal AR coated. I fired off several mails to UK companies and was delighted to get a call from the MD of a company here in the UK who said he could do it. The price was so reasonable that I sent it off immediately. While the crystal was away I realised that my Bergeon 5500 set did not contain the right sizes to do a proper job. With all my measurements I decided to make a jig that was precise to limit the risk of crushing the sapphire. I have had a 3D printer for a while, I bought it to try and prototype watch designs but I have used it increasingly to make tools and jigs to do other jobs. You get a little shrinkage with 3D printing so a gasket on the base was necessary to grip the case perfectly. I used the original gasket as it was bespoke, 0.5mm thick I-Ring. I have a plan of how to print these in Hytrel in the future but it was in good condition and two weeks out of the watch it had relaxed back to its original dimensions. So the crystal came back a week later and I was very impressed. The MD confirmed it was very high quality sapphire because he had measured the refraction? So I put the watch back together having taken some time to clean the case and case back, new gaskets and silicone and the watch is done. I am only able to pressure test to 3 Bar with my Bergeon kit....but it held and is good enough for me. This did not cost anywhere near the price quoted...nothing like it!
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  2. Finally, and to mark the occasion of my big Six-Oh, I have my holy grail watch. It is the wonderful Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Taille in steel - fitted to the lovely beads of rice bracelet. I have been admiring and coveting the Reverso since I got into watches while I was still at school! Superelegant and gorgeous. It’s been admired by dozens of folks already and I’ve only had it a few days. I promise to take some really decent pics but in the meantime...
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  4. The sales section will be closed until further notice. There are two main issues. Obviously watches are not essential when most of us on here have one already, so why risk the postal workers? Secondly RM won't be asking for signatures, so arguments about 'it never arrived' could occur which no one needs right now.
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  6. just bought this from a good friend,it comes as a full set and is just back from a rolex service.its a 2007 model 16610.im really chuffed with it.
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  7. The results of yesterday's trip to Nottingham. [emoji16] Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk
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  8. Good morning everyone. Going with this Rolex Explorer Precision today.
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  9. Happy Birthday .As it's your bithday and MINE I have this on
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  10. Good morning everyone, going with this Omega Geneve, calibre 1012, from circa 1973 today.
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  11. Major new arrival for me I've wanted one of these for years. Now I have one.
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  12. A company contacted me a few weeks ago with regards to buying the forum. They offered me a nice little bit of money but they wanted to use it to make money with advertising. They would have probably changed it too much and I would have regretted it To be honest I couldn't do it. If anyone else is reading this and is interested in purchasing the forum then please don't try to tempt me as the forum belongs to its members and is NOT for sale. Unless it's a six figure sum
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  13. I've a trip to the hospital this morning, so I shall be wearing this little chap …
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  14. 1948 OMEGA. Cal: 30T2PC, 15 jewel.
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  15. Have a great Friday watch fans, a vintage Omega Cosmic 2000 automatic
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  16. #seamastersaturday Gecko says hello:
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  17. Good morning all, giving this silver cushion cased watch from 1929 a turn today.
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  18. SMP Ti Ref. 2232.80.00 Omega caliber 1120.
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  19. So it appears looking around that quite a few folks have new arrivals today - thought it might be nice to have a bit of a showcase for them. I got a real shock this morning, last box out from under the tree was this little beauty: Way beyond what I was expecting from my wonderful wife. Over the moon with it! Also this from a close colleague at work - seen it pop up a lot on here over the last little while, now I get to see inside!! ..So what has anyone else found under the tree this morning?
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  20. 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!
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  21. Vintage Certina 24-45, their 1st In-House Automatic Circa 1951 Recessed signed crown and drilled lugs and unpolished case Old movement shot
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  22. 1959 18ct gold Seamaster today.
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  23. Morning Dreyfuss & Co '1890 Collection' DGB00160-32 (Cal: SW200-1)
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  24. After flipping a couple recently, I’d seen this in a Jewellers in St Helier so picked up today. Discounted (old model) plus VAT free so nearly 40 percent off rrp just couldn’t resist. 41 mm wears just right on my smallish wrists. Very happy with today’s shopping trip!
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  25. Good morning to all from rainy Jersey. Have good weekend, if you can!
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  26. Morning Junghans 'Meister Telemeter' {Cal: J880.3 (ETA 2892 – Dubois Depraz 2030)}
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  27. Afternoon all. I received this little beauty today...love it! Its 5 years old, a Rolex Sub (no date) 114060. This year ...I was 60 in January...Ive been planning on retiring at 60,,,,for what seems like ages! For my 60th, in January...i "treated" myself to a lovely Tag Heuer Monaco...I got it in a new years sales...so saved a couple of bob.! I did have one before...but stupidly...yeah ! Flipped it...So.. as it was my 60th in January, inbetween, Last Christmas and new years...I spotted it in a sale...so snapped it up! The only trouble was? Id "planned"! on treating myself, to a watch ..when I retired , which was to be 4-6 months later...that "plan" was to buy a Rolex sub. Fast forward to his summer...I retired in June (best thing Ive ever done btw!)...again my "plan" was to go to Thailand Sept-Christmas...back in Blighty for Christmas...then back to Thailand, for January until late March/early April......of course covid scuppered that plan!! A month or two later? I ended up getting a 1 year old Rolex Datejust, on a Jubilee bracelet...loved it...didnt wearit much though...it was a Rolex 41...but to me, seemed to wear a tad smaller...no problem. Then! Last week, had me looking at subs! I "talked myself" into trading in my Datejust for a sub..i thought? we only live once...getting next to nothing interest just do it! I prefer the no date sub..as even with strong reading glasses on..I can just about see the date...and theres no way Im going to carry around my Mister Magoo glasses with me just to see what the date is! Then this morning...this little beauty arrived! Loving it...Only taken 2 quick pics. for now...but will take some better ones ...when it stops raining (probably summer 2021 then!?). If youve read this far? Youre a better man than me!
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  28. Been a busy few weeks particularly playing host to extended family over Christmas However this gave me the opportunity to pass the begging bowel round to fund my next timepiece, which I hoped (at the time) would be a C60 APEX available at a suitable discount in potential/imminent sale ? But, this happened to cross my tracks first (pun intended) & after a couple of email exchanges a price was agreed. 2018 Omega Seamaster AT RAILMASTER. Cal: Co-Axial 8806, 35 jewel, 15,000 Gauss. Width 40mm, Length 46mm, Lug width 20mm, Height 12mm. Supplied with unused bracelet & additional new strap... Case back is secured by Omega's "Naiad Lock" system (patent pending), this allows case back to be screwed on & centered every time. The dial is brushed & gives two very distinct appearances depending on the angle viewed... On the wrist... So far I'm delighted with my choice. Thanks for looking
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  29. Merry Christmas everyone! My Grandfather's watch today
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  30. Good morning everyone, going with this Omega, 2nd World War Air Ministry issue, 6B/159, calibre 30SCT2 today.
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  31. A very good morning to everyone. Giving this Omega Geneve Dynamic a turn today.
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  32. Having wanted a Seiko 'Dancing Hands' watch for a long while, I eventually got lucky and found the exact model I was after a week or so ago. The watch had been fairly extensively worn, then put away in a drawer (with the battery removed) about 8 years ago. The module fired up and works perfectly after I fitted a new battery, but cosmetically, the watch was in pretty poor shape. The two tone bracelet, while still showing a good amount of the plating on the intermediate links was fairly scratched up, as was the clasp. While the crystal was relatively unscathed, the cyclops was almost opaque, and of course there was the usual build up of wrist crud and DNA all over. So I set to, and had a go at bringing it back from the brink. These watches which date originally from 1988 were unusual in that they contain 4 stepper motors, and all adjustments to the hands and date are done via the two pushers on the left hand side. The crown does nothing apart from move the selector at 6 o'clock round to the various functions. The watch features normal time, chronograph, alarm, countdown timer and month indication, where all three hands point to the relevant month printed on the rehaut. Another unusual feature is that when the timer is selected and set, the hands move counterclockwise as they count down, until an alarm sounds at the given time. In demo mode it shows the famous 'dancing hands' which identify that all the motors are working. This is model 6M25-6000, the sports version of the watch with a two tone bracelet and bezel markers. There were several other versions produced. This one dates from March 1993. This is the watch as recieved. Here, I have removed the bracelet, ready for the ultrasonic m/c. Here's the bracelet in the ultrasonic, before switching on...nice clean water! ...and after a 3 minute cycle...eueeeeew! The black patches on the bottom are the dirt that's come out! First to come off is the bezel...look at the crud under there! Here, the circular bezel click spring has been removed, and there's still more crud under that! Over to the back, and here's the serial number showing a date of March 1993. Back off, and a little press on this lever with the forceps and the stem slides out... Followed by the spacer ring... ...and finally, the dial and module. Next to remove are the pushers which will have loads of muck under them. Two tiny 'C' clips secure them in the case...they just need pushing off. And here they are removed...I've stripped one of them down here, ready for the ultrasonic...the Q tip is for size comparison. Note the fluff and crud on the spring. This is the cyclops before attempting to polish out the scratches. I could have bought a new one from Cousins for a couple of quid, but the UV glue and a UV light to set it would have been over £50. These scratches are fairly deep, and I know I won't get them all out, but I'll try coarse and fine polishing compounds on a felt mop in the Dremel and see what happens. This is the final result after about 15 minutes gentle polishing. I had to keep stopping and let it cool down as I didn't want the glue to melt and lose the cyclops. It's way better, but there's one really deep pit that won't come out and a slight distortion of the numbers, but I can live with that. Reassembly time! Here're the parts after going through the ultrasonic. First, the pushers are reassembled, a tiny bit of silicone grease applied and inserted into the case.The most difficult part is getting the 'C' clips back on! The inside of the crystal is cleaned, the module replaced, followed by the spacer ring and crown. Here, I'm using a bit of Rodico (very similar to Blu Tack) to remove finger marks from the module plates, before greasing the gasket and screwing the caseback on. Over to the front, and the now pristine click spring is replaced, before pressing on the bezel. Here you can see that while now clear, there is a slight distortion on the cyclops. (2nd pic) Finally, the bracelet was carefully rubbed on some 1200, then 1500 grit wet and dry paper, followed by a scotchbrite pad to remove the worst of the scratches...I was particularly pleased with the way the clasp cleaned up with hardly any scratches noticable. ...and on the wrist! Hope some of you found that useful. I was going to make a video of the dancing hands and various other functions, but there's already a good video on Youtube...slightly different model, but mine does exactly the same.
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  33. I bet you can't wait to see my big date! (It's the only one I'll have today, unfortunately ) Enjoy yours, at least I have a couple of presents to unwrap!
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  34. Many happy returns! I am wearing my vintage Junghans Tank circa 1939
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  35. Morning all Circa1980 BUCHERER. Cal: 6050, 21 jewel.
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  36. Feeling hench after falling on some rocks last night so DSSD it is: My injuries weren’t in vain as I got some great shots:
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  37. Just arrived. This is a very rare Russian watch - no crumby lume, flying bombs, tanks, rockets, soviet heroes, crests or flags on the dial! Just perfection. Never taking it off ... Have a great day - I will!
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  39. Have a happy Monday watch fans. I am wearing this vintage Seiko Sea horse circa 1966 this morning
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  40. Tag heuer Monaco Steve McQueen for me today
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  41. A 1980's heuer for me today
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  42. Have a great Friday watch fans, I am wearing my vintage Seiko Sea horse automatic, circa 1966 this morning
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  43. Morning guys hope its a good one for you all!
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  44. Fascinating simplicity. Dresses "up" superbly (one of my two options for black tie), and "down" without effort. Senator "Excellence". 40mm s/s. GO Kaliber 36-01 automatic. Today's pic: And, older pics: .
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  45. The Tudor Black Bay 41. The photos do not do the watch justice. The watch is a great example of understated elegance. Happy Christmas.
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