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About Chascomm

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  1. Timex would surely have one of the last balance-wheel electrics in general production circa 1980/81? If I recall correctly the quartz-regulated version was dropped a year before the non-quartz. (Timex experts please set me straight) Other late contenders would be the Soviet Luch 3055 (although that one also had quartz control) and Chinese Xiang Yang SD2, but neither of those lasted past the 1970s as far as I know. As for last original design, how do the Citizen 5800 or 3701B rate?
  2. HMT White Pilot ...finishing off an all-Indian week
  3. Seen a few of the Welsh ones already on this thread so I guess I'm safe to post these: 1952 Smiths Empire Y201 'Anzac' 1964 Smiths YC452
  4. ​If it's the basic handwinder, then the movement will probably be the Chinese 'Tongji'. The autos use the Japanese Miyota, and I think they also do some open-heart Chinese auto models. I hope you can get a photo or two up on the forum.
  5. No, that's what I'm saying: the first chronograph watches produced for the Chinese air force back in the 1960s used that exact same logo (as reproduced on these new watches) several years before the Star Trek show was created featuring a very similar logo. This PLAAF logo is known colloquially as 'the Trekkie logo' over on the WUS CMWF because the similarity is amusing, but the Chinese use of the logo came first. That is the actual origin of the logo on the 63ED chrono. I thought you knew and were just having a laugh.
  6. My guess is that Mazda, back in the late '90s, thought Sea-Gull was on the decline so they'd just borrow the logo. Who would know? As for that logo used for the first PLAAF chronos (which I doubt Gene Roddenberry ever saw when he was creating Star Trek); I've no idea what it actually represents or who designed it. It is a symbol for a particular branch of the air force (like the Shturmanskie winged bomb) or just some abstract representation of speed because they felt like they needed some kind of logo on the watch?
  7. I've read that there used to be a company assembling watches in Tunisia 40 or 50 years ago. Anybody know what the brand was? I'm strangely drawn to the idea of owning a Tunisian watch.
  8. Well, yes! No worries then. How do you feel about the Sea-Gull vs Mazda logo thing?
  9. This is just a wind-up, right? Surely you know the back story? http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/cnmark/Seagullfrom1967originalface.jpg I wonder if Paramount ever paid for the use of that logo...
  10. Thanks. That is exactly my dilemma. The 'tighten in the direction of winding' rule-of-thumb makes good sense. Looks like it's just stuck fast then.
  11. Has anybody here ever dismantled an Anglo-Celtic 5 jewel calibre RY as used in Smiths Empire wristwatches (with sweep second hand) in the early 1950s? If so, can you tell me whether the barrel arbor screw unscrews clockwise or counterclockwise?
  12. No earlier than 1956 (introduction of the Anglo-Celtic TY movement). No later than 1969 (end of Ingersoll assembly at Anglo-Celtic). I guess the TY was dropped after the 600-series movements were introduced, which was some time in the mid 1960s, so that narrows it down slightly (my Smiths YC452 with TY movement was listed in the 1964 catalogue). Sorry I can't do better than that. If anybody here has the Smiths book they may be able to find a closely corresponding model from that brand?
  13. A photo of the movement may help in identification of the movement manufacturer. Likewise any markings on the inside of the case might help identify the case manufacturer. Given the 'brevet' marks, it's possible that the case manufacturer could be the assembler also; or the entire watch may have been made by the one company (less likely). But that still might not help to locate the owner of the 'Neutral' brand for whom this watch was made ...unless the brand was owned by the manufacturer; and that's not so likely or you would probably have found it listed somewhere. My guess is that it was probably a private label for a jeweller. If the case is solid gold then the case hallmarks should indicate the year of manufacture. (...and, by the way, I think it's a very fine looking watch.)
  14. It looks like we're discussing two things here: 1. An old watch with a Druzhba/Youyi-homage replacement dial which seem to have been around for many years (i've seen these dials on a wide variety of vintage Chinese brands of watch so clearly they're after-market modifications) 2. Shanghai's own all-new versions from their heritage series, released in the last few years. Strictly speaking, the Shanghai version is an official homage of a bootleg homage of a Soviet-built watch. It's kind of similar to all those Raketa-parts watches that we used to see 10 or so years ago with various dials spuriously signed 'Made in USSR' that were subsequently replicated by Raketa themselves for a few years immediately before the company changed hands (and then condemned as 'fakes' by the new management, but that's another story).
  15. If I recall correctly, there was more than one Soviet manufacturer who produced a '1356' (13mm, quartz with second hand, no date). Could be a Chaika or a Luch or something else. I don't know if there is any difference between them in terms of shape and size (it's not a round movement) and hand sizes. I expect that the size will be similar to theinternationally most common Miyota and Seiko-Epson 3-hand quartz movements but I can't find a comparison chart to confirm this. you best bet would be to take it to a watchmaker to see what substitute he can fit for you.
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