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Everything posted by Padders

  1. I think in effect you have a genuine movement and possibly (but not definitely) mid case and the rest is junk. I was a little misled by the excenter regulator and adjustments statement, the 613 isn't actually chronometer rated, thats the 602 but it is still decent. Oh and the 613 has a date function by the way so there may be a date wheel hidden.
  2. This doesn't sound promising; http://forums.watchuseek.com/f20/omega-seamaster-california-dial-135803.html
  3. Ok well if that is accurate then you have a problem with originality since 126 is Omega code for Gents, manual winding small second, water resistant calendar. Your watch fails on parts 2 and 3 of that description meaning that the caseback doesn't go with that movement and dial. I have grave doubts over it altogether I am afraid. There is no obvious water seal in the back yet it is badged as Seamaster, it has no calendar window and looks more like a Geneve to me. I have never seen that dial before and the Omega script looks too early for a 70s watch. Also that possibly looks like a chronometer grade 613 to me, and yet it isn't mentioned on the dial. Here is an explanation of case numbers: http://www.old-omegas.com/omrefcod.html I think it is a franken I am afraid. It is a nice looking dial but I don't think it belongs with that movement and case.
  4. Can you post the 6 or 7 digit case number stamped inside the caseback. It is just visible in the last photo but a bit blurred. Case and caseback look correct for a Geneve model circa 1970, the dial less so but the model number may answer some questions.
  5. Don't think that one is, the original looks like this, it uses the same No 27 clasp you have I think: My Chronostop, now moved on to a new home:
  6. That is a bespoke strap for the Chronostop, both driver and conventional. There is a metal milanses bracelet which was also an option. If you are waning to keep the original deployment I think you will struggle to find an aftermarket leather strap to fit that. Keep an eye on ebay for genuine replacements or bite the bullet and put it on a normal buckle and tang strap.
  7. Anyhoo back to the watches. I have handled a DeWitt up close, this one was a Tourbillon model. It did ooze quality (but class and style less so perhaps) but the RRP was eye wincing, something approaching £75k, even when sold on second hand it fetched over £20k (not for me I should add). They are a genuine high end player but perhaps aimed more at the Russian oligarch market than the like of us.
  8. Same here in the UK. We have had a low level terrorist threat here for most of the period since about 1969 so there was often a ban on service personnel wearing uniform off base. The ban was reversed a few years ago and indeed wear was encouraged but It is still very rare in the UK to see service personnel in their work wear.
  9. I think to be fair, if you are involved in intelligence gathering you could legitimately call yourself that and in fact I would think this use of the word is from American English anyhow so for an American to use it sounds perfectly fine to me. If you worked at GCHQ it would be equally valid and I should imagine they don't carry Walther PPKs either. It was no doubt an endeavour requiring guts and is worthy IMO of respect. I am sure Gary Powers or the crew of that one the NKs shot down would think so.
  10. Also do you really want something on your wrist which at first glance looks like Penis?
  11. Post a pic of the watch. Do you mean a Chronostop driver? Those are getting quite valuable these days.
  12. If they are indeed Creation then they are bona fide and I would use them without fear.
  13. Not too tricky. 344 cell. Respect polarity and be careful not to hit anything with a screwdriver etc. Of course it may not be waterproof after you open it but then it may not be anyway.
  14. Just be careful with the caseback when using a NATO. Leather like that will be softer than Nylon but there is no better way to chew up a caseback than with a NATO, a caseback sticker is always a good idea when using one of those.
  15. Fair enough then. I would expect a Mioyota powered one to be an order of magnitude better than the Seagull ones, my opinion of which is rather less charitable than the @The Minute. I won't bore you with too much detail but of the 7 different Seagull Parnis models I owned, 4 failed catastrophically within a 2 year period. After a quick search, it seems Miyota may have manufacturing capacity in China also which would make sense from a supply chain POV. It remains to be seen whether Chinese built Miyotas compare to Japanese of course. Parnis are worth a look but don't be surprised if it ends in tears.
  16. Are you sure the Parnis has a Miyota movement, have you checked? I was under the impression that they used Seagull movements. Miyota are Japanese are they not? Parnis are made in China so it would surprise me if they were bringing them in.
  17. Which strap is that Hugh, am looking at the website now?
  18. The one I showed above won't, the leather is very soft. If you buy the right strap, 20mm works fine. If you have to force it on then it isn't the right strap. That watch has been on 20mm straps for about 20 years with no ill effects at all. You could always shave the ends to make a better fit anyhow.
  19. Cousins do have a few in 19mm but there is a much wider range in 20mm, though some have softer and more squashable ends than others. Here is my Dynamic on a Cousins 20mm: This is the brown version of that code on in 19mm on a Rolex, personally I wouldn't put a Dynamic Gen III on a lizard strap, it is too dressy IMO but it works well on dress watches:
  20. Presumably you mean Seamaster 300m. As I mention above, the Seamster 300 is a completely different model. I find It makes life easier to call it the SMP or better still Bond Seamaster. People have a clue what you mean then.
  21. Purely to differentiate from what came before and from the Rolex Sub which this design made look old hat at a stroke when it was launched in about 1994. Most dive watches look similar for good reason, legibility. The creative licence used with the skeleton hands Bond made for a great looking watch but in fact that hand design isn't as legible as solid bars of lume and therefore less useful than the sword hands used on previous Omega divers and on the similar contemporary 2254 and 2255 SMP models. Strictly speaking, in Omega terms, the Seamaster Professional or SMP as many abbreviate it is the Seamaster 300m, though many just call it the Bond Seamaster. The 'Seamsaster 300' name is actually used for the larger modern Master Chronometer design, or the original 1960s 300m diver design Omega do like to confuse with their naming conventions.
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