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  1. Wow! Now THIS is what I remember from the good old days of the Electric Watch Forum. An inspiration for the newcomers, too! The photos are fantastic. I would love to see the discussion come back, but I just don't know if that wonderful interest in the great electric watches shown in these pictures here is still a burning desire anymore.
  2. Many years ago this particular electric site used to be very much alive with posts. It was in the good old days when Hamilton Electrics and tuning fork Accutron posts ruled. Rene and Paul and Martin regularly posted in- depth posts which went on forever(like the famous one about the Elgin Electronic). Boy, do I ever miss those days! I do know that Hamilton Electric collectors are alive and well, based on Jared's sales and demand, but those collectors are just not posting here. I asked several of the "masters" out there what the heck happened, and the replies ranged from people on the electric forum just aren't that interested in"our" favorite type of electrics anymore, to a general decline in forums online in favor of Facebook type specialty groups. One even described how painful it was to go to those Facebook groups because the posts were never really detailed like they used to be on our electric forum of years gone by. Also, the number of posts here are now pretty sparse and spread out over days and weeks sometimes. I still love my Hamilton Electrics, my Accuton Spaceviews and Astronauts, and the lively chatter and intensive details that were once here. I would love to see that happen again, but not sure if that kind of interest exists any more. I do like the lively conversation on the general watch talk forum here, but the interest appears to be towards much larger size, casual watches than I am used to. Oh, well.
  3. I understand the comments from the forum members who feel that this type of Rolex is almost always seen with the metal strap built for it, but soon as you posted the photo with the leather strap(a nice one), I immediately felt it looked great! Concerning calling it a fake, I think you should be honest with people. No one is going to think you are trying to show off by wearing a Rolex, if, after the few that even notice it ask, and if you reply by telling them it it is a very special as it belonged to my father and he passed it down to me. Concerning it showing signs of use, usually if you wear it in the cooler weather and wear a long sleeve shirt, that usually protects it quite a bit. Also, even though it is a bit pricey(put money away each year, then every five years have the following done)..... a complete servicing from Rolex(or a great Rolex specialist watchmaker) including the proper restoration of the band, crystal, case and movement(assuming you start wearing it a lot and it needs all the cosmetic stuff)...will make it literally look brand new again.. Because Rolex watches hold their value, it is not only a family heirloom, but it is a valuable piece. I was just reminded recently by a master watchmaker, that if you DO NOT have a mechanical movement properly cleaned and oiled periodically, and especially if it has the older animal based oil used in it, it will gum-up, hold the dirt, dry up, and using it extensively will cause premature wear to the parts, and potentially ruin it. Synthetic oil is better, but it dries up faster. Did Dad have it periodically serviced, and if not much, it may need to be done now before using it a lot. Switch between the leather and the original band and wear it with pride. I would love to have had a watch that was owned by my father.
  4. The Glashutte Original is magnificent inside, but in my humble opinion, the simplicity of the dial shown here is exactly what I was referring to. Sure, the printing quality must be top notch on that watch , too. But for that kind of money, there is so much more they could have put into the dial. But some of us like that, which is fine. And it seems to be a current trend...simple and very basic. To me, some of the Brietlings from just a few years back, the ones with all the markings around the dial...which some would call too busy...was always my dream watch. When the Seiko Presage line came out, I was really impressed with some of the dials.And of course, the fit and finish of the entire watch in Grand Seiko line, in my opinion, is very nice. To answer one posters question, I live in the USA, and the store I went to was displaying the medium line of Rolex watches, Cartier watches, Brietlings, Omegas. The latter two had some nice dials , but the first two were very basic, in my opinion. Quality made, but just really ....basic. No attempt at all to make the dial stand out. Again, just one person's opinion. I would love to own any of the watches I just mentioned...any one of them!
  5. Went to the mall today. Looked at the Rolex, Cartier, and other higher end watches, and was really surprised that the dials look is so simple and basic . Sure, it is what inside that really counts, but the dial is what you look at all the time, and it just appears to me that manufactures across the board don't seem to be putting much effort into making great looking dials anymore. The exceptions can be seen in many multi-dial watches, some divers, and of course the extremely expensive Swiss and German watches that I see in my friend's exclusive top, top-of -the -line watch magazines....they are just unreal both inside and out. But on what I saw today, it was very basic screened lettering ....nothing like the watches beautiful build of dials I remember from years ago? Am I the only one that has noticed this? I mean, if I am going to spend $5000 on a watch, I would certainly expect a lot more from a dial than what I saw today. Any really nice dials from recent purchases you would like to show off pictures to prove me wrong?
  6. Yes, I feel this way about most of them that I have left. My main way of selling a watch is through ebay. Unless all the ones a person wants to see are in very high demand or very rare and there is a good chance there will be a bidding frenzy (none of mine, really), after ebay and Paypal takes their 13-15% total, you can end up really getting very little . Also, soon as you start wearing some of your fabulous condition watches on a regular basis, and you have to add those many new normal wear scratches to the description when selling time comes, you can expect to get a lot less at selling time. Funny, I never had this problem letting go when it came to past collections...Victrolas, jukeboxes, military uniforms, etc. By the way, DEEP. I think the watch you showed is one of the best constructed I have ever owned. It's a brute...but look at it, how could you sell it...and the prices have dropped on used ones, for sure.
  7. The movements of all Timex watches, in my humble opinion, tend to be sort of throwaways. So unless you have a very special case and dial, like the Mickey Mouse one above or a solid 14k(very rare) case, they are hardly worth the repair cost. Also, they can be purchased quite inexpensively, so movements can be swapped(non-working for working ones). Timex is very good with there warranties and replacing a defective watch with a new one(for a modest cost) even after the warrantee ends. Taking to them is like going back in time. I think the same lady down South has been working there and answering the phone for 60 years. She is so nice and friendly. I would love to send her a 50 year old Timex Electric and see what she would replace it with, however!
  8. Great looking watch! I don't know if it is still in existence, but there used to be a whole website dedicated to Timex watches. This is a perfect example of how they would take existing technology, cut production costs so the everyday person could afford one, them mount them in great looking cases with innovative dials! There is no way back then when I was making $1.25 an hour (which equals .986887657 half sterlings or quarter pences or euros or whatever you guys are using over there, this week) that I could afford $89.00 for a Hamilton Electric. But I could save and eventually get a Timex Electric for about $25.00. Welcome to the Electric Watch Forum!
  9. Hamilton 996 or Illinois Bunn Special..both 21 jewel versions...used....fully serviced....on ebay. Check feedback . Make sure it was timed and says excellent accuracy and offers a refund if not as described. My opinion. Oh, with a salesmen's display back, but not the cheap repo display cases out there. You will know because they all look the same and are poorly made.
  10. See, its really not that big on my wrist after all. My wrist diameter is 7 1/2 inches (oh, forgot, most of you are not from the Colonies) = a zillion or so millimeters. OK, I'll Google it to be a little more precise..............19.05cm. It's like 2am where you guys are and I'm getting replies!
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  12. Original 1906 Elgin movement and dial, added to a commercially available case, but you need to be able to do the drilling and stem size adaption and it must be precisely done to work properly. I believe the stem is the one that comes with the case. I think most would prefer an onion type, too, but the case is so nice, especially with the mineral glass front and back, you take what is available, I guess. It works very smoothly. The strap is only 20mm, which helps with the perception of it being smaller than it actually is. As mentioned, it is so darn comfortable, I forget that I am wearing it. I have the large, original Bulova Precisionist with the huge link band and when I wear it, I am much more aware of its size than this one. Do check out the original ebay listing I mentioned above for more pictures and details , if interested.I will PM you, too, Zen, as requested. Thanks. All I can say is I was pleasantly surprised and happy with it.
  13. Still wearing this since it arrived today. Going to wear it to sleep . Hope I don't konk the wife on her head, it's so big. Size16 pocket watch movement.
  14. This is one picture,anyway. Still waiting on the wife to add more. Meanwhile, if you want to see the back, go to ebay USA , Advanced search, completed, #272889680991. Great photos there. The guy is from Poland, he expertly restores the movement, does all the mechanical mounting(stem needs to be adapted and hole perfectly drilled). Wait till you see how great the movement looks!. I haven't taken this watch off since it arrived. The wife was supposed to put it away for Christmas. Nope! Shipping to US only took a week! Thank you to all that posted other ways to mount these for wrist use.
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