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  1. What an interesting and rather beautiful watch that Aera Pilot-1 is. The design is very sophisticated yet utterly functional - the watch is instantly recognisable as being modern and of our age (in a good way) and at the same time speaks to past military and pilot watches - the whole aesthetic package being managed in a smooth unlaboured manner.
  2. Just so we know what we're talking about, here is the Panzera Aquamarine 45 (pics from the review on "Watch Advice"): I must say that I do rather like the look of this watch; a refreshing change from the usual dive-oriented watches. Pity if the quality lets it down.
  3. Many thanks for those additions, @spinynorman. The Accurist story is a fascinating one.
  4. Many thanks for those generous comments, @antjrice, and for your response also @Welsh Wizard. It is nice to feel appreciated for what can be quite hard work.
  5. Dear GongNong, we can't get those Oreo Pumpkin Spice Creme biscuits over here, I don't think. I note that it says they have been "ARTIFICIALLY FLAVORED" which for some reason brings me back to your Invicta orange horror... And someone seems to have been nibbling around the edge.
  6. The name you are looking for is actually "Stolkace" and I have come across a number of Stolkace watches online, both ladies' and gents' models, often in gold. There is no reference to Stolkace on Mikrolisk, but illustrations of extant Stolkace watches indicate that the company was certainly active in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. I notice that my colleague @Karrusel illustrated a 1932 silver watch on the Forum in August of 2018 which was cased by George Arnold Stoll (G.A.S. Stolkace), which leads me to presume that this is the avenue down which to travel for more information on Stolkace watches. Evidently, Stolkace is the brand name for watch cases by British case-maker G. A. Stoll, and of course the phonetic pronunciation of "Stolkace" rather gives the game away. I show here below, a photo of a 9 carat gold Stolkace watch case with a hallmark for Chester 1929:
  7. Dear @spinynorman, I had a feeling that you would come up trumps with that query, and I am very grateful for the information. Your acquisition of source material is of enormous benefit to Forum members like myself. Just between ourselves, I am also rather gratified that I spotted the likely Indian/Hindi connection and seem to have got the date of the watch pretty spot-on using my largely internalised dating-radar system for watches.
  8. I bought a fascinating and romantically named hand-wind ladies' wristwatch yesterday from a jeweller friend which cost me £10. The watch itself is working and probably dates to the late 1930s or early-mid 1940s; unfortunately, the rolled gold case, bezel and bracelet are showing their age and have become badly worn. The dial of this piece bears the brand name "SHIPRA", printed in red. which is a girls name associated with the Hindu religion and means either "A river" or "Pure". It also carries the company name "NOOR STAR WATCH CO" and the country of origin mark "SWISS MADE" not once but two times, so once again, we have a Hindi connection with the term "Noor" - meaning light, shining or gleaming, which makes sense for the name "Noor Star Watch Co". Noor is also a Muslim girls' name. The caseback of the watch has a maker's mark impressed of the letters FRG within a diamond, above the wording "ROLLED GOLD/WARRANTED/10 YEARS", and finally, below this, is a serial number "934420". I have not yet dared to open the watch fully to reveal the movement because getting to the movement without disturbing the dial and hands is a bit tricky with this watch, and I also don't want to compromise the good running of the movement. I myself took the pictures for this query with a compact digital camera and I am really grateful to the Forum members who explained how to reduce picture file size when trying to download photographs into a topic. Going back to the watch, I really would like to know something about Noor Star Watch Company and the origins of the diamond mark on the caseback. The use of the term "rolled gold" indicates a link to Britain - perhaps relating to the Empire - and it does seem that there is an Indian or Middle Eastern connection.
  9. Just to put a cat among the pigeons, dear @spinynorman and @Simon Mitchell, are you sure you didn't mean "Memovox" watches. These were alarm watches from the Swiss company Jaeger-LeCoultre; the first Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox alarm watch being released in 1951.
  10. What I like most is that this watch has caused a reaction among Forum members sufficient for them to air their views. Most interesting, and thanks to all those who have posted on this topic.
  11. Not long ago, I introduced to the Forum my new black Kahuna quartz chronograph, which I really like in spite of the disadvantage of being unable to read the watch easily under certain lighting conditions. That watch cost less than £20, so the disadvantage was minimal in terms of hard cash, but what about all-black watches that are considerably more expensive? Indeed, what about Omega’s most recent foray into deepest darkest all-over black, the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black? Hopefully, after an evaluation of this model, we will be able to draw some conclusions as to its worth as part of the Seamaster collection. Before taking a look at the characteristics and specifications of the new watch in detail, however, it is important to note that Omega have taken great pains with this model to ensure that legibility is maximised while maintaining the strict parameters of a wholly all-black wristwatch. In pursuit of this goal, Omega have opted for inky black highly resistant ceramic for the construction of the watch as well as the clever use of four different finishes for the ceramic. Indeed, it can be said that every part of the watch that could be rendered in black ceramic is rendered in black ceramic - the ceramic used for this watch is zirconium dioxide, turned from white to black by virtue of iron pigment and then baked at 1,400° Celsius. (Above pic from Monochrome Watches) The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black (ref. has a 43.5 mm ceramic case and comes in at 14.47 mm thick. The unidirectional bezel is also ceramic, as is the bezel insert which deserves some attention. In order to increase the legibility of the bezel and reduce the tendency for polished ceramic to acquire finger marks, Omega have used laser ablation to produce a grained finish on the insert, combined with indications that are raised in positive relief and polished to enhance contrast. Another innovation in terms of external construction is the use of solid ceramic for the screw-down crown and helium release valve rather than black PVD-coated metal. It has now become possible, through a sophisticated ceramic injection moulding technique, to manufacture and finish such small components in ceramic. We now move on to the dial of the Seamaster 300M Black Black which once again bears the hallmarks of innovation and the effort to keep the new model legible in poor light. Unusually, the dial is made out of a single piece of ceramic and has no colour addition, so is all black. Apart from the applied black PVD indexes (which are lumed with black anthracite lume that glows blue) all the details on the dial including the wave pattern, lettering and minute track have been created by laser ablation. The skeletonized hands are also anthracite lumed, with the minute hand glowing green instead of blue to match the lumed pip on the bezel. Another feature - or lack thereof - is that there is no date window; a good choice for a watch that is going for the full Monty black look. Note that the background wave pattern on the dial is in positive relief rather than recessed, further enhancing legibility in poor light. (Above Pic from Monochrome Watches) (Above pic from A Blog to Watch) Coming across the back of the watch gives one a slight jolt of surprise because the movement, visible through the display glass, is rhodium-plated and not black; it is nicely finished with Geneva stripes or waves in arabesque. This 29 mm wide power source is the in-house automatic caliber 8806, regulated by a co-axial escapement and free-sprung balance wheel with a silicon balance spring. The power reserve is 55 hours, from a single barrel, and the movement runs at 25,200 vph; it comes with Master Chronometer certification, which includes resistance to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Water resistance for the watch is at 300 metres and the caseback is fitted with the NAIAD lock system, ensuring a tight seal and correct positioning of the various inscriptions on the reverse of the watch. Both front and rear crystals are in sapphire. (Above pic from Monochrome Watches) (Above pic from A Blog to Watch) The Seamaster 300 Black Black comes with a black rubber strap fitted with a black ceramic pin buckle. The latest British edition of GQ Magazine has the watch priced at £7,410 from Omega. Other reviews of the watch have it priced at US$8,650 or CHF 8,600. It is time, finally, to come to some conclusions about the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black, and I do have some. I will not dwell on the price of the watch because I am not confident enough to assess the price of this model as against the general Omega pricing structure; I would presume that Omega have looked hard at the market potential of the watch and have also taken into account the complexities involved in the design and manufacture of the model. “Black-out” is probably not the most popular colour for watches; also ceramic is lighter than metal and the feel of the watch on the wrist will differ markedly from the feel of a steel example. That will probably be a positive for some potential purchasers, but a negative for metal watch purists. In terms of quality and finish, there is nothing to indicate that the Seamaster 300 Black Black is anything but impeccable, and I would think that this watch is a tough customer that will take the problems of wear and tear in its stride, aided by the hard and resistant ceramic used in its construction. (Above pic from Fratello Watches) (Above pic from A Blog to Watch) When it comes to the actual design of this model, I rate it highly and feel that Omega has done a great job in its working of a difficult theme. If one studies all the photographs of the watch online, it does appear that the legibility issue has been surprisingly well-resolved. My one disappointment about the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black concerns the rubber strap, which I find disappointingly uninspiring, even a bit ugly. It is a shame that Omega did not come up with an all-black ceramic bracelet to complement the watch, and if the strap had to be rubber, it could have been given design cues that work to enhance the whole package aesthetically. (Above pic from A Blog to Watch)
  12. Gosh, that's interesting because I do like acquiring odd small bits of vintage electronic equipment.
  13. Well, @Bricey, I basically like that Pancor, and along with AVO, I really like the subtle bezel/bezel insert - very classy. I do agree with you about the spacing anomaly in the word AUTOMATIC and notice that the same anomaly occurs in the term ATM. However, all-in-all a rather nice watch that goes just outside the oh-so-typical dive watch formula to good effect. As a matter of interest, I presume the strap on the Pancor as shown in your pics is not the strap that came with the watch since it appears that the Oris pictured also has the same strap?
  14. Thanks for the mention @spinynorman. Pending examination for any hallmarks or indications that the watch is actually gold, this would appear to be a costume jewellery item and my feeling is that it postdates 1960. So, in line with what JoT concludes, I would suggest a date in the early or mid-1960s although it is a bit tricky to date this model accurately.
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