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  1. Nice work, dear @spinynorman, and thanks also for the additional information about Zand.
  2. Many thanks @spinynorman for the information and the way you have composed it. Very interesting and useful, especially as there seem to be quite a few vintage Zand watches still out there.
  3. Welcome to the Forum; I trust you will enjoy being a member.
  4. What a fascinating watch that is, dear @spinynorman, and thanks dear @Balaton1109 for what seems like a solution to the "Movement Flottant" question. That patent description is so tortuous and long-winded though that I just longed for an illustration (or three) as a means of short-cutting one's understanding. The term, "Brevete S.G.D.G", was a French type of patent that ceased to exist in 1968 and represents a simple way of registering a new invention or design as a patent without all the bureaucracy and potential risks that would arise if the Government, via the patent office, could be h
  5. This is something still somewhat novel - a topic on the Forum about a ladies’ watch. When I saw the watch in question, illustrated in Watches International XVII (2016) published by Tourbillon International, I couldn't resist showing it here on the Forum together with some relevant information. This watch, by Audemars Piguet, bears the title “Diamond Fury”, and it is as much a piece of haute joiallerie as it is a timepiece. In terms of luxury materials and craftsmanship (at the Le Brassus home of Audemars Piguet) the Diamond Fury is hard to surpass, struck as it is in 18 carat white gold and pa
  6. What a wonderful selection of watches on this thread. Indeed, Great Christmas Eve viewing: far more interesting that Christmas telly. Have a great Christmas everyone and enjoy the New Year lockdown as best you can.
  7. Thanks very much Rog @Roger the Dodger... Thank goodness I am clean shaven!
  8. May I be the second member to respond to your kind sentiments, Roy, and also wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This last year has been fraught with anxiety for so many people and there seems to be no letup as we come to the end of December. This Forum has remained a place of sanctuary where members can let off steam and both read and write about their shared passion for watches and other subjects. Let's hope 2021 brings more cheer and may our Watch Forum carry on with its excellent work headed by our "Forum Treasure", dear Roy.
  9. Although not entirely new to the field, the Lorus brand is not generally associated with the production of mechanical wristwatches. However, there has been a renewed flurry of activity at Lorus to produce a couple of automatic watches, launched this year and produced in a variety of colourways. (Above pics from zegarek.net) The most recent of these new models is a dive-style watch of traditional or “orthodox” dive watch design sporting a sunray dial with day/date window, crown at the 4 o’clock position and a water resistance of 100
  10. That blue Tudor is incredibly ... well ... blue! I must admit that I wasn't too keen on the Tudor snowflake hands initially but my opinion has since mellowed and I now quite like them. Sometimes, a tidal wave of a particular colour just hits the spot and although it wouldn't be a general wearer for me, I would give that blue Tudor a blast every now and then.
  11. Dear @Rydog, I can tell you that your "Flight Captain" wristwatch can be attributed to Eglantine SA, based at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, and the mark of "Flight Captain" beneath the winged clock logo was registered on 4 September 1943. Interestingly, the word mark alone was also registered on the same day by Compagnie des Montres/Valery SA, which was based in Geneva and La Chaux des Fonds. Eglantine SA was apparently a producer of clocks and it may be that the watches bearing the Flight Captain mark and winged clock logo were actually the product of Compagnie des Montres/Valery SA, espe
  12. This is rather interesting. I find the design of the new Favre Leuba Sky Chief a very "uneasy" combination of elements, and it just doesn't sit right for me. The blocky hands don't match up with the Dauphine sweep hand and the rectangular markers would look better placed vertically rather than horizontally around the dial. I would also have preferred a round bezel rather than the added aesthetic complication of a polygonal bezel. The vintage Sea-Chief is far more cohesive as a design, and apart from hands that are a little too short for my liking, is a rather nice watch and redolent of its per
  13. Dear @Nigelp, congratulations on a lovely watch. For me, Seiko are the master of the Dauphine hand style and the lovely Dauphine hands on your watch, in combination with that dial and markers, are truly seductive.
  14. I have come across some ludicrously tight watch backs in my time, and sometimes even the professionals have been unable to get them off or back on. One might expect snap-on backs to give the most trouble, but the problem also applies to screw-on backs. I am currently in the process of trying to remove the screw-on back of a Britania [sic] surf-style watch with a nice yellow dial, hoping to be able to take out the movement and clean the inside of the crystal, but so far I have failed even when I am applying such pressure to turn the wretched back hat I feel my replacement elbow joint wanting to
  15. Dear @seasidesunshine, I note that my esteemed Forum colleagues @spinynorman and @Balaton1109 have assisted you with your gold ladies watch, and looking at the pictures of the piece I would say that everything about it aesthetically indicates that it dates to the 1930s. I have done a bit more digging online, and I have come across another Swan watch also from the 1930s - this example being an Art Deco gents wristwatch from the 1930s, nicely illustrated. This can be accessed at antiques-atlas.com/antique/a_1930s_mid-size_art_deco_swan_watch_by_record/as170a4101. The 15J hand-wind movemen
  16. I do love those end shavings, Rog. They remind me of the slices of brain tissue pared off in laboratories for examination under the microscope.
  17. Thanks for that pithy introduction and welcome to the Forum; I hope that you enjoy being a member...
  18. (Above pic from watchnation.com) This short topic comes hard on the heels of my thread-head about the recently launched quartz Sekonda Diving Watch, and it sometimes seems that the classic (now “orthodox”) dive watch form is taking over the world of watches. Indeed, here is another new model on this theme, this time from Rotary, in the shape of the Super 7 Scuba. This watch is a heavy duty automatic diver with a stated water resistance of 30 ATM (300 metres), and the title, “Super 7”, apparently refers to the 7 features that the watch possesses (shades of the reasonin
  19. Thanks for the update, Roger @Roger the Dodger. I do like that structure and love the way it fools the eye and the brain, even though one knows that there is a logical solution as to why it will bear some weight. There must surely be a market for beautifully made tensegrity structures like yours.
  20. I reckon it is getting more difficult to "ignore" smart watches, and there are some rather good-looking smart watch models out there including that Garmin. Not being much of a techy myself, I do like a watch to be a stand-alone product that doesn't require or badger me into linking the watch with other devices. My watch and I communicate with each other now and then when I look to it to tell me the time or some other measurement that is built into the watch itself. I don't say that I'll never succumb to the smart watch revolution, but I am happy that there are still plenty of "physical" w
  21. “The only aircraft I really disliked intensely was the Supermarine Walrus. A single-engine amphibious biplane reconnaissance aircraft, the Walrus flapped about all over the sky, and at times seemed almost uncontrollable. On land it was like a penguin, but apparently it was good on the sea and during its history it had saved many lives. It is extraordinary to think that the same designer had created the beautiful Supermarine Spitfire in all its beauty. Yes, Reginald J. Mitchell must have had a bad day when he drew up his plan for the Walrus. I can’t think of one ATA pilot who liked this
  22. Thanks for the intro, Cheg, and welcome to the Forum. I don't know how many of our members are near you in Canada for the personal touch of meeting up but I trust that you will find plenty of friendly members from elsewhere on the globe posting here on the Forum.
  23. Thanks everyone for trawling for information about this "Henry" pocket watch. When I started looking at your query, @kirpuss, I thought that it must be about the modern Henry watch brand rather than a period antique pocket watch. It has to be said that the giving of specific watch valuations is not encouraged here on the Forum for what I feel are obvious reasons, but members are always free to provide historical information and brand history for any watch that is usefully described and illustrated. Indeed, the more research the better when it comes to Forum posts, and we are lucky to have
  24. Please understand, dear @finchdance, that we do not give valuations here on the Watch Forum, for pretty obvious reasons. I should also add that it is courteous form that new members introduce themselves before launching into questions and queries that take up the time and trouble of other members to answer. Having said all that, please enjoy your membership of the Forum; hopefully, you will be an active member here.
  25. Sekonda have recently launched a new diving watch, model 1846, which follows on from model 1845. The two models are clearly related to one another, with both watches having a stated water resistance of 200 metres, but there are notable aesthetic differences and the new 1846 comes with a black rubber strap instead of the stainless steel bracelet that adorns the more expensive (by £10) 1845. The most obvious aesthetic difference, at least until, if and when, Sekonda introduces different/new dial colours to these two models, is that the 1845 comes with a blue dial and bezel while the 1845 has a b
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