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  1. New York Times portrait of Donald "Don" Blakeslee (pic from static01.nyt.com): Avi-8 is a British-based watch company that specializes in watches that appeal strongly to aviation enthusiasts, with designs that are peppered with allusions to famous and historical planes. The example we are looking at here is the newly launched Avi-8 P-51 Mustang Blakeslee Chronograph, and this model pays tribute not only to the Mustang itself but also to one of the great fighter aces of World War Two - the American pilot Donald Blakeslee. Given that the watch is inspired by, and n
  2. The first thing I noticed was that your design very much echoes that of the Russian classic, the Raketa Copernic. Having said that, I can't at this moment describe how I feel about your Stargazer collection although I would like to more about the specifications - in particular, the movement and the "triple calendar" functions. I also think that, unlike my usual self, I need some input from other Forum members before I pass my personal judgement on your Stargazer.
  3. CDear @chefphil and @WRENCH I believe that the original reference for the name "Jungfrau" found on the dials of some vintage watches relates to the Jungfrau mountain in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland. Rather than digress into a "geographical" lecture, I will just say that the building of the Jungfrau Railway in the early 20th century created a tourist boom for the Jungfrau area and it is one of the most visited places in Switzerland; there is a useful article on the Jungfrau (including the mountain and the railway) in Wikipedia. When it comes to watches, the brand name "Jungfrau" appe
  4. . And that is my last word on the subject...
  5. Dear @BondandBigM, I placed a "like" on your post here above but just wanted to thank you in particular for adding a few more details about the turret on the Defiant. I did manage to find out quite a lot of interesting details in the various sources I used for my topic, and your contribution has added to those.
  6. I haven't added individual responses to all the above great watches but instead have posted this general commendation to everyone who provides such great pics of their watches for these threads. It is a joy to see them, and there is always something to pique one's interest.
  7. Dear @watro, I have found this example of the SA101 with module 430 online and the illustrations give some idea of the original bracelet (which I have now seen on another of these Casio touch sensor watches). Your own watch is gold plated and I would think that the original bracelet will be a gold plated version of the bracelet shown on the watch here below (pics from i.ebayimg.com):
  8. Ironically in view of this thread, country-of-origin marks seem originally to have primarily been a response to German industrialization and protectionism. Country-of-origin marking laws were first enacted in the 1880s in various European countries (with the UK in the vanguard with the 1887 Merchandise Marks Act) to distinguish imported goods (particularly those from Germany) from domestic goods. In 1890, the US Congress passed protective tariff legislation - the McKinlay Tariff Act - and in addition to imposing heavy tariffs on imports, this legislation required that imported items be labell
  9. Nice introduction, Boydie, and welcome on board.
  10. I absolutely agree with our Norman in his post here above. Those bird boxes a really nice and thanks for showing such a complete set of pics following your construction work.
  11. A stirring image of the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I in action from the box of an Airfix 1/48 kit (pic from modellingnews.gr): "On 17 August I took a Boulton Paul Defiant from St Athan in Wales to Prestwick, with two stops en-route at Speke and Millom. I remember the Defiant was quite a slow aircraft. It was built to carry two people and had a turret to house a heavy gun and the gunner, and whilst the Defiant looked like a Spitfire it certainly didn't fly as fast. The maximum speed was listed in my Ferry Pilots Notes at 304 mph. I wondered how the gunners who had
  12. Thanks for that nice introduction and welcome to the Forum.
  13. Blimey Graveworm, I like the Gothic darkness of your username. Welcome to the Forum. I'm sure you'll find this a friendly place to "burrow into".
  14. Dear Doolo, may I suggest that you take a look at the topic I wrote and posted on the Forum on 31 March 2014. This topic is titled, "Bentima, Bentima" and it can be accessed by using the Forum search feature. Essentially, there is a problem when it comes to attributing quartz watches branded Bentima, although when I wrote that topic, the Bentima brand name was being used by Acctim.
  15. My thoughts exactly, dear Bonzodog... I do like the watch but fear that my arthritic fingers might not like the crown.
  16. An interesting thread, dear @dombox40, and may I just contribute my "tuppence worth" of info. The "Gladstone" brand is associated with the Wenger Watch Company/Wenger Ltd of Montreal, Canada, founded in 1923 and still going, trading as "Wenger's Ltd". The current brand name for watches produced by Wenger's Ltd is "Cardinal" and the firm itself, now on the fourth generation of the founder, is a family concern. In addition to watches, the firm produces and sells a small range of accessories including magnetic bracelets, money and tie clips. The Canadian Wenger company is no relation of th
  17. There is a Wikipedia profile of the man himself - Daniel Hechter - and the Daniel Hechter brand website gives some details about the company. Just how the quality of the watches matches up to the retail prices seen on, say, Amazon, I don't know, but since the watch is a free gift, you don't have anything to lose either way. As to the origin of the Daniel Hechter watches, I would think they are essentially Chinese-made.
  18. I am with Johnny on this one. Common sense surely tells us that keeping watches for long periods in a sunny window is not a good idea, especially when high temperatures and frequent temperature fluctuations occur or when the window glass has not been treated to make it UV resistant. I don't know how much UV light can pass through a sapphire crystal to the dial beneath, but mineral crystals will permit some UV and acrylic crystals are themselves damaged by UV light. A jeweller may not know what materials and pigments have been used to produce any particular watch dial, hands, and markers, and
  19. Every now and then (well, more often if you believe my dearest Kristina) the alarm clock in our bedroom will be changed for a different one and Kris will throw her eyes up and ask if the new model is really any better or more useable than the previous one. I don't specifically collect modern alarm clocks, but sometimes I can't resist a particular model if I see it in a charity shop or some other pre-owned venue. As for buying a quartz alarm clock brand new, this is reserved for certain models that have a good brand name and which interest me for some reason other than just the alarm feature. T
  20. Fascinating snippets of info, dear Norman. This is becoming quite surreal...
  21. I'm afraid that we do not provide valuations here on the Forum for what I feel are obvious reasons. What I would say is that in the case of ladies watches especially, the valuation will generally be firmly based on the intrinsic value of the gold. Obviously, a particularly rare or horologically interesting model will command a premium, but prepare to be a bit disappointed.
  22. Many thanks for that useful snippet of info, dear @Balaton1109. Judging by the approximate dates for the EB 8800, the above pocket watch by Bader Ltd fits neatly into my estimated time frame for this type of pocket watch. Ebauches Bettlach went bankrupt at some time in the early 1980s, having been unable to weather the Quartz Crisis, and the caliber EB 8800 movement seems to have emerged in about the mid 1960s. when it became widely used at the lower end of the market. As Viva Time Corporation was founded in 1978, we cannot say for sure that the Bader Ltd pocket watch branded Pierre Jacquard p
  23. Dear @sabailand, many watches have passed by on this thread before I have managed to reply to your witty comment. Generally speaking, you are correct, and I wouldn't wear it in "polite society." However, we are in lockdown at the moment, so only Kristina is likely to see me wearing it, and every now and then I do fancy a little bit of bling - not too much, mind. Here is the other watch I am wearing at the moment, for timing my exercise walks in the local countryside - far more sober and another charity shop bargain, bought in never used condition (pic from limitwatches.co.uk):
  24. Thanks for that Norman @spinynorman. I do agree that pocket watches with embossed and engraved railway and hunting designs have been made over a long period. My dating of Ben's pocket watch is difficult to explain because it includes a detailed appraisal of the style and quality of the decoration of the watch as well as other more general features, including whether or not a European/American country of origin designation is present. My experience in handling many of these watches, branded with various company names, has led me to a conclusion that the 1970s was probably their hey day, alth
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