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  1. I had a couple of early Avias in my collection, then I spotted a couple on eBay looking very sorry for themselves and my bids won. I stripped them both during the week and started the restoration of cases and bracelets. I had to send for a new crystal for this one, I was unable to polish the damage out,   It came today and the watch was reassembled on the coffee table while watching telly.


  2. Always something new.  Since the day I bought it this watch has always looked a little grey round the perimeter of the crystal. Last night I was looking at it under a 25 times magnification Loupe

    what I found was ivy like patterns radiating in from the perimeter and looking like stems and leaves, this was around 360 degrees and looked symmetrical. Today I have removed the movement, and pressed out the crystal, after washing with a mild bleach solution  I replaced the crystal with a new gasket..

    All the hazing has now gone and it looks like new.   Any one else come across this.     The images are both from before I cleaned it.large.DSC_0007.JPG.e46e082c6f44ea83deb3d9a286afe442.JPGlarge.2051735997_Strangedesigns.JPG.6618eb2a6c1629597a9e554b89fee3c3.JPG

  3. Finally added a boss watch to my collection. I must have bid on dozens, and every time someone was prepared to pay more . Just needed the case re-polishing. I looked at fitting a genuine boss strap, but the price to quality did not make sense. In the end I chose a Italian padded strap, to which I added the Boss buckle. Very pleased with the result, not bad for £22.71. all in.large.939537417_HugoBossDresswatch..jpg.a460db78ac1aa03b4078dcdfda4a2250.jpglarge.1654854105_BossPolished.jpg.c543052a422e25211bd1c89142e8d9c3.jpg

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  4. 12 minutes ago, Davey P said:

    Awesome work, well played Sir :thumbs_up:

    Just out of interest, are there any "before" pics?

    Others have asked that question, I have yet to take a before picture. From the moment I find them I have a mental picture of how they could look, and that is what I work towards, they were both well battered with damaged glass, and many dings, the Pulsar was minus a strap,, and the Timex had a broken shaft on the alarm setting button, both were up for sale with the caveat. Will need a new battery.

  5. Once a respected name in watch making, they lost there way in the quartz period  unable to compete on price. This watch was affected by gravel rash to the glass and surrounding  bezel.

    Less than £4 for the new glass, but unfortunately the bezel lost its gold finish in removing the damage. Had the watch held any value I could have had it gold plated, but for now it will have to go bald faced.. Still quite an attractive watch.large.1026489740_AviaQuartz..JPG.a19c6f917b7d70c483ade6016fa76339.JPG

  6. Interesting ebay find.. This chronograph watch reached me just in time, when I finally managed to get the back off the battery was just beginning to leak, but no damage had been done. The bezel took a while to turn and click, but now works fine. After replacing the battery I found instructions for a 6850 G8 1155. and to my surprise I was able to carry out a reset, then set the time and Calendar.by using the bottom function dial. The calendar is interesting in that when you set the function pointer to cal, the small second hand indicates the month, and the large second hand indicates the the date on a scale outside the dial. I am quite pleased with this one. I have no idea of the age but it is in remarkable condition.large.426338550_CitizenChronograph_Face..JPG.8d97c57aac725955ad5f3cf20cc219f7.JPGlarge.1335006492_CitizenChronograph..JPG.b9080e811b6b88268911471b3a7d3a9a.JPG

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  7. 3 hours ago, spinynorman said:

    I haven't come across that brand before. The watch looks good. Where are they made?

    Japanese movements built into very robust cases. They started in 1987 with the manufacture of snazzy hook and loop straps for surfers. Then in 1994 they started a range of watches/ These were very popular for armed forces  policemen, sportsmen. I first  noticed them when I had a maintenance contract for one of their clothing shops on the Wirrel . I spotted a display case full of funky watches. I have eight so far in my collection. These could well be collectables of the future..

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  8. I have slowly been building a small collection of Animal watches. Today a Animal Hurricane watch arrived, Black and gold and rated to 200 metres, I have been unable to find a mark on it. The photos are as received, I have not even set the date yet. I reckon they used to sell at around £90, I paid a fraction of that..large.1936351035_AnimalHurriane..JPG.80a1a3b01c14a6a2d2a0a16c13b774f1.JPGlarge.1295632413_AnimalhurricaneB..JPG.aac9be57eb0c221cb4e9972d44fbf908.JPG

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  9. This watch came to me salt water damaged. Only stubbornness made me have a go at restoring it. The bezel and case back where frozen to the case, and took a couple of hours to free off.. The movement refused to work with a new battery luckily I had a spare Myota OS60 in my parts box.  Removing the blistering removed most of the coating from the brass case, but it came out of my silver plating tank looking not perfect but acceptable. During the restoration the rubber cap on the crown fell to pieces, I replaced it with two 4 mm O rings super glued on, then capped it with a rhinestone, Finally a new watch strap from the Watchgecko sale.. Quite a cheap job less than £20, but the watch is now fully functional and looks presentable.large.82999613_Headrestorationcomplete.JPG.885200141799cf32df4c125b6b08e395.JPG

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