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  1. Hirsch pure is good its caoutchouc or some such which i believe is natural rubber whatever that is, but theyre good to be fair it seems hard to beat Hirsch, though Fluco are pretty good, but no hirsch are lovely.
  2. I found a nice little write up on the movement here, sounds a nice little engine, from what i can gather the twin barrels even out the torque when winding and put less stress in one area, add smoothness and longevity and a good power reserve. From what is written its a nicely finished movement too. Seems FL were turning out a nice in house movement just before quartz came along. It does wind very smoothly thats the first thing i noticed in the feel of it. https://www.watchtalkforums.info/forums/thread67678.html they've gone to quiet some detail on WUS https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/incoming-favre-leuba-cal-253-a-830051.html "The twin barrels represent two interesting design features, only one of which usually gets discussed. The first is that two springs in parallel provides a much flatter power curve over a 24-hour period, because the watch runs from a spring that is kept wound by the second mainspring. The other feature is that the two winding gears are connected by a spur gear, and the two barrel gears are also connected by a spur gear. The result is that the two gears balance one anther so that there is little or no force on the winding gear bearings. This aspect is one major feature admire by Dr. Ranfft, and it certainly piques the interest of my engineer brain. Roland think this is among the most durable winding trains around." It also seems to be called the 'Twin Power' heres a short video.
  3. Morning, Favre-Leuba Sea King. With in house caliber 253 twin barrel. Thanks to Tamoz61 for identifying the movement. Watch has a very military feel to it despite the batons. With the 30mm dia. Long lugs and large winding crown. Sent from my SM-J320FN using Tapatalk
  4. Engraved 253 under balance. Sent from my SM-J320FN using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks ive measured it roughly in the pic below id say its approx 26mm case of watch is 30mm with 16 lugs. Cheers nigel. Sent from my SM-J320FN using Tapatalk
  6. yes thanks i did have to use a bit of 800's wet and dry too ;-) I think the amazing thing is the crystal was unmarked and the movement really clean, so maybe someone had intentions of wearing it again which never came to be for some reason. It certainly looked as if someone had, had it made usable again in the same condition that they took it off maybe quiet a long time ago and then uncannily never put it on.
  7. V12 Jag was the best V12 in the world and still is. and look put a merc or bm or jap next to that and it will look like a van.
  8. much better on that beads of rice ;-)
  9. thanks mate, skills built up on sanding and filling rusty mercs and BM's since i was 17 not to mention Jags ;-)
  10. yep the japs invented rust and the germans perfected it, you should have seen my 635 when it was 9 in 1989! Not to mention my e46 and about every merc c and e between 94 and 2003. ;-) Yep we gave it all away bloody japs and germans good at telling us they are best, being best is another matter, should have stuck with the buick V8 in the sd1 ;-)
  11. thanks, it was tedious work, but worth it, took me all afternoon with autosol. ;-)
  12. Just received this lovely 30mm military crown F L Sea King. Its a lovely original. Which makes a change given all the redials and frankens. Its running well. The case is stainless and its the full water resistant military spec, Sea King manual wind with big crown and 30mm long lug case. Its a gem. The plating was badly worn. So being stainless i stripped it and polished it and it come up as new almost. Crystal and dial are good. It was on an old gold expander from the 70s which ive ditched in favour of a fluco racing. Sent from my SM-J320FN using Tapatalk
  13. Again the Skylines are much more interesting than the ubiquitous German's having one of these when everyone and their dog have got a merc or bm is just cooler. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201905258320981?model=SKYLINE&sort=sponsored&advertising-location=at_cars&make=NISSAN&radius=1500&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&postcode=bb95hg&page=2 I can completely understand why this costs more than an AMG Merc, M BM or an Aston. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201905258320981?model=SKYLINE&sort=sponsored&advertising-location=at_cars&make=NISSAN&radius=1500&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New&postcode=bb95hg&page=2 As for the 996 911, they werent that good, the engines are dodgy and the interiors were very cheap and from the front the look like a boxster. No the 996 barked because it was a dog. 997 much better. 996 and early boxster were the first porsche to be built down like merc did at the time, with the result that some of the mercs were the worst cars on the road for rust. the 996 is an 8 to 10 grand 911 for a reason and best avoided.
  14. probably because its a better built more reliable car with a bit of a cult following from those who remember them new, than numerous of the posh badges turn out. Theres loads of Jap stuff thats getting very desirable. I always fancied one of these. Nissan 300zx from the early 90's. The twin turbo was mega fast, I used to go on holiday to a place and the chap who owned it since the 1960's was a millionaire several times over. In 1994 he bought a blue one brand new. Id be about 22 then, he was in his late 60's, but had always been into cars. I remember him passing me in my BMW 635csi like i was stood still. In the mid 90's they seemed miles ahead. Even the 200sx is getting good money, much better than same as mercs and bmw, and to be honest i'd rather have one of these than a BM 3 or Merc whatever. the mitsubishi 3000gt is another and have you seen the prices of some of these a lot of the niche Jap stuff is a bit more off the radar than the all to familiar German stuff we've been flooded with and thats why people are seeking them out and it a lot of cases they are just better engineered, the Honda 3.0 v6 vtec is a gem and far nicer than the bm 3 litre straight 6 and much much better than the merc 6's. They are also much better at electronics than the Germans and all the leccies still seem to work properly which is something that can't be said for the Germans especially Mercedes. the thing is with these Japs is they are rare too, a search of the trader shows just 1 standard good supra, so its supply and demand. When there are literally hundreds of merc amg's for sale and 10's of m series bm's if not again 100's for sale, they are never going to command high prices. this supra is more on the money than the one on the trader. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1993-Toyota-Supra-aerotop-29k-miles-with-jap-uk-service-history/183860625313?hash=item2acef27fa1:g:YgIAAOSwG1hdEfzT but it ain't a turbo, its an import and an aero top. this is the one to go for of the ones out there at the mo. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1994-MKIV-TOYOTA-SUPRA-3-0-TWIN-TURBO-AUTO-43K-GENUINE-MILES-1-PREVIOUS-OWNER/323852262084?hash=item4b67195ac4:g:1SIAAOSwhmhdIOfe
  15. 1965 Uno 17 Rubis FHF 70 Antichoc. Expecting a FL Sea King today.... Sent from my SM-J320FN using Tapatalk
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