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  1. How about this 'Nautilus' homage from Seiko (7s36-5000 'Superior')? I bought it (mildly knackered)on eBay about 6 years ago for £7.50......I have replaced the balance and fitted a new crystal... Or this vintage quartz (4823-5017) from 1976.......
  2. My only Avia watch, this ESA 9154 electronic (with original bracelet) from around 1969....... Similar inside to this (not my actual watch) Is it in this advert Scott? Both of the 'divers' appear to be marked 'Marino'....
  3. Be VERY careful not to damage the coil when replacing the circuit!
  4. It would be even easier to just replace the circuit (with battery contact attached), only £5.99 HERE....
  5. Vintage JDM Seiko quartz, super thin, elegance today (7830-8020 from May 1977)....
  6. Bit 'chunky' today... In true Blue Peter fashion 'Here's one I made earlier'....
  7. Rather suggests that Louis Braham bought the movements in from France and actually built the watches up in the UK, (possibly in the Newmark Prefect and Purley Way works, the latter with a dust-free, controlled environment assembly hall), sourcing dial, hands and case locally, so the 'Made in France' reference on the dial just refers to the movement but gives the watch a bit of 'continental zing' to make it more attractive than Timex or Ingersoll to the UK punters....
  8. Not sure if this helps but this is the movement in a Kered 'Made in France' watch.....
  9. This advert, apparently from 1962, does shoot down the 'post 1970' hypothesis but does agree with not 1940's but 1960's manufacture argument... Most of the Kered watches that I can find pictures of have 'Made in France' on the dial.......(including the one in the advert above...)
  10. I wonder if it is a coincidence that 'Kered' is 'Derek' spelt backwards?......... A bit of searching suggests that 'Kered' watches was a French post war 'manufacturer', and while most of the watches sold appear to be of about 1940's vintage (and are usually described as such by the sellers), the case-back and dial markings of 'Water Resistant' rather than 'Water Proof' appear to suggest that they are really post 1970......
  11. With the arrival of the blue, real crocodile, strap this morning, from Vietnam, it was quickly fitted to the Seiko 4823-5017, with the blue dial, and just had to be worn.......
  12. This Citizen NY2300 today.......
  13. Well the 'Shed Art' Ferranti alarm arrived and my assumptions about its origins proved correct..... It did Indeed start life, in about 1936, as one of these 'Floodlit dial' alarms. On stripping it down I found that the enormous fuse holder on the left of the movement was apparently a 'safety feature' added by whoever transplanted the movement into the wooden case some 50 or 60 years ago, looking at the state of the wiring up to it would suggest that it was probably an astute measure...... The 'floodlit' element was fairly clever, in that there is a cam directly behind the
  14. 19mm lug width has it's origins in the imperial measurment system... 19mm equates to 3/4", near as dammit... 3/4" being 19.05mm, just 2 thousandths of an inch wider.......
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