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  1. Does anyone know how much the breitling navitimer cosmonaut 806 in full working condition, recently serviced by breitling is worth?
  2. I have acquired an inexpensive pocket watch... inexpensive because it needs a bit of work, only a bit though. Can anyone help me with an idea of how much and how easy? The face is unbranded, the movement is labeled as Labrador and it needs a new minute hand, or a matching hour / minute set. It also has an old, yellowing, scratched crystal that needs replacing. How would I know which sets of hands will fit and how easy are they to swap? There seem to be a number of different crystal types, which one will I need? Any help gratefully received Now, let's see if I can attach the photos Packet watch album Forgot to say, it seems to keep very good time too. Oh, and the stem seems to have a silver coloured top, not gold, is that wrong? Seems to miss slightly when winding....
  3. I love when the mailman brings me presents! Don't mind the glare, it's just the trees in my yard.
  4. Hello, just joined in the hope someone can help me identify a watch of mine. I've had no luck in researching the brand logo and apart from the letter on its crown cannot find any other identifiable marks. The logo looks like either two interlocking A's with a crown on top or a M over an A with a crown on top. The letter on the crown is either a N or a Z. The watch itself is vintage, an automatic and has an electronic alarm in a stainless steel casing. Unfortunately it seems I cannot add a picture.
  5. For Xmas i was bought a Rado Hyperchrome which was water resistant to 50m. I dont ever buy watches which arent water resistant as i dont want to have to think about removing when showering, bathing etc. After 3 days it had condensation forming on inside face, after Rado tested it was found to be faulty and was given a brand new replacement, within same time period the same happened. It had been worn in bath and shower..... Obviously after that experience i had no confidence in Rado so replaced with a Rayond Weil Freelancer. I was nervous about wearing it near water, but this one was water resistant to 100m, the first time i forgot to remove in the bath it was submerged for around a second in 1 inch of water and the water has got inside. what the hell is going on? Ive worn watches all my life and none have been more expensive that 200, even had fake tag watch bought from beach in tenerife that i was able to go swimming in......
  6. New purchase. Vintage 1969 'Tissot Visodate Seastar PR 516' Vintage is the way to go (I think)
  7. donc

    Fine tuning

    I understand it is possible to fine tune a mechanical watch by positioing it in a certain way overnight. Is this true and what are the lositions ie for gain/ loss? The watch in question is a rolex datejust.
  8. Hi everyone! I discussed my projects in other forums and got great help on a verity of questions which led up to my own watch project. I thought many of you might be interested in. I while ago I quit my job to chase my dream of creating a high-end wrist watch from scratch. It's a risky, dumpy ride and totally worth it! The design is ready and I found a manufacturer in Switzerland who can both modify a ETA movement to fit my requirements and assemble the watch. The model will have a unique feature never seen before, so that is incredibly exciting! I would be honored if you wanted to follow it, all opinions makes a Huge difference. I'm posting daily on my Facebook page: facebook.com/ecanderssonwatches Thank you!
  9. Hi folks, I have found some watches in a drawer and would appreciate any clues about them - whether they are worthwhile getting restored, etc. I'm not looking for any sale value, but wouldn't want to spend money restoring something that's never going to keep time, etc. Any interesting info (guesses at date ranges, etc.) always welcome as well! The first is one that I remember my Dad wearing and I think he said he bought it during or after the war, whilst in military service (UK). It's a Roamer that's seen better days but still appears to work. This is one that I'd like to get cleaned up for certain, unless strongly advised against it... The next one is a Lucerne, with no crystal... The next is a Montine (back is plain, just saying "stainless steel case" and "swiss made")... The final one is a Sperina (though it looks like Sperjna in that font)... Sorry if the post is a bit long and not focussed, but any help would be great - thanks! Keith
  10. Good afternoon, I'm new here, hoping someone might know something about 'Perona' . I occasionally wear my father's old Perona watch which I remember him telling me as a child (circa 1960) was his best timekeeper. I have 4 old Omegas including a 1967 Constellation, none of which can match the amazing Perona's less than 3secs a day over the past three days, using Radio 4's pips as a reference. Wikipedia has no significant information and I can find nothing about it on the internet. Posting a photo is beyond me, but it has a crown emblem, 17 jewels, incabloc on the face and a sweep second hand. On the stainless steel back is a number, 855-5. Can anyone throw some light on the firm that produced this extremely well made and durable watch?
  11. Hi everyone, I would really appreciate and welcome some advice. I turned 40 last week and I have saving for some time to buy a quality Swiss watch for myself and hopefully to eventually leave to my son. Its taken me ages to save a deposit of £800, my wife says I can spend up to £2500, as we could spread the payments. I looked this weekend at Omega Speedmaster and Seamasters, along with some Tudors. I honesty wasn't impressed with the quality for the money. Are there any good quality lesser known brands (so I'm not just paying for a marketing name) that I should consider, or am I better just spending less on say a Tag Heur? Help !!!! My grandfather gave me his Garrard watch and although it a to small for me, I treasure the memories it gives me, that's what I want this watch purchase to be, a quality watch that will serve me and my son well, or am I just being unrealistic?
  12. Hi, I'm wondering if anybody can tell me anything about my Grandad's old watch. I was told by a jeweler it would cost around £70 to have it serviced but I'm not sure if it is worth me paying that much. All I know is that it is a Rotary stainless steel 21 jewel automatic wrist watch with day and date display and on the back it says "water resistant to a depth of 40 metres". I think it was probably manufactured in the 1970s. The glass and bezel are a bit scuffed from wear but otherwise it seems to be in excellent condition. Thanks in advance for any information. T
  13. Hi this is my very first post and I would like to ask you guys if you know anything about the make of this watch; TAHA? Here are a couple of photos for you to look at perhaps they may make a light come on somewhere, I really would like to know more about this watch, which I have rebuilt from a rusty wreck to a fully working automatic watch. This is a before shot of the rust riddled watch;
  14. My 1st Rolex
  15. Hi everyone I'm new to this forum but I do love my watches always have done, I have a small collection to include omega seamaster professional, Breitling Aerospace, Rolex SD , an Iwc and a few other less desirables that I have purchased over the years whilst other watches have been serviced and I wanted something different to wear. But to date I do not own a seiko, I have done throughout my life but lost them along the way but I'm trying to get my head around the fact why do people like them. although build quality is pretty good and I'm sure the auto mechanics are reliable, I struggle with the clumsy looking hands, whilst I see the grand seikos are considerably more expensive what justifys such a price jump ?? i was warming to the idea of getting a SNZF17K1 with the gold hands, I like the date and day mix on the watch. or do I wait save and get what my heart says a Rolex gmt Am I missing something with the new seikos is there an underground love for these watches ? I know at least they are real as there are so many fake Rolexs and others out there. If I'm adding to my collection what would be a good addition ?? Do I go for the seiko or will I be disappointed with the quality having had more expensive brands !! Thoughts and ideas welcomed !!
  16. I'm afraid I know very little about watches, and I was hoping to buy my girlfriend a nice vintage watch for her birthday which is fast approaching. I was hoping somebody could give me a second opinion on whether or not this deal seems legit. https://www.donedeal.ie/jewellery-for-sale/sale-cortebert-ladys-gold-vintage-wristwatch/11401880 Thank you
  17. One of my grail watches for a long time is the Edox Classe Royale quartz in gold, I even had one once but the date function didn't work, well, ever since then I have had a hankering and have always followed Edox watches.. Then.. A very nice chap on another forum offered up for sale a Classe Royale watch, no it wasn't the the sunburst quartz in gold, but it was the automatic Classe Royale chronograph (one that I had always considered well out of my reach), so we exchanged PM's settled on a price and I received it yesterday and I must admit, when I actually held it my heart skipped a beat. I have never been able to see one in the flesh' before now and to hold it and even own it was a seminal moment for me. The watch was decribed as being in very good condition, I did expect a couple of bruises considering the price but no! it is utterly pristine with the tiniest amount of desktop blooming on the buckle. so to say I am chuffed is a massive understatement. Sporting a Valjioux 7750 cal movement day date display with the, hacking, seconds counter at the 9 o'clock position. Lovely finish throughout. The chronograph buttons snap very positively when used as does the crown when the time is changed. The only thing I am going to change is the strap as this deserves a nice leather strap. Here it is. Happy, happy, happy!
  18. I ordered this a couple of weeks ago and was finally able to pick it up from the AD today. I had been vaguely interested in them for quite a while but as you probably know I was preoccupied with something else. However, recently, the more I looked at my long stated grail, the more I began to realise that it probably wasn't the right choice for me. I have often said on here that I like my watches to be simple, and this was far from simple. The main problem was that when I looked at an almost identical watch I couldn't really see a lot of the indications. I was also slightly troubled by the overall cost. Time to think again. Simple, elegant, slim, with a timeless quality that has a slightly old-fashioned aura about it? There are plenty of choices out there, but suddenly I found myself looking much more closely at Cartier. The Tank Solo is, admittedly Cartier's entry level watch, but I found myself preferring it to all except possibly the Tank Française and the Santos. On my first visit to the AD I looked at the so-called Large model, but I found it too small. Added to which it was quartz, there was no date (not a problem) but I felt that I would miss the lack of a seconds hand. The Solo XL looked and felt a much better size, though I did not want the bracelet version. I'm sure the bracelet was very well made, but I'm not a fan of them. I rather enjoyed the AD experience. All very calm and unhurried and the coffee and biscuits were excellent! Nespresso, I wouldn't be surprised. As well as Cartier this shop does the R-O-T trinity as well as Breitling, Bremont, Tudor, JLC and P-P. I had a great nosey around. Saw the new OP...gorgeous. Admired the workmanship and solidity of Bremont, despite not liking them. Drooled over a Calatrava! Anyway, revenons à nos moutons, as the French used to say in the Middle Ages. The outer box is a bit flimsy, and the inner one, although quite solid, is not up to the standard of some of the beautiful wooden boxes we see from some manufacturers. The corners of the inner box are chamfered which may well help to prevent the dents we often find on CW boxes. Also worthy of note is the fact that the box is padded inside at the top so the watch is not going to rattle and bang around inside. Presentation is not quite the best, but perfectly good. The literature looks very solid until you realise that it is in 13 languages! It's not particularly extensive. But then, it's a simple watch so it doesn't need to be. And so to the beast itself… The case wears surprisingly large. It measures 31mm without crown by 40.85mm including the "brancards". Cartier's word for lugs means stretchers in French. Casualty Clearing Station, please Corporal. There is absolutely no downward curve on the lugs so it does sit a little proud of the wrist bones. Nothing I will not get used to. Despite the fact that it contains an automatic movement, the height is only 7.65 mm. Think halfway between the Nomos Tangente and the CW Slimline. The dial itself measures 23mm by 27mm, and of course it is a classic. Not everyone's cup of tea, I know. To me it's just wonderful – those huge Roman numerals, the sword hands and the lovely railroad track. The date is smallish but readable. It has a sapphire crystal and is very easy to read – lots of contrast. The movement is a Cartier 049, which is in fact based on the ETA 2892 ébauche, a very slim auto. It has a lovely winding action, the rotor feels like it is going around very easily, and I love the cabochon on the crown. At this level it is a synthetic sapphire, but when the light shines through it it is rather pretty. The alligator strap is a little creaky at first, but it feels very soft and the whole watch is extremely comfortable. The deployant is unusual because the strap has no holes and two pointed ends that fit a little like the CW Bader clasp, tucking under a pair of horns or tabs. It's a bit difficult to explain but you can achieve a very fine fit. The clasp itself takes a bit of practice to open and close but I am getting used to it. It feels very secure. I will update after a few days, when I have seen what performance is like, but overall I must say I'm very pleased. (Understatement) Thanks for reading!
  19. Does anyone know where I could buy replacement plain pins for my Rado ceramic watch bracelet? The bracelet has two types of pin. There are 6 attachment pins about 25mm long and 0.9mm in diameter and about 20 link pins that are 19mm (.75in) long and just over 0.8mm diameter (possibly 21 swg). My main interest is in replacing some of the link pins. 0.8mm pins of sufficient length would do - they could be cut down. Of course the genuine part would be much better.
  20. Hi everybody. I have a Titus Chronograph 18K gold watch with a lost case back which is quite normal for this model made circa 1925-1950 . The gold is quite thin which has caused the problem. The gold outer back is suported by an inner brass back to give the thin gold support. Has anybody had this problem. The movement is a Landron 98 which is working well and keeping excellent time. Has anybody had this problem and if so how did they solve the loss on what is a vintage watch. Many thanks for any sugestions. Michael ffinch Mitchell.
  21. Hi Guys I have a Tissot Sea Star with a 781-1 movement which generally gives troublefree service but recently has developed a loud tick. I mean really loud as still hearing it a metre away. The watch seems to keep going ok and keeping time but obviously somethings wrong so I wondered if anyone has experienced the same and what the problem might be. I have several other Tissots which are almost inaudible....Thanks Chris T
  22. Hello All, I fished this old Vulcain out of the Bay on a whim. Something about it attracted me, I can't really put my finger on what. Vulcain_K01small by wotsch2, on Flickr It's not mint, the glass is a little scratched, but it seems to be in pretty good condition for a seventies watch. The dial and hands look to be in very good condition. The case is stainless steel with brushed and polished surfaces and, which is hard to see in my quick phone pics, has gold colouring on the brushed surfaces above and below the dial. Vulcain_K02small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is a classic seventies shape and the TV-shaped glass protrudes quite a way. Vulcain_K03small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is interesting, with an inner and outer case. The inner case contains the movement, dial and glass (I think) while the outer case is the surround. I haven't worked out how to separate them yet. I am guessing that this allowed the manufacturer to produce a standard 'core' module and exchange the front part to vary the shape and design of the product. If anyone has any information on this I'd be very pleased to hear it. Vulcain_K04small by wotsch2, on Flickr I opened it up and the movement is an ETA 2789-1, clearly marked under the balance wheel. According to Ranfft (here), this is a 25 jewel movement, running at 21600bph and with a 45 hour power reserve. The rotor on this one is marked with "17 jewels" and I've come across a number of other watches online from Rado with the same 17 jewel movement, so I suppose Ranfft hasn't got complete information in this case. It seems that this movement was used by a number of brands in the seventies - Rado, Candino, Cyma to name a few I found and it also seems that Enicar's AR2167 movement is based on (or just a relabled version of) the 2987-1. Vulcain_K05small by wotsch2, on Flickr Vulcain_K06small by wotsch2, on Flickr Vulcain is currently a brand in the 'not cheap' category with a few lovely retro-oriented designs (I especially like this one here) and seems to be most famous for its Cricket alarm movement. From various sources (e.g. here, here and on the homepage here), I've learned that the company dates back to 1858 and is a well-respected, seemingly lesser-known manufacture. The watch measures 37-38mm across, without the crown, so it might by a little on the small-side for me (in which case the missus is in a for a nice surprise). The first thing I'm planning to do is polish the scratches out of the crystal to let the dial shine through and find a suitable strap to see what it looks like on the wrist. If anyone has more information on Vulcain in general or this watch in particular, the please post. I'd appreciate any info. Cheers! -wotsch
  23. Really happy, just bought this today: http:// My first and probably only one I will ever own Going to get lots of use out of it
  24. Someone might like a punt on this. Owned by me from new. I have no idea what it is worth, so I have started at £100. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/111885744393? Regards Dave
  25. Virtually new Item No.111882832383
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