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  1. It's a shame when a manufacturer gets cute and puts people off a possibly attractive product. Sentiment here may not favour new quartz with fussy dials, but I liked the Timex Yacht Racer when I saw it a few years ago. I might have been put off as one poster here was by the 'requirement' to send the watch back to get the battery changed. What?! It turns out that this is not actually required. I use the starting timer functions sailing, and all that electro mechanism does actually drain the battery, so a little over two years later I had to change it. Of course the perpetual calendar, the main reason I bought it anyway, goes went to 'day 1', which is 1 January 2014. That's when I found the "instruction" to send it back to Timex. I Googled for days, but found that all similar references were expired/moved/deleted or referred to previous models with somewhat different procedures. Some forum conversation gave me clues, and I had just about figured it out when I goofed and discovered you get just one shot, after which you must get the battery out and back in to start over. Here's the story. The day1 state occurs always and only when you replace the battery. Timex service claims they have "a machine" for "calibration", but I can't see what that is other than allowing the battery to stay put. Maybe also the machine can read the current date without using the watch face. I'm using the watch face, so I went back down to Timpson because I fear pulling these things apart, and the tech took the battery out and put it back, handing it to me before closing it. First pull the stem out to the second click. If after changing the battery, something has made the stopwatch/chrono hand (call it 'chrono') land somewhere other than '0'/12 o'clock (call it '0'), use the start/stop button at 2 o'clock and/or the chrono reset button at 4 o'clock to put the chrono hand dead on '0'. Push the stem back in. You know you're in day1 if you pull the stem out to the second click and, after the chrono hand does a 360, and after another 5 seconds, it does not then go to the '1' on the Perfect Date ring or to your previous current day. If you are in day1, after the 360, the chrono hand will stay on '0'. Push the stem back in and pull it out one click to the middle position. Push and hold the Mode button at the 8 o'clock position. The chrono hand will move around to 14 on the Perfect Date ring for 2014, the year Yacht Racer, and maybe other IQ watches, were issued. Use the chrono reset button at the 4 o'clock position to move the chrono hand further to the current year, say 19 for 2019. If you go too far you can use the start/stop button at the 2 o'clock position to move it back. When the year is correct, push the Mode button, but don't hold it. The chrono hand will move to '1' on the Perfect Date ring for 'January'. Use the chrono reset button and maybe the start/stop button to move the chrono hand to the current 1-12 month. Push the Mode button and the chrono hand will move again to '1', this time for the first day of the month. Use chrono reset and start/stop to put the chrono hand on the current day, OR as I did, the day before, so you can simplify where you are with midnight later when you set the time. When the chrono hand is on the correct day, push the Mode button. The chrono hand will return to '0'. Push the stem back in. The perpetual calendar has been set and I wasn't able to set it again until the battery came out and back in. Before closing the watch, check the operation of Perfect Date by pressing the stem to make sure the chrono hand goes to the day of the month as you set it. Close the watch and set the time, being careful about where you are with midnight. Don't know if this will sell any more Yacht Racers, and I'm pretty sure that engineering this repair myself relieves me of any copyright problems. Hope this helps other owners of IQ Series watches.
  2. A clock that i have purchased shows slight cog teeth wear on the pallet jaw, can this be filed or is it best to replace with a new one?
  3. Hi, I have a Bulova Precisionist 98B226 what I purchased one year ago. Some days ago it began running slow. First I thought of battery problem. I have it replaced but the problem remained, the watch is still running slow, one+ minute per day. It is very interesting that the second hand is not in late, it is running exactly. Did anybody meet the problem like this? Any idea for the reason ? Thanks, Gabor
  4. After my fathers passing, i came across two watches that he had. One Elgin de Luxe and a Leonidas. This is a photo that is similar to the Elgin i have, no band. The Leonidas is similar in size and look. Both are small and square so im guessing that they are ladies watches. Just wondering if there is any value to these and a recommendation for a person who can clean and possibly repair. Any information would be appreciated. Photos are attached.
  5. Hi I'm trying to identify the following pocket watch movement it is in a solid silver Dennison watch case, UK Birmingham Hallmark dating 1915. I have no doubt watch and case are originally paired. The watch keeps excellent time and I am loathed to start stripping it down without good reason, to try and find more marks or serial number. The movement appears to be a 15 jewel separate bridge design with: 'US PAT 24 MAY 1904' being the only inscription on the movement. The centre / train bridge is quite a distinctive shape, but I have thus far been unable to identify its maker/calibre from various online reference sites or books, like the excelent Cooksey Shugart complete price guide to watches. The movement is 41mm diameter US 15 size I'd be grateful for any help to identify the maker of this movement. Many Thanks Jim https://imgur.com/a/XMMP5BZ Had real trouble trying to use the insert image from URL feature, can anyone give me some tips.. .
  6. Hey guys - hate to bother. I am new to the watch game. I have a 2013 Kermit and a 2019 Zodiac 182 Super Sea Wolf Diver GMT. [Advice] - Looking to Buy and I know my % chances are low - [Squale and Zodiac] - Wanted: Looking for 2 watches: SQUALE X PAGE & COOPER VINTAGE MASTER in Blue and Zodiac Aerospace GMT Limited in Blue x Hodinkee I am trying to find 2 hard to source watches and I was told to post here. As I am new, it seems I may have to wait around 30 days? Bummer, but I just wanted to check with someone who was seasoned. Thanks! Eric
  7. I have one of these Serial No. 99529 and it keeps time perfectly well. I note there are many spare parts online. From the serial number can anyone give a date of manufacture? Thanks for any help? The case is 10 K GF * Serial number 4295907. Star Case. Thanks Peter
  8. Hi, am struggling to choose the ap roo titanium or the Rolex Daytona white gold with red bits, maybe here can help me decides which one looks better and will last longer, keep in mine I already have the Daytona ss panda, and the new Daytona white gold with oysterflex, I was going to buy the ap but I just saw that Daytona preowned and I can get it out of my head it looks fabolous but the ap do as well
  9. I'm a watch collector who also dabbles in minor repairs. I'm particularly interested in less well known watch brands. I've collected information on some brands over the years, and I am starting to write down some of what I have learned. My post on Helbros is available here: https://forgottenwatchbrands.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/helbros-watches/ There is a general view that the Helbein family was Swiss-German. I have found that William Helbein, one of the founders and later the company president, was born in Russia, in an area that is now in the Ukraine. He was Jewish and the area was subject to first an anti-Jewish pogrom, and later an infamous Nazi massacre, so leaving for the US probably saved his life. Helbros were pioneers of the use of radio and TV advertising, and I have spent some time collecting information on some of their involvement in this. Their print advertising was also interesting, with wide use of competition prizes. The variable nature of their watches is explained by the existence of several distinct lines, ranging from the very ordinary to the really very good - but all under the Helbros name, which explains the caution some collectors feel about the brand. If anyone has relevant photos they would allow me to use in the post, please do contact me. I'd also be very interested in additional information or corrections. Thanks!
  10. I had a 20mm CWC G10 hanging around, I took a punt that the radius on these 22mm fixed lugs would be around a mil .... Get in! Definitely no more watches though, ever.
  11. Hi Simon, I recently purchased an Elgin Aerogear wristwatch. Although the crown functions correctly in altering the hands, etc, it won't screw down and is loose when pushed in as far as it will go. Would this be a major problem to fix? Or can another crown simply be fitted? A "Generic" crown for want of a better term. Also would anyone have an idea of where I might get a copy of the manual for this watch? There are 2 numbers on the watch case....FK93OE & 4063. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me mate! Ross
  12. An elbico pocket watch from Canada. Folks living far from the cities would visit their local mercantile. And ask to see the catalogue of their favoured supplier. In this case the supplier was Levy Brothers Company, hence the phonetic name. The 17 jewel movement has been housed in an American watch case company product from Toronto. 1919-1920 would be a solid date for this watch, so close to being antique. The case is screw front and back, and has kept the movement very clean.
  13. Local find and this weeks project. A 7 jewel Elgin watch from 1926. They produced half a million of these. This watch is cased in a 20 year gold filled case by J Boss. The keystone watch case company produced this case under patent from J boss. It carries both logos.. The watch is now fully functional, and just requires fine detailing to consider it completed
  14. Good afternoon, I'm a UK member I have an Illinois Watch Case "SPARTAN" 12 size without a stem sleeve - I do have the stem. I'm looking for a new sleeve for the case and was wondering if anyone could help me locate such an item. I have done the usual and trolled through google with no luck. I'm not sure how one goes about finding a replacement are these case specific, If I find a sleeve from another case that looks the same size will that fit? I see on ebay groups of sleeves for sale but none have measurements. Do they come in standard sizes? Or is it a case of throwing away the case and finding a complete one. I have a sleeve wrench - what are members experience in purchasing from ebay USA, is that problematic? I would love any help available - Thanks Shaun
  15. Not bad for a fiver. Another restoration coming to an end. The watch case is stamped Primo. The watch movement is Swiss with beautifully damascened plates and stamped 7 jewels Primo. I have not come across the brand before, any one who can add to this post is welcome to do so.
  16. This little beauty came from a charity shop. I paid the lady more than she was asking. When she put it into its box I found I had also bought a spare movement. Some days are lucky omes. I had never heard of the brand, but now know a little more
  17. hello all, I was given an Carlton Quartz watch several years ago as a gift. I was just trying to see more about it, but am unable to even unearth a photo of it. Can anyone out there tellme more about the watch? I have included a photo. thanks, tim
  18. Hi I’m just wondering if anyone has any experience with glycine watches after Invicta watch company acquired glycine? I’m not a fan of Invicta at all I wouldn’t put any of their watches on my wrist they tend to be to brash and oversized but there is a few glycine watches I would love to buy in the future but the fact Invicta own them is putting me off does anyone know if they have any involvement in the making of the glycines and have they made any changes to the movements or aesthetics of the watches the only change I can see is that the glycine sign under the 12 o’clock now has wings. im no expert on watches so if there is anyone on here who knows of any changes since the Invicta takeover if you could let me know the pros cons I would be very greatful
  19. I have found in my collection a size 16 open face New England pocket watch with no serial number. It is in a gold filled case with a Heart shape with N.E. inside. The movement has 7 jewels. The watch has third second stop watch hand. It runs good but timing is poor. Does any one have any idea of what it is worth?
  20. Hey everyone! I have some renderings for a new watch brand I'm starting up and I need your feedback on it. Our Kickstarter will probably be at about $195, and at $295 USD for retail. Not trying to “disrupt the industry” or anything like that. Just want to provide great customer service (hopefully amazon.com levels of awesomeness), a unique experience, while cramming in the highest quality materials I can fit in our price range. Current specs: - Seiko NH35a automatic movement - Sapphire crystal - Italian leather - Applied Indices - Interchangeable straps - Lifetime guarantee on manufacturing defects - 40mm diameter At this price range do you guys think this is something you'd want? What are some things I can add or take away from the watch to make it better? Thanks in advance! P.S. If you look closely enough, you'll see that the seconds hand is actually a key. The display case can only be unlocked by the key we provide in the packaging. We wanted to create a complete luxury experience when unboxing this, and thought that was a unique way to make it feel like it's special. The seconds hand is an homage to that.
  21. Hi, I have a vintage timex with an aluminum case, question 1, what is the year made, question 2, how do I open it? No obvious seams on back for a case knife, so I'm at a loss, thanks in advance for your time in answering!
  22. Evening, I'm a Newbie and reached that time of life where I want to start a modest low priced collection. I'd like an Accutron as my first and something a little different looking, I found this on ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232544400225 listed as a 1975 BULOVA ACCUTRON UFO-CASE TUNING-FORK 2180-CALIBER STINGRAY Z2 with a case back number of J783561 and N5 (which I believe confirms the 1975 date) but other than that I can find no information on it, I've done a google search, image search, looked through a lot of thumbnails on one site. Which I realize that a lot of the "space view" versions with the clear glass are modded versions with the dial removed, I cannot find anything about this watch at all, so I was wondering if the more experienced people here could give me some directions. I realize the watch is for repair, there's a gentleman in the UK that I believe fixes them regardless. I'm just attracted to "oddities" even if the value is to me alone rather than the market forces. Thank you for your time.
  23. No, not the modern A&F. Back in the day, Abercrombie & Fitch were premier outdoor/safari clothing outfitters, and had a star studded list of clientele. And they sold watches that Heuer made especially for them. Read on... http://www.christies.com/features/Vintage-Heuer-for-Abercrombie-and-Fitch-watches-8375-1.aspx
  24. Been a while since there was any mention of the Elgin 725, so thought I would share this gem with you and the battery pack This is the second battery pack I've seen and the third retail case for the watch. It's the first time I've seen a W-1 battery stamped retail (bottom battery) and it looks bigger.
  25. Apple smart watch is the best watch, it work as mobile and as a watch, by this watch we can call and text, Apple Smart Watch feature; Do you like Apple watch if yes Why'.?
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