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  1. It would be interesting to know, if you could travel today, which watches would you take on an Antarctic journey? I watched this video (with subtitles. Original Language: German) and found the choice quite interesting: I look forward to your selection... and please explain briefly why you would choose them!
  2. Hello Simon I was given my late father's Roamer Rotodate watch, it has '44' in the face too (presumably the number of jewels) and Brevete and various patent numbers on the back. If I wear it, it seems to work OK except the winding stem and knob (crown, jewel etc) are missing. There is only a small round, hollow piece sticking out of the watch. Whilst my research suggests this is a rare model, I'd quite like to wear it. To do that, I'll need a winding stem and the 'knob' or whatever it's called. Is this something I can insert myself without dismantling the watch? ...if so, do you know where I can get what I need? I don't think the value of the watch justifies a professional job, unless said professional was doing it for himself. I'd be grateful for you help and advice please. Thanks, from another Simon in the UK.
  3. Hello have found my grandads J W Bensons watch and wondered if someone could give me a little info on it and maybe a value?
  4. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143647158804 Hello. I have recently acquired a Camy miss 25 solid silver watch. It has been scratched '1979' on the inside case. I know nothing about this watch, and can't find any other like it. Any information would be greatly appreciated, and also I would be interested to know if there are any links that could be added to make it bigger. Thank you
  5. Hi all, I've been a background observer and fan of the forum for quite some time but never had the need to post. Until now. I've inherited the below watch and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on model, specs, value etc. Any additional information is appreciated. As background, the watch was issued as a long service award to my great uncle back in 1966, was worn for a year or two and then put back in the box in the bottom of his wardrobe with all the papers and there it stayed until he died. The original case of the watch was previously replaced and engraved with the details of his award. The strap is original. It's now my favourite.
  6. I posted on the WRUW topic earlier but heres the official thread! I was lucky enough to pick up this little gem today. Paid for it during the lockdown at the end of April after spamming my ADs with chaser emails regarding my current position on "the list". I'd got into a bit of routine of touching base every few months. The next day I got an email to ring in urgently.....and 2 months later here we are!! Amazing service. Whilst I didn't get the obligatory glass of bubbles for obvious reasons, they kindly gave me a free gift (Rolex branded leather card wallet) and a letter from the CEO. I also asked for a catalogue as a little keepsake (I didn't realise how good the Rolex catalogues are). I also didn't realise that Mappin and Webb throw on an additional 5 years warranty on top of the Rolex 5. Full 10 years worth of cover. Pretty reassuring. So to the watch. Just love it. The fit is amazing, the quality exceptional, it just looks stunning on the wrist. So pleased. I initially tried on an Omega SMP300 about a year ago, and had the money ready to purchase - in fact I had every intention of purchasing there and then - but once it was on the wrist it just didn't click with me. Not knocking the Omega, its an awesome timepiece, and one day I may buy one, but it proves that you need to see a watch in the flesh to 100% know it's the one. After trying the SMP I tried on a 2-tone Sub as well as my pals no date and I knew it was the one for me. The Rolex Sub fit and finish just felt perfect. I decided then it would be; date complication, retail only, no grey market, save up and just wait as long as it took. To the list and the wait - I've been on a list for a Sub Date for about 15 months; however with this particular AD for only 8 months or so, with no additional purchases or sweeteners to get me in. Must have been the right place at the right time. I'd recommend that if anyone is on the fence about Rolex due to the waitlist it's worth getting on one anyway and being patient. Stay in contact with your AD. Gently nudge them from time to time. You may get lucky. Just as a final side note, the AD gave me all my paperwork to take away, even though I'd been told initially they would be withheld for 12 months. It's either an oversight on their behalf, or restrictions have been lifted a little with regards to UK Rolex paperwork practices. Some photos
  7. Good Afternoon, I am rapidly approaching my 50th Birthday and despite always wanting an Omega Speedmaster, in all honesty cannot justify the price tag. My wife is keen to buy me a nice watch which is high quality, good looking, built to last and a respectable make for our budget of £1,200. I do like the look of the Longines Hydro Conquest Automatic and would be very grateful for any advice on: (a) I can see the watch on various websites, but there appears to be two different model numbers for the 41mm Blue Dial version. (L37424966 and L37814966) and apart from the numbering on the dial, I cannot see any difference apart from the £280 difference. Is one an updated model? (b) Are there any other watched of a similar quality and price which you would recommend I look at prior to purchase? Thank you for taking the time to read my post and I hope that you are all keeping well during this difficult period. Gary
  8. I have some experience of repairing clocks of mantle size, but a friend has asked whether I can repair a small clock from his 1938 car. He thought that the spring had broken which is sort of true, but the actual problem is that it has become disengaged from the barrel. In the clocks I am used to the end of the spring has a hole in it which engages with a hook made from an tab cut into the barrel. This is similar but the end of the spring itself has been bent back to form a hook which is supposed to engage with the barrel. The end of the spring had broken off so I heated it and made a new bend in it. I cannot, however, get this to engage wit the barrel hook which seems to be very close to the barrel. I am not sure whether my new spring end is the problem or whether the barrel hook should be more prominent. I am wary of attempting to bend the barrel hook more for fear of breaking it off completely. I did not "quench" the spring after I had heated it but the original seemed to be quite hard so maybe I should have done. Can anyone offer advice? Are new springs available with a bent back end? I have never seen one, but then I have only dealt with much bigger springs and barrels - taking my life in my hands as I don't have a spring winder! Thank you Paul
  9. I was just given my Grandfathers watch and am trying to find information about it. The face has Nivada Grenchen on it, above the name is a crown with a letter C inside it. There are diamonds arranged rectangular like at the 12/3/6/9 positions and diamonds at the other hours is a diamond background with the bottom of the diamond pointing towards the middle of the face. The crown look shielded from the front with only a small section showing. The case is marked 14K Gold..I’ll try to figure out how to post a picture
  10. I recently pulled this watch I inherited a long time ago out of the safe and have been trying to identify which year it was made, and failed miserably to nail it down. Since a few kind folks here on the forum recently kindly helped me with a similar search for knowledge I was hoping someone here might be able to pin it down — a big thank you in advance for indulging me. It's a Chronoswiss Lunar Chronograph with moonphase, marked with reference number 77990. Given who owned it before and their biography, I'd expect this to be from around 1985-1993. I looked in every place I could think of (including pinging Chronoswiss directly) but I couldn't find a reference to a model with this specific configuration. Models I found referenced either had "Alfred Rochat" added under "Chronoswiss", or the "Automatic" was printed in an arc; none matched this exactly. Since I'd like to have this professionally serviced after 15+ years without any maintenance, I'd love to know what exact model this is. Here's the watch in question: The back says "77990 - WATERRESISTANT 3ATU - STAINLESS STEEL BACK - SWISS MADE". So no surprises there. Alas, it's got some nasty scratches and marks. I was almost too embarrassed to post this; I hope my go to watchmaker can take are of this brutal nick on the crown. This watch has clearly seen some rough times, relatively speaking. Can anyone give me a hint as to what year this might be, and how you ID'd it? Thanks so much in advance! ps. How do you take these amazing watch photos? Boy, this is even harder than I imagined
  11. Hi all just wandering if anyone could give me a little advice.my oris super manual wind (circa 1960) is very rough almost grinding when I set the time.other than this it’s working perfectly keeping very good time,is it something I should seek assistance for or is it not cost effective for the value of the piece. i also have a oris pointer date which is in excellent condition and keeping good time.however the date will not set and is grinding,does anyone know what the problem could be and if it’s easy to fix. Thanks anyone for any advice you could give it’s much appreciated.
  12. What's going on, divers and watch collectors! I just got my PADI dive master license and start to look for a new diving watch, then I saw this Crestical TX-1 on kickstarter recently and found that pretty cool. What I like about it the most is the duel bezel design which gives me a 24-hr GMT bezel for adjusting time zone while traveling and an inner bezel for calculating dive time. Of course you can use a dive computer for this, but I think most people prefer a real watch when it does the same thing and has luminous coating (for both outer and inner bezel). A little bit more detail about it: Titanium-made housing and strap Sapphire crystal Duel Bezel (as mentioned before) Helium Escape Valve (which releases the helium gas when returning to surface and prevents the glass from popping out), and it says 300-meter waterproof, when 40-meter is actually enough for most fun divers. What I like this campaign (other than the watch itself) the most is that they offer diverse customized options for me to kind of design my own configuration However, I'm pretty lazy to think of this while enjoying my diving journey. I chose the Dark Knight from their recommendations here Here's the campaign for you to check out, have fun diving and hope the information helps! CRESTICAL TX-1 Titanium Customized Dive Watch
  13. I was wondering what the members thought of this story. The patents are 215999 180459. In 1944 my father was in the 6th Airborne at Pegasus bridge some time during the period of 6th of June and the end of July the commanding officer Major Howard had to attend the medical station due to his driver shooting himself in the leg whilst cleaning his revolver my father was ordered to drive him a job my father hated as it was in a open top car, On the journey the Major asked him if he would like a watch, he had been sent a few by the Swiss Government. How lucky was that. My father wore that watch every day throughout the war including his time in the Palestine police until his demon. He wore the watch up until the winder fell out lost for ever in the late 60's. I have the watch now very worn but it's family history. I hope you have found it interesting.
  14. Hi all,I came across this Nivada watch and have searched the web for hours and haven't found any info on it. I would like to know if it would be considered a good quality watch and what movement it has. I'm hoping someone can provide some info on this watch? Thanks, henrylr
  15. As a person of the "elderly persuasion", I am still practising social distancing as effectively as possible -- meaning I have time to do some silly things which I might not have thought of doing before. So, whilst I spend a lot of time gazing at the faces and movements of the pieces in my collection, I thought I would take a look at the fastenings (tangs and deployants) and mark them out of ten. So, here goes . . . . . . . . 1/10 (appalling) A horrible piece of pressed steel. Flimsy and rickety. If this cost more than a penny or two to make they haven't got their processes under control. I am not a bracelet person, so I thought it only fair to check by comparison. Luckily, in the box, I do have a bracelet for my Sport Evo. Comparing the fastenings was like matching a Tonka toy against an S-Class. Tacky. Enough said. 5/10 (perfectly adequate, but could do better with a bit of thought) Nicely made, simply polished tang buckles -- each featuring the manufacturer's logo (the Meistersinger "smile", the Zenith star, and the AP initials). The star (in considerable relief) is a bit of a dust trap. The AP logo appears to be simply cast in, and is not sharply defined. 6/10 (meets expectations for the price point) Well made brushed steel tang buckle on the Flieger, featuring fairly industrial, but pin sharp, engraving. Exactly what I'd expect from Nomos -- simply polished but nicely etched logo. Simply polished, but nicely made tang on the Senator -- the (seemingly) cast in double-G logo is very well executed. 7/10 (quite pleasing) The Dornie deployant is very comfortable. Pressed steel cover, but solidly made, nicely brushed and engraved. A company which seems to get by without a logo (who knew?). The nicely brushed tang from the Panoreserve is more substantial than the Senator item. The tangs from the Atum Pure (steel) and the Index (WG) are simply polished but very well made (and shaped to accommodate the logo) and beautifully engraved. 8/10 (pleasing) The very solid deployant from the Benu is well made and extremely comfortable (otherwise as the other two MGs above). The Tang from the Sport Evo Pano is extremely robust, and finished in a combination of polished and brushed. 9/10 (surpassing expectations) Very robust design and construction, featuring three finishes (polished, brushed and ribbed (to match the sides of the watch)). Lovely engraving. A minor joy to behold.
  16. Hi guys, does anyone have any knowledge on the following watch; Eberhard & Co. Aiglon 41016 i haven’t been able to find much regarding this watch online. Asking as I originally thought someone was selling a watch with a ref 41010 but the ref on the back of the watch is 41016, the seller hasn’t responded to my questions regarding the listing of a different reference number and wondering how legitimate this watch is. any help would be appreciated!!
  17. Hi all! Got this piece recently and want to get to know it a bit better. I've read from a couple sources online that the brand Pioneer was made by Rolex for the Canadian market - is there any truth to this? I assume this is just companies cashing in on the "Rolex style" branded movement and unbranded dial/case back and the loose relation to the Pioneer Rolex model to get more money out of people? Any further info on time period or such would be great! Case measures 31mm inc. crown, 15mm strap with and 36mm lug to lug.
  18. I have a beautiful 1916 Rolex 'Trench Watch' which could really do with a professional service, and I would love to know where I could get it serviced. It has one slight issue that I know of which is the mainspring. It could do with going on a mainspring winder to tighten it up, but I did not see the point of buying one just to fix this watch only. The one on the left is the Rolex needing the service. (Rolex, Elgin, Rolex) Any advice regarding servicing, watch repairers that could do this, or cheap mainspring winders would be really appreciated.
  19. Hi Watch Enthusiasts Patria Watch Co is a 127-year-old luxury Swiss watch brand, originally founded in Bienne, Switzerland in 1892. The brand has been revived by Patria Ltd as a UK company, trading as ‘Patria Watch Co’. Patria has already produced its first line of watches and is now crowdfunding on Crowd for Angels. Please visit the pitch here: https://crowdforangels.com/patria - Capital At Risk. The company have produced the following video <iframe title="vimeo-player" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/379732804" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Video on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/379732804
  20. I have broken the crown on my three year old tag aqua racer , just ordered new crown and stem , now I need to know how to release the old stem I have done this before on a quartz but this has automatic movement
  21. I bought this watch on eBay last week. The seller said “Have not replaced battery, may work but selling as spares and repairs.” I usually take these statements with a pinch of salt, but it looked quite clean even though the crystal was quite badly scratched and it appeared to have the original bracelet (since identified as a VERY expensive Swiss made NSA one) and with a £22 winning bid looked to be worth a go.... Well it arrived yesterday and from the build up of very old, and dried up, detritus all around the back to case join it was obvious that no one had removed the back for a while (at this point I just hadn't realised how long ago that 'while' was) . So the seller wasn't telling 'porkies' he hadn't tried a new battery in it. Not wishing to transfer all of the dirt into the watch on opening I cleaned the outside of the case with a drop of WD40 and an electric toothbrush. I opened the watch and was confronted with a very clean looking ESA 9157 movement, with a battery still in place. At this point I did notice that the designation on the battery, while being made by 'Renata', was one I was not at all familiar with.... On removal there was minimal signs of leakage so I cleaned up the movement contacts with some alcohol and a cotton bud and looked for a similar sized new battery amongst my 'stock' , which fortunately wasn't a problem. On putting the battery in, even prior to attempting to get the top clamp in place to my surprise and delight the balance started up and continued to oscillate. At this point I clamped up the battery and replaced the back and transferred my attentions to getting the scratches out of the crystal and generally tidying up the case, something that turned out quite nice and all of the time the watch ticked away happily... I was just about to set the time and date when I noticed that the battery that I had removed from the watch, and was still sitting under the bench light had some writing scratched on the -ve end......This is where the mind blowing bit comes in.....apparently the watch maker who had last changed the battery had carefully noted the date that the job was done on the battery itself..... That's right, the 16th of April 1982!, that's 38 bloody years ago! (which explains the strange battery number that I didn't recognise). How the battery hadn't destroyed the watch over the years is a miracle, I can't see any modern Silver Oxide battery being as kind..... Anyway back to the one bit of bad news about the watch... I set the time with no problems, the watch hacked and the second hand started up immediately the crown was pushed back in, but on pulling the crown back out to the first position, despite every thing turning as expected the date refused to change, there wasn't even any drag to suggest that something was sticking. Thinking that there was probably something amiss with the stem, stopping the quick date change from working, I thought that I would set the date the slow way by advancing the hands. Sadly this didn't work either, again no drag around 12 midnight to suggest something jammed or sticking..... I am resigned now to stripping off the hands and dial to find the problem, but I'm wary about jumping in on an unfamiliar movement without first asserting what the mechanism is like before starting the strip down. All attempts so far to get any detailed information on how the date change works on the ESA 9157 (or indeed the 9158 day/date version) have failed. The Ranfft picture of the keyless works side of the movement gives no clues as to what delights are lurking under the central cover plate.... Cousins have the 'Communication Technique' (in French) available for down load but while it shows the parts list it isn't obvious how the date change operates. I have found the information that I'm looking for , for the' similar' ESA9154, but the date change components (by comparing the two parts lists) appear to be totally different. Can anyone point me towards the info that I'm looking for. (or even a cheap, electrically defunct movement for spares...) I like to know where I'm going before starting a 'journey' and I am loath to strip the watch down unprepared, with the possibility of finding something broken (perhaps a tooth missing from the date wheel or a broken tension spring), without having immediate access to the necessary replacement part/parts.....
  22. Hello watch community I'm new in the entire watch world and I've found a passion in watches in all sorts of styles. I've already acquired a Seiko Seamaster Urchin which I like but had some trouble with the end links due to faulty spring bars. So I went to the local watch shop which was suggested to me in another thread. I consulted with the shop owner, who suggested: Swiss Military Hanowa BUT a special kind which he couldn't stress enough was a older model which had some kind of broad stronger end link thing which would be quite alot stronger than the newer link bracelets due to watch manufacturers can safe alot more money in production which makes the quality on the bracelets lack a bit. Well I have absolutely no idea which model of the Hanowa watch the old man was talking about.. can anyone assist me? Regards Daniel
  23. So I was randomly browsing Tag Heuer watches on Google images (as you do) and I came across this oddity on an auction site, was apparently part of a bankrupt estate. I can't find another Tag with a bezel like that, which makes me think it's either an out and out fake or someone's taken the dial/movement from a legit Tag and placed it in another brands case. I've not been able to find that style of bezel on other watches though. Even trying to find another Tag watch with that dial and the '30m - 100ft' writing on it doesn't turn up much. I'm leaning towards fake personally but then I wonder, if you were going to fake a luxury watch why not fake a well known one rather than create whatever this thing is? Also, just joined so apologies if this is the incorrect board for this post, was torn between here and the vintage watches but I'm not sure if that watch is even real let alone vintage.
  24. Hi folks. I may have launched a minor obsession after buying my first vintage watch. It is a Tell vintage automatic watch with a 25 jewel Swiss movement. I cannot find much about the brand at all.i am delighted with it and hope £35 was an OK price. Any information would be much appreciated.
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