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  1. 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.....
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. HELLO FRIENDS, I HAVE RECENTLY BOUGHT A CLOCK KNOWING IT WAS NOT WORKING. IT IS SAID TO HAVE BELONGED TO KING HUSSAIN OF JORDAN & HAS HIS MONOGRAM. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE GAVE THIS AS A GIFT RATHER THAN HIS PERSONAL DESK CLOCK ! THE CLOCK IS BY :- FRED FORCE 10 (PARIS) IT HAS A QUARTZ MOVEMENT THAT APPEARS TO BE :- ETA ESA SA 554 111 (MODULE ?) ALTHOUGH NOW OBSOLETE ONE IS STILL AVAILABLE ON Ebay. I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF QUARTZ MOVEMENTS BUT HAVE FOUND ON AWCI.COM A LIST OF POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS & 954 111 APPEARS A CLOSE MATCH. I HAVE (4) QUESTIONS PLEASE :- 1) THE NUMBER B151 1012 ON THE RECTANGULAR BLACK CHIP IS DIFFERENT TO THE ONE FOR SALE ON Ebay i.e. B151 1102. IS IT SIGNIFICANT ? 2) ON THE MODULE THERE IS A LETTER 'M' IN SOLDER. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF IT'S MEANING ? 3) HOW DO I FIND THE PRODUCTION QUANTITY AS THIS WILL AFFECT VALUE ? 4) WHICH MANUFACTURING BRAND PRODUCED THE CLOCK FOR THE PARIS OUTLET ? THIS IS MY FIRST TOPIC SO PLEASE MAKE ALLOWANCES FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. I HAVE SEARCHED THE WEB FOR INFO' BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS. THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVICE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GIVE.
  8. Surprised to see no Ebel owners page so thought I'd start one. Here is my well "loved" Ebel Sportwave from 1995. This stainless steel bracelet is like an piece of jewellery on it's own. Great to wear and very tough as you can see from its scars. But jeez, if this watch could talk... Safe to say I now look after my watches much better than I did perhaps in my 20's.
  9. Hello all Firstly, thank you for allowing me access to your forum. I've always liked to have one "nice" watch since I treated myself coming out of my apprenticeship in early 90's. Through the years I cycled through a few but nearly always one at a time .... until fairly recently. 2 things happened in quick succession which found me in receipt of 3 "new" watches. I inherited a gold mechanical wind Bulova from grandfather / father. I got burgled and splurged on a new Omega Seamaster with the insurance money covering my pinched Tag Aquaracer Calibre S. I spotted the same model Tag Aquaracer at an auction and had to buy again as my missus had actually bought for me. It has started a really keen interest in movements & history of the manufacturers. My small collection has grown a bit and I'm always looking for my next purchase. Look forward to discussing more on the forum. Regards.
  10. Hi, Can someone please tell me more about this model of Tissot watch. What is the exact model, year? Its real or fake? Its 34?mm. Pics: https://ibb.co/0Bxz00Y https://ibb.co/98TBB6p https://ibb.co/2kwQ9mN Thanks https://ibb.co/0Bxz00Y https://ibb.co/98TBB6p https://ibb.co/2kwQ9mN
  11. It's been a few months since my last "haul" so I thought I'd update because its lockdown and I'm that bored Plus I think it might be nice to have them posted somewhere so if someone ends up owning one of them they can see a little of the "history" (if you can call it that). To keep it tidy I won't list absolutely every watch, as I sold a lot and truth be told forgot about them (e.g. Tissot Seven Seastar, 50s Doxa, Lanco etc), just the more recent ones I quite like(d) or still have. I will put an asterisk* by the ones that I've since sold. 1952(?) Tissot Visodate Seller had very little info, I placed a low starting bid and no-one else did. I actually planned to sell this straight away for a nice profit bit the case is a nice style, incredibly clean and nice patina to the dial, have had it . Keeps okay time, some days its spot on, other days it runs a little fast. 9K Gold Omega*: My first ever Omega which was 9K Gold and came on a mint condition genuine Omega leather strap! Differently to the Tissot above, I actually planned to keep this and service it as buying an Omega had been a big milestone for me but truth be told, when I received it I just didn't like it. It simply wasn't my cup of tea and I soon sold it on. Medana Automatic* Nothing amazing, but a cool flip/story to it. Seller listed a job lot of non-runners and I offered less and said all I wanted was the Medana. They replied and obviously just wanted them gone and took £20 for the lot. To my surprise, another of the watches in the lot fetched about £80 with a new battery in it. Not taking fees into account I made about £120 on them all including this. The Medana itself didn't run, it would just run for as long as I was shaking it and stop immediately when I did. I shook it for about 5 minutes to keep it going just long enough to run on its own then manually wound rotor. A bit of regulating and I had it running well and keeping decent time. The downside of this piece is the case was a rather tacky plastic which I mentioned when selling. Omega Seamaster Cosmic* My second ever Omega and my first live non-ebay auction, part of a job lot. I had hoped to sell the rest of the job lot and get the total price down to put towards fixing this up but alas nothing else really sold (other than some pocket watches) and I ended up selling the Omega instead for an okay profit. It seemed to run but had no crown to test it and glass was the wrong size. Some damage to the dial but overall okay and original strap too! Well worth fixing up even at the buyers price! Seiko 6139-6002 Okay so right off the bat I know a lot of you will be saying "thats aftermarket" about parts of this watch and given the condition I'd be very surprised if a lot of it wasn't. It was my birthday, I was stuck in France as lockdown was just beginning and I wanted to teat myself. It was ridiculously cheap, non runner but has some life in it. A lot of fun to wear on a nice day, hope to get a proper bracelet for it soon. Seiko 7a28-7030 No sooner had I bought the above Seiko, the "quartz version" (or closest thing to it) popped up for the same price 'Buy It Now'! Evidently has had a battery leak but movement looks spotless and has the original bracelet. The seconds hand sometimes does a full sweep when inserting the battery but no signs of life other than that and minute hand is loose. Hope to get a replacement dial one day and have it serviced. Listed it for sale a bit high but only as I'm in no rush as I may keep it if it's still with me after lockdown. Neva/ Heba Nothing too exciting, saw it quickly and put a bid of 99p on, actually forgot about it. What I didn't check was the economy level postage extortionately priced at £7-8 and actually cost them about £2 and sent in an envelope. Ling 21 Prix "Chronograph"* Had seen these about a lot and always wanted to check one out for myself, however I knew the movements were cheap and not really worth the prices they sell for when sellers suggest they are "quality chrongraphs". In actual fact they don't function chrongraph, the buttons simply stop and start the seconds hand, no resetting. Apparently they were often used by conmen who sold them as the luxury watches they appear to be - this one even had forged 18K Gold markings on both caseback and strap. Nice to wear still, a bit of fun. Omega Megaquartz* Had seen this one sell a couple times and when it got listed again 'Buy It Now' for a bit higher I thought I'd take the gamble as a blue dial Omega had been on my list. After some research I found that these can be very costly to fix even without the battery leak issue and decided to sell it on to bring in some funds during lockdown. Dial looks really nice in person, a sort of metallic striped effect and a good feel to it. Andre Bouchard Venus 188 (Valjoux 7330) Chronograph I saw this pop up on eBay and quickly offered a bit lower than the already rather low starting price - a rather cheeky tactic I tend to use when starting negotiations to gauge where a sellers head is at regarding price. Seller replied to say they actually enabled offers by mistake but would honour that mistake by meeting me in the middle. After shipping and import fees I paid about their starting price. Wants a top pusher but runs absolutely spot on and keeps great time! 1940's Everite King Having just accidentally destroyed a similar looking 1940's Oris which I'd grown rather attached to, I bought this to replace it. Sold as a non-runner, have been well advised it likely just wants a new mainspring. It's in absolutely fantastic condition and came on nice vintage leather strap. Have been told some loose history about it which I've been asked not to disclose, but certainly nice to have a bit of a story to it and I hope to find out a bit more if I can.
  12. Hi, I have an Omega Seamaster Diver here that I feel needs regulating. It's running about 15 seconds/day slow, and I would much prefer it to end up in a positive state if I can't get it dead-on. I bought it about 2 months ago and it comes with a guarantee from the auctioneers who sold it that's good for two years. I have some reservations about sending the watch back to them however, as they do not appear to be affiliated with Omega in any way, and from what I can tell, Omega service centres and boutiques are currently closed. I understand that regulating a watch is a fairly simple process, and that I'd probably need to look at buying replacement gaskets for the watch. Would you recommend this course of action? Would you send it back to the auctioneer under their guarantee, when chances are it will just be someone doing the same thing I plan to do, and likely not an authorised repair centre? Or would you wait for Omega centres to reopen and have it regulated at one of those? Thanks for any help you can give! I'm based in the UK, and haven't been able to find anything on regulation prices here. I believe that across the pond, they do it for free, but given some of the costs that come with servicing watches, I am a little apprehensive. Sam
  13. Hi, Can someone please tell me more about this model of Tissot watch. It`s real or fake? What is the good price to buy such a model? Photos: https://ibb.co/7Xc3ZB5 https://ibb.co/k40Z97C Thanks MM
  14. Hi all, I have an oldish Paul Buhre watch purchased by my late father in Mombassa Kenya in 1953. It still has the original receipt and where purchased. The watch appears to work well. Simple question. Is there any value to this watch?
  15. HELP! So annoyed! Managed to drag my Seamaster against my outside wall causing a tiny scratch on the ceramic bezel. Watch repairer has said £150 for the bezel and £450 full service to replace it. Is this correct? A full service to replace an external part? Thinking of claiming off house insurance. Thoughts?
  16. Hello All. I'm a fellow watch enthusiast from the North-East of England. I hope everyone is keeping well. I'm new to the forum but not exactly lol I joined a couple of years back, forgot the password/display name within the first few weeks, and wasn't getting a reply from admin so just left it! I'm back now mainly because I recently bought myself a cheap watch repair kit, dusted off the old watch storage box and started to give my watches the attention they required. Last time I did a full intro of my watches - this time I'll keep it short. Top Row - Left to right Accurist GMT Grand Complication LE, Citizen Eco Drive Minute Repeater LE, Seiko Kinetic Auto Relay (probs my fav), Seiko Prospex Solar Chronograph Bottom Row - Left to Right Tag Heuer Aquaracer, Swiss Army Titanium Alliance, Citizen Eco Chronograph World Time
  17. Anybody know what strap size iwc top gun double chronograph have? Refnr: iw3799-01 Thanx for help
  18. https://www.watchpro.com/breitling-turns-its-back-on-boxes-and-papers/ interesting read.
  19. 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
  20. Hi guys and girls, A bit of an opinion poll for an isolated Sunday afternoon: Do you have any "must haves" when buying a new watch? Complications? Colours? Calibres? Mechanical or Quartz? Swiss or Japanese? Big boy 50mm or the more classic 40mm? I realise this is a very open question, but let's be honest, we all have a little extra time at the moment. Dive, dress or pilots, what makes a killer watch for you?
  21. Sculptor Susan Beatrice recycles old watch parts and turns them into fascinating artistic creations like the ones below. She has the gift to pull elegant forms out of lifeless machinery. Even if you are not a steampunk fan you will probably still enjoy this.
  22. Hi to all! Just approximately one year ago I wrote here in order to receive some feedbacks from you about our new collection of automatic watches, the AVERAU, that we launched on KS. The campaign has been very successful and so our dream has become reality. Now we will launch in June the second collection 1956 but I'm here again to receive some feedbacks about another project the AVERAU in 39mm. I know that many people didn't like the case size (42mm), the Date writing, the Jewels writing, etc. etc. So we have made some improvements and these are the new specs: - 316L case - 39mm wide - 46mm lug2lug - No date - Improved lume with Superluminova BGW9 - Double domed sapphire (instead of flat) - STP1-11 movement (customized) - An high quality fabric NATO strap - 3 color variations Here it is the comparison between the 2 versions: And these are the color variations: Also we have managed to optimize the cost of the manufacturing, lowering the retail price. Waiting for your feedback!! Thank you Nicola
  23. The Lemania 1872 SAAF first dial issue 1971, The Second issue 1975, then the Lemania 2220 from the mid 60's and last but not least, the Lemania 5012 issued in the early 80's. For comprehensive articles on the 1872 and 5012, please feel free to follow the relevant links below The Lemania 1872 SAAF and The Lemania 5012 SAAF
  24. I'm new to the watch repair scene and was wondering if anyone could give me some more information on this vintage Rolls watch I've just bought, I can't find this model online anywhere, it has the letters RR on it.
  25. Hi! I’m looking for more information on a watch I inherited. It’s a 15 jewels movement, 9ct rose gold JW Benson ladies wristwatch. It says it’s Swiss but also says London on the face. It looks like it opens up from the back and front as there are two sets of hinges. The face is round and has Roman numerals on the gold, while the hands are under a small circular glass/crystal. Any info would be great as the family doesn’t know much about it at all.
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