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Morning Meccaniche Veneziane 'Nereide GMT' Topazio Crema {Cal: MV297 (Sellita SW330-1)}  

Seiko SKX007 for me to begin the holidays!

It's taken me almost a decade to find one of these, but my patience final paid off and today the postman brought me an early Christmas present. Once I have the time I'll do a more in-depth thread

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Morning,

This 1960s Hudson auto today, probably by Itraco Watch Co and running on a 21j EB 8127, my main reason for buying the thing.

At 12.3mm, its claim to be “Ultra-Thin” is more downright fib than anything approaching reality, a common enough trait with similarly cheap watches of the time.

Regards.

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Still the KS, service was one of those good old fashioned written on the back of a fag packet jobs so you know a proper old watch maker in a little shops done it a bloke with his heart in the right place who wont diddle you, and has had years of experience. An old school in a shirt tie and smock. As a result over a week this is keeping time with my Seiko Twin. Hope my Polaris comes back from Omega as good after its crown and stem came out....

 

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Sticking with the Omega 162.

Omega 162

I know not everyone likes engraved presentation watches, but the association with the thoroughly eccentric Hesketh participation in motorsport was one I couldn't resist. 

Omega 162

Though the guarantee card is made out to "Hesketh Racing", I suspect the recipient worked on the estate.

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In support of can a quartz be a classic?

Ive changed to this 1980 SeikoTwin Quartz 9642 5000 9 jewel HAQ. Seiko specs were +/- 20 secs a year 40 years ago. On the time graph the rate of this one is +11 seconds a year. Pretty sharp. 

 

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1 hour ago, martinzx said:

This 'Classic 'Omega Mariner mk1, Cal 1310, circa 1976 :biggrin:
Indoor photo taken just now...

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And a song from the same year :laugh:

 

1976 was a great year for Omega, it seems that Jimmy Saville wasnt the most dangerous thing on Top of the Pops afterall :laugh:

2 hours ago, spinynorman said:

Sticking with the Omega 162.

Omega 162

I know not everyone likes engraved presentation watches, but the association with the thoroughly eccentric Hesketh participation in motorsport was one I couldn't resist. 

Omega 162

Though the guarantee card is made out to "Hesketh Racing", I suspect the recipient worked on the estate.

Hesketh Racing that rings a bell. Im not sure why though. Its a lovely Omega very understated especially for late 70s. I like engraved backs only had 2. One was a seiko and it said to Alan love from Donna. Im guessing the relationship didnt last. Maybe he expected a Rolex 

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It's taken me almost a decade to find one of these, but my patience final paid off and today the postman brought me an early Christmas present.

Once I have the time I'll do a more in-depth thread, but if you want to know more about it in the meantime, I'd recommend reading David Boettchers excellently researched article on these almost forgotten watches. https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/waterproof.php#Submarine

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1 minute ago, animalone said:

It's taken me almost a decade to find one of these, but my patience final paid off and today the postman brought me an early Christmas present.

Once I have the time I'll do a more in-depth thread, but if you want to know more about it in the meantime, I'd recommend reading David Boettchers excellently researched article on these almost forgotten watches. https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/waterproof.php#Submarine

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Well done Sir. :notworthy:
 

My own hunt still continues. :(

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3 minutes ago, animalone said:

Thank you,

I've had a quick peak in the back to make sure it's all ok. But when I have the time in the new year I plan on doing a thread with many more pictures

Cant wait, many congratulations, I must admit I never even heard of the watch before you posted. But I love it!!

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13 minutes ago, martinzx said:

Cant wait, many congratulations, I must admit I never even heard of the watch before you posted. But I love it!!

It's a shame that such an advanced watch for it's time has almost been forgotten.

I hope to take many close up pictures showing some of the features that made it interesting. Once I've figured out how to safely work around the radioactive dust.

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59 minutes ago, animalone said:

It's taken me almost a decade to find one of these, but my patience final paid off and today the postman brought me an early Christmas present.

Once I have the time I'll do a more in-depth thread, but if you want to know more about it in the meantime, I'd recommend reading David Boettchers excellently researched article on these almost forgotten watches. https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/waterproof.php#Submarine

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Interesting read, looks in remarkable condition for age, crown looks to have hardly any wear at all in the machining! Good luck with it. 

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9 minutes ago, animalone said:

It's a shame that such an advanced watch for it's time has almost been forgotten.


Not by ‘old tat’ (vintage) devotees like me. :biggrin:

Another invention that was a decade before being taken up by Rolex (Oyster).  Even Omega (Marine) were attributed with the first ‘true’ dive watch.

Like Martin, look forward to the write up.

Again, fine acquisition!

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23 minutes ago, Nigelp said:

Interesting read, looks in remarkable condition for age, crown looks to have hardly any wear at all in the machining! Good luck with it. 

I think I've gotten very lucky with this one, I've lost bids on a couple before that were in much worse condition. The inside of the case back has more than half a dozen sets of watchmakers marks, showing that it was well looked after over the years.

 

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1 minute ago, animalone said:

I think I've gotten very lucky with this one, I've lost bids on a couple before that were in much worse condition. 

 

It certainly would appear that your wait has been fruitful. :thumbsup:


Condition is key when venturing into the vintage market, you really need to be patient when seeking a particular timepiece of interest.

Complete & original condition is essential IMO, particularly if (any) restoration works are needed.

I too have learnt to wait, many years in some instances, till the right/best one presents itself.

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