I have been meaning to feature a Certina DS-2 for a while on the blog. Having a penchant for vintage divers watches, the iconic “turtle back” originating from the late 1960s is certainly worthy of a feature, with its substantial look and novel design. It is powered by an in-house automatic Certina Calibre 25.651. One of the particularities of the DS-2 range is the floating movement design, where a rubber ring is sandwiched between the case and the movement, to absorb energy in case of a shock.
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Nick sent me this vintage Longines watch for a service and restoration. I have already featured an almost identical watch on the blog in this article. The service on that particular watch had been perfectly straightforward, but in the case of Nick’s watch it turned out to be a little more complicated as you are about to find out….
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My good friend David gave me this Elgin 16S Grade 312 Pocket Watch for a service and a bit of TLC. It was manufactured by Elgin which was an American company based in Illinois. I was able to date the production to 1921 from the serial number. This would have been a very good quality watch (and expensive at the time). The case is 9 carat solid gold.
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Following on from this post, Anthony sent me another watch for a service. Once again it is a watch with military influence: a very nice Ollech & Wajs Chronograph. O & W is a Swiss watch company created in 1956, which specialises in automatic and manual-wind mechanical military and dive watches.
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The customisation of Seiko watches, aka “Seiko Mod” is very popular amongst the watch collecting community, and with suppliers of custom parts such as Dagaz and Yobokies, there are plenty of parts available to change the appearance of your Seiko watch to something a bit different, whether it is influenced by an existing design or a completely new creation.
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Following on from this post, here is another watch that Richard gave me for a service, this time it is a Bucherer Automatic, powered by the Calibre AS 1903 by Swiss ebauche and watch movement manufacturer A. Schild. The watch is in beautiful cosmetic condition, with a lovely sunburst dial in a gold plated case.
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Richard gave me this Omega Seamaster Deville for a service and a bit of TLC, it is powered by the excellent Omega Calibre 565.
The watch came with a seconds hand not fitted to the watch, so it must have been removed at some point in the history of the watch.
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On the blog today is a vintage Chronograph by American watch company Waltham. It is powered by a Valjoux 7733. “Valjoux” was a manufacturer named after the “Vallee du Joux” in Switzerland, primarily known for its Ebauche Chronograph movements, and widely used by many manufacturers in the 1970’s. The Valjoux 7733 is a cam type Chronograph (as opposed to Column wheel type), with a horizontal clutch mechanism. It was produced in very large numbers, and over the years has earned itself a well deserved reputation for reliability and robustness.
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Silas sent me this rather lovely Cyma Navystar watch for a service. He reported very poor timekeeping (about 20min/day fast) and the crown did not sit flush against the case, so the watch was definitely in need of attention.
The watch is powered by Cyma’s calibre R.459, which uses the interesting antishock device called “Cymaflex”, more on that later.
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This week under the loupe I have another very interesting vintage watch with this 9ct gold case Omega Calibre 285. The owner, David, sent me the watch for a service and a bit of TLC. The watch belonged to his late father, and was an engagement present from his mother, so needless to say it has huge sentimental value to David. The serial number dates the production of the watch to 1961.
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