Under the loupe today is a very nice vintage Ollech & Wajs 2002 Valjoux 7730. O&W was created in Switzerland in the late 1950’s, and grew in popularity in the 1960’s, especially with servicemen, sportsman, divers and aviators thanks to a strong reputation for quality and dependable mechanical watches. O&W still operate today, see their website
Featured on the blog today is this lovely vintage Rolex Oyster Royal 6426 Calibre 1215. This particular watch was produced in 1955 according to its serial number, and it is powered by the excellent and beautifully finished Rolex Calibre 1215: a manual wind movement, with centre sweep second, Breguet hairspring and shock resistant settings on both balance and escape wheel, a very nice spec for that era.
Today under the loupe is this CWC 1983 Royal Navy quartz divers watch, an iconic British military watch. A new incarnation of this watch was released by CWC in recent years, but the watch I am featuring today is the original, as issued in 1983 to a member of the Royal Navy.
This very nice vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date reference 1500 came in for a service. The watch is powered by the excellent Rolex Calibre 1570. It was a highly regarded chronometer rated movement produced by Rolex throughout the mid 60s to mid 70s, and fitted to the Oyster Perpetual, Submariner and Explorer range.
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The NH36 movement upgrade can be carried out on the SXK007 or SKX009 (7S26-0020) watches as detailed below. It consists of the replacement of the original 7S26 movement with a “modern” Hattori NH36 (or Seiko Calibre 4R36), which has a hack and wind facility.
This interesting Bulova automatic divers watch came in for a service. It is a very collectable model, the “M7” on the caseback and movement indicates that it was produced in 1967. It has a lovely bakelite bezel insert and is powered by the 17 jewels Bulova Calibre 11ALAC, self winding movement.
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Under the loupe today is a very nice Tudor 7017 Automatic Day Date. A very attractive watch, sometimes referred to as the “jumbo” owing to its large proportions by vintage standards. The watch came in for a service and, whilst it was ticking, the hour and minute hands were no longer moving, more on this later.
Something a little different today on the blog as I predominantly featured mechanical watches in the past. This article is about the service of a British Military Watch, the CWC G10. This watch was issued to a member of the British military in 1980. It is powered by the Quartz movement ESA 536.121. This particular model is the first incarnation of the many G10 versions, and is nicknamed “fatboy” due to its thicker case profile in comparison to subsequent models.
As you can tell from the photo below the watch does certainly look like it has hard a hard life!
Peter sent me this Omega Chronostop Geneve watch for a service and a bit of TLC. The watch is not keeping good time and has a “sticky” pusher.
This quirky vintage chronograph is powered by the Omega Calibre 865, and has an unmistakable design with a crown at 4, and a one pusher operated Chronograph complication.