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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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.
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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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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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Tim sent me his watch for a service. It is a Sporttaucher divers watch, made by German brand Archimede. The watch was a complete non runner when it arrived. Tim had also sourced a replacement bezel, so the watch will be getting a cosmetic update.
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This week I am featuring this Eterna Matic 3000 Sevenday on the blog. The watch is powered by Eterna’s Calibre 1457U, an automatic movement with a day date complication and quick set date mechanism. Eterna had a pioneering role in the development of self winding calibres, with the development in the late 1940s of the first Eterna Matic movement, using a friction-reducing ball-bearing mounted rotor system. The 145X and 146X movement family follow on from the success of the first Eterna Matic, and were known as ultra-thin automatic movements ( 3.6 mm thick, and 4.15 mm for the day date). It is commonly known as the ancestor of the famous ETA 2892 movement, the high end Calibre by ETA found in many prestigious watches for the last few decades. It is worth noting that ETA was founded by Eterna, so it is no surprise that even the movements produced nowadays by ETA (currently owned by the Swatch Group) share some common DNA with Eterna calibres.
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Another vintage Omega on the blog. Today I am featuring this beautiful Constellation model dating from 1966. It is powered by the Omega Calibre 561, which is a very fine movement indeed. It is chronometer rated, meaning it was tested and certified to meet certain precision standards. It was adjusted in different temperatures and in 5 positions during production.
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Anthony sent me this lovely Speedbird II PRS-7 watch for a service. The Speedbird II was manufactured by Timefactors, a British company owned by Eddie Platts who launched the Speedbird II back in 2002. Only 300 pieces were produced, in either black or ivory dial. The production of this watch follows the success of the original Speedbird PRS-1, a design of military influence, in the style of watches issued to pilots of the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the 1950s. It is easy to see why the Speedbird was a success as the watch feels very well built, and looks very smart indeed.
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