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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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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