Let's see your mechanical watches

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Dr Roly, May 19, 2014.

  1. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral Call Me a Cab

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    Right, I'm not in any rush for pure accuracy. That's part of the charm of automatic watches -- they're mechanical rather than electronic, and yet can sometimes run at +/- 2 sec./day. (Both my '71 Rolex Date and the '77 Sub come very close to that.)

    As for the bargain, +100. Especially with the prices of even vintage Rolexes and Omegas approaching the stratosphere.

    ETA: I set the watch crown up last night, and it came back with about + 4 sec. over 22 hours. Very nice.
     
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  2. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    GLYCINE NINGALOO REEF AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH

    All this Glycine talk has inspired me to pull mine out & post a shot of it:

    Glycine Ningaloo Reef.jpg

    It's an automatic chronograph which I picked up almost exactly 4 years ago at the deeply discounted price of $775 Amerikanski dollars. That was some 76% off of the suggested retail price.

    The watch had been discontinued thus the fire sale to move the remaining stock. I was able to find the watch's specs on the Glycine web site & reproduce them here for anyone interested to review:

    "
    Ningaloo Reef chronograph
    Ref. 3825

    Movement
    Caliber: ETA 7750 automatic, dualtime
    Functions: hours, minutes, Chronograph 60s, counters 30min and 12hrs,
    date display in window
    Size: 13 1/4"'
    Jewels: 25
    Power Reserve: 48 hours
    Hz: 4/28'800 vibrations per hour
    Finish: bridges and oscillating weight on ball bearing nickel coated.

    Case, Dial & Hands
    Material: stainless steel
    Diameter: 40mm without crown
    Height: 14.50mm with solid back
    15mm with see-through back
    Finish: satin/polished
    Waterproof: 10 atm
    Back: solid steel screwed / screwed, see-through mineral glass
    Glass: sapphire
    Dial: black with SL, blue with SL, red with SL, white with SL
    Hands: black with SL, white with SL
    Crown: sticker crown

    Special Features
    2 push bottons 5mm

    Straps & Bracelets
    Leather Strap
    Material: calf
    Colours: black, blue, brown, red
    Width: 20mm horns / 18mm buckle
    Buckle: belt
    Bracelet
    Material: stainless steel
    Finish: satin/polished
    Length: 190mm incl. endpieces
    Width: 20mm horns / 20mm buckle
    Clasp: deployment
    "
    Even at its list price, this is a lot of watch for the money; deeply discounted as it was, I had to have it.

    I know the watch is accurate however I've never timed it because it doesn't have a 3rd register for the running seconds. So I've started the chronograph & will use the central chronograph sweep hand to compare against the on-line atomic clock. With the chronograph running I expect the watch to run slow as is usually the case, due to power to run the chronograph mechanism being leached from the time movement (usually off of the 4th wheel).

    I'll try to remember to follow-up on this post tomorrow.
     
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  3. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    GLYCINE NINGALOO REEF AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH

    I've now timed the subject watch, as I said I would in my previous post. With the chronograph mechanism engaged, it runs +4 seconds per day. That surprisingly good performance puts it well within chronometer territory. Not at all bad for a reasonably priced timepiece housing a generic Swiss ETA movement.
     
  4. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    British WW2 no-name service watch? 1940? 15 jewels. Anyone know more about this?
    w2w1.jpg
     
  5. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    The inside of the back cover may contain information respecting the watch's manufacturer.

    Ditto for the movement itself, which could have the watch manufacturer's name on it. Also, if the movement maker can be identified that could be of assistance in dating the watch & perhaps nailing down the manufacturer.
     
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  6. Talbot

    Talbot One Too Many

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    A pic of the movement may provide some clues. Very nice piece BTW.
     
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  7. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    The mark on the movement is:
    R W
    T

    With the "T" centered below the RW, which this bulletin board software won't let me do.
     
  8. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    M Hatman My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  10. Chris7273

    Chris7273 One of the Regulars

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    Seiko SKX007 with a special bezel
    Simple, rugged, reliable. I like it

    IMG_1958.JPG
     
  11. Sheepdog149

    Sheepdog149 Practically Family

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    Chrono on bund strap[​IMG]

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  12. Sheepdog149

    Sheepdog149 Practically Family

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  13. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  14. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    Did your watch shop contact idenfify the precise Record Watch Co. movement which is housed in your watch?
     
  15. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Nope. Didn't think to ask. You can see it's 15 jewel and made in Switzerland. I don't think he knew that the mark meant Record Watch Co. But I don't know.

    What's the difference here? Are you curious about anything in particular?
     
  16. viclip

    viclip Practically Family

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    Sorry, I didn't mean to pry. It's just that in your initiating post you had said:

    "British WW2 no-name service watch? 1940? 15 jewels. Anyone know more about this? "
     
  17. feltfan

    feltfan My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Didn't think you were prying. Just wondered what it is I should be looking for. A good watch shop doesn't necessarily know all the details about a less well-known brand. I don't know how he dated it to 1940, though it seems about right, looking at contemporary watches. Glad to learn about it and glad to answer your questions if I can.
     
  18. Sheepdog149

    Sheepdog149 Practically Family

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  19. Talbot

    Talbot One Too Many

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    Late 50's Bulova Auto:

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  20. MrCairo

    MrCairo Familiar Face

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    IMG_1908.jpg

    Eterna "1935"
     

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