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Old 10-20-18, 09:36 AM
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1969 Seiko Lord Marvel 36000. Handmade Horween leather strap. The flat lighting doesn’t really capture the ‘sunburst’ dial. Best watch I’ve ever owned. Always keeps near perfect time and has never given me a single issue in nearly 15 years. Carried it in my mouth once, when I nearly drowned in a cave in the northern philippines.


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1969 Seiko Lord Marvel 36000. Handmade Horween leather strap. The flat lighting doesn’t really capture the ‘sunburst’ dial. Best watch I’ve ever owned. Always keeps near perfect time and has never given me a single issue in nearly 15 years. Carried it in my mouth once, when I nearly drowned in a cave in the northern philippines

very cool...story, too!
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Old 10-22-18, 07:22 AM
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very cool...story, too!
thanks, mate.
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So I traded the San Martin bronze pilot for three watches, including this Seiko SKX173.



I am liking it far more than I thought I would. Was thinking 42mm would be too big -- one of the reasons I flipped the Squale -- but it turns out to be a decent size.

And hey, you know how some people like "upgrading" their bikes, even from new? Well there's this thing called "modding" in the watch world, and these Seiko SKX divers are a widely mod-able platform...
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Old 10-31-18, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
So I traded the San Martin bronze pilot for three watches, including this Seiko SKX173.



I am liking it far more than I thought I would. Was thinking 42mm would be too big -- one of the reasons I flipped the Squale -- but it turns out to be a decent size.

And hey, you know how some people like "upgrading" their bikes, even from new? Well there's this thing called "modding" in the watch world, and these Seiko SKX divers are a widely mod-able platform...
I modded mine by swapping the movement (7s26) that came with the watch to a NH36a I found on eBay for about $40. The NH36 movement allows hand winding and hacking, I also picked up another watch that I liked the bezel on and swapped that out. Fun Sunday projects with a few basic tools. Oh, and I found an older bracelet for it too.



Before I got started


The new NH36 movement


After the swap
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Old 10-31-18, 10:26 AM
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The watch with the new old bezel and bracelet:

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Sweet... (off to the 'bay...)
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Old 11-19-18, 01:37 PM
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Here's a recent addition, from around 1970:



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Current state of the collection. Motley affordables:



Casio G-Shock 5600
Luch 1-hander
San Martin Pilot w/ bronze case
Seiko SARB035
Seiko SKX173
Seiko SLT081

I think this is a good, small collection. It will probably change drastically in a year, if not a month. Or a week. Really enjoying the diversity. Of course, looking at this, I'm thinking I need a blue dial watch. And an orange diver. Already have a 12hr bezel insert for the SKX, just waiting for the aftermarket bezel...
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
The watch with the new old bezel and bracelet:

Nice work! I've been interested to undertake learning some watchmaking, but have never tried. Kudos!
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Old 11-27-18, 04:06 PM
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I've been eyeing the Citizen Chronomaster for a while. It's a quartz watch (gasp!) with an accuracy of +/- 5s per year. And it's an eco-drive. Only downside is the style is a bit plain.

Love to hear what you guys think of this watch!

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I've been eyeing the Citizen Chronomaster for a while. It's a quartz watch (gasp!) with an accuracy of +/- 5s per year. And it's an eco-drive. Only downside is the style is a bit plain.

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Plain is good! It's often called "under-stated elegance". Citizen makes some nice watches. I picked up a vintage Citizen wrist alarm watch a while back. The size is fashionably large unlike a lot of old watches.

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Originally Posted by rudy17 View Post
I've been eyeing the Citizen Chronomaster for a while. It's a quartz watch (gasp!) with an accuracy of +/- 5s per year. And it's an eco-drive. Only downside is the style is a bit plain.

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See my post #1715 up there, for a pic of my citizen automatic. I have found that it is actually pretty hard to read with the face and the arms and the ticks being all so close to the same color. So of those two I would definitely recommend the higher-contrast black face.
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I've been eyeing the Citizen Chronomaster for a while. It's a quartz watch (gasp!) with an accuracy of +/- 5s per year. And it's an eco-drive. Only downside is the style is a bit plain.

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Style in very good taste, IMO, esp. the bracelet models, and particularly the silver dial.
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I was running around this cold and dreary day, peepin' the times in more temperate climes!

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I've been eyeing the Citizen Chronomaster for a while. It's a quartz watch (gasp!) with an accuracy of +/- 5s per year. And it's an eco-drive. Only downside is the style is a bit plain.

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Look great in an elegant, understated kind of way. They look very versatile, for use as anywhere from dress to everyday wear / sport / casual. Awesome accuracy, zero-maintenance eco-drive... what's not to like?
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This thread has been inactive for a while, but I wanted to recommend Klein Vintage Watch Repair, in Ft Collins, CO, for his phenomenal restoration of my Seiko 6105-8117 Diver's. This watchmaker specializes in Seiko mechanical watches, from their golden era.
As many of you know, this a long, long discontinued movement from Seiko. In addition to the normal replacement of worn parts and regulation, Spencer Klein "upgraded" the movement by correcting a weakness in its design. The barrel arbor wasn't jeweled in these models and they often wear to an unacceptable point. In the later 6139 Chrono movements, Seiko corrected this by including jewelling in the plate and bridge. In the past, some watchmakers would cut a new seat for these jewels in the older 6105 movements to eliminate this problem. But Seiko hasn't made thos replacement jewels in at least 20 years. Spencer has had precision made replacements crafted in Switzerland to exacting standards. Now my 17 Jewel Diver's watch is now a 19 jewel movement, effectively cancelling this design weakness.
Spencer has also found a way to refurbish the unique waterproof crowns on this model- a feat no one else seemed willing to try. Additionally, Spencer has high quality, accurate, Swiss manufactured replacement Crystals for many of the 70s era Seiko watches. If you have one of thes watches, you will find no one better for Repair!
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This is a departure for me in it is not a mechanical movement. A milestone in horology, the Bulova Accutron was the first purely electronic watch.

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^^^Damn, always with a new, kewl watch...

I got sucked into the Seiko 8F56 movement (HAQ, perpetual calendar, "real" GMT) with the SLT081 (now gone) and found a SBQJ017 (titanium case, sapphire crystal). Solar SNE031 for Christmas from my da. Still have the Casio.

I modded an SKX with bezel and insert and then sold it. Replaced it with an NTH Antilles. The bronze San Martin is also gone; a Dagaz Thunderbolt took its place.

And incoming:
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Seiko 6309-8019, probably in worse condition than I'd like
WUS F72 GMT -- Chinese Forum group buy
Also, some straps.
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I bought a watch face with a constant 3 day weather forecast for my Garmin.
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^^^Damn, always with a new, kewl watch...

I got sucked into the Seiko 8F56 movement (HAQ, perpetual calendar, "real" GMT) with the SLT081 (now gone) and found a SBQJ017 (titanium case, sapphire crystal). Solar SNE031 for Christmas from my da. Still have the Casio.

I modded an SKX with bezel and insert and then sold it. Replaced it with an NTH Antilles. The bronze San Martin is also gone; a Dagaz Thunderbolt took its place.

And incoming:
Sinn 856 UTC
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Also, some straps.
I got a Chinese forum watch, too. I'd post a picture but my computer with all my pictures crashed.

Some straps....
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I earlier described expensive watches as jewelry for men that wanted to pretend they weren't wearing jewelry.

If you have a cellphone, you can add obsolete to that.
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I earlier described expensive watches as jewelry for men that wanted to pretend they weren't wearing jewelry.

If you have a cellphone, you can add obsolete to that.
So what's your point?
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