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Old 09-03-21, 11:51 PM
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This is a limited edition SLA033 from 2020. Not to be confused with the SPB151 I have shown earlier - which actually is a watch model Seiko introduced later than the SLA033. This might sound like jibberish to most of you but there is a difference. And if they are looking outdated it is true. The original was made between circa 1968 and 1977. It is often called a "Captain Willard" after that character in Apocalypse Now. It ought to be called a Naomi Uemura. He was a real (not a film character) adventurer from Japan who spent 18 months covering 12000 kilometers on a one man dog sledge trip from Greenland to Alaska. He used a 6105 Seiko... And he did not have a warm trailer with assistants between the film takes.

Both the SLA033 and the later SPB151 are somewhat true re-makes of the legendary Seiko 6105.

This is my SLA033 (a 4-4.5K (edited sum - I totally lost it at the conversion to USD) USD watch - when new) a limited edition. The lume is "active" in the picture and makes the indexes look green.



And I got the SPB151 also... (1.2-1.5k (also edited) USD new )



And the original 6105, a former watch of mine (I believe they were about 100 US in the 1970ies)



I like them all.

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Old 09-14-21, 07:13 AM
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Played around with a new band, bezel and crystal caseback for my cheapo Vostok Komandirskie:



For reference, here is the "before":


These are fun watches to play around with modding. Super cheap and easy too.
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Another Vostok.
This one is an Amphibian "Zisssou", lightly modded with a Submariner style bezel and display caseback


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SKX 015 , modded by me . NH36 movement , sub hands . If I only knew how to get the day wheel right .
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I like modded Seiko divers. this one has a King Seiko 5626 movement



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My comeback in this thread is manifested thru this vintage Cartier Pasha. Bought it a month ago as a Christmas gift for my wife but if it is not to her liking I have no problem keeping it for myself...

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My girlfriend got me this for Xmas, but gave it to me early. 64 Seiko sportsmatic 5
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My comeback in this thread is manifested thru this vintage Cartier Pasha. Bought it a month ago as a Christmas gift for my wife but if it is not to her liking I have no problem keeping it for myself...

# 54



Oh, my! As if the dial detail wasnít enough, you had to show us the magnificent work on the bridges and rotor, too. My bet is you donít get much, if any, wrist time with the Cartier once she receives it Christmas Day!
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Old 12-09-21, 04:58 AM
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Oh man...how did I miss this thread? Watches! I love 'em all...from the pocket variety to the newest mechanicals...I draw the line at the touch screen stuff, which I equate to the watch version of carpet fiber frames. Now I have to go through some of mine and post...sadly my rail-era engineer ones are in a safe in Oregon.

I'll start with this, perhaps my coolest from a pure engineering perspective. If you haven't read the story of the Seiko Spring Drive movements you're missing out. As someone who was once an electronics tech and also a mechanic this one hits all the cool points. When you see one the first time the constant glide movement of the second hand is almost spooky. I got this titanium GMT as a "I survived" gift after a bad crash on the bike last summer:




It doesn't look as big on the wrist as this pic angle makes it appear, and despite its size it's very light due to the Ti case.

Seiko really is the Shimano of the watch world to me. I have several, and was hooked when I got one of their basic SKX dive models back in 1997. They're damn near indestructible, and after 23 years that thing still keeps very acceptable time and has never been serviced beyond cleaning.

Will post more later, thanks for starting this one OP.

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Old 12-09-21, 05:33 AM
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I love that cycling analogy! I have and had numerous Seiko's, but never yet held a Spring-Drive.

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Seiko really is the Shimano of the watch world to me.
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Old 12-09-21, 05:57 AM
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Based on reading posts on this thread I recently purchased a Seiko XKS 009J. Although the SKS 007 seemed to be the most desirable, I was told the only difference was the color of the dial which did not matter to me. The 009 has a blue dial and was had for less money. Is this accurate? So far I am pleased with the watch. Only concern is the amount of time it can sit idle without movement to keep wound. Thanks!
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I love that cycling analogy! I have and had numerous Seiko's, but never yet held a Spring-Drive.
Thanks, I think it really does play out. Americans have a hard time wrapping their head around a brand that has varying quality strata, we think Chevy and it's a Chevy. A Rolex is a Rolex. But Seiko makes every level of watch, from the lowest quartz to their premier Grand Seiko models. Shimano brought that concept to the cycling component world with their varying group levels. I have to imagine the good folks at Campy and Sachs-Huret being floored when they got their hands on the first Dura Ace models. Seiko certainly has their issues, as does any company that has their production levels. I have a Prospex dive model that the bezel doesn't align correctly and the stem cap threads are rough and tend to try to cross thread - it was an over $1k watch. Still, at the higher levels Seiko does a magnificent job and many of their lower end offerings are of impressive quality.

Like I said above, my 90s SKX is still going strong and has never been serviced; it's like a late 90s 105 group. It just works, in a somewhat dull but completely reliable manner.
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by request, the Seiko "Miura", titanium spring drive GMT. This watch was the basis for the "Spacewalk" Seiko, of which 100 were made.

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LOVE the special edition Seikos. No one touches them for doing limited run, cool issue watches like yours! That's a really nice piece and the 12:00 stem is a unique addition.
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I have three watches. I wear this one pretty much daily. Every time I think of picking up a couple more, I get lost in all the models and brands. This thread gives me some ideas. I'd like a high-end Seiko, but never knew what to look for.

Bonus points if anyone recognized the poster reflected on the left side...


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That's a really nice B&M...no clue on the poster
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I love the old railroad models. I have a couple but not where I am now. The pinnacle of mechanicals, indeed! I was surprised when I researched my 992 Hamilton and found out they made it in the 50s...somehow I figured they'd evolved beyond them by then.

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My grandfather gave this Zodiac to my father for his college graduation in 1970, and he gave it to me for mine in 1996. I'm looking forward to passing it on to my daughter for hers (somewhere around 2040, though). I wear it a couple times a month, usually.





But here's the watch I wear every day. Not vintage, but in its way the Timex Weekender is a classic...

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I really enjoyed this thread. Lots of interesting and cool watches - really loved those Pie-Pan Connies !

here's one that you'll never see, pretty rare item. This is a WW2 pilots watch, made by Laco. 55mm case diameter ! Like wearing a frying pan on your wrist.

called a "B-Uhr" or Beobachtungsur - navigators watch. This one is a re-pop from the original manufacturer, very very close to the original which changes hands for big bucks. The movement is slightly different.

the original strap is like a dog collar - to be worn on the outside of your flight jacket. If you were flying a Focke-Wulf 190, you'd probably be wearing one of these.

Guaranteed conversation starter ! which is the point, right ?

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I really enjoyed this thread. Lots of interesting and cool watches - really loved those Pie-Pan Connies !

here's one that you'll never see, pretty rare item. This is a WW2 pilots watch, made by Laco. 55mm case diameter ! Like wearing a frying pan on your wrist.

called a "B-Uhr" or Beobachtungsur - navigators watch. This one is a re-pop from the original manufacturer, very very close to the original which changes hands for big bucks. The movement is slightly different.

the original strap is like a dog collar - to be worn on the outside of your flight jacket. If you were flying a Focke-Wulf 190, you'd probably be wearing one of these.

Guaranteed conversation starter ! which is the point, right ?

/markp

Iíve seen quite a few pilot watches. That one wins on case size!
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