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Old 05-02-23, 08:42 AM
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Love those Seiko 6105 Dive watches.

this one is a full custom on a 6105, has a Grand Seiko movement (5626) and SAT hands and dial, media blasted case with a screw down crown and Bill Yao HA bezel.

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One of these is a world-renowned classic and horological masterpiece. The other is a run-of-the-mill Swiss automatic chronograph.

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My two daily wear watches are both Tudors. Here’s the first one, 1969 Tudor Date Day on a modern Tudor camo strap. My dad bought this at the Naval Exchange at Subic Bay in 1970. He misplaced it for almost 40 years before finding it and gifting it to me. At 38mm, it is one of the bigger Tudors from that time and wears like a 40mm watch.



And here’s my modern day Tudor, a Pelagos LHD on an Omega NATO-style strap. I do have the wonderful bracelet it came on but I swap it out regularly.


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1958 Bulova MIL-SHIPS-W-2181

Here is my original Bulova prototype dive watch. It was in my daily rotation while working in the Middle East.

Here's what it looked like when I got it, complete except for the bezel and insert. Spent around $500 on it on eBay and another $200 for the recreation of the bezel, insert, and a complete service by my watchmaker.



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Wow, an original Mil-ship, amazing! Did you restore it?

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Wow, an original Mil-ship, amazing! Did you restore it?
Yes, had to have a new bezel and insert made for it. Luckily had a friend that had a spare case and bezel that he at the time thought was a Blancpain. Once I found my watch and we did some comparisons, we determined that his was in fact a Bulova prototype as well. I sent his bezel off to my watchmaker who had an exact duplicate made. I documented all this over on another website specific to military watches so the history is known. Funny enough, the watch back in the 50s failed the trials and the watch as designed was not manufactured for the USN. One of the failure points was bezels popping off during use.

At 40mm, it was a big watch by late 50s standards. Very wearable today. I do have one of the recent Bulova-made reproductions, made using measurements from my watch.

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My wife is an RN, here's the vintage watch I bought her a few years back.


The wristwatch belonged to a WWI Australian nurse and came with a wealth of personal documents.

We're looking to repatriate this watch to a museum or archive back in Australia.
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That is one hell of a find!

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Yes, had to have a new bezel and insert made for it. Luckily had a friend that had a spare case and bezel that he at the time thought was a Blancpain. Once I found my watch and we did some comparisons, we determined that his was in fact a Bulova prototype as well. I sent his bezel off to my watchmaker who had an exact duplicate made. I documented all this over on another website specific to military watches so the history is known. Funny enough, the watch back in the 50s failed the trials and the watch as designed was not manufactured for the USN. One of the failure points was bezels popping off during use.

At 40mm, it was a big watch by late 50s standards. Very wearable today. I do have one of the recent Bulova-made reproductions, made using measurements from my watch.
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Here’s an old Girard Perragaux Sea Hawk that I got from my father in-law…he was a pow in WWII. I’m not sure if the watch is that old but I think it’s close. It still works fine.
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Another oldie…

Vintage Mickey. Very small, mechanical movement in good working condition.
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I believe I left off at watch no 54 and I do not remember which ones I have shown... I will just post random from the collection.

Went to Panama and Costa Rica this winter for five weeks. Much nicer weather than Sweden... For the trip I opted for this one:

An old beat up Rolex GMT Master 16753 missing its (gold) bezel. Discrete travel watch on an old Tropic rubber strap.





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A Rolex beater (I love it!). Reminds me of ....."the horror".....

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I believe I left off at watch no 54 and I do not remember which ones I have shown... I will just post random from the collection.

Went to Panama and Costa Rica this winter for five weeks. Much nicer weather than Sweden... For the trip I opted for this one:

An old beat up Rolex GMT Master 16753 missing its (gold) bezel. Discrete travel watch on an old Tropic rubber strap.
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We were in they Key's last week for some snorkeling (which was ruined by the sargassum issue) and beach time. I saddled my my 30 year old Seiko with an old NATO and a new battery. It's never missed a trip to the beach since new.



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Merckx was starting his run of four straight ToF wins. Dan Henry was painting symbols on the road for AYH rides. The great American bike boom and the electronic watch were still a few years in the future. On the left, a Timex Electric, this one an upmarket high-frequency Dynabeat. On the right, of course, the famous Bulova Accutron tuning fork watch: hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

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Originally Posted by tcs
Merckx was starting his run of four straight ToF wins. Dan Henry was painting symbols on the road for AYH rides. The great American bike boom and the electronic watch were still a few years in the future. On the left, a Timex Electric, this one an upmarket high-frequency Dynabeat. On the right, of course, the famous Bulova Accutron tuning fork watch: hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

My father had a Bulova Tuning Fork watch in the 1970's (about this era). I wish I knew what happened to it. I used to love listening to that watch.
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When NASA began manned spaceflights, they reasoned the boys would need a watch. NASA assigned a young engineer to procure astronaut watches. He went down to a local Houston jewelry store and bought one each of all the then-available top-end chronographs (watches with stopwatch/timer function). All of the candidates were mechanical (spring driven) and all featured self-winding (automatic) movements.

A series of tests were devised to simulate the G-force, weightlessness and temperature extremes the watches would meet in outer space and on lunar excursions. The Omega Speedmaster performed best in the tests and became the ‘Astronaut Watch’. An RFP was issued and a quantity of Speedmasters purchased. These were issued to the astronauts as supplied government equipment beginning with the Gemini program and worn during all the spaceflights through Apollo 17.

Fun fact: X-15 pilots, some of whom became astronauts flying the X-15, were given Bulova Astronaut Accutrons. These watches were theirs to keep when they left the X-15 program.

Apparently, no one was exactly in charge of collecting the watches when an astronaut left NASA. Some of the fellows kept their watch. No big deal until one of the guys tried to sell the Speedmaster in his possession: ‘a watch worn on the moon!’ NASA said, ’Not so fast, buddy. That watch is government property.’

To this day NASA has in its possession only some of the ‘worn on the moon’ watches, many displayed in various museums. The others are perhaps surreptitiously still with the astronaut’s family or spirited away later by an unknown NASA employee. Any still ‘out there’ are considered stolen government property and unsellable. Well, except…

Between the second and third EVAs (driving the famous Lunar Rover!) on the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut Dave Scott radioed NASA to report his government-issue Omega Speedmaster had ‘failed’. (Some have scurrilously suggested without proof that he purposely pried the crystal off in the Lunar Module.) He requested permission to wear his personally owned Bulova chronograph during the third EVA. NASA didn’t have much choice and said, ‘Sure.’




So on August 2, 1971, Astronaut Scott’s Bulova became a ‘moon watch’. Oh, but wait - this watch wasn’t government property. It, along with affidavits, documentation and provenance, came up for private auction in 2015 - the only watch in the world an individual could (legally) own that had been worn on the moon. It sold for $1,625,000!

Years later Bulova issued a commemorative moon watch, the Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph. It uses Bulova's patented and exclusive 262kHz three-pronged quartz crystal. Nice watch!


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Another one of my indulgences. A nice watch, well being a throwback to an era that was cooler also send a message that you like tactile mechanical things that are timeless over the latest technical marvel
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Doxa Professional Sub300T - long name - serious watch for doing serious things

with Seiko Orange Monster - budget alternative for an orange faced diver (orange face popularized by Jacques Cousteau as it was more legible in the depths





Same Orange Monster on a different NATO pictured with the one i bought in 2004 in St Augustine Florida while there on hurricane duty. The fire damage is a story for another time




Steeldive Willard homage -- this is a very nice watch at an attractive price --- i genuinely like it and wear it quite abit -- its nice to have a watch i dont have to worry about --- Lil' Grace photo-bombing as its a thing (watches and dogs) on another watch enthusiast forum i post in elsewhere


Garmin Vivo 4 - i wear this one the most



Seiko 5 Arabic dial - never fails to generate questions - fun watch



nice Seiko kinetic gifted to me for Christmas by my mother years ago. I wear it when i want some wrist bling and dont feel like breaking out the Doxa. The orange dial has a purpose, but does not mix with all attire





Seiko Arnie - "Get to the Choppah!" - as seen in Commando, Raw Deal, and PRedator and reportedly Kindergarten Cop, perhaps more. An actual favorite of the Schwartz in that time frame although he could afford any watch he wanted




Gift from my ex fiance' --- fashion chronograph from Amazon. I'll keep it in case she comes back (working on that) - another story for another time




My dad's old Citizen chrono that my brother and I chipped in to buy him as a present - dont know if b-day or Christmas -- but he wore it faithfully for a lot of years until he passed. I had to have a new movement installed to keep it going, but this one means a lot to me



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1970 (black) OPS...

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some others
1969 Grand Seiko

some vintage el primeros and high frequency zeniths




the omega vintage collection

the seiko japanese domestic market collection
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Check out Pagani Design homage watches. They're a steal but come with features that are pretty incredible for their price. I have their version of the Omega Speedmaster, with sapphire crystal, Seiko movement and 100M water resistance. Will never be able to afford an original, but the copy actually has some better features.

picked up an army buddy of mine to head out to Cinco de Mayo a few days back and he was wearing one of those. I did a double take and a triple take because I know his financial situation (medically Retired enlisted men typically live in cottages, not villas) It was a very handsome homage for sure

from Time to time I will wear a Steeldive Willard homage as well- pretty nice watch regardless of the price
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Originally Posted by smd4
Check out Pagani Design homage watches. They're a steal but come with features that are pretty incredible for their price. I have their version of the Omega Speedmaster, with sapphire crystal, Seiko movement and 100M water resistance. Will never be able to afford an original, but the copy actually has some better features.
Oh, but mon ami, you can afford an Omega Speedmaster...a Swatch Omega Speedmaster!



Note: This is not a 'copy' or a 'knockoff', and the logos are all legit and legal. Swatch is the parent company of Omega.
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Oh, but mon ami, you can afford an Omega Speedmaster...a Swatch Omega Speedmaster!



Note: This is not a 'copy' or a 'knockoff', and the logos are all legit and legal. Swatch is the parent company of Omega.
I recently picked this up on a work trip to Santiago Chile. I was surprised because they are sold out everywhere and going for ridiculous markups online:



Planning to get a real Speedy soon. Just not sure which one I want?
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