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folks, don't wear a rolex when riding a bike. It beats the hell out of them. Unlike a Seiko, the Rolex's rotor does not turn in a bearing - it turns in an arbor (hole) in the movement top plate. The big fix on a Rolex is to bush that arbor - I've had that done on mine - but don't wear a Rolex when riding your bike.

this was a fun thread. I liked the Zenith El primero chrono

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I do not agree at all. You can absolutely wear your Rolex - or any other watch for that matter - when bicycling. What you need to understand - though - is that mechanical watches need maintenance regularly. As any other mechanical device. On an average of 5-6 year the watch needs a service. To have its movement cleaned, lubricated and checked.

Before Rolex sort of got into peoples mind as high end "bling" watches and Rolex themselves began to build their trademark in that direction a Rolex was a tool watch. Most of them still are. And one of the more robust watches out there.

Besides that - there are Rolex watches with ball bearings and there are those with a bushing. There are advantages and disadvantages wtih both solutions. And both are robust.
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My first antique pocket watch. Actually considered low-end in it's day but beautiful nonetheless. Blue hands (although they look black in the photo). And it does run.
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Originally Posted by mpetry912
folks, don't wear a rolex when riding a bike. It beats the hell out of them. Unlike a Seiko, the Rolex's rotor does not turn in a bearing - it turns in an arbor (hole) in the movement top plate. The big fix on a Rolex is to bush that arbor - I've had that done on mine - but don't wear a Rolex when riding your bike.
Sorry, but these comments are simply inaccurate and untrue. I ride every ride with one of three Rolex/Rolex-modified movements and have had zero issues; my Submariner is in its 19th year of service, still running strong and has not once been serviced. These watches are designed to take punishment, and their movement quality reflects that. If there's only one true constant in life it's that I can take a bike ride with a SS Rolex on my wrist and it'll be running flawlessly when I get off the bike at the end of the day; opinion proffered is based upon 30+ years of real life field testing

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One of my favourite Seiko: s. A 1974, 6138-8040T, chronograph.

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"French" professional divers watch from the very early 90ies. Serious tool but sort of naivistic and it makes me happy.

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I like that one a lot!
I give it the Brian Baylis award. He had a genius for combining colors on a bike frame that no one else would ever consider.
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I like form movements a lot. My wife has this vintage Bulova, which is never worn as it needs a cleaning and a crown. Next project...



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A more dicrete old divers watch. Still rated 1000m even if they did not advertise it on the dial.

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I know, I know. But I was on a C&V frame, I swear!
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And that concludes the Zenith El Primero section of my collection - here is a group shot (the 5 digit Daytonas having a de-tuned El Primero movement).

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I do like my Seiko 'divers'.

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What a beautiful collection styggno1.

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And that concludes the Zenith El Primero section of my collection - here is a group shot (the 5 digit Daytonas having a de-tuned El Primero movement).

Simply stunning!
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Leathal weapon no 36

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how about this one - highly modified Seiko 6105 with a Grand Seiko movement (5626) and some other goodies - TSC screw down crown, Bill Yao HA bezel, SAT dial and hands, bead blasted case, etc.



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how about this one - highly modified Seiko 6105 with a Grand Seiko movement (5626) and some other goodies - TSC screw down crown, Bill Yao HA bezel, SAT dial and hands, bead blasted case, etc.



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Wow Mark. What a great modified Seiko.
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Leathal weapon no 36

Another fabulous time piece and beautifully photographed like all the rest of your collection. I feel so lucky to have a glimpse into your watch collection - thanks.
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Glad you like it. Absolutely one of a kind, built by Dr. Seiko (Randall Benson) A 3 year project. funnily enough I sourced the movement out of a super ugly Seiko VANAC but it is a 5626 GS movement, completely gone thru of course. Seikos are incredible watches. I wore another 6105, stock, on a trip to Japan, nobody noticed !

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Glad you like it. Absolutely one of a kind, built by Dr. Seiko (Randall Benson) A 3 year project. funnily enough I sourced the movement out of a super ugly Seiko VANAC but it is a 5626 GS movement, completely gone thru of course. Seikos are incredible watches. I wore another 6105, stock, on a trip to Japan, nobody noticed !

A really nice Seiko collection.

I bought my first Seiko, a digital, just before I started my teaching career in 1975. I wore it every day until my retirement in 2010. The Seiko 'retired' about 2 months before me - it finally stopped working and couldn't be revived. It kept perfect time and only had 2 batteries in that time, the first one lasting about 30 years.
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Seiko has a special place in my watch collector’s heart. I have had hundreds of quality watches and still have more than what is healthy – and my “exit watches” has changed thru the years. When all is said and done and the smoke has settled – I now think that I will probably be sitting in the retirement home with all watches sold except three Seiko: s (I have already shown them here). A divers watch (“Cpt Willard”), a chronograph (panda) and a dresswatch (GS Special).

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This was Seiko: s most expensive watch, in steel, in 1977. Top of the line. With an accuracy - within 10 seconds A YEAR. It cost 200 000 yen which was serious money. Carefully chosen and aged quartz crystals, hand built and calibrated to the extreme - it works within 10 seconds a year. A really nice, worked and structured dial in a high quality case with nice beveling. Notice how the indexes and the hands are matched in shape and form. The bracelet is not original to the watch but it is an original Seiko and it fits perfectly.

200 000 yen is about 1850 USD – today – what it was back in 1977, I do not know but it was very, very expensive. The high end quartz watches of that era cannot and should not be compared with what came afterwards. This watch is comparable with the Omega Marine Chronometer (which actually was less accurate). They both are from an era when quartz was top of the line - when superior accuracy was the selling point.

Seiko Superior ref. 4883-8100 from 1977



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Seiko has a special place in my watch collector’s heart. I have had hundreds of quality watches and still have more than what is healthy – and my “exit watches” has changed thru the years. When all is said and done and the smoke has settled – I now think that I will probably be sitting in the retirement home with all watches sold except three Seiko: s (I have already shown them here). A divers watch (“Cpt Willard”), a chronograph (panda) and a dresswatch (GS Special).

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This was Seiko: s most expensive watch, in steel, in 1977. Top of the line. With an accuracy - within 10 seconds A YEAR. It cost 200 000 yen which was serious money. Carefully chosen and aged quartz crystals, hand built and calibrated to the extreme - it works within 10 seconds a year. A really nice, worked and structured dial in a high quality case with nice beveling. Notice how the indexes and the hands are matched in shape and form. The bracelet is not original to the watch but it is an original Seiko and it fits perfectly.

200 000 yen is about 1850 USD – today – what it was back in 1977, I do not know but it was very, very expensive. The high end quartz watches of that era cannot and should not be compared with what came afterwards. This watch is comparable with the Omega Marine Chronometer (which actually was less accurate). They both are from an era when quartz was top of the line - when superior accuracy was the selling point.

Seiko Superior ref. 4883-8100 from 1977



Thanks for your interesting story and information regarding the Seiko Quartz Superior - what a fantastic watch. I was so interested in your Seiko assessment too. I know I was extremely pleased with my old Seiko digital quartz as I really like an accurate everyday watch and mine never seemed to need adjusting time wise. I managed to keep the original band going with a little ingenuity and fencing wire (haha).
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