Saturday, February 27, 2010

Collection Update November 2008

Following the previous posting format, I thought I would have one post with all of the new watches with large pictures and a few brief comments and then a full collection post later today. As you can see from the post, not much traditional dress vintage but rather more divers and kinetics. I do not think this reflects changed taste or a change in direction of the collection but rather that I have exhausted the supply of the core parts of the collection such as Seikomatic, Marvels and similar.

These are the watches acquired during the past three months.

Not many vintage watches in the latest purchases. I seem to have most bases covered so there are not much new interesting things coming up. These three are however quite good. First the marvel with the textured dial. If you saw the separate slideshow post, you have seen the excellent condition of this watch with the polished and matt contrasting oarst of the case intact. The watch also has the fancier copper coloured movement.
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The Seikomatic is rather unusual with the two-toned dial.
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A Skyliner with a nice 3D effect with the contoured dial and the protruding hour markers.
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This watch is very interesting as Seikos first electronic watch from 1968. If you want to know more, check out the Nagano post on gmtplusnine.
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Next up is two quite different 5626 calibers from the opposite side of the scale. The top one is the chronometer certified KS and the other one if the plain LM deluxe. The KS probably cost twice as much when new and four times as much today but there is not much difference between these watches
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A bunch of colourful kinetic divers. As mentioned in the separate post last week, these are very well made but surprisingly cheap watches.
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I thought I should get a 6105 to see what all the fuzz was about. A nice watch, no doubt.
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The next pile is some Alpinists and Alpinist wannabees. The first one is the most real one, a SSASS 8F56. The colour if this dial is excellent and together with the high end 8F56 quartz caliber, this is a real explorers watch.
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A real Alpinist without the Alpinist name. The 4M15 South East Asian Sports version. Exactly the same as the 4M15 Alpinist but without the logos.
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This one, an 5M42 caliber AGS Spirit that only looks like an Alpinist.
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This is one of the top watches in this pack. A handwind 4S24 from the Laurel series. A fantastic watch with a sterling silver case and a real gold bezel. The texture of the dial does not reall come through in this photo but is rellay brings life to the dial. The blued hands adds an extra touch of 30s styling. I would have appreciated a bit more cohesion in the fonts though.
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This is the Gabe pack of five 6106-54XX watches. All in great restored condition. I was very lucky to be able to acquire these.
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A few of the 51XX series in this pack as well. I like the 51XX, a technically advanced but underappreciated caliber. Teh first one is a Sports style 5126 caliber. A very well made solid watch, but with a slightly strange bezel design. The dial is one of these very deep blue dials that Seiko is so good at making.
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The second 51XX series is a 5146 30j hi-beat Presmatic, as usual with the hex crown inset quickset button. It does not show very well in this picture, but the crystal is faceted, with three horisontal facets.
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This is the original Fieldmaster. A 5M22 kinetic caliber with a titanium case. A very comfortable watch. This also comes in a variant with a fully lumed dial.
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A SKJ137 kinetic diver purchased from Molle. A fantastic watch even if I can never get the deeply jade green dial to photograph well. It also has one of my fancier straps, a Hirsch with molded and adjustable ends.
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A lot of Kinetics in this update. They do not seem to be very appreciated in Japan so they are quite cheap, even if they were usually high end and expensive when new. A change of capacitor to the new long life versions and you have a great watch. This is a 5M45 from the SUS series with a GMT hand. Same caliber as the old Landmasters and Flightmasters but a fraction of the price. This watch also has a very nice heavy SS bracelet.
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Back to the normal vintage stuff with a 6117 Navigator. This is the most common grey dial version but still a very well designed watch in great condition.
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The collection has always missed a good rally sports watch so this 6119 fit the hole perfectly. Unfortunately, it comes with the thick concave crystal that does not photograph well so the blue dial does not come out as well as it should.
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The two-tone dial variant of the 6139 "Speedtimer" version. I like the contrast between the dressy grey-black and the sportier hands and text.
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I had been looking for a white dial diver and this mid-size 6458 seemed like an excellent purchase. Ty has an excellent post on the 7458/6458 series divers.
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This is the Giugiaro 7C43 diver. A very cool offset design but unfortunately plagued with lousy plastics in the shroud. The plastic usually dries out and cracks only after a few years, even with very careful use and storage. The watch originally came with a specially made squarish strap but most of Seikos 18mm straps match quite well.
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A 7N35 quartz diver bought for the pearly dial and funny bezel. Cost almost nothing so it can wait for one of the daughters to get interested in watches.
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I have been looking for a cool Wired watch. This one is from one of the earlier Wired XYZ series from 2004. As most of the Wired watches, this was only made in a very small series for a limited time. Only drawback is the relatively pedestrian 7T92 caliber.
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I got two watches from Molle with my SKJ diver. A Sportsmatic and an Actus, both in great shape.
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One of my few LCD quartz watches. I bought this one for the dot-matrix part of the dial which has some very cool effects.
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An unintersting 5606 bought only for the faceted blue/purple crystal, which I thought might fit one of my Vanacs.
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/ martin

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