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Originally Posted by Elessar View Post

Is this the sapphire crystal version? It looks great! biggrin.gif


I have been wanting one of the acrylic crystal variations for a long time, but something else always comes up so I run out of my buying funds. frown.gif

This is the version that I want, for the Chinese characters and the red star on the face (I think this is Ed's version? I did my research so long ago I don't remember any more)



Acrylic crystal. Got mine directly from HKEd on Watchuseek a couple years ago. He fashioned the dial to match what he identified as the original 1963 (there's a long thread somewhere). I think he did offer a sapphire upgrade, but I think most enjoy the acrylic.
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I've gotten it in my head that I want, I really, really want, a "radio room" watch.  The dial of a radio room watch has a different color from :00 toi :03, from :15 to :18, from :30 to :33, and from :45 to :48.  Like this:  

 

 2415-710721s-Amphibian-SE-1-600x900.jpg

 

There was a nice article here on these recently, but my interest goes back even further.  For a few years in the 1990s I had an 8-day hand-wound Chelsea radio room clock in my house that dated back to 1941.  I lost that clock when a relationship ended, but my love of the clock and the radio room dial persists.  

 

There are a two options readily available today, both from Vostok. A $300+ 44mm version that is mentioned in the article above that includes a GMT hand, and $80 42mm version.  The former is too big, complicated, modern, and expensive for me.  The latter is just a little boring to my eye.  

 

There once was a 41mm version -- the Vostok Amphibian 710721 SE -- pictured above.  I love the "ministry case" and the hands.  Plus, that dial matches the one on that long lost Chelsea clock.  Meranom still has this 721721 SE listed for sale on their web site.  I put it on my "wait list" there, but Dmitry there reports in email "Sorry, we have no plan to make this model in nearest future. It might be, but not this half of year."  

 

So, I'm reaching out to all of you in this forum.  Anyone here have one of these sitting in a drawer, not getting enough wrist time?  Anyone have any suggestions for where else I should look?  I have an alert set on WatchRecon.  Let me know.  Thanks.  

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I can read this one without my glasses!

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Originally Posted by caspersauer View Post
 

I've gotten it in my head that I want, I really, really want, a "radio room" watch.  The dial of a radio room watch has a different color from :00 toi :03, from :15 to :18, from :30 to :33, and from :45 to :48.  Like this:  

 

 

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2415-710721s-Amphibian-SE-1-600x900.jpg

 

There was a nice article here on these recently, but my interest goes back even further.  For a few years in the 1990s I had an 8-day hand-wound Chelsea radio room clock in my house that dated back to 1941.  I lost that clock when a relationship ended, but my love of the clock and the radio room dial persists.  

 

There are a two options readily available today, both from Vostok. A $300+ 44mm version that is mentioned in the article above that includes a GMT hand, and $80 42mm version.  The former is too big, complicated, modern, and expensive for me.  The latter is just a little boring to my eye.  

 

There once was a 41mm version -- the Vostok Amphibian 710721 SE -- pictured above.  I love the "ministry case" and the hands.  Plus, that dial matches the one on that long lost Chelsea clock.  Meranom still has this 721721 SE listed for sale on their web site.  I put it on my "wait list" there, but Dmitry there reports in email "Sorry, we have no plan to make this model in nearest future. It might be, but not this half of year."  

 

So, I'm reaching out to all of you in this forum.  Anyone here have one of these sitting in a drawer, not getting enough wrist time?  Anyone have any suggestions for where else I should look?  I have an alert set on WatchRecon.  Let me know.  Thanks.  

 

You already seemed to have researched this thoroughly. If after that amount of research I turned up with nothing (and if I were as driven as you are), I would have bought any watch, taken it apart, and either created a new face or laser-etched onto the existing dial. But then again, I study in a design school and have ready access to these tools. :)

 

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Also, see the PRS-28 model here. It's similarly priced to the more expensive variant at 245 GBP, but the sizing is nice at a 40mm diameter.

http://www.timefactors.com/smiths.htm

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I can read this one without my glasses!

 

Jazz that shirt is way too plain! I love the watch / strap combo - what kind of strap is that? Something similar will look good with my Maratac Mid Pilot, I think. 

 

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Originally Posted by HanEyeAm View Post


Acrylic crystal. Got mine directly from HKEd on Watchuseek a couple years ago. He fashioned the dial to match what he identified as the original 1963 (there's a long thread somewhere). I think he did offer a sapphire upgrade, but I think most enjoy the acrylic.

 

Cool cool. I think whenever I go for it, I'll just order from WatchUnique, the stock they have matches the kind of design I want. Yes I've gone through that thread about the "original" 1963 look, I simply like the version I like cause it has Chinese characters on the face and "feels" authentic (to me), haha (and other things like the markers being pointed rather than diamond shaped, different hands on the chrono, the red star... all just personal preferences, really).

 

Overall, how's the watch been keeping? Any problems? Certainly still looking good :)
I've heard these models need servicing frequently. Any truth in that rumor?

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Originally Posted by Elessar View Post

Jazz that shirt is way too plain! I love the watch / strap combo - what kind of strap is that? Something similar will look good with my Maratac Mid Pilot, I think. 


Cool cool. I think whenever I go for it, I'll just order from WatchUnique, the stock they have matches the kind of design I want. Yes I've gone through that thread about the "original" 1963 look, I simply like the version I like cause it has Chinese characters on the face and "feels" authentic (to me), haha (and other things like the markers being pointed rather than diamond shaped, different hands on the chrono, the red star... all just personal preferences, really).

Overall, how's the watch been keeping? Any problems? Certainly still looking good smile.gif

I've heard these models need servicing frequently. Any truth in that rumor?

I wear mine a few times a month. I use the Chrono function too. It keeps good time. Auto chronos are not cheap to service and I hope not to have to deal with that anytime soon. Seagull st19 has been around a while but like other auto chronos is a bit more delicate than typical 3-handers.I think some of the bad press on ST19 is due to poor QA by manufacturer and watch assembler more than an inherent flaw in the ST19. My 2 cents only, from hanging around watch forums too long.

BTW, I really like the star as well but on balance, ended up with the HKEd. Whatever you choose, I bet you will be happy.
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@Elessar You need to see the entire shirt, the cuff portion is a bit pedestrian! The band came with the Sturling watch, Funny thing is the entire watch was under $100 so you could buy it for the band and throw away the watch :lol:

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Tried the Aevig Valkyr on a nylon zulu strap today. Unsure how I feel about it - there's too much matching going on (green strap with bezel, bronze hardware with case).

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Looks good to me. I have to try out that style of strap, I'm assuming it's the same as a nato strap?

post #5576 of 6354
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Originally Posted by Jazzmenco View Post
 

Looks good to me. I have to try out that style of strap, I'm assuming it's the same as a nato strap?

Thank you!

 

Yes, it's almost the same as a nato, except it doesn't have the extra loop that you pull the longer end through.

 

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post #5578 of 6354
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Another one of those that I wish I had.

How I wish they made a 38 or 36mm variant of the cocktail, though! frown.gif
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38...40... what's a couple of mm's difference ??? Actually it doesn't look that big to me but I do have a 7.5" wrist.

post #5580 of 6354
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Originally Posted by Jazzmenco View Post

38...40... what's a couple of mm's difference ??? Actually it doesn't look that big to me but I do have a 7.5" wrist.

I'm not sure. Maybe it's the lug to lug width that matters? I know that my 38mm Alpinist wears much smaller than the 40mm Maratac mid pilot and the Orient Bambino. Unfortunately there's no way to tell if it'll be a good fit for my wrist without trying it on. I feel that smaller watches pretty much always look fine on my wrists (i have a couple 36 and a couple 38). I have two 40mm watches, with both I wish it were just slightly smaller.

Actually, now that I think about it, it might have to do with the dial size. For both the 38mm watches I have, the dial is relatively smaller compared to the case, but with the Bambino and the Maratac the dial is almost the same size as the case. So maybe it *looks* bigger?

That is one reason I'm on the lookout for the Aevig huldra - it's a 42mm case but a 29mm dial, and people say it wears much smaller than 42.
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