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Decided to start wearing the watch I inherited from my grandfather 31 years ago.

A circa 1960s-ish(?) Hamilton with original band (Speidel).

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Posted via Jewelers on Time - a customer whose watch fell into garbage disposal.  Ouch.

 

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Posted via Jewelers on Time - a customer whose watch fell into garbage disposal.  Ouch.

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Not a fan of the crown so I would recommend this treatment to all Rolex owners nod[1].gif

I kid of course but they are wayyy over played. I hope he had insurance and he can take the money and put it into a more interesting piece.
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Posted via Jewelers on Time - a customer whose watch fell into garbage disposal.  Ouch.

 

 

So sad to see that happen to a vintage GMT.  Hopefully, a new crown/tube, bezel & insert, maybe acrylic crystal, and he will be back in business. He probably should have upgraded to a solid link bracelet anyway... or put it on a strap. 

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I hope he had insurance and he can take the money and put it into a more interesting piece.

Booooo , no appreciation for vintage pieces.  :box:

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That vintage Hamilton has seen some wrist action in its life.  Good to see it still appreciated.

 

As for the GMT in the garbage disposal, it was probably one of those accidents that leaves you wondering how it happened in the first place.  Watch is on the counter 10ft away, somehow it gets hit and takes and awkward slide pass the other things on the counter to land in the disposal.  Sucks none the less.

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With regards to the GMT, I would ask why even take it off? If the watch is regularly serviced it should be watertight and easily survive a session of washing dishes.
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Not a fan of the crown so I would recommend this treatment to all Rolex owners nod[1].gif

I kid of course but they are wayyy over played. I hope he had insurance and he can take the money and put it into a more interesting piece.

 

:)

 

These two have no problems coexisting in my small family of watches, or for that matter, bathing together:

 

 

Although "the crowns" acknowledge that this sister of theirs is much closer to my heart than others:

 

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I know many WIS have something of a distaste for the AP ROO line... but hell if this ain't my favorite sports watch in the world.

44mm Forged Carbon:
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Not really my thing, but I do respect AP..

Enjoy it, MM.
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A beast. If I were to go AP I personally would lean towards their ROO offerings.
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vomit. everywhere.
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So sad to see that happen to a vintage GMT.  Hopefully, a new crown/tube, bezel & insert, maybe acrylic crystal, and he will be back in business. He probably should have upgraded to a solid link bracelet anyway... or put it on a strap. 
Booooo , no appreciation for vintage pieces.  boxing%5B1%5D.gif

No appreciation for Rolex although if I ever find an original or interesting one I may actually own one. That has yet to happen. There is a reason they don't have display backs...
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TBH, i don't think you've done much looking then.
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There is a reason they don't have display backs...

 

i love lamp

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Also, NS, that Heuer is really quite something. Deets?

Thanks! I have a writeup somewhere, I'll do some quick copy/paste:

The Heuer flyback chrono is usually known as the Heuer Bund, as it was issued to pilots in the (West) German Bundeswehr from the mid-60s. It features a Valjoux 230 flyback manual chrono, and was made in a large number of variations, mostly by Heuer (but they were also produced and rebranded by Sinn for a short period.) There are many excellent resources to read, google or try these:

http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?186871-REVIEW-Heuer-Bundeswehr-Massive-Modem-Burner

http://brown-snout.com/horology/articles/heuer_bundeswehr_chrono/

(My watch is featured way down in the last article.)

In 2007 I came across a Norwegian issued Heuer chrono on a Norwegian online markedplace. Marked "Luftforsvaret" ("Air Force"). I had never seen or heard about this before Unfortunately I was too late on the phone. The watch was sold already. I was definitely not happy that day, my girlfriend remembers me coming home swearing. Which is not my usual mood.

Over a year later, I was talking to a fellow collector, and I complained about the Heuer that slipped. "Well, I have that exact watch in my safe", was his reply. Yeah, what happened from there was to be expected. I bought the watch, and he made quite a profit shog[1].gif

I posted what I knew about the watch on various forums, and it turns out it was not the only one. A few others surfaced during 2008, and we all did a little digging.

The Heuer "Luftforsvaret" was issued to F-104 Starfighter pilots during the 70s, and possibly others. If there existed an official contract between Heuer and The Norwegian Airforce, the details are now lost. My belief is that the buy was for a small number of watches, and a local low level initiative.

Here is my last post on another forum:
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I have now ended my struggles to find out everything about the background of the purchase of Heuer flyback chronos by the Norwegian Airforce. There was no info to be found of a contract either from the Airforce, any of the Norwegian military museums or Heuer itself. I managed to get a good contact in the TAG Heuer organisation and I believe they researched in thoroughly without finding anything. The question was apparently put to Jack Heuer himself, but with no result.

I did manage to talk to a Starfighter pilot who could indeed confirm that they wore the watches! He had received his approx 1975, and had turned it in at the end of service 1979.

He did not use it for any specific purpose, they had timers in the cockpit that they mostly used. He belived that the reason for the purchase was simply to have a precise timepiece with luminous indeces, but that they found it not to be as precise as they wished. He also stated that he found it a little too big, but well suited to use as a knuckle duster in a late night brawl That would explain why there aren't many around ...

I also got hold of the owner of this watch before the collector who sold it to me.

My watch was bought from the company who managed the airforce equipment in the 80s, and the original owner bought 6 of them. Most were water damaged and were sold off over the years, this was the nicest piece. It was in regular use for many years. It was serviced around 2003, with crown, pushers and glass being exchanged.

The dial is apparently all original, it was still "perfect" according to the owner. Actually, there is still a nice glow to the lume!

Well, that is all I know about my Luftforsvaret flyback chrono. I am very happy to have it in my collection, it was the missed opportunity that presented itself again through chance.

Some pictures from the 334 squadron in Bodø. The number of airspace violations from the Soviets really increased during the 70s. It was not easy sharing a border with the mighty bear when you were a small mouse (albeight in a powerful gang of friends). My watch was perhaps carried by one of there guys who performed more than 200 interception missions during the 70s, before the F-104 was replaced by the F-16.

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Edited by NonServiam - 9/27/13 at 1:26am
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