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Originally Posted by Dachshund View Post

That's awesome - when you come around to presenting the watch you can tell her about all the important life events that it has witnessed. I hope she's grateful!

Thanks! We shall see - my girls are growing up to be "real enthusiasts." They still have the "watches" they assembled at the Vacheron children's watchmaking workshop several weeks ago and enjoy bugging each other about the "complications." Hahah!
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Sweet resolution.



I sent them a detailed report establishing previous ownership and proving that a change of ownership was not taking place. A day later, my baby is home.

Valuable lessons learned here. Mainly; if at all possible, do not put a Rolex in a cardboard box.

Congratulations on getting your baby home. Are you happy with the service you had her go through?
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Thanks! We shall see - my girls are growing up to be real enthusiasts. They still have the "watches" they assembled at the Vacheron children's watchmaking workshop several weeks ago and enjoy bugging each other about the "complications." Hahah!
Congratulations on getting your baby home. Are you happy with the service you had her go through?

Thanks! Yes for the most part. There were some finger smudges and some of the old clasp adjustment scratches weren't completely polished out, but not a speck of dust and this 15 year old watch is ticking and looking as flawlessly as could be expected.

They really did do a great job of packing. Box within a box, tons of bubble wrap and tamper tape, and a complimentary velvet watch pouch with velvet bracelet separator.
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A minute repeater is cheaper!

Sadly, you're right. I won't be getting much hugs and kisses from minute repeaters though. But then again minute repeaters also won't steal my life, rip my heart out from my chest and f*ng own it. Damn trade-offs...
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Sweet resolution.



I sent them a detailed report establishing previous ownership and proving that a change of ownership was not taking place. A day later, my baby is home.

Huzzah! Great news!
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Valuable lessons learned here. Mainly; if at all possible, do not put a Rolex in a cardboard box.

Indeed. Get thee to a pub and hoist a pint of Pride in celebration!
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Originally Posted by kimmo View Post

Stupid question: what's this, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms?

Also, feel free to spam us with pics on Siffert! One of my vintage grails would be Nina Rindt (obvious Finnish motorsport link here), but prices are somewhere between ridiculous and nuts.
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Omega Seamaster

Indeed. This is a Seamaster 300, but the "Watchco" variant. That is: NOS Omega movement in replacement case and the rest NOS and/or modern replacement parts. Done first by Watchco of Australia, after losing Omega account but stuck with a pile of parts, as far as I know the story. This is from Watchco, but you can find them on eBay and fourms from a lot of sources.

Not for the purist, but pretty cool to have a vintage model in a brand new configuration. Lume lights up the room, and passes pressure tests with flying colors. Unfortunately Omega is not too happy about servicing them, so as parts availability dries up you might be stuck with an unserviceable watch. Doesn't bother me though, a great daily wearer icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Currently on Hodinkee leather, but I also like to wear it on Nato, perlon or the superior Omega sharkmesh bracelet (which is awesomer than I had imagined nod[1].gif)

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As to the Siffert, well, you asked for it shog[1].gif
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I have a the "Jo Siffert" with the automatic micro-rotor movement, but not the earliest model, so this is a caliber 12, not 11. The ealiest "Chromatic"-labled models are the most sought after, but this is pretty cool in its own right.

It is complete with the Gey Freres beads of rice bracelet nod[1].gif

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But I usually wear it on en ATG racing strap.

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Heuer buckle of course (but new, this is from the first TAG Heuer Monaco reissue).

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But wait, are there _two_ buckles in that picture? Yeah, I also have the manual cal 72 Autavia, and in white and blue some joker named it the "No Siffert" lol8[1].gif I see all the blue and white Autavias presented as "Siffert", but I find that a bit too sloppy. Anyway, in my mind the manual Autavia is even cooler! I've always loved 3-6-9 chronos, and without the date is is superclean looking (not to mention more user friendly, as there is no quick set date on the auto Siffert).

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They make a nice pair, I think. If I were to sell one, as I am contemplating, it would be the auto SIffert. It represents the highest value, but I enjoy the manual cal 72 more. But I looked for these for a long time, and such an icon is not easy to let go. Vintage Heuers were what started this whole madness for me, some 15 years ago.

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I also used to own a 11630 Autavia, with the silver dial. Let that go last year. Still have the custom display back, for some reason smile.gif It made for an awesome view into the cal 12 movement. Wait, doesn't the dial say "Automatic". Someone stole the rotor!

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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

Great photo showing just how domed that crystal is...  Wow!!!  And that AP isn't half bad either wink.gif
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

@NonServiam - your collection has always been splendid. But that pic of that domed crystal in that set is something else.

Also, that AP! Boom.

Thanks guys!
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I bought the 5513 at a pawn office auction years ago. It used to sport a service plexi, even that a nice dome compared to my newer flat sapphire Sub. There is also a T19 Dome for the 5513, but the earliest T19 Superdome is clearly the coolest. More is more. I got my T19 from eBay, and still not sure as to its originality. I think most of the superdomes are aftermarket, even a lot of the ones sold as NOS.

Here is a comparison of serivce crystal, dome and sapphire:

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And service crystal vs dome vs superdome:

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Now, if you truly believe more is more, there is always the T39 Superdome. This is the original Sea Dweller dome, and not accurate for the Submariner. But whoa icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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The 'old timer' is a c 1974 Rolex Date with a black dial and gold batons.

Love the look of the steel case and bracelet with the dark dial and YG markers and hands.  Such a cool contrast!!!  There are definitely some vintage dials and dial & case combinations that went out of production which I would love to see return.  That would be one of them.  

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

Sweet resolution. I sent them a detailed report establishing previous ownership and proving that a change of ownership was not taking place. A day later, my baby is home.
 

Glad to hear all was resolved without too much trouble.  

 

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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

some of the old clasp adjustment scratches weren't completely polished out

Sometimes deeper scratches can't be polished out without doing more damage than good.  I've seen Rolex clasps where they have been polished too much and sometimes the crown/insignia is polished to the point of almost being gone or on later clasp that have the Oyster bracelet pattern the pattern is far too faint.  Anyway, glad to hear everything worked out nicely for you.

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@NonServiam - that T39 superdome is BOOM indeed. Boom!
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Well done BH - awesome to have such a swift resolution and your watch back on your wrist where it belongs.

 

Thanks, Dino - I always look at vintage Rolexes when I pass certain stores and there are a lot of subtle variations on the dial that I have but I like mine the best. It's a great contrast, as you say, and the batons look really nice and solid. I also love the very seventies font on the date wheel.

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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Sadly, you're right. I won't be getting much hugs and kisses from minute repeaters though. But then again minute repeaters also won't steal my life, rip my heart out from my chest and f*ng own it. Damn trade-offs...

Amen.
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I have three children.  Trying to work out which one to swap for the repeater.  I'll consider it while we're on holiday next month.

 

BH: and...breathe!  (And did I mention I like Coke > Pepsi?)

 

NS: thanks for sharing the love.  Beautiful collection.

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Sadly, you're right. I won't be getting much hugs and kisses from minute repeaters though. But then again minute repeaters also won't steal my life, rip my heart out from my chest and f*ng own it. Damn trade-offs...
My minute repeater would be GETTING the kisses and hugs.
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Went home to see my parents this weekend and took a pic of my Dad's 176.007 next to my '69 Datora. He bought it new while in the Air Force in 1973. It was just recently overhauled by Omega to the tune of $1200. His is slightly more horologically interesting wink.gif Hodinkee wrote about this model a few years back. http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/just-because-the-omega-seamaster-chronograph-ref-st-176001

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Lovely vintage Omega.
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Went home to see my parents this weekend and took a pic of my Dad's 176.007 next to my '69 Datora. He bought it new while in the Air Force in 1973. It was just recently overhauled by Omega to the tune of $1200. His is slightly more horologically interesting wink.gif Hodinkee wrote about this model a few years back. http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/just-because-the-omega-seamaster-chronograph-ref-st-176001

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Great watches!!
I have a Speedmaster 125, which uses the cal.1041, which is the chronometre certified version of the 1041 (they changed a few parts) and, I think, the first chronometre automatic chronograph. I also have a Breitling Transocean from about the same time as your Datora-similar chunky subdial hands and coloring, but a different case shape. They look like first cousins rather than brothers.
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A Watchco SM300 was my first mechanical watch.
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