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javyn

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Was perfectly happy with my 'collection' until I bought the Bulova. Now I'm looking at my watch case and thinking...maybe I should fill these two slots that are left empty heh. Figured a field watch would round out my collection but, so far, none of them are speaking to me.
 

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My most cherished watch is my father's Tissot Seastar Seven Day Date automatic bought in Rome in 1969. It is gold plated with a gold toned dial. The cushion case and the yellow gold tone gives it a distinctly 70s feel. The day window is in Italian, giving a constant reminder of the trip (I faintly remember it as was very young). The watch is a pain to set (no quick date function and I don't own a winder). I found the watch head buried in a box full of junk in 2006 at the parents'. It was discolored, had a cracked crystal and was improperly functioning. Dad told me he hadn't worn since 1986. I took it to my watchmaker who cleaned the case as best possible, put age appropriate acrylic crystal and serviced the movement. That was in 2006. It has been working like a charm ever since then. I tried to surprise him with the restored watch but, though he was pleased, he said he had no need for a watch in retirement. So it became part of the personal rotation. The watch feels and performs a lot like an Omega of that vintage. Not a surprise as Omega and Tissot had close collaboration for many decades. This exact reference of the Seastar Seven is ~ $150 when one pops up on eBay. The (close) equivalent Omega Constellation or DeVille in SS or gold plated runs about $1000 (I'm not equating the movements, just the aesthetics).

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