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My love of Batshit Crazy watches is exemplified in these three Seiko pieces from my collection

The first watch ever designed to be worn during a space walk
The first watch ever modelled after a steering wheel
The first battery free quartz watch - because it was manually wound, for FIVE minutes per day.

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The first watch ever modelled after a steering wheel
...are there others?

Interesting stuff. Just yesterday I saw someone posted on Reddit some kind of Seiko pop-out sun dial watch.

Edit: The Seiko in question:

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Bremont is now majority owned by Bill Ackman, a private equity vulture and he is shopping them around for sale for sure.
 

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Been receiving a lot of direct marketing, lately, from secondary market dealers and one AD offering some pretty reasonable discounts. Was wondering how widespread this is?
 

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...are there others?

Interesting stuff. Just yesterday I saw someone posted on Reddit some kind of Seiko pop-out sun dial watch.

Edit: The Seiko in question:

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This is actually a watch made for proctologists.
 

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My love of Batshit Crazy watches is exemplified in these three Seiko pieces from my collection

The first watch ever designed to be worn during a space walk
The first watch ever modelled after a steering wheel
The first battery free quartz watch - because it was manually wound, for FIVE minutes per day.

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My biggest regret in terms of crazy watches was never picking up a Seiko Sportura Chrono, back about 20 years ago. I thought they looked crazy and wasn’t sure if I liked it or hated it. It reminded me of something Vianney Halter had just introduced a year or two prior (and that was insanely out of reach). Unfortunately you’d have to pay 3k-4K now to get one in junk condition or not working.

And speaking about crazy watches/Halter, I remember Harry Winston went through a period where they were having different independent watchmakers making new models for them, it was like a co-branded deal. I remember some great watches were made by Max Busser, Vianney, FP Journe, before anyone really knew about these guys.

Seiko Sportura :


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I bought my Submariner in London in 2000 and have never had it serviced. Lately the crown was a little hard to unscrew and I could feel a slight resistance when setting the watch. All this time (24 years!) it was running around +4 sec per day on average. Just accepted the estimate from my AD.

Not sure how the hands were scratched as the case was never opened but whatever.

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This was the Harry Winston Opus series, started by Max Busser and continued by Hamdi Chatti, they were the high point of my Baselworld visits; in fact they were the first people I visited on Press Day every year, after the official opening.

Their swallowing by the maw of the monster that is the Swatch Group put an end to the project; which I consider a tragedy for independent watchmaking. The nearest thing we have to replace it is the project LV started at the turn of the year where they will do a co-operation with one independent watchmaker a year for the next five years (at least). The first one was with Rexhep, who obviously doesn’t need the exposure. I was asked (along with a few others) to nominate five independents with whom LV could work with in the future. So let’s see what comes along next year.
 

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I bought my Submariner in London in 2000 and have never had it serviced. Lately the crown was a little hard to unscrew and I could feel a slight resistance when setting the watch. All this time (24 years!) it was running around +4 sec per day on average. Just accepted the estimate from my AD.

Not sure how the hands were scratched as the case was never opened but whatever.

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Accepted as in accepted their recommended replacements as well? I thought crown replacement was part of a normal service (they replaced the crown on my IWC Mk XV as part of the base service cost very recently). If the crystal is banged up, replacement sounds fine - and price seems low (I paid the same for a new crystal on my sub 14060 30 years ago). If hands and bezel looks fine for you with only minor patina I would probably keep them.
 

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Accepted as in accepted their recommended replacements as well? I thought crown replacement was part of a normal service (they replaced the crown on my IWC Mk XV as part of the base service cost very recently). If the crystal is banged up, replacement sounds fine - and price seems low (I paid the same for a new crystal on my sub 14060 30 years ago). If hands and bezel looks fine for you with only minor patina I would probably keep them.
I went with all their recs except for polishing. Seemed reasonable.
 

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