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Another of my older 7Axx Franken creations to start the new page, though certainly not the best photo I've taken of it, due to the reflections off the domed crystal. I built this dressy little Franken based on a 7A34-7019 salesman's sample case way back in July 2011. It's fitted with the 609L dial from a 7A38-6109 sample case. Sadly, it hardly ever sees the light of day - and the only reason I got it out of the watch box this afternoon was to replace its battery.


October 22, 2019 at 10:04 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Another oldie but a goodie - a watch that up until a few years ago, I'd begun to doubt its very existence (other than as a record on Seiko's database). It became something of a 'grail'. I've never seen another example since I found this one. My two-tone 7A38-706A SAA034J.



October 25, 2019 at 10:08 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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A Q&D wrist shot of my most recently acquired Kamatz 517000, which arrived earlier in the week - the blue / gold sub-dial variant which had eluded me until now, mostly because I wasn't prepared to pay the prices asked. This one cost a mere $66 (+ GSP charges / postage). More or less as received; all I've done is swap the (too narrow) 18mm 'Mock Croc' strap that it came fitted with, for a plain tan leather 20mm, that l had lying around.



November 9, 2019 at 5:18 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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On other watch forums, people are celebrating International Pogue Day today. :roll:

Not here. Vive La Difference !! Yema Spationaute III Aragatz (Cadran Drapeaux).


November 16, 2019 at 6:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I'm wearing my most recently acquired Yema Spationaute III Aragatz today.

Breaking in a new RIOS shark strap I've just fitted, so it's not quite comfortable yet.



With so many of these already in my my collection, you might be wondering why ever would I have bought another. It may not look anything special from the above photo, but this is that very early production example, with the case-back s/n 1 004.



The Italian seller knew I wanted it and we eventually agreed on a price. :)


November 24, 2019 at 5:23 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I had intended this photo to be my BLACK FRIDAY wrist shot. I took it yesterday afternoon, but was unable to upload it, thanks to PhotoBucket being in non-working 'holiday mode', which put me in a suitably black mood ! :mad: Anyway, better late than never, here it is. Yesterday I was wearing this 7A38-7290 SAA095J. :roll:



November 30, 2019 at 3:30 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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In terms of finally acquiring examples of my 'long term grails', 2019 has been a very successful year. Though admittedly, not all have been in the best of condition. Like this Kamatz 519000 'Tango Charlie', fitted with a badly fitting non-original generic two-tone stainless bracelet, which an attractive post lady delivered this morning.




Very much as received - literally straight out of the box, apart from re-setting the date, time and chrono' hands. Pretty it ain't, but it's got possibilities. 


November 30, 2019 at 5:24 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I've done a little work on that Kamatz 519000 'Tango Charlie' since this morning ....



First thing to go was that horrible cheap generic two-tone bracelet. Not only was it the wrong (too narrow) fitting, but it was excessively long and I couldn't figure out how to remove the adjustment links. :roll: Next thing I did was to quickly sort out the clumsily displaced finger tension spring. The crystal was quite heavily scratched and (obviously from this morning's 'as received' shot), badly fogged on the inside. I replaced it with a good (if not quite perfect) secondhand one from a used 517000 case. I also replaced the screw-down crown, as the one it came with had evidently been tightened with pliers. It's now fitted with an original Kamatz black leather strap, which came to me on another Kamatz 517000 that I bought a couple of months ago (and haven't mentioned before - of more anon).


All that's really left to do now, is to touch up the missing bezel inlay graduations and numbering. I need to treat myself to another decent quality (sable) 000 paintbrush first. There's only 2 or 3 bristles left on mine - and get my caffeine / nicotine count down, to ensure a steady hand.


November 30, 2019 at 9:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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It's not as if I needed yet another blingy Yema N81W63 Breguet Classique clone, but I never could resist a bargain. :roll: My recently almost unintentionally acquired ex-Live Auctioneers example arrived in this morning's post - delivered by the same extremely yummy post lady (she's a Christmas temp worker, not my regular postie). Here it is as exactly as received - dead as a dodo, hands all awry and still fitted with that equally blingy hideous Speidel expanding bracelet. If you're wondering about the blue-ish tinge of the photo, it was bloody cold outside this morning.



New battery fitted, along with a Cousins 19mm Ostrich strap to tone it down a bit:



December 2, 2019 at 8:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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