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Watch band ideas

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Even though we have decided to not buy anything permanent this month, Christmas is coming and I wanted to got some ideas down for watch bands that I like: For my 22mm divers (Orange bullet, Pepsi, and Full Lume compass): This is something different, a mesh bracelet.  About $19+8 shipping on eBay.  They look pretty […]

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First real watch repair

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

With my vintage Timex, it was starting, stopping, and not keeping good time.  So, I opened it up and did a little basic repair.  I used lighter fluid (napthha) to clean the balance pivots and the lever pivots.  Then I used a tiny amount of mineral oil to oil the pivots.   Although this is not […]

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Sad day for fine watch lovers.

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

It looks like Bailey Banks & Biddle is going out of business after 175 years.  They were always very helpful, but with the downturn of the economy, I can understand why they were struggling.  Even high end stores falter.  I shall miss browsing their nice selection.  Even at 50% off, it is still way out […]

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Watch investigating

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Took a look inside of my little Timex and I had a couple of things confirmed: The movement is very clean, and untouched since it was made almost 40 years ago.  It also has not seen the loving touch of watch oil in all those years, either.  This probably explains why I have seen some […]

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Watch review, Vintage Timex 4144

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Vintage Timex Model 4144 This is my first vintage watch for myself.  I picked it up at a local antique store.  It has some nice, vintage charm, starting with the size, just 34mm diameter.  The 3270 on the dial indicates it is caliber 32 from 1970.  When I got it, it had a funky Speidel […]

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Watch Revitalization

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

So, I picked up this little guy Friday: The crystal is a little scratched, but no cracks, and the bracelet is not to my liking.  Also, there is about 40 years of someone’s DNA on there that is not mine.  So, off the bracelet goes: Ahh, yes, almost 4 decades of filth.  Poor watch, at […]

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A little project I may have to try later.

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Polishing watch crystals. I just picked up a vintage piece that I don’t want to spend money on a new crystal, since it really isn’t that bad. I’ll let you all know how it works out. This is the object of my little project, a lovely little Timex from the late 60’s, possibly 1970.  There […]

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New Wishlist.

Monday, August 24th, 2009

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas or unexpected money, so here is a list of a bunch of watches that I like.  All are newer designs. Here is a trio of watches that I like, The Orient CEX0P001B (Black), CEX0P002D (Blue), and the CEX0P003W (White). They are all the same watch, except […]

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Too cool

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Spotted this one on eBay recently: It’s an Orient CEX0P002, automatic with power reserve indicator.  It has a nice, classic look, 39mm across (not too big) and even comes on a nice leather strap with a signed deployant clasp!  It has a tachymeter scale as the chapter ring, which is a little pointless, but I […]

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Another DIY watch band.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Tried out sewing on a sewing machine the first time today.  Using some extra canvas and a an existing diver’s clasp, I made this! It took three tries, but in the end it looks really nice and it very comfortable to boot. by

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