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    Birth year watch stories

    Post your vintage birthyear watch, and why you chose it
    Is it a favourite brand or model? A lucky find?

    (The idea came from mougino’s birthyear Seiko in the 70s thread - I can’t post mine there
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    Re: Birth year watch stories

    1967 Smiths W10


    I first became aware of this watch thanks to this article on its reissue, the PRS-29 from Timefactors
    http://www.watcharama.com/smiths-military-prs-29/

    Smiths factory at Bishops Cleeve in Gloucestershire was about 30 miles from where I was born, so practically a birthplace watch too

    I’m a fan of simple functional military watches, so that additional personal link sealed it for me, and the hunt was on!



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    Haha, I didn't know I could be an inspiration for a new thread, thanks ohdark!

    So the story of my birth year watch is I already had several vintage watches including a 1976 (3 years before I was born) auto Timex but it had not aged well: the rotor was damaged and it made a loud rattle noise, when I opened it I noticed it was just rivetted and the rivet broke, I removed it but even as a meca the crown was awfully hard to operate. So I decided to leave Timex & the like and focus on Japanese vintage, better quality I thought...

    But then the hardest part was to match my birth year: 1979 with a S/N... I didn't know Citizen or Orient dating rules, I just knew Seiko S/N first digit was the last digit of the manufacture year, so if I found a S/N starting with '9' it had a chance to be a 1979 watch... or a 1989 or a 1999 watch!

    And then I stumbled upon this on a blog:
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    Seiko used the.Type.II.designation on certain vintage quartz watches to indicate watches moderately priced in comparison to its expensive caliber series 38 and 48 watches. At 18,000 to 34,000 yen these watches were still more expensive than most of the contemporary Seiko automatics.

    These watches appear in the Seiko catalogs from 1976 through 1984. The zenith of the.TypeII.watches was 1979 when 95 models appeared in the catalog. Offerings then quickly declined with only a few models in calibers 7123 and 8223 from 1981 through 1984.
    Getting a vintage quartz was not a problem, au contraire: as I usually rotate watches everyday, setting the autos could become a hassle. So all was left to do was waiting for the good one on eBay and 1 or 2 weeks after, voilà ! :))

    Cherry on the cake: the bracelet is Seiko branded and fits my wrist perfectly, no resize needed! The crystal was scratched and some dirt stuck between the steel parts but nothing than a Polywatch rub and a toothpick couldn't fix:

    Nicolas
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    I bought it because it is wonderful (IMO), but I learned that it is from 1948 only after the purchase

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    Omega Seamaster. Makes for a nice dress watch. This was a serendipitous find. I thought it would be nice to have a birth year watch, so I searched eBay and found this.

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    I think that military watches can make good birth-year pieces, since the issue date can sometimes be known with certainty. These "6BB" RAF chronographs have the issue year right on the back. They can also have a direct connection to history, although there were no obvious major military conflicts associated with the RAF in 1963. Also, I happen to like these watches aesthetically.

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    My birth year watch is this Omega Geneve from 1969.
    It turned up on a used item sales site, and I jumped at it immediately.

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    Re: Birth year watch stories

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    I think that military watches can make good birth-year pieces, since the issue date can sometimes be known with certainty. These "6BB" RAF chronographs have the issue year right on the back. They can also have a direct connection to history, although there were no obvious major military conflicts associated with the RAF in 1963. Also, I happen to like these watches aesthetically.

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    Congratulations, it is indeed a gorgeous watch!

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    Picked up this Seiko Lord Marvel beauty recently. Love it because it’s obviously my (76) birth year, unbelievably cheap, fully in-house, made of stainless steel and a high beat to boot. The movement didn’t even find its way into the more costly GS models of the era. Still in the honeymoon period
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    I had a Pulsar Diver (basically, a Seiko - Seiko acquired them in 1978) with a 1981 production code. But I ended up selling it back to the guy I bought it from









    And then I got this. It's a Timex jump minute. The minute hand ticks every minute, on the minute. And it's loud! It has 80 on the dial as the production date. But I tell myself it probably didn't get sold until '81, so what's the difference? I count it as my birth year watch because: a.) this is close enough and I got sick of looking, and b.) my ideal birth year watch would be a Rolex Air King, but that's out of budget.

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