And, it's back! Bring a Brain is necessary again. Truth be told, not as much as previously, though. I'm most pleased to see movement pictures appearing in almost every listing. And, finally, the case back pictures. After many, many Bring a Brain instalments, I'm genuinely pleased to see that it made something of a change.
Still, there are a few things from the last few weeks, that need to be addressed, and they will be. Lads and lasses, this is your Bring a Brain!
First, this Omega:
"Explorer dial." Ummmm...how about no? For one, the Explorer doesn't have an Arabic numeral at 12, and second, this pertains mostly to tool watch dials with lumed numerals, which this one isn't. Style-wise, it has about as much to do with the Rolex Explorer as Bernie Madoff with integrity.
But the movement would be my primary concern. The rust on the balance cock is just lovely, isn't it? Also, if someone would like to offer an explanation for why it's apparently the only such rust-coated part of the movement, that would be great.
Also, I have certain doubts about that dial - it could have been bloody well repainted, or it's a later service replacement. For one, the A in "Automatic" should have a flat top, which isn't the case here. The whole "Automatic" text looks somewhat iffy to me. Also, the A in Omega looks far too narrow, which is inconsistent with late 1950s Omega font. Should be a wide A or a flat-top A. The quality and alignment of the minute track are somewhat suspicious as well (look at 8 o'clock...). Now, because Omega didn't really make a lot of black-dialed non-tool watches back then, all these signs combined with the black dial are rather incriminating.
Now, another Omega:
At first glance, nothing looks out of place. At first glance. I'm not quite sure if these hands go with that dial - that style of hour markers in the 105.001 was almost always (at least i haven't seen an exception...) paired with alpha hands. The batons were mostly used in combination with straight markers with a pointed end. They aren't incorrect for the reference; I'm just rather suspicious about them belonging with this particular dial version of ref. 105.001.
The end links look veeeery loose, and slightly too short for the lugs. Long story short, I don't think that bracelet (and these end links) belongs on this watch. Well, the bracelet may or may not belong on it, but at least the end links are more than suspicious in that respect.
Let's move on to the Jaeger Rustmaster:
Appears to be missing a case screw, but that's the least of its problems. The rotor and the inner side of the back apparently are evidence of the case not having been very good at doing its job of keeping water out. I believe that piece of evidence is scientifically referred to as iron oxide, and of what we - the regular non-chemist chaps - say "IT'S RUST, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!"
Next in line is this Zenith Sporto:
First of all, it's heavily overpriced - on the contrary to the hype text, Sporto was an entry level collection. There isn't really much "utilitarian purpose" to it, as it's got a not-very-utilitarian press-in back. Also, from my experience with press-in backs, I'm unwilling to call them "sturdy." Whether the hands are "pencil" or not, that's likely debatable - although pencil hands tend to have an elongated tip, which these don't.
Also, the movement has not been correctly identified. As it has Incabloc, it is not the base calibre 126, but a cal. 126-6. The suffix does matter.
That's it for today's Bring a Brain - until the next instalment! And, of course, Bring a Brain will return if necessary!