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    Certina Blue Ribbon

    My first Certina!

    Blue Ribbon model, 27 jewel Certina 25 - 65 automatic. Very clean.

    From the Certina site about the Blue Ribbon model introduced 1961:

    Thanks to its having produced the most resistant watch in the world, Certina is now also amongst the world's greatest names in watchmaking.Introduced to the public and other professionals at the MUBA, the Blue Ribbon watch and its extraordinarily flat automatic movement are big hits. Named after the coveted title for the record-setting transatlantic steamship crossings of the Queen Mary, the Normandie and the United States, the Blue Ribbon rides a wave of success.

    Does anyone know if there is a table of Certina serial numbers anywhere on the web?
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    Marrick,
    That is a beautiful watch!
    I love Certinas. Until the quartz era they were always the best quality watch you could buy for a reasonable price.
    Sorry, no idea on reference sites. Since the brand is now part of the Swatch juggernaut maybe they can give you some info.
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    Re: Certina Blue Ribbon

    Quote Originally Posted by Freddo_in_Oz View Post
    Marrick,
    That is a beautiful watch!
    I love Certinas. Until the quartz era they were always the best quality watch you could buy for a reasonable price.
    Sorry, no idea on reference sites. Since the brand is now part of the Swatch juggernaut maybe they can give you some info.
    John
    Thank you Freddo - think how good Axel or Pacifichrono would have made it look! I only spotted it an hour before it finished on ebay. It was headed 'Watch' so I think most collectors had missed it. Got it for £20 (44 AUD); which I am rather pleased about.

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    Re: Certina Blue Ribbon

    Here's an article on Certina which says that production records are not readily available, sadly.
    http://www.watchcarefully.com/articles/certina.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Here's an article on Certina which says that production records are not readily available, sadly.
    http://www.watchcarefully.com/articles/certina.html
    Thanks Ray. Not that it matters that much - but its always nice to be able to say '1965' rather than 'sometime in the 1960's'. Anyway, its a great article. Cheers.

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    Congrats!

    And thanks for the compliment. I'm still hunting for a steel Blue Ribbon. But I'm not in a hurry, specially since I should pic-up my first DS-2 automatic tomorrow!

    But your BR is really an elegant looking watch. Something like that would really pair up with my Waterking:

    even if the Waterking is handwound and most likely from the early 70's.

    Cheers,

    Axel

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    Re: Certina Blue Ribbon

    Looking forward to another super picture!

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    Very nice watch. Not quite original by the looks of it: the 25-65 had no date feature. This was found in the 25-651. The rotor has the non-date code which suggests that the original rotor was replaced at some time, either by Certina (after their stocks of original items had expired?!) or by someone else. Only other explanation is that Certina wasn't that picky when they assembled the original.

    Off topic point (from a sailor and die-hard fans of tall ships): the original blue ribbon was given not to steam liners sailing the Atlantic in which you simply had to shovel some coal onto a fire but to the clipper ship that could bring the first tea of the the season to London. Rather more difficult than switching on an engine, I would say - especially when you remember that a ship the size of the Cutty Sark had a standard crew of only 28 and at worst had to make do with 19 men.....

    Hartmut Richter

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    Re: Certina Blue Ribbon

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Very nice watch. Not quite original by the looks of it: the 25-65 had no date feature. This was found in the 25-651. The rotor has the non-date code which suggests that the original rotor was replaced at some time, either by Certina (after their stocks of original items had expired?!) or by someone else. Only other explanation is that Certina wasn't that picky when they assembled the original.

    Off topic point (from a sailor and die-hard fans of tall ships): the original blue ribbon was given not to steam liners sailing the Atlantic in which you simply had to shovel some coal onto a fire but to the clipper ship that could bring the first tea of the the season to London. Rather more difficult than switching on an engine, I would say - especially when you remember that a ship the size of the Cutty Sark had a standard crew of only 28 and at worst had to make do with 19 men.....

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you Hartmut - I hadn't noticed. The date function works fine - and quick sets at 23-24 like the Ranfft entry says it should. So as you say, it must be just the wrong rotor. I can live with that!

    With regards to the Blue Ribbon (or Riband) you are - of course - quite right. Lots of stuff here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Riband

    But its a bit odd that Certina used the name in the 60's when the events referred to were in the 30's and 50's. Never mind!

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    Re: Certina Blue Ribbon

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    Looking forward to another super picture!
    Maybe you like that one as well:


    Cheers,

    Axel

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