Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

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    Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

    Arrived yesterday:



    It came without a second hand, but I managed to find one to fit. The colour match is good, maybe its a tiny bit too short.

    The case is a one piece job. Its marked as 20 micron gold plated - which is a shame as some of these are solid gold.



    And the back is marked Waterproof, Seastar Seven, Use Key No. 295T.



    Anyway, I assumed it was a split stem arrangement and give the crown a firm tug - but nothing. Just as well I didn't pull harder, I think, as I believe the casing/movement arrangement could be similar to this automatic one I found on Roland Ranfft's site:

    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-...sau&1166025617

    in which he helpfully warns:

    "..attention: no detachable stem; the dial can be pulled off to allow unlocking the stem from the front side."

    So no movement shots just yet!
    Last edited by Marrick; April 28th, 2010 at 12:20.
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    Re: Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

    Way cool... I have 2 very similar ones. Good thing I never took them apart!

    One of mine is solid 14kt. I bought it NOS and it is worn on family ceremonial occasions only.

    I think Tissot was at it's high point when it made these watches.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

    Two! That's just greedy.
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    Re: Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

    Nice addition

    I too have a nice little '7' and also havn't seen the mov't yet as I don't have the right 'key' and erm, havn't been brave enough to try and open it by any other method!!

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    Re: Tissot Seastar 7 - frontloader

    Hi ladies,

    sad that I had to warn about the Tissot approach, just because it belongs to
    the very few intelligent examples of mono-shell case design:

    They left access to the setting lever from the dial side even for variants with
    date, and simply plugged the dial feet into the movement. No need for dial
    screws (and their threads), no need for a fragile detachable stem.

    Most other mono-shell designs are simply reasons to fire the designers.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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