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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    I was in town (taking my elderly mother shopping) when I got a phone call, my 57 Omega Seamaster Calendar, the Black dialled one, was finally ready for collection so round to the watchmaker I went



    Looking good, eh?


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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    1918 WWI Waltham Trench Watch, Nickel Case made by the Illinois Watch Case Company, SWIVEL LUGS.

    Very Unique Case Design with a round case back and case center but has a cushion shaped bezel.

    BIG Size 0s Version, 15 Jewels, BOLD Arabic Military Dial, Thick Blue Steel Hands, Black Leather Strap.

    And the September 3, 1918 patent for swivel lugs on Illinois cases.





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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    Ive gone with this 33mm Porta today, with its 17j PUW 360 and dating from the 1960s.

    Information on Porta watches as a stand-alone brand seems to be virtually non-existent and anything I have been able to find is really nothing more than a brief footnote to the history of movement makers PUW (Pforzheimer Uhrenrohwerke). However, from what I understand, the PUW factory, which had mainly been deployed to military production during the war years, was destroyed in a 1945 bombing raid which also, sadly, caused the death of PUWs founder and members of his family. After the end of the war, PUWs master watchmaker Rudolf Wehner took over what remained of the company and in 1948 established the separate, independent company of Porta-Uhrenfabrik Wehner making complete Porta watches, driven, naturally enough, by PUW movements. The two companies moved to newly-built premises in Pforzheim in 1950.

    Im not entirely clear when Porta-branded watches ceased to be produced, although Herr Wehner seems to have retired in the early 1970s when he himself was in his 70s. Manufacture of mechanical movements was finally discontinued by PUW in 1979 in favour of their quartz calibres before throwing in the towel in 1990, becoming part of the Swiss SMH group, now Swatch, to where all (or at least many) roads seem to have led.

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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    Wearing my newest (arrived on Dec. 29, so can't count it as a New Year baby).

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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by busmatt View Post
    I was in town (taking my elderly mother shopping) when I got a phone call, my 57 Omega Seamaster Calendar, the Black dialled one, was finally ready for collection so round to the watchmaker I went



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    Looking good indeed. It's most uplifting to see a genuine black dial on an Omega from that period.
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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    Wearing this oddity today. Still have yet to find another one. The case is gold capped steel.


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    Re: Vintage WRUW January 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    Looking good indeed. It's most uplifting to see a genuine black dial on an Omega from that period.
    Thanks MKWS, I was lucky with this one, it was a bad photo on eBay jobbie, I was the only bidder, ok it needed a service and a few new parts but I think it came in at around 175 in total (including the service) so a gamble that paid off, Omega did black dials quite well for the time but they do tend to go flat with age (which I suspect is the reason for so many redials) this one is flat in the middle (ironically the flat bit).

    My watchmaker showed me his watch for today, a nice Longines Conquest, also a genuine black dial, its also gone flat, its an age thing I guess.

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    Beijing Ling Hua.



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