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    A week of Vintage Gold....

    So lookin thru my collection I seem to have a weeks worth of vintage gold watches.
    some have been restorations by me, but most are mine or my Fathers or Grandfathers. So let's spend the week with 'em.

    On Monday I wore a vintage Elgin 714 from the 50's.
    (If you have model name or any info lemme kno. I searched and searched and didn't find much about this one)
    I spent a few days struggling with this, waiting for a few parts and putting it back together.

    Without any regulation its only losing 2 minutes a day. Not bad for 70 years or so.
    Here's the watch.

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    Sorry I don't have a wrist shot. I thought of this today and didn't get a pic yesterday.
    Last evening I decided the strap you see it on was too much.
    So I'm gonna change it to a thinner more tapered strap.

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    And now for Tuesday.
    I just got back my OWN vintage 1984 Seiko H557, fully restored from the great Spencer Klein.

    It works flawlessly.
    Fits as comfortable as it always had.
    I have had this one since I bought is as my High School graduation present to myself in 1985.

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    Again thanks for reading.
    If you wanna do your own "week of gold vintage" please feel free to add in the thread.
    (PS i figure it as a 5 day work week BTW)

    Stay tuned for tomorrow for my oldest watch.. and the story behind it!

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Nice! Looking forward to the next 3.

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Aaaaaanndd. Today is my Grandfather's 1935 Elgin.

    I didn't know this existed until I went thru old papers and found at the bottom of a file box last summer.
    Got a chance to service it here 2 weeks ago. Just put back together, without regulation, it's -80 seconds per day. Very consistent.

    The story? It has his initials on the back. Very cool. (BTW his initials match my oldest sons initials, so I know where this watch is going after me :) )

    After a talk with my Dad, this was his wedding present from Grandma! If I am not mistaken the watch was given in 1937.
    He had it on a leather strap. But I found this vintage Foster band in a lot of old watches I got. It was dingy and dull, but when I polished it up... WOW! It got shiny and looks great with it!

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    PS anyone got a line on the correct crystal for this? I tried a 440 from GS Crystals and it seems too small, and definitely not tall/domed enough.
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    And the collection, (Ok She's right- that's a lot of watches. *put eye-roll here*)
    -1971 Timex Marlin, green dial (reborn!), 1970's Timex Auto, 1974 Hamilton Accumatic ORANGE DIAL!
    -Dad's 1953 Bulova President, 1963 gold Accutron, and Grandpa's 1970 Caravelle machinist's watch
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    --E-One Bradley, --Evant Tropic Diver, bronze & green, --Urban Chronograph, —Seiko SNK's green & red,—Seiko Alpinist, —Bertucci A-2T (white), —Certina C-Sport Chrono, orange , —Timex 2002 Reefgear, —Omega Dynamic III (circa 2001), —Hamilton Pan Europe, blue, -- Monta Triumph, green dial.

    -1972 Hamilton Pan Europe, -1971 Accutron 219,—Seiko H557 square digital-analog (mine, new in 1984),
    -80's Seiko 6F22 Moonphase, - -70's Timex Electric, —Vostok Signal watch (w/ alarm), -80's Komandirskie (Type 33) -1990 Komandirskie (Type 34) (4 of same!), -Victorinox 1980, —HMT Janata, -1912 Concord Travel Clock/watch (w/engraved dial)


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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Today is Dad's 1953 8th grade grad watch.
    It's a Bulova President "C"

    I got is a couple years ago and serviced is this summer.
    Before he stopped wearing it was his beater watch, so I hadda clean the paint and gunk off the case. It cleaned up nicely.
    The bracelet is also from the 50's. He swapped it for the original because it was a hair-pincher. He liked the Speidel much better.
    The dial, on the other hand, has issues.
    He got paint thinner inside and took off some of the dial varnish. This is the best I could get it after some cleaning.
    (Lookin for a dead watch with the same dial I can swap over.......)

    Here I have a before the service & cleaning..... and after. The after is from today....

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    *sigh** I'll have to keep this up thru the weekend....

    Again thank's all to reading,.

    (PS If anyone is gonna tag along-- feel free...)

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Friday....
    It's Accutron time!

    This is Dad's 1963 Accutron. Bought to celebrate getting a real job.

    It was refurbished about 7 years ago and runs great. (A little fast, but that's the battery)

    I put it on vintage Bretton 10k GF bracelet. I think they go together verrrrry well.

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    It's Saturday. Let's keep going...

    Today is Grandpa's Internation Association of Machinists watch.
    I think it was a retirement present in the form of a 1970 Caravelle

    I remember him wearing this watch when I was small.

    I got, and fixed up, an original Accutron fitted-ends bracelet. Just put it on so I'll let y'all know how it works.
    Looks good today!

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    As always- thanks for reading.

    There are more here than I thought originally.

    It may be over a week...
    Hmmmmm
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    And the collection, (Ok She's right- that's a lot of watches. *put eye-roll here*)
    -1971 Timex Marlin, green dial (reborn!), 1970's Timex Auto, 1974 Hamilton Accumatic ORANGE DIAL!
    -Dad's 1953 Bulova President, 1963 gold Accutron, and Grandpa's 1970 Caravelle machinist's watch
    .

    --E-One Bradley, --Evant Tropic Diver, bronze & green, --Urban Chronograph, —Seiko SNK's green & red,—Seiko Alpinist, —Bertucci A-2T (white), —Certina C-Sport Chrono, orange , —Timex 2002 Reefgear, —Omega Dynamic III (circa 2001), —Hamilton Pan Europe, blue, -- Monta Triumph, green dial.

    -1972 Hamilton Pan Europe, -1971 Accutron 219,—Seiko H557 square digital-analog (mine, new in 1984),
    -80's Seiko 6F22 Moonphase, - -70's Timex Electric, —Vostok Signal watch (w/ alarm), -80's Komandirskie (Type 33) -1990 Komandirskie (Type 34) (4 of same!), -Victorinox 1980, —HMT Janata, -1912 Concord Travel Clock/watch (w/engraved dial)


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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Skipped Sunday to wear my own Seiko again....

    But today I have the very first watch I worked on to bring back from the dead.
    It was a "moving out so here ya go" gift from a friend.
    It didn't work well so I serviced it before I had any real tools or oils...

    And now it works! (With a vintage mesh band that looks great)

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    A lot of nice-looking vintage gold you got there. My favorite is the Accutron with the stretch band. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: A week of Vintage Gold....

    Memories!
    I don't have too many watches! I have too few wrists!

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