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    Picture Your first mechanical…

    So, I’ve finally done it.
    After a lifetime of quartz I’ve bought my first mechanical (or rather my wife has bought it for me for our anniversary)
    A Speedbird 3 from Timefactors in Britain.
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    What I like about this watch:
    • It’s mechanical – no electromagnetism just old fashioned mechanics using old fashioned (ish) techniques. All my other watches are more accurate than it, but this is the one I must nurture and care for
    • It’s automatic – this will be my everyday watch. Automatic must be worn to wind, and this one will be.
    • The second hand sweep – no quartz stepping action, just a graceful dance around the arc.
    • The clear, uncluttered dial – no unnecessary markings, no logo, no sub-dials or bezels I’ll rarely use. A subtle date window at 6 o’clock with matching dark background for the date dial.
      Just the essential markings to allow someone to tell the time and date, at a glance with minimum fuss. Again, ideal for an everyday watch.
    • The design – inspired by a classic IWC; in the aviator style being presentable enough for the office but rugged enough for the outdoors.
    • The build quality – nicely cut and brushed stainless steel case, screw down back and crown, great Faraday cage, sapphire crystal, nice matt black/charcoal grey dial, precise digits and indices, carefully applied lume, well executed hands, superb bracelet that really suits the watch.
    • The movement – The classic, robust, widely maintainable ETA 2824-2 perfect for an everyday automatic, but with the added warm fuzzy feeling of it being top grade. Maybe as good as any of those really expensive watches not using in-house movements.
    • It’s European – designed and assembled in Britain, the case machined in Germany and the movement ‘Swiss made’.
    • It’s cheaper than an IWC MarkXV – outstanding value for money from Timefactors. Not afraid to wear it everyday.
    • It’s from my wife (ahhhh, how sweet )


    One thing is becoming clear… I think I like mechanicals… Luckily, now I’ve bought one I won’t need another one, right?

    But enough about me… what about you…
    Please share your first mechanical. What was it? Have you still got it? Pictures?
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    Re: Your first mechanical…

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    Still got it, still love it.
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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    Congrats.....Now you don't have to worry as much,about wrist cancer, from the electro-magnetic field of a quartz.




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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    Steinhart Ocean One. No longer have it but it lead me down this rabbit hole.
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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    A Memphis Belle Spirit Predator


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    Re: Your first mechanical…

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    Still got it, still love it.
    Ditto for first mechanical.

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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    Nice looking speedbird.

    My very first mechanical was a 1950's Lone Ranger watch non-jeweled kids watch probably made by Ingersoll. Things got handed down in my family so I think my brother still has it. When I got into collecting wrist watches around 2000 this was one of my first purchases. A 1950's Sandoz hand wind that is on a Rios ostrich strap.



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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    Congrats on your new watch! My first mechanical was a Timex given to me by my parents for Christmas when I was about 10. But that was before the dinosaurs were extinct. More recently, I bought this Seiko a year or two before I joined WUS. It's long gone.


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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    My first mechanical was.......well........invicta pro diver. *hides in a corner*
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    Re: Your first mechanical…

    My first mechanical watch, and my one-way ticket to this madness, was the IWC Pilot Chronograph, ref. 3717.
    It had a nice wrist presence and was dead-on accurate; we had good times together (lol).
    One day I dropped it on the tile floor and a scratch the size of Grand Canyon reared its ugly head every time I looked at the time. Heart-broken as I was, I sold it to fund an Orfina Porsche Design. And it took the pain away.
    So here's my gone-but-not-forgotten 3717.




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