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Seen a few threads on here where people talk watches now & again. Seems folks who are into certain aspects of our free society also have an affinity for the 'old school' way of timetelling and keep a watch or 20 around. 2019 is almost over but the Apple watch still hasn't ruined quartz, or mechanicals yet.

I have a small collection of pieces, mostly Swiss and Japanese, a few Germans, French, and American as well. Anyone else brave enough to discuss watches on here?

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Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:10 pm
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Sure, I'll bite.
I've been collecting watches for 25 years.
Rolex, Omega, VC, Patek, Zenith El Primero's, Titoni, Panerai, Cartier mostly. All mechanical.
Got started on Timezone.com, first watch was an Invicta Auto Diver for $90. Hahaha
Used to import Zenith from England, hate all their new stuff.
Took a couple watch making classes, I like regulating watches.
Sold most of my watches and gave a bunch to my kids. Found other hobbies.
My daily wear is a Rolex P Series SeaDweller I bought new in 2001.
Also have a 18K/18K Mont D'Or Chronograph, and a Panerai Tantalum chrono.

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Sure...

I met a master watch maker, and he ended up giving me an ad hoc training over a couple months on how to disassemble/reassemble a watch. (I'm a nerd for most things mechanical).

At the end of the training, I broke down a pocket watch to discrete components, reassembled it, and it worked! Learned to wear a face mask during the process. One little sneeze, and rubies scatter like dust.

Got into vintage Japanese dive watches, and vintage Russian watches. Still have a few laying about, but have also moved on from this "hobby". Grandson is recipient of several, will probably get the rest at some point.

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Been accumulating for only the last 5 or 6 years. Lower end mechanicals, mix of autos and handwinds, but I like them and rotate wear every few days or so.

Mine are mainly German. Have 5 from Stowa, and 1 flieger from Laco.
And a couple weeks ago, took delivery of a Yema (French) watch in a bronze case. It was a Kickstarter pledge: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yemawatches/yema-superman-heritage-bronze-iconic-dive-watch-reissue?ref=checkout_rewards_page . Haven't been able to get this thing off my wrist since I got it. It's starting to patina up, nicely. :bigsmile: :bigsmile:


Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:09 pm
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From the holy trinity--well, 2/3 anyway--to Kickstarter, and a bunch in between. Cool!

Who will be first to post some pics? :thumbsup2:

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Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:24 pm
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Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:33 pm
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No, and fuar-k no.
I Sneeze/spilled the rubies?! Again?!??! [stomp]]stomp]]stomp]]
"....fracking cheep ROLex piece of shi..." (kicks table)

See,for life skills I was somewhat good at "lift that end, Dgeeyum! Dgeeyum? Are you lifting? "
(Do you even lift, bro?)

and I was ranked second best at:

"Stand there, Dgeeyum; breathe That direction..." .. "nail that". ( "Not THAT! G*d&$$*t!! Can't you understand simple instructions?! GIMMEE that!...")

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I took surevaliance's advice and got a Vostok watch from eBay for $32 OTD and it works great! Have to get use to how it operates, not like anything I've used before. Self winding, old world craftsmanship.

I had a Russian mechanical watch in my stash I never used, but it is not a Vostok watch, but Buran. I don't like the hands, they are too small so I sold it.

It took me forever on finding with the English translation of my watch was so I could sell it appropriately.

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Vostok's are my favorite of the Russian watches. Got to be careful of Russian watches, though...they'll slap any old movement in a case and pass it off if to the unsuspecting if they can.

Here is a custom that I put together. Vostok dial, Swiss auto movement, custom hands, second hand, and dial ring, see through caseback. I sourced parts from several countries to assemble this.
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Here are a couple.


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Titoni Sportster. (wouldn't fit in the last post.)

Bought this one new in 2000 from Wayne Lee (Roachman.com) for $318. Made in Grenchen, Switzerland, not well known here but are HUGE in asia.
https://www.titoni.ch/en.html
Hard to find these days, wish I had more. Great deal on a well made Swiss watch.
I still have this one but it needs a service, ex wife and my kids wore it.

I have tons more watch pictures, just have to figure out which drives they are on.
A lot are kinds crappy and digital cameras in 2000 werent what they are now.
Some are scans from my flat bed scanner. Hahaha


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Awesome stuff people. Keep it up.

My beater watch go-to is either a G Shock GW9300-1JF JDM Atomic Mudman with carbon fiber, the Marathon TSAR sterile dial (no gov inference) or a Glycine Combat Sub with ETA 2824.

Anyone check out the YouTube watch channels?

My Glycine. Cheap and durable. They’ve been bought by Invicta but so far quality hasn’t changed much. Their volume has and the discounts are pretty good.


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dan360 wrote:
Awesome stuff people. Keep it up.

My beater watch go-to is either a G Shock GW9300-1JF JDM Atomic Mudman with carbon fiber, the Marathon TSAR sterile dial (no gov inference) or a Glycine Combat Sub with ETA 2824.

Anyone check out the YouTube watch channels?

My Glycine. Cheap and durable. They’ve been bought by Invicta but so far quality hasn’t changed much. Their volume has and the discounts are pretty good.




So that is why Costco now carrys Glycine watches? , I knew something was up when I saw them....


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dan360 wrote:
Awesome stuff people. Keep it up.

My beater watch go-to is either a G Shock GW9300-1JF JDM Atomic Mudman with carbon fiber, the Marathon TSAR sterile dial (no gov inference) or a Glycine Combat Sub with ETA 2824.

Anyone check out the YouTube watch channels?

My Glycine. Cheap and durable. They’ve been bought by Invicta but so far quality hasn’t changed much. Their volume has and the discounts are pretty good.




So that is why Costco now carrys Glycine watches? , I knew something was up when I saw them....


Pretty much. They (Glycine) switched to some Sellita movements about 2014 or so, and are using the Invicta supply chain for distribution. The price drop is fairly dramatic and there are many haters out there saying the brand is dead etc but other than a very small percentage of QC isssues relating mostly to movement springs the new watches are just as good as the older ones.

Some folks are pissy about having to use the Invicta repair center for Glycine service but what they’ve been doing is just replacing the entire movement on any watch that has an issue. It’s mostly regulation and hand alignment that is bugging many people.

It’s not like the Seiko SKX is chronometer grade —abhorrently unregulated— either yet people will line up around the block for one of those at $279.00. Marketeering, social engineering, YouTube fanboy copycatting.

Other than on a few cases they dropped the drilled lugs. $$!$:?:):!;!;/‘!!!!!!

For $249-279 the Costco Glycines are a super buy. “Swiss horology” on the cheap.


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Ashford has a ton of Glycine watches.
In the 90's they were famous for their many 24 hour dial pilot watches and the huge incursore.
https://www.ashford.com/us/watches/glyc ... 51180&so=4

Have the black dial Combat for $289 with a leather strap.

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