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^^^^ Splurts and nearly spits out red wine (would have been a waste of good Beaujolais).

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PS> nowt wrong with a NATO strap, Iain.


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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Tue Dec 05, 2023 12:19 am I'm not wishing to gatecrash on @rkovars Rick's thread, but it seems a suitable place to post the following;-

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I'd love first dibs on that Breitling Cockpit please.
I'll make a note, Greg. :wink: :wink:

Will be hard to let it go, if ever I do, as my girlfriend/partner was with me when I bought it.

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iain wrote: Mon Jan 29, 2024 7:01 pm Just don’t do what @Bahnstormer_vRS used to do and stick it on a NATO strap……
No chance, it’s never going near a NATO strap ever again…. Squeezed an old-ish 22mm Bremont into the 21mm lugs because it needs curved ends, and works well except that I can’t use the original clasp which comes in at a svelte 16mm. How’s that for a crazy taper?
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Buckle up gang this is going to be a long one! This past months meetup was a banger! I don't think I have seen the variety that we had to date. It was a very fun evening and a great opportunity to try on stuff I never would. So here we go!


An early 80's Heuer. This was very close to the Tag buyout. Sometime around 83 or 84. Love the gray dial.
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EDIT: Samurai time! This is the one with the manta rays on the dial. Lighting wouldn't allow me to get that in too much detail.
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No Time To Die Seamaster. What a great watch!
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From the beginning to the end of the Daniel Craig era!
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This Seamaster 300M is pretty interesting. It has the 2500D movement. The same one as my planet ocean. The next version would have been the 8500 with the move to ceramic. This one still has the aluminum bezel.
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One of the newer Captain Willards from Seiko.
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What to say about this thing! It is rose gold so you wouldn't have to wear a weight belt when diving with this one! It is a big boy too. A lot of gold in this one! :lol:
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Tudor Pelagos LHD. Not my favorite but I do like the red date wheel.
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Craig bonds book ending the Bond 60th Anniversary Seamaster 300m. The caseback is incredible.
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An OG orange monster!
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Omega Globemaster two-tone. An underrated Omega in my opinion.
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Does this one really need a description?!?!?!?!?!
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One of the newer Aplinists without the compass bezel. Great blue dial.
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The new Nodus. This thing is awesome. They did a really good job. You get an Explorer II feel without it being to close to the original. The Watches of Espionage strap is a great pairing. :thumbup:
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The dial on this was utterly amazing. This was a cheap street vendor watch picked up by this guys dad. He got it working again so it is a great piece in his collection. Love the date wheel on this one too.
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A neat little early 80s Omega. It is amazing what you can find on eBay. Love the case back! :thumbup:
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Channeling @missF :wave: These things are really tough to photograph in the best lighting let alone these harsh conditions. And it still looks good!
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The venerable Explorer 1. Still a classic.
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An old Seiko Highbeat. Love the dial and case on this one!
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I don't usually include my own but I am making an exception for this one. This belonged to a relative and is about 125 years old. It was missing the crown, crystal and bow so I wasn't even sure it would run. A fellow member of our group works at an auction house and took it to have their watchmaker have a look. He brought it to the meetup in this condition. Running with the missing parts installed. To top it off, he wouldn't take any money for the effort. I definitely owe them some beers! You can't tell in the picture but it has some really cool blued hands.
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Well, that is all for this month. Thanks for coming along for the ride! I hope that everyone gets a little joy living vicariously through the pictures. Have a good one all.
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rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Channeling @missF :wave:
Lovely! You have to sit with this watch quietly for a while in not-too-bright light and turn it slowly until you catch the twinkles :D

What a brilliant sélection- grey dial Tag for me. Never thought I'd say those words!

And a really lovely renovation of your family pocket watch. What a great story and great outcome. :thumbup:
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rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Buckle up gang this is going to be a long one! This past months meetup was a banger! I don't think I have seen the variety that we had to date. It was a very fun evening and a great opportunity to try on stuff I never would. So here we go!

Monster time! This is the one with the manta rays on the dial. Lighting wouldn't allow me to get that in too much detail.
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Thanks so much, Rich. I greatly appreciate your meetup posts (all your posts generally). Looks like great fun!

I think the Dark Manta Save The Ocean Dial (there was a lighter blue Manta Save The Ocean Dial as well) is actually from the Seiko Samurai, which seems to be the watch you pictured. I used that same dial for my "62 MAntaS" build, and the dial is constantly changing with different viewing angles and lighting. It's hard to capture in photos but here's one of mine that shows the mantas on the dial:
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That might be the best batch of watches you’ve shared so far! The Seamasters! 😍😍😍

And I think the CW holds it’s own!
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The indices really pop on that 60th anniversary Seamaster. Definitely my favorite Seamaster so far
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rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Buckle up gang this is going to be a long one! This past months meetup was a banger! I don't think I have seen the variety that we had to date. It was a very fun evening and a great opportunity to try on stuff I never would. So here we go!

Monster time! This is the one with the manta rays on the dial. Lighting wouldn't allow me to get that in too much detail.
20240328_224049066_iOS.jpg
Thanks so much, Rich. I greatly appreciate your meetup posts (all your posts generally). Looks like great fun!

I think the Dark Manta Save The Ocean Dial (there was a lighter blue Manta Save The Ocean Dial as well) is actually from the Seiko Samurai, which seems to be the watch you pictured. I used that same dial for my "62 MAntaS" build, and the dial is constantly changing with different viewing angles and lighting. It's hard to capture in photos but here's one of mine that shows the mantas on the dial:
IMG_3262.jpeg
Cheers!
That’s very special.
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Bident wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:57 pm
rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Buckle up gang this is going to be a long one! This past months meetup was a banger! I don't think I have seen the variety that we had to date. It was a very fun evening and a great opportunity to try on stuff I never would. So here we go!

Monster time! This is the one with the manta rays on the dial. Lighting wouldn't allow me to get that in too much detail.
20240328_224049066_iOS.jpg
Thanks so much, Rich. I greatly appreciate your meetup posts (all your posts generally). Looks like great fun!

I think the Dark Manta Save The Ocean Dial (there was a lighter blue Manta Save The Ocean Dial as well) is actually from the Seiko Samurai, which seems to be the watch you pictured. I used that same dial for my "62 MAntaS" build, and the dial is constantly changing with different viewing angles and lighting. It's hard to capture in photos but here's one of mine that shows the mantas on the dial:
IMG_3262.jpeg
Cheers!
Thanks! You are right! It is a Samurai. I edited my post for the change. The watch in question is the SRPF79. I have always liked this dial and it is still available from Seiko USA at the time of this writing. The lighter variant is the SRPE33. Seems to have the rays moving in the opposite direction. There are two Turtle versions too. SRPE39 being the light and SRPF77 being the dark. Your photo shows the dial off nicely!
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missF wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:50 pm
rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Channeling @missF :wave:
Lovely! You have to sit with this watch quietly for a while in not-too-bright light and turn it slowly until you catch the twinkles :D

What a brilliant sélection- grey dial Tag for me. Never thought I'd say those words!

And a really lovely renovation of your family pocket watch. What a great story and great outcome. :thumbup:
That Heuer is a good one! :thumbup: I'll do better next time on the Aqua Terra I promise! :lol:
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rkovars wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 3:00 pm That Heuer is a good one! :thumbup:
Oops! :oops:
You said it was from 'close to the Tag takeover' and I assumed it was just after rather than just before. I know enough to know that some watchies would cancel me for mistaking a Heuer for a Tag Heuer
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jkbarnes wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 11:39 pm That might be the best batch of watches you’ve shared so far! The Seamasters! 😍😍😍

And I think the CW holds it’s own!
It definitely was a night for Seamasters! That 60th Anniversary bond is really something special. The NTTD Seamaster is really good on the mesh. I am not sure if people realize how hard it is to machine something to that tolerance out of titanium. It might be one of the only bracelets on the market that truly deserves the RRP :lol:

The pre-ceramic Seamaster 300M is a hidden gem. I haven't done a deep dive yet but I would expect prices to be pretty reasonable on those.

I think the CW held its own as well. I had another 5 on the table so they were fully represented!
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MistaFroggyG wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:49 am The indices really pop on that 60th anniversary Seamaster. Definitely my favorite Seamaster so far
It is a really special watch. The case back animation is really something to see in person.
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rkovars wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:59 pm
Bident wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:57 pm
rkovars wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:21 pm Buckle up gang this is going to be a long one! This past months meetup was a banger! I don't think I have seen the variety that we had to date. It was a very fun evening and a great opportunity to try on stuff I never would. So here we go!

Monster time! This is the one with the manta rays on the dial. Lighting wouldn't allow me to get that in too much detail.
20240328_224049066_iOS.jpg
Thanks so much, Rich. I greatly appreciate your meetup posts (all your posts generally). Looks like great fun!

I think the Dark Manta Save The Ocean Dial (there was a lighter blue Manta Save The Ocean Dial as well) is actually from the Seiko Samurai, which seems to be the watch you pictured. I used that same dial for my "62 MAntaS" build, and the dial is constantly changing with different viewing angles and lighting. It's hard to capture in photos but here's one of mine that shows the mantas on the dial:
IMG_3262.jpeg
Cheers!
Thanks! You are right! It is a Samurai. I edited my post for the change. The watch in question is the SRPF79. I have always liked this dial and it is still available from Seiko USA at the time of this writing. The lighter variant is the SRPE33. Seems to have the rays moving in the opposite direction. There are two Turtle versions too. SRPE39 being the light and SRPF77 being the dark. Your photo shows the dial off nicely!
Yup, I also used the Turtle lighter blue version (SRPE39) for my Islander (SKX clone) mod:
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