Between the 861/1861 and the newer ETA/Dubois-Depraz movements, Omega used the ETA (Valjoux) 7750 for a while. This is the lowest end chronograph movement the Swiss watch industry has on offer, with a unidirectional winder and a click spring construction that is slightly dubious Nevertheless a popular movement, and you can find it in many Breitlings, TAGs, and other Swiss watches.
You can tell from the outside by the sub-dial configuration. The 7750 has the sub-dials at 6,9 and 12 o’clock. There are variations available where the sub-dials are in other configurations, but these modifications tend to be problematic. Continue reading
Mitka found this nice little Chopard in Norway, and was kind enough to give it to my wife as a present – unserviced, though
Jerod from Oklahoma sent in this Seamaster, and I quite like the patina and discolouration of the dial.
Some of the luminous compound of the hands has come off, and the movement rattles in the case… Continue reading
What do you do when it’s 5 in the morning and you feel that you don’t need more sleep?
You go downstairs, grab a cup of tea, and code a little library function for the blog, of course!
I thought it would be useful to have access to photos of watches and watch movements by manufacturer, model and calibre, so I’ve put a script together that does exactly that.
Please be aware that only a small part of my photos is on-line, as I only started moving things into a database at the end of January 2014. So with time, this database will get a lot bigger!
Have a go at http://watchguy.co.uk/cgi-bin/library
Not something you will see every day, and as it’s a rare Junghans, it belongs of course to Torsten. The watch has a great looking black dial, red second hand, and, above all, a power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. Continue reading
Ferdinand sent in this pre-moon Speedmaster. On first sight, the hands look odd, as the bright green luminous compound just doesn’t look right.
Apart from that, the watch looks in good condition, but doesn’t reset properly. Continue reading
Another day, another Zenith… Parashkev from London sent this one in, and he complains that the auto winder doesn’t work, and he would like a new sapphire crystal. Continue reading
The Zenith 405 is a true flyback. Just to avoid confusion, let me explain what that means… Lots of people think just because the hands on their chronograph “fly back” when they re-set it, it’s a flyback. It’s not. The difference between a normal chronograph and a flyback is that you can press the reset button whilst the chronograph is running, and it will instantly re-set the chronograph hands to 0, and continue to run from there. Apparently a feature that was useful to WW2 pilots, and, even though probably not of much use to you and me, something sought after! Continue reading
Michael from Canada sent me this quite rare single-pusher Omega RCAF chronograph. It has the Lemania 2221 movement.
This is a great watch, and I especially like the white dial.
As you can already see on the photo, the central second hand doesn’t reset properly – and it doesn’t even always reset to the same position. Continue reading
Magnus from Sweden sent this one in – a great looking Universal Polerouter. The hands probably aren’t original, as they are a bit on the small side, but the dial and case are in great condition. Continue reading