Having repaired two Cordura Sea-Gulls for my clients, I wanted one myself. After a bit of looking around on eBay, I found a Lady Sea-Gull. The crystal has had it, but the case and bezel is in good shape.
The dial has a bit of damage at the top, and it’s spilled oil, so I won’t even attempt to wipe it off, as it has started to dissolve the paint. The hands are in very good shape, and I didn’t pay a lot for the watch.
The movement is an EB 8170, and you don’t find these very often. They have 17 jewels, and a pin pallet escapement! Not only that, but a date with quick-set function, which is engaged by turning the hands backwards, and it’s automatic. So a lot of complications for a pin pallet movement. There was a time when some manufacturers thought that pin pallet was the way forward, and that it was better than the Swiss lever. TImex was one of them…
This is pretty amazing. If you would show me this image, I would bet considerable amounts of money that this wasn’t from a pin pallet movement! So maybe there was a point in manufacturing high-grade pin pallet movements…
Pretty ingenious date construction. The date change is incredibly fast, it has a quick set (the little wheel at 12 o’clock engages with the date ring when the movement is turned backwards), and it works reliably. Not expensively made, but very effective.
I’m very happy with the end result. It looks great with the new crystal, and the movement performs incredibly well for a ladies’ watch of this size. To be honest, there are few Swiss levers that size that do this well 😉
I might give this watch to my wife for Christmas as a little side present. I won’t spoil the surprise, as my wife never reads my blog 🙂