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Back after a short break

July 28, 2014 Ray 2

Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to all the subscribers and followers of this blog who sent me an email when they saw that the site was down. I was pleasantly surprised that so many people noticed. We were ‘off the air’ for a month but are now back in full swing. If you have a question that you sent me which I failed to respond to, my apologies. Please re-send it to me and I will respond ASAP! Thank you once again for your support!

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Tag Heuer to use Seiko parts

May 1, 2014 Ray 1

Sorry for this very long post and this may be “old news” to many of you but some readers may not know about this and the monopoly Swatch has is a major bugbear of mine. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ZURICH, March 21, 2014 (Reuters) – Watchmaker Tag Heuer, squeezed by a cut in supplies from Swiss rival Swatch, said on Wednesday sourcing parts from Japanese peer Seiko will not tarnish its prized “Swiss made” tag. The move by Swatch, for decades the main supplier to the Swiss industry, has sent watch companies scrambling to build in-house production or form alliances with alternative makers Read More

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Watch this space

April 30, 2014 Ray 2

This is my only entry for April and it is basically a quick update. I have not included any new posts as I have been busy with work but I will over the next couple of days have an update on a complete rebuild of a Rolex 6694 and a number of watches that are available for purchase – including an IWC for less than $500 and a Mido Commander for less than $150. The latter will be a good vintage “starter” watch. Robust enough to be a daily wear timepiece and able to be fully serviced for about $50 Read More

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Non-COSC certified Omega’s

March 13, 2014 Ray 2

Hey Ray, how do u do ? I would like to ask, most of the Omegas I saw from the 50s or 60s, they do not have the COSC print on it, including the Speedmaster as well. Were they like Patek in the sense that their standard was better than COSC or that their watches were not COSC certified ? Thanks! This is an email I received from a subscriber just this morning. There are a number of reasons for this, primary of which is the fact that COSC in its current form was only established in 1973, so watches Read More

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Breitling “Quiz”

February 12, 2014 Ray 1

Just collected this Breitling that had been in the shop for repairs. It was dropped because it was not put away properly after it was used and needed a new crystal. It also needed to have the 6 o’clock marker re-attached after it had come loose in the fall. Project Cost – $15.00 It was not a complete waste of time as I had to drop of Gary’s much abused Rolex 6694 for a complete overhaul. When placed on a timegrapher, it was running fast at about 137 s/d. If this was my watch and if that was the only Read More

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Manual wind Citizen watch

January 30, 2014 Ray 0

          Just listed another project watch on ebay. It is a CITIZEN manual wind parts or project watch. This is a an ideal parts watch although it can be restored. You will see in the pictures that it comes with a brand new crystal (as well as the original crystal) so if you do decide to restore it, it will have a brand new crystal to improve its appearance.. It has a complete movement and my estimate to get it up and running, in good working condition would be less than $40.00. The challenge though is that Read More

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Sandoz Submariner

January 30, 2014 Ray 0

        SANDOZ SUBMARINER parts or project watch looking for a new home.  Readers will know that I love Sandoz watches.   This is a watch that was used as a parts watch for other projects.     It is a complete watch and my estimate to get it up and running in perfect working condition would be less than $50.00. The challenge though is that the watch is not worth a lot more than that.    If you are interested in restoring the watch or if are looking for a project ETA movement to hone your skills on, Read More

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Busy, busy, busy…

January 26, 2014 Ray 2

We haven’t been posting much on our blog but that doesn’t mean we have not been busy. Over Christmas and the New Year we’ve had quite a few of our readers or friends reach out to us on advice on where to buy or watch or how to get their watch repaired or serviced. Sacha for example wanted to get this Cartier watch serviced and polished in a hurry and Tootokei was able to help him out for about $250. He did end up paying more than double than what we would have but it would have meant taking it Read More

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Bell & Ross Vintage and being delinquent

December 22, 2013 Ray 1

I have been quite busy these last couple of months and have been delinquent when it came to updating this blog and even worse – being slow in responding to other enthusiats when they have contacted me. My sincere apologies. Been mentioning in my more recent posts that I was working on a number of ‘project’ watches. One of these was a Bell & Ross Vintage like the black one in this picture. I got my hands on it one Sunday afternoon. It was not working, one of the pushers had fallen off and it had quite a few scratches Read More

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Mismatched Omega Serial Numbers

September 23, 2013 Ray 2

Franc got the Moonwatch we bought from Chuan Watch in Singapore last year, serviced by Omega, in Australia a few weeks ago. It was working fine but he wanted it running 100%. It had a full maintenance service which included replacement of the plexiglass, crown, pushers and seals. It cost close to $800 and the watch is now working as good as new. The service also helped confirm something that I have read about – and experienced once before in a Moonwatch I owned for a short time about 7 years ago. Franc’s watch has mismatched serial numbers. The serial numbers Read More

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