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Watches to wear with your flight jackets...

Arthur

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Another GMT. These are very easy to change time and time zones. Owned one of these with a Blue dial several years ago, couldn’t love the Blue but missed the watch so this one came up early this year and I added it to my collection.



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Arthur

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And finally (for now) a real pilots watch. The Longines Lindberg Hour Angle. Longines reintroduced this watch in several models. This is the mid size, the original size reintroduction is a huge 47.5mm. One big minus with this watch is it is not at all water resistant. Certainly not a wear to the pool watch. !



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mrchina

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Officer Dibley,

Would you be able to send some info regarding the Hamilton watch in the picture you posted?
Regards,
Don
 

Silver Surfer

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torgoen has some nice flight watches with a feel for the "vintage" look. and, they are currently running a sale. i ended up purchasing a cream face t-41, and a blue face t-25. high quality at an affordable price.
 

33-1729

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Another GMT. These are very easy to change time and time zones. Owned one of these with a Blue dial several years ago, couldn’t love the Blue but missed the watch so this one came up early this year and I added it to my collection.

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I had a 42.7mm Ulysse Nardin Acqua Perpetual for a long time (this one) and wore it around the world a few times. The only mechanical perpetual watch that can be set forwards AND backwards, so perfect for travel, and tough as any Rolex I've owned. (Okay, I destroyed my first two Submariners but the others fared much better.) Only got rid of it to get a smaller case watch. If they made the Acqua Perpetual in a 40mm or less, I'd buy another. The already place the same movement in a different 38mm Au/Pt model, so I know it is possible.

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Pilot

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I had a 42.7mm Ulysse Nardin Acqua Perpetual for a long time (this one) and wore it around the world a few times. The only mechanical perpetual watch that can be set forwards AND backwards, so perfect for travel, and tough as any Rolex I've owned. (Okay, I destroyed my first two Submariners but the others fared much better.) Only got rid of it to get a smaller case watch. If they made the Acqua Perpetual in a 40mm or less, I'd buy another. The already place the same movement in a different 38mm Au/Pt model, so I know it is possible.

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Nice watch the UN.
How did you destroy two Submariners ? Never read nor heard about anyone destroying any Rolex and surely no Sub.
My DeepSea went trough a lawnmower in August...still looks like out of the box.
 

33-1729

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Nice watch the UN.
How did you destroy two Submariners ? Never read nor heard about anyone destroying any Rolex and surely no Sub.
My DeepSea went trough a lawnmower in August...still looks like out of the box.
I'd like to say by some impressive James Bond type feats, but I'm just a klutz. I started buying them a long time ago as the other watches I was buying lasted weeks. And while they were much tougher than many watches at the time the latter ones, like your DeepSea, are in an entirely different league (just like the 911).

The first two Subs had acrylic lenses and they got really torn up and I ripped off a number of Cyclops lenses too. One just died and I forgot why, but the bill was almost a new watch when I got it back from Rolex. I got a Sea-Dweller hoping the lack of a Cyclops lens would help save the crystal. It kind of worked, but the acrylic lens Sea-Dweller was very thick and had a tendency to get whacked about and become unreadable (I used to polish the acrylic lenses with tin oxide to bring them back). They started making the sapphire lenses in 1981(?) and they were much better, with the Sea-Dweller quite a bit tougher than the Subs. I whacked more than a few Cyclops lenses off or partially off on the other Subs, even on the sapphire lens versions. (My wife cleaved the Cyclops lens off her sapphire-crystal Rolex watch once, so it's not just me.)

Besides the crystal(s) and movement, I also broke a bracelet on one of the first two Subs. Now the crystals are much better sapphire, the steel is much tougher 904L, and the bracelets are stronger too. Don't know how many Subs and Sea-Dwellers I had, but it was a few. They're all worth a lot now, for the current owners. If I only kept them ...

On a similar note, I learned the importance of a clutch on the automatic winding system on a non-Rolex watch. Forgot the make, but heard a loud ping while wearing the watch and looked down to see the hands moving around a hundred miles per hour. I just tossed it.
 

Arthur

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Another problem with the older Rolex watches with acrylic lenses, you could get a pressure crack in the acrylic lens way down at the base, and you can’t see it unless you really look close. I got moisture inside my old 1665 Seadweller, must have hit it on something. Wasn’t aware of a crack until I submerged it about 6 inches deep in a outdoor fountain. Few minutes later the crystal fogged. It had a replacement Rolex “superdome” crystal that only on my watch for a few years. Problem was those old crystals are 40+ years old and are really brittle. I replaced the crystal, there was no moisture in the movement, but it doesn’t get near water anymore!


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Arthur

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I had a 42.7mm Ulysse Nardin Acqua Perpetual for a long time (this one) and wore it around the world a few times. The only mechanical perpetual watch that can be set forwards AND backwards, so perfect for travel, and tough as any Rolex I've owned. (Okay, I destroyed my first two Submariners but the others fared much better.) Only got rid of it to get a smaller case watch. If they made the Acqua Perpetual in a 40mm or less, I'd buy another. The already place the same movement in a different 38mm Au/Pt model, so I know it is possible.

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That is a beautiful watch, but the size would be a stretch for me. My UN GMT +/- is 40mm, which is perfect for me.


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