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    I sealed a trade on a lovely watch yesterday, and in doing so I realised that there have been quite a few incomings over the last few weeks and months but my focus (excuse the pun) on other types of photography had meant that I hadn’t had any time to set up my lights and take some shots of any of them. That, coupled with the fact that I had a couple of hours to spare last night, saw some frantic shooting and processing as I thought it might interest a few folks here to see what’s been going on.

    As I say, it was all done in something of a rush, and because there’s a few of them I’ll spare everyone the ordeal of reading through a shedload of information on each one. So…

    Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

    This was the last of the “Holy Trinity” for me to try, and I must confess that I had no intention of buying one until I had a beer with my good mate Howard from TZ and tried his on. It was about to go off to VC for a full service (and they certainly take their time), but it returned recently and as we often do we ended up doing a trade that suited both of us.

    I’m delighted with this one, from 2001 and now in as-new condition again; in fact, it makes me wonder whether I’ll keep the ceramic Daytona that’s due any time now as I think the VC is a fair bit classier. The bracelet is absolutely wonderful too, which helps.

    Launched in 1999 and in production until 2004, this Overseas was Vacheron Constantin’s first sports chronograph. It houses an automatic calibre 1137, was made in about 500 pieces in yellow gold and a bit over 2000 in steel; this uses the Frederic Piguet 1185 as the base but when VC were finished with it it looked quite beautiful, albeit that you can’t see the damned thing!



    Anyway, a couple of shots…







    Zenith Chronomaster Triple Date Moonphase

    These amazing watches – possibly my favourite modern era Zenith, in fact – have taken on near-iconic status, and it’s easy to see why. Housing the marvellous El Primero movement in a beautifully finished 39mm case, this one (from 2006) is the second that I’ve owned. The first was the non-moonphase version, though, and for the last three or so years ‘ve been sitting in wait, looking for the right example to come up on the used market.

    Finally, this popped up on SC and I was absolutely delighted to snag it. Yes, that’s two white dialled chronos already, so that Daytona (when it arrives) is going to cause some real angst.







    Grand Seiko SBGW033

    This watch was released back in 2012 as Seiko’s limited edition 130th Anniversary model and a tribute to the first ever Grand Seiko (note the lovely dial text, and the somewhat anachronistic mention of the Diashock anti-shock system that nowadays wouldn’t even get a mention). In fact, this is another watch that I’ve waited years to find, and amazingly this one was first sold in 2016 so it really is as new.

    It’s a lovely 35.8mm in diameter, and has a beautifully inscribed case back befitting of it’s deliberately vintage look and feel. Inside is the calibre 9S64 hand-wound movement, which I believe was made specifically for this watch. After such a long wait I’m delighted with it, and certainly prefer it to the SBGR061 that I’ve owned previously. The dial is a bit lighter in shade, the text more refined, and it meets my new criteria in terms of size (well, within 0.2mm).







    Dornblüth Kal 0.40

    Now, this is a genuinely rare watch; only one year of production (2006) and in total 75 pieces were made, of which 50 were in stainless steel and 25 in rose gold. With a very wearable 38mm case, the other striking difference to Dornblüth's other models is that the internals in these are based on a GUB movement from some time around the early 90's. In fact, when I owned my first one of these (it’s unbelievable two have had a pair, as they’re so hard to get your hands on) I wrote to Dirk Dornblüth and asked for some more detail on the movement. His reply was as follows:


    Kal. 04.0 movement includes 50% parts of an old GUB movement and 50% of the ebauche movement AS 1560 from the 1950’s. We have overworked and finished this parts to be able to create one movement.

    The applied numerals are black steel whilst the hands are blued, and all in all it really is a wonderful watch. This one certainly won’t be going anywhere!





    Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600

    Not much to say about this as everyone knows them. However, this is a tritium-dialled beauty from 1997, with a lovely sharp case and lume that’s just beginning to turn. A perfect example from my perspective, and currently on a Rubber B strap to make a change from steel and leather.





    Right - that’s it! A few months-worth of additions, although a fair few have gone and I’m nearly there in terms of meeting my new 36-40mm rule (although I’m making a couple of exceptions). The photos were a bit rushed and the info a bit limited, but hopefully it was mildly interesting!
    Last edited by learningtofly; 5th June 2017, 05:18 PM.

  • #2
    Great additions...replacements...whatever!

    All of a sudden, I'm feeling the love for the GS. Absolutely classical beauty. Spot on!

    Thanks for the pics and text.
    And I could tell that was an older pic of your former Dornbluth because that dial light graduation effect is soooo 5 years ago!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by harb View Post
      Great additions...replacements...whatever!

      All of a sudden, I'm feeling the love for the GS. Absolutely classical beauty. Spot on!

      Thanks for the pics and text.
      And I could tell that was an older pic of your former Dornbluth because that dial light graduation effect is soooo 5 years ago!
      Hah! Thanks harb, the GS is indeed exquisite.

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing and they are great looking watches. The VC and Zenith are stunning.

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        • #5
          they all look great Tony...
          Ive had a few new incomings over the last week or two - though I doubt my photos could do them as much justice as yours!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by grumpycamel View Post
            Thanks for sharing and they are great looking watches. The VC and Zenith are stunning.
            Thanks, and agreed!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by d4uk View Post
              they all look great Tony...
              Ive had a few new incomings over the last week or two - though I doubt my photos could do them as much justice as yours!
              Cheers Andrew - now get the photos up

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              • #8
                Great looking watches the zenith and seiko are very cool ,great picks

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                • #9
                  Some great incoming. Thanks for sharing, wonderful pictures and Congrats.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rubymac View Post
                    Great looking watches the zenith and seiko are very cool ,great picks
                    Thanks very much!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JasT View Post
                      Some great incoming. Thanks for sharing, wonderful pictures and Congrats.
                      Cheers

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                      • #12
                        That VC is lovely!

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                        • learningtofly
                          learningtofly commented
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                          I'm actually a bit in love with it.

                      • #13
                        Zenith for me. I'm sure that represents great bang for buck. Love the pushers on it too

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                        • learningtofly
                          learningtofly commented
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                          There's certainly a lot of horology going on there!

                      • #14
                        Wow! Great watches!

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                      • #15
                        Great additions--I love my VC OSs (went from white dial bracelet to blue dial blue strap); very wearable, sturdier than expected, and keep the best time of all my watches. Also have always been a fan of that Zenith and happy to see yours does not have the guilloche dial that was so prevalent with that model, as I've always thought it pushed an already rather busy dial into the chaotic category. Well done.

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                        • learningtofly
                          learningtofly commented
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                          I don't mind either dial on the Zeniths but I do know what you mean.
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