Got a cool watch? Let's see it.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jungle Jim, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. OneBall

    OneBall Been here awhile

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    My 1964 Breitling Navitimer, got it for nothing 15 years ago, as it wasn't working, spent a few hundred quid getting it repaired and hasn't missed a beat since. Made me feel old a few months back though, a girl a bit younger than me who I was going out with asked why I fiddled with my watch every morning, she just couldn't get her head round the fact that watches didn't always have batteries :confused.

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  2. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    A half-century-old beater that works is very cool.
  3. Owyhee

    Owyhee Ran when parked

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    Watch people,

    I found this Citizen Eco Drive Radio Controlled in a drawer earlier this year and have no idea what to make of it. Citizen does not list its movement caliber number (H417) on the Citizen Website and the only info I can find on H417 is that it appears produced for the Japanese market called the "Galileo Limited."

    My watch (sorry for the bad picture): [​IMG]

    The H417 Galileo [​IMG]

    Website with watch for sale

    Any help would be appreciated, specifically if it is a Japanese-market watch and will not work on the US frequency how can I set the time manually.

    -Owyhee
  4. Mav

    Mav Something witty...

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    Like that, and like the leather NATO a lot. Very cool!
  5. kawalaser

    kawalaser Hip to be square

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    eBay cheapie, don't remember the seller.
  6. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    Got my dad this for Christmas. Shhh! Don't tell him!
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  7. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Love the simple miltary styles :D
  8. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    Does anybody here modify their own watches?

    I've started looking at Seiko divers and ordered an Orange Monster. I'm thinking about making some changes if I can do it myself.

    I may just wear it and buy some old ones to tinker on too.
  9. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Changing stuff like swapping the bezel, bezel insert or the complete movement including dial and hands is easy plug-and-play.

    Swapping hands needs a steady hand and some tools. My mod above was done with the "improved watch mod/maintenance tool kit" from www.10watches.com

    The best way is of course to get one or two scrap watches for a couple of dollars to fool around; then you don't slap yourself if you scratch a dial or bend your seconds hand. Damn things are tiny.
  10. kawalaser

    kawalaser Hip to be square

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    Nice, dig that dial/hands combo.
  11. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    Check out Poor Man's Watch Forum They have tutorials for doing watch mods.
  12. Schmeds

    Schmeds scarce

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    Try not to lick the brush when you're applying the radium paint.
  13. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    I've had one for a few months now and for the most part I like it. Main thing is I wish the hands were just a tiny bit more luminous and they can also cover a bit of the day/time window which you wouldn't think was that big of a deal which it is not except when you want to know the date and it is 13 minutes past the hour. The only other thing is I will get a replacement strap for it eventually as the one that comes with it is a tiny bit too thick for my liking, plus I like the one piece straps that fit under the spring bars so when one of them breaks you do not lose your watch. But those are small issues, all in all I like the watch especially the fact I never have to worry about a battery for it.
  14. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    It appears you have a Citizen Alterna #V010-6592H, here is a link to another guy who has the watch AND the instruction manual, maybe he can help you:

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f71/my-fathers-day-watch-citizen-alterna-vo10-6591h-277238.html
  15. Censport

    Censport Vendor

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    Good information. Thanks!
  16. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Got this "contemporary" Slava watch.


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  17. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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  18. petefromberkeley

    petefromberkeley -

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    And you're in Saudi right? Nice!
  19. kawalaser

    kawalaser Hip to be square

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    buddy of mine approached me for advice about buying a dress watch. Something that wouldn't look gauche during an interview with a large conservative law firm, for instance. Also something a little more sophisticated than an off-the-rack gucci dress watch from Macy's. Something modest, yet evocative of good taste. Suggesting an appreciation for craftsmanship and a keen eye for detail. A watch that conveys, "I'll make partner in 8 years," not "look at this stainless steel frisbee on my wrist, bitch. I'm already a partner."

    Maybe I'm going too far. Anyway.

    After talking him through the differences between mechanical and quartz movements, I was surprised when he found this:


    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JKSS8M/ref=ox_ya_os_product

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    2824-2 movement with gold plated rotor in a display back and rather elegent looking, if I might say. All for about $400? That's a pretty good deal -- haven't seen too many 2824-2 movements for this cheap. I think he chose well for a n00b.
  20. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    I think he chose well. Some years ago I also had found a Tissot automatic at Fortunoffs for a little over $300.