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Bimroy

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  1. Sacrilege perhaps, but after another rummage through my spare parts bin I knocked this up. It's a 6349 movement that I added a few extra jewels . I jewelled the spring barrel to the Arbor and added jewels to support the Arbor in the body and the train bridge. Burnished all the pivots, adjusted the jewels set the shake and end shake. And it's running real sweet .
  2. I was bored and made up a watch from some of the junk I have. The case, no idea, a Seiko one and I'm not sure where I got it from. It's peculiar in that it's not a big watch but it's 22mm between the lugs. The movement is a mix bag of the 63XX series. I've added a whole heap of jewels, even the main spring Arbor is now riding on a couple. Final count 25 after the original 17. A 6309 7040 dial and hybrid hands (little aviation theme there) and a cheapo bracelet from the parts bin. It tested up real well and was an easy regulate. It is ticking away just fine and doesn't look too bad. It's a wearer.
  3. I've never opened one of these things before. It's water proof 5at. Snap back or screw off with a rubber ball? Looks like someone has had a little pry on that lug.. Thanks in advance...
  4. Hi, I picked it up in the bugis area, there's all sorts of shops and business tucked away there. I might take a wander to change alley today.
  5. Back in Singapore creeping around the myriad of watch places. This thing caught my eye, it looks like it hasn't been used, not sure how old it is either. Poljot Aviator Alarm. Very cool at 100SGD.
  6. That was my impression, the winters are harsh and the airframes are deteriorating. Talking to the locals, there are plans to shift but not all will survive. So be quick as I suspect it's on its way out.
  7. Yes, monino is a little out of town, but for aviation buffs, it's an absolute mandatory when visiting Moscow.
  8. Another restore. Not original but very functional.
  9. Just did Shanghai to St Petersburg by train. Not for the faith hearted, but never the less, a bucket list item. I wore a Longines Conquest GMT for that one. Shanghai to Beijing on a high speed Chinese train. Beijing to Moscow on a rather slow (6 day) train, then Moscow to St Petersburg on a Russian high speed one... Very interesting indeed and not that expensive.
  10. Ok so it's seikotime. This is another "bitser" that I've made up. I went through a phase of these things. It's an early 1960's seiko 8306 Sealion that I made up from my parts bin. The movement is a low /hi beat (pending on how you look at it at 18000) 30 jewel unit. Probably it's most interesting feature is the winding mechanism. You can hand wind it or it self winds using a fairly complex, but very smooth and compact inversion roller type mechanism. A nice change from the "magic arm" so common in seikos. I just couldn't find any more original dials so it got a Seiko 5 pilot type one and grafted it onto it. It doesn't really reflect what's under the hood (but I know and that's what counts), but it's produced a nice daily wearer.
  11. One of the early employees of the Boston Watch Company, a precursor to the Waltham Company, was a man named Patten Sargeant Bartlett. From Henry G. Abbot’s “History of the Watch Factories of America" we learn that Bartlett’s family was one of the oldest and most famous puritan families in Massachusetts and that his great uncle, Josiah Bartlett was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. P.S. Bartlett left Waltham to assist in the organization of the National Watch Company at Elgin Illinois. He eventually wound up working for Waltham again as a salesman and then ran his own wholesale business. Abbott tells us that some of the early Waltham movements were engraved “P.S. Bartlett”. Waltham will continue to use the name “P.S. Bartlett” on movement for many, many years, even through the time Bartlett worked for Elgin and well past his death in 1902. The author has no concrete proof but feels that more American watch movements were marked “P.S. Bartlett” than any other single indication of grade. There were over 400 runs of the Model 1883 alone with this marking. The competition in this area might come from Elgin's B.W. Raymond.
  12. A basket case I resurrected earlier this year. Lots of aftermarket parts to put it into the aviation theme. I've got three of these, two originals and this one.
  13. This is my outdoors watch. I'm off on a hunting trip today in NZ. This thing, yeah I know it's got a battery, has an altimeter and compass and has a rugged yet light titanium case. It's getting pretty scratched now. Between me, it and a topo map, I can successfully pinpoint my position. In the event of a GPS failure of course!
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