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  1. I have a 1994 quartz Victorinox watch that is operating on its original movement. I guess I sort of assumed it would run until the world supply of spare batteries ran out. But I also assume that these quartz movements are so cheap that they get replaced rather than serviced. Any insights about that? They have moving parts so they must wear out eventually . . .right?
  2. Ah! Super helpful. I see from the article you linked to that although these watches have an outwards similarity in style, their workings represent different stages of caliber development. My working ones are a Seiko Sportsman with a movement number that looks like 2290 and one that has no dial marking but J14020 on the back. The non-workjing ones are a Seiko Crown with a 337 movement and a Sportsman that says different things on the watch face and the back The face appears to say SMS 15N310E and the back says 15019E. I'll have to open them and see how the movements are stamped. Ma
  3. No disrespect to JDM's answer, but I guess I still have my basic question on the innards. It seems like incremental improvements were being made all the time to these Seiko movements. Any thoughts on mainspring availability?
  4. Interesting. So what were the most popular model dress watches for the domestic market if these don't make the cut? I do like the styling though.
  5. I have been looking on the Auction-Site-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named at older Seiko dress watches,specifically the Seiko Crown, Sportsman, and Champion from the 1960's. All are dress watches with a minimalist 1960's styling that I like -- kind of like a poor man's Omega Seamaster from the same era. Does any one of you have a sense of what the major design differences were among the models? On the outside, they definitely have a "family resemblance." I have a couple of the 17 Jewel Diashock Sportsmans in decent shape that run about +12 sec/day, and a couple, including a Champion, that are non-workin
  6. I saw this posted on The Watch Site. Apparently, Frederique Constant is releasing a 40hz mechanical watch using a single-piece silicon balance in place of the traditional Swiss lever. I watched the video at the link below and was pretty impressed (but then again, that is not difficult). In the video, they are claiming 10x the oscillations per hour compared to a traditional balance system. They also claim that the oscillator needs no lubrication (!) and replaces about 20 parts from a traditional watch. I find myself wondering what the longevity and shock resistance of watches built around
  7. *1 On Leicas. On the plus side, the older M's had no battery to die in the cold. I have a couple of these. . . an M2 with a modern Rapidwinder on it is a particular favorite. Then again, it is never surprising that folks who appreciate mechanical watches also like mid-century tech that is as refined as a Leica. The M3 with a 50mm lens and its 1:1 finder can be used with the shooter's right eye to give you a both-eyes-open head's up display on the world. Pretty darn cool. Also true of the Nikon S2.
  8. Here she is as an older kitten. This was several years ago.
  9. Our cat is a Siberian and hypoallergenic. I think the theory is that Siberians often have less of a particular protein in their saliva, which is what folks with cat allergies react to. We have had very, very cat-allergic folks visit the house with no discernable reaction. And, as I mentioned, she catches all our mice. Hair everywhere though.
  10. Yes. The USPS seems to have worked their way through a significant holiday backlog. Hats off to them. It must have been a Herculean task! Or set of tasks. Watch parts like hands, cases etc. have been showing up here in snowy Vermont from China, Thailand, the Phillipines with some regularity. So perhaps the logjam is broken.
  11. We have a cat and a dog. Lovely animals both of them. Our cat catches all our mice and is very people oriented. She is friendly and deadly in the right measure. We also have a dog. She is friendly and intelligent. Guards us against the evil squirrels, who dare encroach. Thinks she is a 70 lb lap dog when not defending the manse. Here's the thing. The cat sheds everywhere and likes to sit at the center of attention: like on one's work-surface. The dog demands her share of attention as is likely to demand a pat on the head just as one is about to set a second hand on a watch face.
  12. Many thanks! As usual, you all are thinking about my questions in multiple dimensions I hadn't even considered. Much appreciated.
  13. When wearing an automatic watch, my wrist's natural warmth transfers to my watch. But I live in a snowy clime and my "workshop" is unheated when not occupied. Any sense of the effect of low temps on watch function? If it gets down to, say, 3 F/-16 C at night, do I need to warm things up before I can trust my Timegrapher?
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