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On ‎7‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 6:45 PM, AndyHull said:

A quick departure from the pile of HMTs. Today we have a late mechanical era Ingersol Sealion.

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This was suffering from a minor case of hairspring salad, and a major case of exceeding its service interval. I suspect the last person to look in side this worked at the Ingersol factory.

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The slightly ancient band it came on is almost unused, but rock hard, so needs a little leather restoration work. Furthermore it is black leather, which I think didn't look nearly as good as the light tan calfskin with red stitching I selected. Another quick restoration for the 404 club.

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The winder stem really should be replaced. I cleaned the rust you can see in this picture off it, but the damp has taken its toll. I'll have a rummage later and see if I can find a match in my pile of random NOS stems. 

Can anyone identify the caliber, to save me a trip to ranfft.de ?

Sorry, I thought I'd posted this earlier. It's a BFG 844.

Regards.

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9 hours ago, balaton said:

Sorry, I thought I'd posted this earlier. It's a BFG 844.

Regards.

Thanks, much useful info there, for example the exact designation is 844(CLD): manual wind, date, and the shock protector is 2 Jewels - Kif-Trior.  That saved me a lot of trawling to find it on ranfft - and puts the watch sometime around or after 1975, and probably before 1981.

I'm still wearing it. The thing is a good solid timekeeper, with a well designed dial. Like a lot of pin levers, you can hear it from the other end of the house :P but hey, nobodies perfect.

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6 hours ago, AndyHull said:

Thanks, much useful info there, for example the exact designation is 844(CLD): manual wind, date, and the shock protector is 2 Jewels - Kif-Trior.  That saved me a lot of trawling to find it on ranfft - and puts the watch sometime around or after 1975, and probably before 1981.

I'm still wearing it. The thing is a good solid timekeeper, with a well designed dial. Like a lot of pin levers, you can hear it from the other end of the house :P but hey, nobodies perfect.

You're most welcome. I've got a few Ingersolls myself, no two with the same movements which range through Cattin, BFG, Smiths and an AS made by EB (or vice versa!). And yes, they're all loud buggers.

Regards.

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12 hours ago, ro63rto said:
13 hours ago, m1ks said:
Big n chunky on the wrist today.
'Parniserai' homage with seagull movement.
 
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*Panerai

Haha noooooooo, most assuredly a Parniserai 

A beautifully built homage and I might have taken slight liberties making a portmanteau of the respective mfrs names. :D

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Today, we have a big chunk of 1973 in the form of a Timex Viscount automatic day/date.

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This repair fought me every step of the way.

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It arrived with the winder connected to fresh air, and needed a complete strip down to get everything back in order. The day detent spring was misaligned, the date wheel was misaligned, the winder weight was loose, the thing was filthy both inside and out, and even getting the back off initially was problematic. I probably spent a good half hour simply trying to figure out why the day wheel refused to co-operate before I noticed the spring wasn't actually doing anything when the disk was re-fitted, due to the spring being in the wrong orientation. I suspect it got a good hard knock at some stage, which dislodged a bunch of stuff, possibly due to the frustration of the previous owner, as a result of the day wheel not turning.

Everything is now all back in order, the hands are correctly aligned, the day and date kick over correctly at midnight. It is ticking away with that characteristic Timex chonk-chonk-chonk and winding nicely.

I'm not sure it is going to stay on the hair puller band, I may swap it to something a little more comfortable, as I don't particularly enjoy the bald arm patches look, and my Nordic neanderthal genes mean that my arms are particularly furry. :D

This is what it looked like when it arrived.

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I'll keep it on for today, and regulate it tomorrow once everything has settled down from the surgery, but it is keeping pretty good time so far. The crystal polished up well, but I still need to give the case back a quick whizz with the polishing pad to get rid of some apprentice marks, probably due to some previous owner's attempts to open the thing.

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