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  1. markrlon

    1665 Love

    Just took this shot, and it sums up all the reasons I love this reference, and mine in particular. Domed plexi, matte dial, eggshell patina, chunky yet elegant case, rattly yet ultra-comfortable 9315 bracelet, and silver date wheel. Mine is far from the most amazing example of the 1665, but that just means I can wear it and not have to worry about it.
  2. Takes a bit if the sting off, I would say, yes! Happy birthday to you and Congratulations!
  3. Yes! The many changes (and I think variations) were throwing me in trying to date it.
  4. I have noticed the insane prices of the Tudor Black Bays that are being sold on this forum and else where. I find these prices to be absolutely fabulous for those doing the buying but I do feel that the sellers one day will be wishing that they held on to those Black Bays that they once eagerly sold. You ask why, I tell you why, the Black Bay either red or blue is an ultimate example of a fine watch design, of the perfect balance of polished chrome and brushed, of the perfect balance of vintage and current. Lets face it, it is a looker. If I had known that prices would have come down like they currently are, I would have waited before I bought my BBB. I felt it before and darn it I still feel it now, the love and compassion that I poses for my Black Bay Blue. I really cannot express the words. Yes, there are some things that still bother me about the watch, but for what it is worth I'm very happy to be the owner of a BBB. And will always feel this way. It is a bond that will never be broken, and I am very happy for that.
  5. Personally I'm never going to wear my Pelagos on anything other than the bracelet, that thing is a work of art. But I'm really digging the Camo Natos! Sent from one of my four iPads
  6. On sublv. Feeling better yet?
  7. While I have absolutely no doubts that I'll get both eventually in 12 months' time, question is which to buy first NOW. SBDX012 bnib costs about $2,430 while BB (bracelet) costs $2,530 bnib. Any recommendations will be appreciated, thanks! *Pics taken from Google*
  8. 1964 gilt(yeah-its hard to tell from this pic. gilt hands too)/enamel dial:
  9. markrlon

    New favorite combo...

    That's a nice looking chronograph. Congrats on your new IWC!
  10. I have the same size wrist, and while I love the 7-day, it just wears too chunky for my wrist, at least for my taste. Plus, as much as I love the silver dial with blue on the 7-day, I have a pet peeve against contrasting bright white date windows that interrupt the warmth of silver dials. So if I were to get the 7-day, I would go with the black dial because the dark dial might wear a tad smaller to the eye, and the date wheel matches. But on the dateless Portuguese chronograph this is not a concern, and the watch will fit better. Of course, you're giving up the manufacture movement, which is a big deal, and IWC is now releasing a new and improved version of the movement. So if you go with the chrono silver dial, I vote the one with blue hands and numbers. I think it's a bit more versatile without all the rose gold, and it looks like you've got the dress watch category covered in your current collection.
  11. markrlon

    IWC Links

    Sometimes called a 'Twist O Flex', checkout the Hadley - Roma webiste.
  12. Overall It looks correct but without seeing the movement I couldn't make a call on authenticity. Based on the construction of the band I'm leaning to authentic, I just don't see anyone putting all that labor into a fake band. links may be tough to find and probably 50+ each.
  13. Sounds like it is broken. Send it for warranty repair.
  14. It is Ukrainian, not Russian. I got the idea but cant translate it.
  15. Excellent strap choice! And beatiful version of the Amphibia!
  16. Hour and minute hands look different, numbers and hour bars don't look as hand painted, color is different (could be white balance is off on the photo), and crown is not correct when compared to my NOS example from '82:
  17. Incredible work! I love the attention to detail, down to the working date display. Nice job.
  18. The short answer is that this type of cleaning and repair is more of an art than a science. I find that a gentle wash with a soft brush and some warm water and maybe a little detergent to remove any surface dirt is as far as I am willing to go. Any more aggressive measures are likely to remove dial printing and color. Touch up painting is even more difficult and I don't like the look of dials that have been "refinished", preferring to shop harder for original dials in good condition. That, of course, is a personal decision. It is possible the lume on the Moscow watch is radium as this had not been totally replaced until the early sixties. If you do any cleaning you should be careful not to inhale any radium dust that may be present prior to cleaning, the main danger. The first movement is the ZIM 2602 movement used during the '70s right on into the early '90s The Metatechnical Cabinet - ZIM 2602. The second movement is the First Moscow Watch Factory (later Poljot) 41m, the first soviet central second hand movement. This movement first appeared in the early fifties and was used on into the early sixties when it was replaced by the 2408 kirovskie movement and the shock proof 2409 stolichnie movement which were thinner and capable of having a date mechanism mounted. A hacking version of the 41m was used in the 1MWF sturmanskie watches issued to military pilots of the day, not available to the public. A 17jewel shock-proof version of the sturmanskie was worn by Juri Gagarin in the first manned space flight.
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  20. markrlon


    Attachment 987781 I expected we'd get some great photos yesterday. There's always next month!
  21. The moon has always been irresistibly fascinating for people all over the world. So much so that it became the reference for the passage of time and a focus of scientific analysis. In the 18th century, Dresden was not only a centre of precision watchmaking but also a hub of celestial observation and lunar research of selenography, to be precise, the systematic mapping of the moon's surface. At the Mathematics and Physics Salon in Dresdens Zwinger, astronomers used telescopes to create detailed maps of its visible topographic features. Today, milestones of lunar research in Saxony are on display in the scientific history collection of the museum that belongs to the Dresden State Art Collections. It reopened not long ago after renovation and is co-sponsored by A. Lange & Söhne. Ever since the first astronomical clocks were built in the 14th century, it has been a declared objective in horology to emulate the progression of the moon as accurately as possible. The technical challenge involved in this complication is to ever more accurately approximate the lunar month of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 3 seconds. With a moon-phase display that needs to be corrected by merely one day every 122.6 years, A. Lange & Söhne has attained a highly realistic degree of accuracy. Since the brand's legendary comeback in 1994, the manufacture has presented no fewer than twelve calibres with moon-phase displays. Among them are the LANGE 1 MOONPHASE based on Lange's design icon, and the 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR, which had its debut this year. The coating of the lunar discs is another noteworthy aspect. Their exceptional brilliance is based on optical interference effects that reflect only the blue portions of the visible light spectrum. The encounters between timekeeping instruments and the selenographic exhibits in the collection of the Mathematics and Physics Salon emphasise the strong attraction of the moon in two related disciplines: astronomy and precision watchmaking. 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR and a lunar globe, Ernst Fischer, Dresden, 1875 It took Ernst Fischer of Dresden eleven years to sculpt the front side of the moon according to photographs and his own observations. The globe is stunning as regards its size and the plasticity with which it renders the plains, craters, and mountains. Because the rotation of the moon is synchronised with that of the earth, it was impossible to map the "dark" side until it was orbited by the Soviet Union's Lunik 3 satellite in 1959. With a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar, a moon-phase display, and a power-reserve indicator, the 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR unites more horological complications than the clearly organised dial suggests at first sight. LANGE 1 MOONPHASE and moon medallion, Eduard Lehr, Archenhold Observatory, Treptow, 1900 The world's longest refractive telescope 35 metres long is located in the observatory in Berlin-Treptow. It was established by Friedrich Simon Archenhold and is named after him today. The so-called moon medallions were inspired by his idea. With a ten-fold exaggeration of altitudes, the reliefs present a plastic rendition of the moon's topography. The horological charm of the LANGE 1 MOONPHASE lies in its remarkably accurate and fetchingly realistic display of the waxing and waning. Visit the A. Lange & Sohne website
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