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    Dichotomy

    I was playing with my smallish selection of watches last night and my wife asked "which is your favourite?". Without hesitation I replied that I liked the Speedbird the best but that I liked to wear the PRS82 the most. Infact it has been worn just about continuously since the day it arrived when first released. It's not that I nanny the speedbird (or any other of the half dozen pieces) or fear wearing it for work, just that the PRS82 feels so right. It sort of belongs....The others get worn for a few hours but I always change back.

    Anyway, just needed to get that off my chest or out of my head or something.......

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    Iím exactly the same!


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    Wearing mine as I read this ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by williemays View Post
    Wearing mine as I read this ...
    Yours looks as good as the day it was new. 5 years in the workshop and under wooly sweaters has worn away my bezel insert considerably but it all adds to the watches character for me.

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    Iíve been wearing mine these last few days,there is just something about it that.

    I never understood the advantage of one movement over the other?


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    I'm not sure there is an advantage as such, just that the first batch had new, old stock, movements that were iirc from the same period as the original navy issued watch. I'm sometimes guilty of listening to the tic as I lay in bed and the slower beat is very relaxing:)
    Here's an old snap from when it was new..

    I'll get an up to date shot tomorrow
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    Nice SWB G-Wagen! 1980?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    Yours looks as good as the day it was new. 5 years in the workshop and under wooly sweaters has worn away my bezel insert considerably but it all adds to the watches character for me.
    Mine is 3+ years old, one of the last of the new old stock, but my occupation is more sedentary than yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoat View Post
    Nice SWB G-Wagen! 1980?
    1979:)

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    First year. Very nice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoat View Post
    First year. Very nice!

    Yes, thanks its a pleasure to own but it's ready for restoration really...however we've just had a baby so that's on hold for a while.....

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    Here you are. Five and a half years wear and tear.



    The case has hardly any marks really though the original brushing has become polished. The crystal is perfect. That dink in the bezel happened a couple of weeks ago while I was swinging a big gate around in too small a space and the gouge on the insert was clumbsyness on my part trying to get a gearbox out of a unimog. The rest is just gentle abrasion from sweaters and such.
    All in all I just love it

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    Lots of character in that watch. Congratulations on the baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoat View Post
    Lots of character in that watch. Congratulations on the baby!
    Thankyou:) A baby certainly changes ones perspectives in a very good way.


    Footnote.... she loves to chew on the watch and strap - much more fun than a teething ring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    Here you are. Five and a half years wear and tear.



    The case has hardly any marks really though the original brushing has become polished. The crystal is perfect. That dink in the bezel happened a couple of weeks ago while I was swinging a big gate around in too small a space and the gouge on the insert was clumbsyness on my part trying to get a gearbox out of a unimog. The rest is just gentle abrasion from sweaters and such.
    All in all I just love it
    That crystal looks brand new haha


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    Quote Originally Posted by horror_logical View Post
    That crystal looks brand new haha

    It is, with a new bezel and insert it'd be like a new watch again but where's the fun in that. I'd have to take it off for potholing and such. Much better to enjoy it as is I think. Incidentally I wore the Speedbird continuously for 2 years and that has very few marks on the case...
    Eddie makes excedingly tough watches:)

    Strap wise I have a selection of natos, the one supplied with the watch is by far the best match. Would like to get another but I don't think he has any left.

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    What a fantastic looking watch. I'm waiting for Time factors to reopen and then I'm going to purchase one. It'll be an ideal holiday watch. Oh and I do have WTB should anyone be thinking of selling theirs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    Here you are. Five and a half years wear and tear.



    All in all I just love it
    Proper Wabi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    It is, with a new bezel and insert it'd be like a new watch again but where's the fun in that. I'd have to take it off for potholing and such. Much better to enjoy it as is I think. Incidentally I wore the Speedbird continuously for 2 years and that has very few marks on the case...
    Eddie makes excedingly tough watches:)

    Strap wise I have a selection of natos, the one supplied with the watch is by far the best match. Would like to get another but I don't think he has any left.
    Do you mean he blue NATO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    It is, with a new bezel and insert it'd be like a new watch again but where's the fun in that. I'd have to take it off for potholing and such. Much better to enjoy it as is I think. Incidentally I wore the Speedbird continuously for 2 years and that has very few marks on the case...
    Eddie makes excedingly tough watches:)

    Strap wise I have a selection of natos, the one supplied with the watch is by far the best match. Would like to get another but I don't think he has any left.
    How come you got a new crystal? I think it looks good like that mate


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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Do you mean he blue NATO?
    Yes, the dark navy that is slightly muted. It just lifts the lume colour and makes the black of the dial even deeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horror_logical View Post
    How come you got a new crystal? I think it looks good like that mate
    no no, it's still the original crystal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    no no, it's still the original crystal...
    My apologies, I thought you said you did.


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    It's a pleasure to see a watch worn well, even if it's not your favorite. What others do you have besides the Speedbird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by williemays View Post
    It's a pleasure to see a watch worn well, even if it's not your favorite. What others do you have besides the Speedbird?
    Only these three really. There is a box with various old Russians etc but they never see the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy View Post
    Only these three really . . .
    Sharp trio! A dichotomy with that bunch is understandable. It's nice to have a couple to switch up on occasion, but to also have the reliable daily wearer that feels at home on the wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by williemays View Post
    Sharp trio! A dichotomy with that bunch is understandable. It's nice to have a couple to switch up on occasion, but to also have the reliable daily wearer that feels at home on the wrist.
    Thanks, i'm very happy with my lot. Maybe in a few years there might be a crono/diver from Sinn or Damasko but for now I happy to see what everyone else is wearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dentsmithy
    The rest is just gentle abrasion from sweaters and such.
    All in all I just love it
    What are your sweaters made from, wire wool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisparker View Post
    What are your sweaters made from, wire wool?
    yep, we're tough up north don't ya know;)


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