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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    ... but sadly he didn't have an early Sub to buy my son a flat with!

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    I wonder if anyone here has inherited a nice 5513 or similar ... I guess the reality is few people wore dive watches in the 60s & 70s ...

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    I have my Grandad's watch issued to him when he served in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, WW1.
    Unfortunately it's not running at present, something l need to rectify if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinpull View Post
    I've been unable to get the Zodiac up and running due (I'm told by another source) to the poor availability of parts, or donor watches.


    Maybe it's worth a separate thread - it might flush out some advice or somebody might be sitting on some spares.
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    I do wonder if this question will be asked in 20-30years time??

    Anyway I have my Dad’s Air-King-Date from 1978.

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    My Dad passed away around 18 months ago and in the years leading up to his passing I had got him interested in mechanical watches. Heíd always worn a watch, but wasnít overly bothered by the details us WIS get involved in.

    However, as a result of his growing interest, my Mum and I chipped in together and bought him a watch for Fatherís Day a few years ago now. The watch was a C60 Trident in 38mm which he really loved and he wore it everyday.

    Today, the watch still sits with my Mum and the intention is we will give it to my Son as his first proper watch when he comes of age. Thankfully my Son got to meet his granddad before he left us, but being only 2 now heís got a wait on his hands before he gets the watch.

    Hopefully heís got an even longer wait before getting his hands on my collection and specifically the Sub I was wearing when he was born.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Maybe it's worth a separate thread - it might flush out some advice or somebody might be sitting on some spares.
    Thank you for that suggestion, I will certainly give it a try!


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    Unfortunately not, my dad's watch went to my older brother, first son and heir and all that. I do have his wedding ring though.

    The watch was a 9ct gold dress watch presented to him for 25 years service at Vauxhall. I don't think my brother wears it.

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    My Dad's got a hideous fake Rolex from Mexico. Can't wait to get my hands on that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    Unfortunately not, my dad's watch went to my older brother, first son and heir and all that. I do have his wedding ring though.

    The watch was a 9ct gold dress watch presented to him for 25 years service at Vauxhall. I don't think my brother wears it.
    Maybe suggest a swap with your brother? If he knows your interest in watches he may go for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartynJC (UK) View Post
    I do wonder if this question will be asked in 20-30years time??
    Who knows, we can only hope. It’s down to us to educate the next generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Maybe suggest a swap with your brother? If he knows your interest in watches he may go for that
    Thanks, that might be an idea. I'll give it some thought.

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    My grandad’s gold pocket watch ended up with one of my cousins, grandad was like a father to him so I understand why he left him the watch, but I doubt whether it sees the light if day too often. I’d like to own it but I won’t, the fact that I’m a watch enthusiast is far outweighed by the sentimental links.

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    I think I may have posted this before. I don't ever remember my grandad wearing a watch but he was an amateur sprinter and my dad recently gave me his old stopwatch.

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    I have a watch that I bought from my dad, it's a Tag Hueur Targa Florio (a 2003 edition if i recall). This thread has prompted me to ask my dad if he has any of his dads watches though! :D

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    Well I've just learned something, I never knew Sekonda were originally made in the USSR.
    This thread has got me thinking, I have a grotty 1970s USSR Sekonda that was my dadís. He wasnít materialistic and left virtually nothing.

    Does anybody know or recommend a watchmaker for servicing Sekondas or Russian watches?


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    My grandad's watch. He bought it about a year before I was born (I have the receipt) and I remember him wearing it until he died when I was about 10.

    I wore it on my wedding day and at his wife's (my grandmother's) funeral.


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    I opened this thread with my dad's watch ...

    This is my Grandad's watch which was brought up to this condition by Paul Walker; thanks again Paul as this looks great now.

    Omega Seamaster - 1965
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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    I opened this thread with my dad's watch ...

    This is my Grandad's watch which was brought up to this condition by Paul Walker; thanks again Paul as this looks great now.

    Omega Seamaster - 1965
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    Gorgeous!


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    [QUOTE=Wibbs;5256869]I caught the watch bug early because my dad collected watches himself, which was fairly oddball at the time. :) So I'm lucky I have a couple of his.

    He got this in the early 80's. I remember it being "mad money" at the time. Tiny by today's standards but still looks like new.


    OMG, I haven't seen one of these for years.
    I remember buying one in the early 80's when the "Quartz Bug" had really taken off.
    I wasn't so knowledgeable about watches back then, and was sucked in by the "Very High Precision" (VHP) that guaranteed that the watch would be accurate to about 15 seconds, I think per year!
    If I remember correctly it cost around £800-£900 and what made it even worst is that I sold my S/S Rolex Sub to get it..........................
    Eventually, I gave it to my brother as he was without a watch. He didn't take good care of it and the watch got water in it and that was that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    I opened this thread with my dad's watch ...

    This is my Grandad's watch which was brought up to this condition by Paul Walker; thanks again Paul as this looks great now.

    Omega Seamaster - 1965
    [url=https://postimg.cc/image/eik65v2zf/]
    [/url<https://s17.postimg.org/zfgeaj10f/seamaster_1965.jpg%5b/img%5d%5b/url>]
    Great doesn't do it justice, that is a beautiful thing to have.

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    Both my grandads watches...the Rotary was for best the Avia I'm guessing the beater.

    My nan passed them on to me after he passed.

    Not sure about age of either?

    The Avia still runs and keeps good time probably way overdue a service.

    Rotary has recently had a new battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    I wonder if anyone here has inherited a nice 5513 or similar ... I guess the reality is few people wore dive watches in the 60s & 70s ...
    An uncle of mine has a Blancpain FF he bought in the 60's while on holidays in Spain or France. He has it on an old spidel expanding hair catcher. He didn't know what it was or what it would be worth. I nearly hastened his mortal end when I told him a few years ago. No chance of me getting it though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Topcat30093 View Post
    OMG, I haven't seen one of these for years.
    I remember buying one in the early 80's when the "Quartz Bug" had really taken off.
    I wasn't so knowledgeable about watches back then, and was sucked in by the "Very High Precision" (VHP) that guaranteed that the watch would be accurate to about 15 seconds, I think per year!
    If I remember correctly it cost around £800-£900 and what made it even worst is that I sold my S/S Rolex Sub to get it..........................
    Eventually, I gave it to my brother as he was without a watch. He didn't take good care of it and the watch got water in it and that was that!
    Yeah, it was an expensive watch at the time. Clearly he was in the Ma's™ good books that year. Then again at the time vanishingly few people were into collecting "old watches". New was the thing for the most part. A mad figure, when a "good watch" was around the 2-300 quid mark. Usually a Seiko by that stage or a Rotary. I remember Rotary being very popular as a "good watch"*

    It's a tiny watch today, "ladies size", but when I wear it I forget about it entirely. Doesn't catch on anything, weighs nothing and the titanium oxide or whatever coating is on it seems impervious to time, runs for years on a battery and like you say is very accurate. It's easy to forget smaller watches are often much more practical. Which men in the past seemed to agree with. Over the course of the 20th century the average size of a man's watch ran from 30mm and sometimes smaller to 36mm and rarely larger.

    Case in point, I also got this Zenith from my dad.



    At 42mm never mind the big stick out crown he almost never wore it and getting a strap for it was hard work. It lived on a few cheap one piece nylon straps. I wore it a few times in the 80's and 90's and the looks I got when I did...




    *A school friend of mine worked in an auction house in the summers and I used to go along with pocket money to throw an envelope bid on any "old" watches that came up(cos I was too young to officially bid). Though I lusted after the the cool digitals which all my mates had I couldn't read them too easily(turns out I have dyscalculia, kinda dyslexia with numbers) and they were mostly out of my pocket money range. This is the early-mid 80's, but it seemed the only watches worth anything regardless of brand were the solid gold ones. I once bought a shoebox full of steel and plated watches for 20 quid. I got Omega, Smiths, Breitling, Rotary, Tudor and a few others back then. Mad how things change... Sadly I had no clue of many brands. It was just the names my dad knew or what were in the average jeweller shop windows. Lord knows what I passed on, gave away, or discarded. If someone had said IWC to me I'd have figured them to be a non English speaking tourist and would have pointed them in the direction of the nearest toilet. :)

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    Thank you for this thread, it has encouraged me to dig these out. My old man died when I was a baby, so I don't know the story behind the watches below. I like to imagine that he wore the M&S one for work, and that the MuDu was maybe an 18th or 21st present.

    I wasn't much taken with these when mum gave them to me several decades ago, but I have a different view on the now. I like the funky red second hand on the MuDu, and find myself wondering if M&S may have sourced their movements from Smiths.

    I hope to get them serviced and on my wrist in the new year



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    Some really interesting watches popping up here, a refreshing change from the usuals.

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    One of my Dad's



    and one of my Great Grandads

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    One of my Dad's



    and one of my Great Grandads

    cracking watches! love the shape of the omega

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    I have my grandad's Omega Seamaster automatic from the 60's and my dad's Cyma hand wind - both wind and run still fine but cosmetically battered

    been meaning to get them fixed up to use but they are 34-36mm and a bit too small for me - just nice to have and keep them

    "sell them and buy something for the kids" my dad said when he gave them to me so one day might just do that

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    Sort of!! When my father died I inherited his Rolex Datejust. Always intended to be mine, as he bought it on my birthday in 1957. When he died I passed it on to my son, along with the purchase papers, and the original timing papers it was supplied with. My father had it serviced by WoS, and I had some minor work done by Bedfords in Ruislip, who were amazed at the condition - the latter meant that my son has had it valued for insurance purposes at £14000.....
    I still (occasionally) wear my 21st birthday watch - an Omega Geneve Dynamic so coming up for 50 years old, and my son wears his 21st GP Ferrari Chrono, in rotation with his other watches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xantiagib View Post
    I have my grandad's Omega Seamaster automatic from the 60's and my dad's Cyma hand wind - both wind and run still fine but cosmetically battered

    been meaning to get them fixed up to use but they are 34-36mm and a bit too small for me - just nice to have and keep them

    "sell them and buy something for the kids" my dad said when he gave them to me so one day might just do that
    Lets see some photos ...

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    I have my dad's '60s Seiko 5 Sports and my granddad's Rotary. Sadly neither works. I also had all of my mum' s watches, but the case they were in got stolen.

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    i have my Irish grandfathers silver pocket watch,its a Aurora,made in the USA circa 1885.it hadnt worked for several decades so in the 1980's i had it repaired/serviced for my fathers birthday.it then had pride of place in my parents living room until they passed away and i inherited it in 2011.i had it serviced again by a good local watch maker.both times it was serviced i specified no restoration as every ding in the case all the chips and scatches to the glass are dear to me as i never met my irish grandfather,he died long before i was born.this watch is all that links him to me.it mainly resides in the safe but on every family occassion,weddings,christenings ect i wear it .then i think a little bit of my father and grandfather is there too..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xantiagib View Post
    I have my grandad's Omega Seamaster automatic from the 60's and my dad's Cyma hand wind - both wind and run still fine but cosmetically battered

    been meaning to get them fixed up to use but they are 34-36mm and a bit too small for me - just nice to have and keep them

    "sell them and buy something for the kids" my dad said when he gave them to me so one day might just do that
    Quote Originally Posted by Montello View Post
    Lets see some photos ...
    aye indeed will have to fish them out the safe...

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    Iíve got a couple from my old man, who died five years ago on Monday.

    One that he wore every day that I can remember, an old (wary 1980s, at a guess) Citizen Crystron quartz thatís seriously beaten-up - the crystal is fogged and scratched, the plating has worn off the fluting on the bezel, and itís all-in-all in a bit of a state. I took the battery out and have kept it for purely sentimental reasons: itís not really my ďthingĒ, style-wise, but itís heavy with memories, and nice to have.

    (If anyone knows of a watchmaker who can service these and replace the seals and crystal, do shout - it might be nice to recommission it anyway.)


    The other was a present to him from my mum, after theyíd been married a couple of years. Itís a 1972 Seamaster Cosmic 2000, and served as his everyday watch till it stopped running (I suspect lack of servicing plus a hard life!) and was replaced by good old reliable Japanese quartz... When dad was diagnosed as terminally ill, he exhumed the watch from a drawer somewhere, complete with the original paperwork, and gave it to me to look after.

    It was in a sorry state - wildly inaccurate and would only run for an hour or so before stopping; the fate mechanism didnít work; the crystal was scratched and chipped; the case badly scarred; and the dial and hands were corroded. I sent it off for a full refurb at STS, including a sensitive case refinish which left some character but improved the look considerably. And now it ticks away happily in my collection.

    Itís odd: I donít believe in god, or ghosts, or souls, or reincarnation. I fully accept that dad is dead and gone. Yet, despite that, I always reach for this watch if I feel I need a bit of a boost. If Iíve got a difficult day coming up or Iím just feeling low, I wear this (and sometimes the cufflinks in the second photo, which were also dadís) and I feel better; I take comfort in knowing that Iím wearing something that my father wore well before I was born, and that will hopefully still be around and enjoyed long after Iím dead and gone myself.

    Jesus! That was an essay. TL;DR: my dadís old Omega:




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    My Dad was in the Navy man and boy and married my Mum in his mid-twenties. Saving up all his money (well everything he didn't spend on beer) and with some gambling winnings during an 18-month carrier based tour of Asia in the 1950's (HMS Theseus), he bought a pair of matching solid gold Omegas for him and his new bride. My Mum still has hers - a tiny 5p piece sized delicate thing with a mother-of-pearl face almost impossible to see unless you're really sharp eyed. My Dad wore his on a night out to a formal event in Singapore where he was one of the ratings representing the ship's crew.

    On the way back to the boat a friend of his was involved in an altercation and a crowd gathered to watch the fight. Jumping in with both feet, as was my Dad's style, he threw himself into the melee but not before thinking that his watch may be damaged. Turning to another sailor watching the action he handed him the watch and said "look after this mate". And that's why I don't have my Dad's watch. He wore a series of cheap wind-up no-name watches for the rest of his life, never believing that investing money (again!) in a watch was worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PreacherCain View Post
    Jesus! That was an essay. TL;DR: my dadís old Omega:
    Thanks for posting such a personal story. What a treasure that Omega is.

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    This was my Grandfathers watch given to him on his 21 birthday




    My Grandfather below

    He is holding my Dad

    Here he is again as you see he went from Chief to Officer what we call in the US Navy a mustang. He was tough he was my Dads div officer my dad did some thing maybe drunk coming back to the ship he put him in the brig.
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