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Thread: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

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    Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Having not bought a new watch in, ohh, more than a month, I'm now considering a Seagull 1963. I found this site http://www.watchunique.com/featured/1963-air-force.html which claims to have them in stock for 125. Has anyone bought from here, or can you advise me of a better/cheaper/more reliable place to find one?

    thanks, Tim
    (wearing Vostok Amphibia on red/black striped NATO today ...)

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Hello Tim,
    Read your post and went looking for the watch. Great looking watch, something I'd buy.

    Looking at other watch forums, I found this chap cnmark Marcus, at ww.watchuseek.com

    If you read the posts, he seems a respected memeber of that forum who lives in Hong Kong. He seems to trade in Seagull watches

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=62127

    Hope this helps

    Also found this

    "Other than Markus, there's another place you can get the seagull chrono,

    watchunique.com

    There are quite a few WUS people who bought from that site"

    http://www.sg-roc.com/showthread.php?t=4048&page=5

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I had that watch and sold it about 9 months ago - really wish I hadn't :( :( And have been thinking of getting another - may well join you.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    The 1963 looks nice and i like it, could do with a brother to this Seagull that i was lucky enough to get off SC last year.


    Lovely movement.

    Stu.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjedwardz
    I had that watch and sold it about 9 months ago - really wish I hadn't :( :( And have been thinking of getting another - may well join you.
    Ditto, although i gave mine away to my sister, so can't complain really. They're lovely looking.

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    Markus doesn't have anymore in, I know as I got the last one!! So it looks like watchunique is the only new source for now.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I got one from watchunique last year. :|

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZIM
    I got one from watchunique last year. :|
    Would you recommend them? :?

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    I have just ordered one from watchunique - will let you know :)

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by bighec
    Quote Originally Posted by ZIM
    I got one from watchunique last year. :|
    Would you recommend them? :?
    You have PM

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Marcus has a couple in stock that have failed his accuracy standards - he's willing to offer them at a lower price, but I've not as yet asked what that would be.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Just got mine from Ivo at Watchunique - 2 day delivery from Holland! I immediately put it on an Eddie brown open ended aviator, 18mm, it looks great!

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Mine arrived from Holland this morning. I don't think it's quite as nice as the last one I had - the winding and pusher operation isn't quite as positive - but it's still a lovely looking watch. Everything works, timekeeping seems ok from what I can see so far.

    The pushers appear to have chemically blued in a slightly hamfisted way, unless it's a coating or sticker or something :? It's not horrible but it's not necessary either.

    Overall I'm still glad I got it.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    jd I think that's a protective sticker. Seen that quite often on watches from "far east".
    I'm not as think as you drunk I am.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr1973
    jd I think that's a protective sticker. Seen that quite often on watches from "far east".
    Whatever it was, I've just scraped it off with a fingernail :D

    I like it even more now, thanks :lol:

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I got mine from there last Wednesday. Ordered the previous Thursday midnight.

    It will get one of Eddie's straps in due course. So far it's keeping good time. The knurling on the crown isn't very pronounced so it's not the easiest of watches to wind.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    From what I've gathered, the watchunique version differs slightly from Markus' version.

    Markus' first batch had the unfilled star, 19 zuan on the dial and solid caseback. His subsequent batches were mixed and some of them had the red filled star and some were offered with the display back.

    Watchunique's version has 21 zuan on the dial and a red star, IIRC. The solid back is standard but an optional display back can be purchased (when in stock).

    lysanderxiii tore down a ST19 a while back and at least that one had 23 jewels but you see the ST19 advertised as having 21 or 22 jewels. It may depend on the variant.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    True, this does have the red star and states 21 jewels.

    Here's an interesting comparison. It's reputed to be the case that the ST-19 is an old Venus movement bought from the Swiss. This image is borrowed from thewatchspot.co.uk

    with that Venus movement in.

    Image nicked from rongood.net on WUS, hope he doesn't mind.
    Note the similarity between the dial of this watch and the Sea-Gull's.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Here is mine (from the Friday thread) ...


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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Interesting stuff. I'm not normally a fan of 30 minute chronos but its such a pretty dial and handset... and different. I may compare mine to my old one, which my sister has, if I get the chance.

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    haven't got mine yet -- but hopefully as you lot have yours, mine is in transit somewhere (I wonder did it go from China to Holland and now back around the world again to Australia?).

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I ordered mine from Watch Unique too. It arrived in four days. So no problems there! Their site was kind of scary though - apart from the Seagull everything looked like overpriced sh-t.

    The watch looks great. I've been eying it on various online WIS-forums for the last year or so and now I finally pulled the trigger and bought one. The bluening of the chrono pushers looked weird but, as jd wrote, it was just to remove it with a fingernail.

    Everything about it feels very mechanical in a good way and the ticking is loud and noticable when you have it on your wrist.

    Here's a few quick shots. I was to lazy to use the tripod...






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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glamdring
    True, this does have the red star and states 21 jewels.

    Here's an interesting comparison. It's reputed to be the case that the ST-19 is an old Venus movement bought from the Swiss. This image is borrowed from thewatchspot.co.uk
    Seen that index/numeral type more recently:

    ...but what do I know; I don't even like watches!

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    nice pics Bjorn!

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I found some pics of my old one - it was a 19 jewel version. It would be interesting to get the backs off.


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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Well, here's another one I like...

    I never should have joined this forum, I'll end up destitute... but :D


    Cheers

    Stern

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Hooray! Mine turned up today. :P

    What a good-looking watch: I've had a hankering for an 'older-style' chrono for a while, but of course good vintage Swiss models are very expensive to buy (and can be even worse to service). I think a brown leather strap will be going on this one ...

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    I assume now, if I want to pick one up, I'm limited to waiting on the SC/ebay etc?

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    Re: Seagull 1963: where to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by gawkrodger
    I assume now, if I want to pick one up, I'm limited to waiting on the SC/ebay etc?
    Ask over at WUS, Chinese forums...

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