watches

My personal watch gallery. I own or have owned the watches listed below. Some are no longer in my possession and some I’ll never part with. I created a separate gallery of project watches for timepieces that have already passed through my hands.

There are several aspects about the watch that fascinate me. For the past few years, I haven’t worn a watch since my Luminox broke and my Tag ran out of batteries, despite the fact there’s a trusty G-Shock in my top drawer.
A watch may be considered an extension of one’s personality. I think a watch enhances one’s appearance and lends clues to what else may be ticking inside.

Decades ago, nearly a vagrant and down to wearing clothes I found in a dumpster, I remember passing a street person who said: “I see you haven’t sold the watch yet.” – I was wearing my father’s Seiko chronograph, which I eventually did sell after wearing it through thick and thin for over 25 years.

Let’s get started by mfg. date. The caveats, of course, are some watches I can’t figure out the date, model, dimensions, materials etc. Many of my watches I have no record of at all. I will try to include as much information as I can. Maybe you can help with some missing details~?!?

1923 Waltham Sterling Silver Ladies Watch
1929 Bulova Governor
1942 Elgin Aircraft Clock
1940-1950 Concord Ladies Gold Watch
C.1960′s Marcel Super
1966 Bulova Senator
1966 Seiko 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe
1983 Seiko Chronograph 7A28-7029
1986 Tissot Two-Timer
1987 Casio G-Shock DW-5600
1993 Victorinox “Marlboro”
1994 Victorinox ”Marlboro”
1997 Wenger ”Marlboro”
1998 Tag Heuer Classic 2000
2002 Tissot Ballade
2007 Luminox 3913
2008 Seiko “Sea Urchin” SNZF25K1
2010 Bertucci A-2T HighPolish Titanium
2011 Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15
2012 Casio MRW200H-1BV
2013 Steinhart Ocean 1 Black


1923 Waltham Ladies Watch – I think this was my grandmother’s. I sold it at auction long before the price of Sterling was $32/oz.

  • Manufacturer: Waltham Watch Co.
  • Year: 1923
  • Model:
  • Condition: Sold
  • Movement: Mechanical
  • Crystal: Glass
  • Case: Etched Sterling Silver
  • Caseback: Sterling Silver, No. 112149
  • Serial #: 24526120
  • Strap/bracelet: Silver, flex
  • Water Resistant : Not



1929 Bulova Governor - This Bulova Gentleman’s watch belonged to my grandfather. I ordered a replacement crystal from eBay user “fixwatches” – a favorable transaction. This watch is listed on MyBulova.com.

  • Manufacturer: Bulova Watch Company
  • Year: 1929
  • Model: Governor
  • Condition: In repair – not working
  • Movement: 15 Jewels, 10AN
  • Crystal: Glass
  • Case: 26.5mm
  • Case Shape: Tonneau
  • Caseback: 14K RGP, No. 9694460
  • Serial #: 222365
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel, not original.
  • Water Resistant : Not


1942 Elgin 8-Day Aircraft Clock – I’ve added this ‘clock’ for it’s personal and military interest value. One of my father’s few timepieces, I have no idea of this piece’s history.

  • Manufacturer: Elgin National Watch Company
  • Year: 1942
  • Model: A-11 Type
  • Condition: Sold
  • Movement: 8-days
  • Crystal: Acrylic
  • Case Shape: Square
  • Caseback: plastic
  • Serial #: 43163873


1940-1950 Concord Ladies Gold Watch – The other grandmother’s. Actually a step-grandmother’s watch abandoned by her next of kin, I retrieved this one from the tag sale pile. It’s solid gold. The movement is clean and running strong.

  • Manufacturer: Concord Watch Company
  • Year: 1947?
  • Model: ?
  • Condition: Working
  • Movement: 17 Jewels, 334F
  • Crystal: Glass?
  • Case: 15mm
  • Case Shape: Square
  • Caseback: 14K solid, No. 293823
  • Serial #: 293823?
  • Strap/bracelet: Gold, original.
  • Water Resistant : Not


1960 Marcel Super - This Marcel Watch Co. “Super” mechanical watch was found among my father’s possessions in like-new condition. I wore it more than a few times and really enjoyed it’s classic style. Sold $27.

  • Manufacturer: Marcel Watch Corp.
  • Year: C.1960′s
  • Model: Super
  • Condition: NOS ~ working
  • Movement: Cal. 217A, 1 Jewel, Swiss
  • Crystal: ?
  • Case: ?
  • Caseback:
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: Speidel, original.
  • Water Resistant : Not


1966 Bulova Senator – One of my favorites watches, this Bulova Senator, listed on MyBulova.com, was a dumpster score. As of this inclusion in my watch gallery, mybulova.com has only approved a tentative identification on this watch year/model.

  • Manufacturer: Bulova Watch Company.
  • Year: 1966
  • Model: Senator
  • Condition: Working
  • Movement: Mechanical
  • Crystal: Glass
  • Case: mm
  • Caseback: 10K RGP, No. 2517
  • Serial #: I988193
  • Strap/bracelet: Flex, original
  • Water Resistant : Not

1966 Seiko 5 Sportsmatic Deluxe, 7619-7070 - My first eBay vintage watch purchase. The watch runs smoothly, the crystal is decent and I like the style. I added a Speidel “Therapeutic” Flex-O-Matic band that looks super and I’ve been wearing it every day. I hope I don’t regret parting with this one. This is one of the nicest looking watches I have ever had. I’ve posted a much larger gallery of pre-sale pictures here.

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1966
  • Model: Sportsmatic Deluxe
  • Condition: Working/decent
  • Movement: 7619-7070 Automatic
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: SS, 38mm
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: 6503702
  • Strap/bracelet: 18mm, Flex, not original.
  • Water Resistant : Yes


1983 Seiko Chronograph 7A28-7029 – My father never hit me as a child. No spankings growing up, no chasing me with a giant spoon like my mother did, not a single smack on the ass no matter how deserved… but when I stole this watch from him he grabbed my arm. In my entire life, that was the only time my father ever laid a hand on me. Years later he gave me the watch and I never took it off. The chronometer never reset properly. If I remember correctly, you could adjust/reset the hands but it would never return to zero. This watch was never ‘my style’ but it’s meaning to me was greater than style.

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 1983
  • Model: 7A28-7029
  • Condition: Sold, working w/chrono issues
  • Movement: 15 Jewels, cal. 7A28
  • Crystal: ?
  • Case:
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: ?
  • Strap/bracelet: Seiko, gold plated
  • Water Resistant : Yes



1987 Casio G-Shock DW-5600 – Every watch has a story and this one is no exception. The most remarkably aspect of this G-Shock is: It’s 25 years old and it ALWAYS knows the time and date. I may have changed the battery twice in the past 25 years. This watch has been abused on hundreds of rugged construction sites. It has been covered in concrete and scraped clean again. It is the most durable workhorse I have ever worn. This is an amazing watch.

The story part, I remember clearly. I wanted this watch as soon as I it came on the market and impatiently waited until it was on sale at Nordstroms in S.F. for $53. Prompted by the price, I went to one of those Arab-run electronic stores on Market street. The guy started around $180 and it took me at least 30 minutes to talk him into $45, no tax. It was a real fight for price that I never could have done without my father teaching me to haggle at age 10.

  • Manufacturer: Casio
  • Year: 1987
  • Model: DW-5600
  • Condition: Awesome
  • Movement: Japan Quartz – 901
  • Crystal: Glass
  • Case: 42mm
  • Case Shape:
  • Caseback: St. Steel
  • Serial #: ?
  • Strap/bracelet: original, rubbery plastic
  • Water Resistant : 200m.

$45 and it’s running strong 25 yrs later – That’s impressive considering the abuse it has suffered. Check out these photos~



 


1998 Tag Heuer Classic 2000 - Likely my most sentimental and priceless watch. This watch belonged to my late brother, who when diagnosed with cancer treated himself to a few of life’s pleasures. A new Tag Heuer and a Porsche C4. He lived it up those last few… days.
Until I bought a Luminox to spare this watch the abuses of my lifestyle, I considered this my only watch. Since destroying the Luminox, my brother’s Tag returned to being my only watch. I sent this off for another $110 servicing in December of 2011. The significance of this watch is transcendent.

  • Manufacturer: Tag Heuer
  • Year: 1998
  • Model: WK1110 Classic 2000
  • Condition: Working
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: 37.5mm, brushed steel
  • Caseback: Solid SS – WK1110
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: Tag Heuer brushed steel.
  • Water Resistant : 200m.



2007 Luminox 3913 – My Luminox was well loved before it fell 2 feet off my bed and shattered. This watch took a serious beating on construction sites. It’s been in motorcycle, mtn. bike and car accidents on me. It went diving,  shooting, horseback riding, and in many a rocky crawl space before it’s untimely demise in the bedroom. Definitely one of my favorites; my Original Luminox Navy SEAL watch was a short-lived but well spent $200. Although I’d prefer a sapphire crystal, different band and a more durable bezel, I’d buy another Luminox in a heartbeat.

  • Manufacturer: Luminox
  • Year: 2006
  • Model: Original Navy SEAL – 3913
  • Condition: sold, broken
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Hardened Mineral Glass
  • Case: 43mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Caseback: SS
  • Serial #: ?
  • Strap/bracelet: Velcro
  • Water Resistant : 200m.
  • Illumination: Night Vision Tubes (25 years)

I bought this watch on Amazon.com for around $225. I wore it every day, until it died. Knowing nothing about watch repair, I sent it to the Authorized Service Center and got the estimate of $109 for a new crystal and second hand. Nice enough to return it at no cost, I quickly sold it on eBay for $58. [My brain said: $109 + $58 = $167... A brand new Luminox starts at $163 so I couldn't justify repairing such a beat up watch.


2008 Seiko SNZF25K1 – I want a Rolex Submariner, especially one with a red or green bezel. This Seiko is dubbed the “Sea Urchin” even though it’s non-screwdown crown and 10 BAR WR rating certainly don’t make it sea worthy. Closer to the look of the Rolex might have been the crappy Alpha “Submariner” or the pricey Debaufre Ocean 1 …even an Orient. I went with Seiko because it’s not exact… though I really don’t know what I was thinking because ideally, I’d love to wear a Hamilton 42mm Thin-O-Matic. This SNZF25 is an Asian market watch, not available in the US. I bought this new on March 14th, 2012 from an Authorized Dealer in Malaysia for $195 shipped. (I gave this watch to my daughter. She loved it. …don’t know where it is today.)

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 2008
  • Model: 7S36- 03E0
  • Condition: NIB
  • Movement: 23 Jewels, 7S36 Automatic
  • Crystal: Hardlex Crystal
  • Case: 38mm x 13mm
  • Case Shape: Diver
  • Caseback: Hardlex
  • Serial #: 860225
  • Strap/bracelet: SS.
  • Water Resistant : 100m.


2010 Bertucci A-2T - I picked up this Burtucci A2-T HighPolish Titanium watch on sale after reading positive reviews on these titanium field watches. I didn’t particularly like the khaki color dial, integrated lugs and and wildly long band. In retrospect I should have kept this durable watch as my beater. With it’s mineral glass crystal I’m not so sure it would have held up. Cost $65 NOS.

  • Manufacturer: Burtucci
  • Year: 2010
  • Model: A-2T Highpolish Titanium
  • Condition: NIB
  • Movement: Swiss Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral Glass
  • Case: 40mm
  • Caseback: Titanium
  • Serial #: ?
  • Strap/bracelet: Integrated Lugs/Nylon Band.
  • Water Resistant : 100m.


2011 Seiko 5 Sports SNZG15 – DoD $79 special… need an everyday beater.

  • Manufacturer: Seiko
  • Year: 2011
  • Model: SNZG15 – 7S36-03J0
  • Condition: NIB – 5 months, screws came loose – sold.
  • Movement: 7S36 Automatic
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Case: 42mm
  • Caseback: See-Thru Hardlex
  • Serial #: 190470
  • Strap/bracelet: Nylon Band.
  • Water Resistant : 100m.


2012 Casio MRW200H-1BV
…need a new everyday beater, since the Seiko above fell apart. $17.34
I was slightly misled by a claim of 22mm band.. but it’s really 18mm pins.


2013 Steinhart Ocean 1 Black
Awesome~! I finally own the Rolex I always wanted. Thanks Steinhart for this solidly crafted piece~! I paid an extra 25EUR for the Ceramic Bezel inlay, so pleased.

  • Manufacturer: Steinhart
  • Year: 2013
  • Model: Ocean 1 Black
  • Item no.: T0204
  • Condition: NIB.
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2 Automatic
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Case: 42mm
  • Caseback: Stainless
  • Weight: 190 g
  • Serial #:
  • Strap/bracelet: Stainless Steel 22 mm, screwed
  • Water Resistant : 300m.


to be continued…

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