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    Sorry, this just tickled me :-)
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    Russian randomly: my watch journey

    **This picture survived an editing fail**

    So:

    Love this Benrus, with its asymmetric lettering, and subtle wedged markers. The slender triangles at 3-6-9 are the opposite way up from those of the other numbers (I love that detail)

    Vintage nylon: Times of Plenty rocks (for leather too!)

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    Thanks mlcor!

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    Russian randomly: my watch journey

    Right, time for some more journey!

    Let's look at white watches, my search for the perfect white watch

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    Timex 'Deville,' 1978


    As I cheekily posted on Jan 1's wruw, I've got a vintage 'Deville.'
    Well kinda.
    To my 70s raised eyes, this was what a formal watch should be

    But there were so many other options out there, though many dials turned out to be pearlescent, silvery or other metallic rather than white

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    Vostok 2209 'Sparky,' 60s

    I even got to try classic styles, seen through a Soviet lens

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    Zwezda, 50s

    Looks like a LiP? Yep, because the French company trained Soviet engineers. Movement based on the T18
    http://watchesz.free.fr/mfa/lip_au_pays_des_soviets.htm (in French)

    This Raketa channeled horological history, with a stylish black bezel

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    Raketa 2609, Red 12

    And while the Slava medical watches were like hen's teeth, Chaika quartz ones were to be had
    (Starting at 12 or 6, time 15 of the patient's heartbeats, read off their pulse rate. Simples)

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    My most beautiful watch was born in Glashütte:

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    Glashütte 09-20, 80s

    Though the Poljot 2209 ultra-slims gave her a run for her money.
    The white is great, but look at the blue:

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    Sekonda De luxe, Poljot 2209

    Finally for now, my cheapest ever watch, the $5 Timex. Sold spares-or-repair, I loved the 70s numbers, and figured I could transplant the dial into a decent case with a working movement.

    Imagine my surprise when the corrosion turned out to be mostly crud, the scratches yielded to polywatch - and it actually ran!

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    before: $5 Timex, spares or repair

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    after: Timex Mercury, 1975
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    Excellent! The before and after on that little Timex is pretty amazing. And I love the little Glashütte.

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    Russian randomly: my watch journey

    Thanks!

    To be fair my watch guy had had a go by that point too :-)

    Loved the Glashütte - a great watch for going to arty things, special occasions



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    Quote Originally Posted by OhDark30 View Post

    Loved the Glashütte - a great watch for going to arty things, special occasions



    You're keeping this one I hope? I think you're one of the only other people on the forums I know of with one of the old GuBs in good condition. I only have one remaining of the three I once had (it's the Spezi Bison which was a bit too ugly to attract a buyer, but it had the best running movement of the three.).
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    You're keeping this one I hope? I think you're one of the only other people on the forums I know of with one of the old GuBs in good condition. I only have one one remaining of the threeI once had.
    Since she referred to it in the past tense, I assumed it was gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    Since she referred to it in the past tense, I assumed it was gone...
    Oops, thanks, missed that. Ah well, I do understand the downsize urge.
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywatch View Post
    Oops, thanks, missed that. Ah well, I do understand the downsize urge.
    Not me. At least not yet.

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