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    93EXCivic's State Of The Collection

    It has been a while since I posted anything related to watches largely due to biking taking over my fun spending and also due to being some what content with where my collection is at.

    So I figured I would do a SOTC post to show my collection of affordable and vintage watches. This will be over a few post.

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    Here is the whole collection in some watch boxes I made (two out of cigar boxes and the other out of a Booker's whiskey box).
    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    The Vostoks.

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    Here are the four Amphibians that I own.

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    This one is the limited edition NVCH-30 reissue that was done by Russian watch forum a few years ago. I absolute love it. If it much higher quality finishing then the usual Vostok.

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    Newer Radio Room. This was my first "real" watch and it has remained on of my favorites. Also it has probably the only comfortable Vostok strap ever made.

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    Scuba Dude. This one is a bit older. Just post fall of the USSR since it isn't marked either made in USSR or Russia. Everyone who likes Vostoks surely has to have a Scuba Dude in the collection but as far as I can tell there are not many dateless ones out there. It took me a year and half to find this one.

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    The Zissou. Another classic from the Vostok lineup. This is one of two watches I added this year because I was dressing as Steve Zissou for something.
    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    The Olma collection

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    Nothing like collecting an obscure forgotten brand. But I bought one as one of my first Swiss vintage watches. Did a little research on the brand and well slowly added some here and there.

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    This was my first Olma. It has a bit of Pie pan effect on the dial which is kind of cool. I am pretty sure it is from the late 60s early 70s.

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    This Olma Sport is from probably the same period as the above one. I bought it for one of the cheap watch challenges on here. Spent some time cleaning it up and had it serviced.

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    I believe this one is from the '50s. Probably my favorite Olma. I love the numerals on it and I am also a sucker for a tank watch. It was a complete pain in the ass to get right again though.

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    This one was a random buy on eBay. It is a bit of a Frankenwatch because the crystal is not original but who can say no to a faceted crystal. It is a bit of funk in my collection.
    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    The other vintage watches.

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    These are the other random vintage watches I have in the collection.

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    1924 Elgin. It is a bit small but it is the oldest member of the collection and I love the Art Deco case. Plus I "needed" an American made watch in the collection.

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    Oris After Five. It is Five o'clock somewhere.

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    Smith's Empire. With my dad being British I felt my collection wasn't complete without a Smiths.
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    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    Random other watches

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    Luch one hander. This one has been modified by removing the chrome coating and replacing the flat crystal with a domed acrylic.

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    Wood quartz watch. Can't remember who made it. It was a groomsmen gift. If I am honest I rarely wear it.

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    Fossil from around 07. It was a graduation gift from my then girlfriend now wife. I rarely wear this one too (in fact the battery was dead when I pulled it out of the case).

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    Orient M-Force diver. This one came from a giveaway here (sorry don't remember who did it). But it is the big bold diver that every collection needs right? It is probably not one I would have bought for myself but it gets worn a decent amount and is my pool/beach watch. And I really enjoy it.
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    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    The beaters.

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    Casio AE-1200WHD. Modified a bit with rubber strap, Casio letter removed from case and red tint under part of the lens.

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    Casio MDV106. Amazing that this watch costs so little.

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    G-shock. Everyone needs a G-shock right? This was the other watch added this year.

    I also have a Timex Weekender that lives in a drawer at work.
    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    Finally the plans going forward.

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    So the projects that are ongoing. One the far left a vintage Panerai 6152 homage. This one was the first project of a very talented homage maker from another forum. I have had the Molnija movement serviced but it needs new hands and a better dial.
    Top center is a Luch 2209 which needs a service. I had one before buy sold it and regretted it kind of. This one is one of my favorite versions.
    Top right. A homage watch I am working on. It is going to get a Molnija movement. The idea is imagining if Panerai had made a pilot watch for the Italian air force.
    Center. An old Elgin pocket watch that needs some love (a service and new crystal). I don't remember how I ended up with this one but I really liked the case shape and I'd like a pocket watch in the collection.
    Bottom. An aged pilot watch I am working on. It needs a movement ring then I can finish it off.

    This year I'd like to finish all the above projects (except maybe the Panerai pilot) and add a GPS/heart rate monitoring watch for biking. Also replace a couple straps and finish my perlon testing thread on here.

    Long term. I have two more vintage Vostoks I want to add, birth year Swatch, continue adding to the Olma collection, one more project and add a nice quartz.
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    A rather nice collection, thanks for posting!

    These three would my favourites:

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    I'm sorted and so not buying any more watches.

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    Very eclectic! My personal favorites are the Radio Room, the Olma tank and the Elgin (I'm also a sucker for Art Deco). Thanks for sharing.

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    It just goes to show - you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a satisfying watch hobby.

    Your collection has more interest than those that result from competitive shopping.

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