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Ask BWG! / Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Last post by mshan64 on June 18, 2019, 06:00:12 PM »
Hey guys, thanks a lot for replying to my message.  I will contact UV.
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General Zodiac Discussion / Re: worth repairing
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on June 18, 2019, 11:19:47 AM »
It is a watch worth saving, but depends on if you want to invest the money to do so.  You will have less money invested, and a better watch in the end, than if you went out and bought a new Swiss automatic from comparable brands today.
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General Zodiac Discussion / worth repairing
« Last post by Canadian on June 18, 2019, 10:36:22 AM »
I bought this watch back in 1995, a grad gift to myself.  Its had a rough life now needs new hands, new dial and the crown screw down is broken.  I used to have it serviced by a family friend that was a retired watch guy.  It wasn't until after his death and sent it to a proper swiss watch repair I found out what damage was done.  The seals for the case and the crown were missing, and way to much grease used inside.  Was told by the repair facility that because of the broken case that the unit was unrepairable, but I see on this site someone puts new screw down and crown in the case.  Don't know if it worth repairing or just replace.  Don't know how to post pics. Thanks
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Arrived today. Brassing on the lugs where gold plate has worn, as expected. Doesn't bother me. Adds to the patina. Far as I can tell the face, hands and crystal all original and in excellent shape.

Case back and movement both Zodiac signed. Appears to be a Landeron 148 movement in there. The pushers both work (as far as I can tell). Movement appears to be serviceable to my eyes, but we shall see.

Will follow with some photos.

Interestingly inside the case back is stamped "ZodiacWLtd" above "LeLocle,Swiss" above "FOND ACIER" then "INOXYDABLE" and then below is stamped "1013" but the 3 has a strikethrough counterstamped over and a 2 stamped next to it. Odd.

There seem to be 3 watch repair marks engraved as well ... appears to have been serviced in '57, '64 and '80 ... best I can make out with my loupe.
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Ask BWG! / Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on June 16, 2019, 01:10:55 PM »
UV, didn't you tell me you made a special jig to enable refitting them so that they were tight again? I know you have done a lot of them for me over the years. And thanks for that!

Yes sir, it is an important part of being able to restore them properly. 

Happy to do it  :sm3
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Ask BWG! / Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Last post by Butch on June 16, 2019, 12:53:46 PM »
UV, didn't you tell me you made a special jig to enable refitting them so that they were tight again? I know you have done a lot of them for me over the years. And thanks for that!
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Ask BWG! / Re: Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on June 16, 2019, 11:54:54 AM »
Yes, a watchmaker can tighten it for you.  The base metal bezels get misshapen from years of use and being hit, and I usually end up having to tighten 3/4 of the ones that come in for service.

Adding a spring is not a viable option for the friction fit styles.  Being that they are friction fit only they do not have the necessary space or curvature to allow a spring (on the case or inside the bezel).
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Ask BWG! / Seawolf Bezel Issue
« Last post by mshan64 on June 13, 2019, 12:59:54 PM »
I have recently acquired a Seawolf Datographic. I'm guessing it is from the mid to late 60's. The metal bezel was very hard to turn and I could feel grit underneath it while it moved.  I popped off the bezel and gave it a thorough cleaning.  Now it seems too loose.  Furthermore, if I work my finger nails around the outside, I can actually pop it off by hand.  Nothing looks worn or damaged.  In fact, from what I've seen out there, this watch looks to be in exceptional condition.

Now I am afraid to wear it because I dread loosing the bezel.  Is there any way of tightening it? I considered using a retainer spring even though it didn't have one.  Has anyone ever tried that?  Please help if you can...
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Ask BWG! / Re: Zodiac Triple Date Moonphase questions
« Last post by Krash01 on June 12, 2019, 07:34:14 AM »
Thanks. I've shown the watch to an other watchmaker, he inspected it, and said that everything seems fine with rotor. It has a  very little vertical play, but he said that it is normal (no metal on metal sound), so now I'm enjoying the watch :)
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I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Zodiac 1950s (?) two-register chronograph
« Last post by radicimo on June 09, 2019, 03:39:16 PM »
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Won this today. Set me back about $250 after exchange. Been looking to add a chronograph and felt like this was a good price for a two register Zodiac chronograph in that state, clearly in need of service.

Missing the crown but hoping it is serviceable besides that (unclear what "working" means in this case). I assume a replacement crown can be found for these, which that era I believe would be an unsigned gold crown. I'm guessing 1950s vintage from the shape of the lugs. No pictures or description of the movement so a calculated risk here for sure.

I'll post more details and pictures once I have it in hand and can better evaluate my purchase.
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