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As a military & vintage watch accumulator for over 20 years, most of my watches are 50 to 100 years old. I like wearing them, but a lot need a good COA service. Good watchmakers have become fewer and much more expensive over the years. It's just not cost effective any longer to have a seldom worn watch serviced.
I never have been a fan of quartz watches, but I needed & wanted an accurate & dependable watch I could pick up and wear with no worry. After much research with my son (an amateur modder), we came up with this. Without pretending to be an original, we incorporated all the best features of watches I like into one .
I've been wearing mine for several months now & love it.

The heart of this watch is in my opinion the best Quartz movement ever made.

5 jewel Ronda Harley Swiss 715Li movement with a 10 year CR2016 Lithium battery
40mm T-316L solid Stainless Steel case & screw in solid back
20mm lugs
Screw Down Crown
Sapphire Domed Crystal
Unidirectional 120 click Bezel
100 Meter Rated

Comes on a brand new 20mm Black/Grey Classic Bond  NATO strap.  But if your taste aren't the same. I have more than 75 different  patterns of  new NATO straps for you to choose from.

Questions are welcomed and gladly answered.

Price  is $159 via normal paypal.
Price is  $154 via alternate paypal method with no fees to me.
Free USPS shipping within the US. (either payment method OK)
Will consider shipping  International depending on location.
Email me for cost to your location.
Thanks for looking.
Ask BWG! / Re: Sea Wolf Repair Referral Needed
« Last post by Bfajen on April 04, 2019, 04:53:51 PM »
 Thank you!  E-mail sent.
General Zodiac Discussion / Re: "Fancy" Zodiacs
« Last post by Butch on April 03, 2019, 04:44:33 PM »
Some of those had the diamonds added later. I have one in My Watches. I think that is the first one I have seen with the bracelet still attached. Back in the early 80's when gold went to $600 an ounce (THAT was a LOT back then, trust me) we lost a lot of good examples to scrap.
General Zodiac Discussion / "Fancy" Zodiacs
« Last post by Cobber on April 03, 2019, 11:05:41 AM »
item # 283068214499

For the last year or two I've kind of switched from looking for typical models associated with Zodiac.  Coincidentally, prices appear to me to be climbing rather than plateauing regarding some of the more iconic models such as Sea Wolfs.  So it's probably a good thing for my wallet that my interests have changed subtly.  In any case, been on the look out for really nice examples of Kinglines, Goldenlines, & Glorious models, preferably with bracelets. 

I came across this stunner recently, though I'm not really into the diamonds, and was curious what other VZ members thought of it.   Forgetting about the case for a second, I haven't seen too many of these bracelets in such good condition and can't help but be little awestruck by it's detail.  Any idea how much one of these might have sold for new back in the day?  In the '66 catalog there's a chronometer version that's missing the day indicator and diamond markers and that listed for $550.  I know probably most of the bracelets were farmed out to companies such as JB Champion, Kreisler, and NSA but still, quite a pleasant overall execution.  I just did a inflation estimation on the old interwebs and $550 in '66 is worth a little over $4,000 today.
Watch Stories / Re: My old green-faced Astrographic
« Last post by rpmnow1 on April 02, 2019, 04:44:43 PM »
Blurry picture but shows the color and shape of a 1971/2 gold Zodiac Astrographic when I was out getting scratches on the crystal.
Watch Stories / Re: My old green-faced Astrographic
« Last post by rpmnow1 on April 02, 2019, 04:13:47 PM »
Thanks, Butch.  Glad to be on board! 
Ask BWG! / Re: Sea Wolf Repair Referral Needed
« Last post by Butch on April 02, 2019, 04:12:05 PM »
Sure, send me an email.
Watch Stories / Re: My old green-faced Astrographic
« Last post by Butch on April 02, 2019, 04:11:34 PM »
Nice story for a nice watch! Thanks for sharing it with us. Welcome aboard.
Watch Stories / My old green-faced Astrographic
« Last post by rpmnow1 on April 02, 2019, 03:43:30 PM »
Many years ago (1971 or 2) I bought my green-faced Zodiac Astrographic ("Airborne Watch") at the old "Airborne PX" at Fort Bragg, N.C.  Though not really knowing much about watches I must have thought it was beautiful - and I must have been right (not something I could always count on [being right] across time).  : )  However, being stupid at the same time I replaced the original gold band with a leather one, because leather watch bands were cool in the day, and proceeded to lose the original band / or threw it out or something.  And I wore the Astrographic for a while before putting it away in my dresser drawer where it stayed for many moon.

Last year I pulled it out of my dresser, dusted it off, put it on, and began to fall in love with it again.  It had a couple problems though;  the leather band just wasn't cutting it, and the crystal was badly scratched.  I found a similar gold plated band online.   As for the crystal, however, I kept hearing rumors about the existence of aftermarket replacement ones - maybe even some NOS versions, but was never able to find one for sale.

I also couldn't find any jewelers who were knowledgable and / or confident and / or willing to polish the crystal so I did some research and found diamond grease online and cotton-tipped conical Dremel tool type buffers and went ahead and polished out the scratches myslelf.  I have a habit of doing things myself, expecially if it's the only way I can see something getting done that's important to me.  I think for a polished (versus new) crystal it turned out just fine - and further deepened my love for Airborne Watch.  I've included some before (cyrstal) and after pictures.

Still, I woundn't mind having a backup crystal if anyone ever finds a source.  Thanks for reading about my Astrographic!
Ask BWG! / Sea Wolf Repair Referral Needed
« Last post by Bfajen on April 02, 2019, 11:10:14 AM »
Does anyone have a reputable source to repair a 1970s Sea Wolf?  Apparently a gear the winding mechanism is requiring replacement and the local watch guys says he cannot repair it. Any help would be appreciated. This is a special watch to me.

Thank you.
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