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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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Ask BWG! / Re: Zodiac Triple Date Moonphase questions
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on June 07, 2019, 11:02:02 AM »
Thank you very very much the answers.
The dates are changing exactly at midnight, so they are okay.

Now the only thing is that clacking noise. My watchmaker checked it, the movement is secure, and tight, that's not the cause of the sound. Actually, he said it is coming from the rotor, but according to him it is normal, but for me it is bit strange. When the dial faces up, and I shake it vertically (so not in the direction where the rotor should rotate) I feel that something is moving back and forth inside. The rotor spins freely, and everything working, the watch keeps time well, but still, I don't want to get it damaged during usage.
When you shake yours in that way, nothing is moving inside?

The movement of the rotor in a vertical position should be very little, if hardly any.  You may want to check the rotor axle, screws that secure the rotor axle, or that the inside of the rotor hub is not worn in such a way that it does not have enough contact with the rotor axle to keep it in a constant plane.
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Ask BWG! / Re: Zodiac Triple Date Moonphase questions
« Last post by Krash01 on June 06, 2019, 06:15:53 PM »
Thank you very very much the answers.
The dates are changing exactly at midnight, so they are okay.

Now the only thing is that clacking noise. My watchmaker checked it, the movement is secure, and tight, that's not the cause of the sound. Actually, he said it is coming from the rotor, but according to him it is normal, but for me it is bit strange. When the dial faces up, and I shake it vertically (so not in the direction where the rotor should rotate) I feel that something is moving back and forth inside. The rotor spins freely, and everything working, the watch keeps time well, but still, I don't want to get it damaged during usage.
When you shake yours in that way, nothing is moving inside?
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I saw this Zodiac on the Internet... / Re: Zodiac / Omega
« Last post by YuriyV on June 06, 2019, 01:52:50 PM »
Definitely wrong picture introduced into this lot. Internal shape of Zodiac case back should be a bit different.
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Ask BWG! / Re: Zodiac Triple Date Moonphase questions
« Last post by Ultra-Vintage on June 06, 2019, 11:22:06 AM »
Hi Krash. 

-Is 1960s, last variation of the 3DMP for the original Zodiac company

-No, not a problem.  All of the functions have a period of time that they advance over.  Your watchmaker could adjust that slightly, but most change at 11-12 or so.  The day/date should both be close to midnight though

-Wobble could be in the automatic assembly/rotor.  The movement has case screws to secure it in the case, which are important for this model as it prevents the movement/dial from falling forward into the crystal.  So as long as those are stable I would check the auto
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