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Offline Butch

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My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« on: September 29, 2010, 03:28:44 pm »
Only because SHE has not found out yet!

This SSW model is from the 1990's when they had both the orange and yellow models. This is the rarer 506.54.43 model in yellow, which is easier to see underwater, especially at lower colder depths. (Scientifically speaking, but not as cool looking as the orange.) All I was able to get was the watch and band though, but the good news it that it really looks unworn.



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Offline Yankees76

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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2010, 04:24:03 pm »
Nice find! Looks to be in great shape - I've never seen the yellow dial version before.

(BTW, let me be the first to offer my services of keeping it at my place or better yet, on my wrist, for safekeeping if you need to keep this a secret from you-know-who ;D)

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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2010, 05:55:02 pm »
Ahh, you know there are no secrets, just the length of time that varies before they find out. I am gonna have to sell something to pay for this and if lucky, I will get the cash back in the account before she sees the first transaction. That will soften the sting. See? I am such a kind hearted and caring husband.

Now, what can I sell.... Hmmmm.
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2010, 09:00:21 am »
 :o man, that IS BEAUTIFUL!! what a find in that unworn  condition. where did you find it? you are ONE lucky guy, i am proud for you. are all the original links in the bracelet? i guess BWG will be servicing it soon.

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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010, 01:55:26 pm »
Thanks Jon! I got it on eBay with a BIN. I found it about 6 hours after he listed it in the middle of the night and the price was too good to let it go by. Some links are missing but I got lucky in that I still had to move it in 2 holes on the clasp. Could have been worse. Yeah, it is taking a plane ride soon as it runs about 6 min. slow after about 21 hours of timing. But who knows how old it is (this model was introduced in 1990 I think) or if it was ever serviced since leaving the factory (I have not opened it). The good news is that it does not need ANY clean up or polishing, just a service.

I feel like a new father, here is another pic.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2010, 06:03:11 pm »
BWG can get the timing down to about +/- 5 sec a day, he told me that was factory specs for both my SWs. man, i am jealous, that is probably a once in a lifetime find, most i have seen for sale were really ragged out. the last one had the badly faded dial and sold for 412.00. i am proud for you !  JON

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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2010, 01:04:40 pm »
Butch, great watch and the rare model to boot. 8)

Can I play?  I have the .44 model.

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Forgot to set the time to 10:10, don't slam me Butch  :D
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2010, 03:08:40 pm »
SEA WOLF--man ,that looks good! now i have seen the orange and yellow models. yours looks as pristine as butchs. it is a sharp looking model and i love big watches.

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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010, 03:30:14 pm »
Thanks, I bought mine NOS with the case and all the goodies back in the booming dotcom days.
It has the rubber band too and I put that on during summer.
It came with the band shown not on the watch.
I think this was the Genender version?  I like the older version band like the one on Butch's watch and on mine now.
The Genender band just does not fit me right, even after adjusting links and clasp.

ETA:  photo of inside the case.  My Zodiac parts case now with some other stuff thrown in.  I really need to organize this.
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2010, 08:00:51 am »
I do think the orange is cooler looking that the yellow.
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2010, 09:15:03 pm »
Congrats Butch!

I was very lucky to find this one with B&P and even the hangtag on ePrey a few years ago:


For even longer I've owned this later version (which I call fluorescent red, but I can see where some folks would call it orange), which has some bezel lume issues:

I actually prefer the later version. The fluorescent red accents are unique and the funky double-domed bracelet reminds me of seashells and echoes the bezel nicely. It was a nice stylish touch from a classic, tool dive watch company.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 01:19:48 pm »
Nalu, you take great photos. 

What camera are you using?
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2010, 07:20:25 pm »
I really like the yellow, I was not aware that they had it in yellow as I had always seen the orange.  The yellow makes it unique as well, alot fewer dive watches out there with yellow in comparison to orange.

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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2010, 04:54:32 pm »
Thanks, I've worked hard at it  ;D

I used a variety of digicams before 2009, with the best results coming from Oly 5050, Oly 7070 and a Fuji S-9000. They are very good macro digicams. Since 2009 I've used a Nikon D90 with either a Nikon 18-200 VR zoom or a Tamron 60/f2 macro lens. The Tamron is a super lens for watch photography.
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2010, 10:01:48 am »
I always thought the earlier Super Sea Wolf from the earlier 90's Monnier time, like Butch's fine purchase, all had the yellow dial color like Butch's. And then when Genender purchased Zodiac, they went with the red marker dial and changed from the earlier president style band to the more rivet style band like the one Seawolf has pictured beside his. I've never seen the early 90's style anything but the style Butch has pictured and when it was different, it was always the late 90's Genender style.
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2010, 10:19:52 am »
The 90's had two models, orange and yellow, with that cheaper band. Genender had the orange only with a much better quality band.

1990's models:
506.54.43   Yellow
506.54.44   Orange
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Re: My latest acquisition and still alive to talk about it...
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2010, 12:57:49 pm »
Well, I decided to sell it and put it on eBay this week. Why; you didn't ask? This is probably the 5th or 6th SSW I have owned in the past 15 years, new and old models. I get the itch, and I buy one. Then, within 2 days remember why I don't own one and wind up selling it. They are so big and heavy they just beat the hell out of my pisiform. Yeah, I had to look that one up. It is the round protruding bone on the outside of my skinny little girlie wrists.

I really wish I had manly wrists like Sea Wolf. <batting eyes>
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