A few of my favorite things:September 1 2004 at 12:45 PM
|JackForster (no login)|
My everyday watch: vintage Buren triple date moonphase
My everyday pen: vintage sterling Parker 75, fine nib
My everyday good luck charm: standard mirror finish Zippo (I've carried one for twenty years and though I don't smoke, I like the idea of being able to make fire
Tell us more about that watch, I like it! nt
|September 1 2004, 12:59 PM |
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Thanks Chris! Well, not all that much to tell but. . .
|September 2 2004, 7:47 AM |
. . .that's never kept me from spilling ink
It's a Buren triple date moonphase, 17 jewel unadjusted movement, in a stainless steel case- the dial is a very good redial (I showed it to John Davis the other day and he commented on the good quality of the work, so it's not just me!) and all the hands are new except for the subseconds hand. I did something I don't usually do and bought it online- I'd been looking for a triple moon for a long time and mostly they were priced out of my range (Omega Cosmics, ay caramba, very dear- more expensive than a good Constellation chronometer-) but when this one came along for a song I figured I'd take a chance. As you can see it worked out very nicely! The watch is, I'd guess, based on the size from around the late 1940's or very early 1950's and the movement is essentially mint, to my very pleasant surprise. Also it was serviced by the seller which would usually make me nervous, but it's been keeping absolutely perfect time since I got it a month ago- as a matter of fact I haven't had to reset it since synching to NIST time!
And of course I think it's a great match with the pen- I keep meaning to ask folks here, if they're inclined, to do their favorite pen/watch pairing. . .
Really good combination Jack ...
|September 2 2004, 11:05 AM |
they go so well together. I have not seen the Parker before; may I ask how you came to own it?
I rotate my pens along with my watches and the JD Grande Secondes (white dial) with my Black Namiki is one of my favourites.
Hi Max! Well, I came by the Parker pretty much. . .
|September 2 2004, 7:22 PM |
. . .the same way I've come by most of my interesting watches- sheer dumb luck
I suppose I should be ashamed to admit it but I have scouted every pawnshop and 'we buy gold and cash checks' establishment for blocks around, and the Parker was gathering dust in a case full of Indianhead pennies and cheap jade jewelry. It writes incredibly well and has a nice substantial feel in the hand, despite the small size- unlike many modern pens which are a thin sleeve of silver over thermoplastic, the Parker 75 is solid sterling (well, except for the nib section.) It also has a wonderful adjustable nib which can be rotated to suit the angle of the writer's hand, which is maybe a tiny bit silly as the barrel is perfectly round and you could just, er, rotate the pen
, but who am I to quibble with a gadgety mentality?
Have not posted in a while so here's mine ...
|September 2 2004, 3:24 PM |
From L-R, pens are All Duofolds, Mandarin Yellow, Orange SE and the Lapis blue matched with a Citizen Diver, Orange Seiko Diver and a Seiko chronograph - all autos.
Igme, you've put me to shame. . .
|September 2 2004, 7:24 PM |
. . .that's a tasty group. MMmmmm, lemon, orange, and blueberry
By the way, that's a sweeeet 6138 chrono; I bet it gets a lot of wrist time.
Too modest, Jack. That triple date moonphase IS the ...
|September 3 2004, 10:02 AM |
bomb along with the orig 75. Nothing like a vintage complication on the wrist to make one smile. The colored divers are great for the novelty & "cutesy" value. I know they will last and all but its the complicated movements that gets us. Right, Jack?
I have another Seiko auto chrono but this wild thing does get more wrist time. It's amazing how this 39 yr old column wheel(?) chrono keeps such accurate time since the caseback hasn't been off in the same number of years. The lume on the indices are gone but the chrono is still fully functional.
I'd still love to have one of those Swiss numbers, though.
Aw, thanks. . .
|September 4 2004, 4:42 PM |
. . .I do love that little watch. It's got an absolutely adorable face on the moonphase too.
I don't know about complicated watches per se; a lot of my faves or watches on my 'wish' list are actually simple time only watches. I don't even especially care about a date. I'd love, for example, a Zenith cal. 135 chronometer; another Omega 30T2RG chronometer, a Girard Perregaux Chronometer HF. . . basically I like chronometers, and if they come with a plain steel hairspring and a Guillaume balance so much the better
But I couldn't pass up that Buren.
By the way I also collect Seikos- my short list also includes a Grand Seiko Handwind and a vintage Seiko observatory chronometer. . .
Very cool, Jack. I have a few Seikos including one GS ...
|September 7 2004, 8:58 AM |
It's a 6146GS - 1968 with the 36k bph movement. The gp case has seen better days but the movement is as smooth and accurate as it should be. I bought it used from its first owner who wasn't very caring. It's still all original, though - hands, signed crown, etc. including the gold medallion on the back.
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Hey! A GS! You should post it on Watchrap. . .
|September 9 2004, 2:03 PM |
. . .we vintage collectors have to stick together, and I'd love an excuse to harangue folks about Seiko observatory chronometers.
Well here is mine - emphasis is on the...
|September 2 2004, 7:32 PM |
... watch though. Since this picture was taken, My Montblanc has been resting and Nakaya took its place 9at least for awhile). IWC on the other hand works flawlessly, and has a new ostrich strap. I gotta make a new photo soon.
Wonderful pair; that IWC. . .
|September 4 2004, 4:39 PM |
. . .is one of my alltime favorite watches. I met a gentleman this summer wearing a Mark XII on a steel bracelet and it was simply superb; a beautiful watch.