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...on my doorstep today.
As Mr. Thunder has correctly guessed, the contents of the parcel were indeed...
And here it is, in its full glory:
It's a CK 14730 Seamaster Calendar, released earlier the same year that the top-loaders from Omega became the Seamaster De Ville. Their serials are mostly in the range for 1959-1961, later on the reference would have been changed to a six-digit one in the new system.
Yep, it's a top-loader, aka "unishell." Not sure why's it called unishell, it's not exactly a single-piece case. The main bloc, lugs and case back are one part, but the bezel is separate. The edges are still crisp in this one, the crown is signed and correct.
This Omeeger is powered by the cal. 562 - 24-jewel rotor auto, date set by changing 21-24h, Reed's regulator. Fuck, that's the smoothest-working rotor action I've had in any auto. It's quiet, gentle, civilized.
The dial isn't any perfection - it does have a little bit of honest aging. Only a slight discolouration at the centre, slight wear to the varnish here and there, and a little inlay has chipped off the marker at 5 o'clock. I have no doubt that this is a legit dial - crosshair correctly aligned, and as it should be in an early 1960s Seamaster, a "fish hook" S in the Seamaster font.
Just a good, honest vintage Omega. And it even includes an Omega buckle.
But as I've unpacked the Omega, I've noticed that a thicker lump of the newspaper filling of the parcel has tumbled away from the rest. Was a wee bit heavy, as far as newspaper scraps go, and there was tape on it. Hmmm... Unwrapped it, and...
...found this lovely little piece by the household brand of watches in Britain - Rotary.
It's a 1940s one, the dial's in lovely shape. 28mm, and as the name "Junior" suggests, it was probably intended as a watch for teenagers. Ah, well, my teenage days are long gone, but I'll be fucked if that would prevent me from wearing this one. Haven't opened the case back - it doesn't exactly want to snap off, and I won't be forcing it. Probably powered by a 7 (or so)-jewel wonder, and since it's a Rotary, probably by Peseux.
Anyway, got to love the blued hands and gilt numerals.
When I've been sorting off the newspaper srap filling, yet another bundle has tumbled out of them. And in the bundle was...
This time, a 1970s one. Powered by an AS/Standard 1951. All steel, case made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. The crystal is battered and will have to be replaced, but the dial underneath it is spotless.
So, there it is.
Mr. Bloke out.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation