A small step for mankind...

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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » July 19th 2014, 12:31am

Just trying:
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I don't know... the diver style does not fit well. Or does it? Dang... I am no smarter than before.

Btw. this is the Titus Chronograph with 7733, that has been sitting in my drawer now for 3 years, ready to wear (which I never did). I had a really ugly brown leather strap mounted, that's why - because when taking it of, it looks much better. To good to be scrapped for this project, I am afraid.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » July 19th 2014, 5:43am

How about scrapping this one:
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Here comes both in one - this Invicta dial is not nice anymore. Unfortunately, the movement shows signs of rust as well... and the price is already pretty high.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » July 31st 2014, 2:45am

I decided to put up that ghey looking Titus for sale on ebay. Note it also has a 45 min. totalisator, unuseable for my dial (unless altered).

In the meantime, I found someone selling revisioned Valjoux 7733/7734's on ebay Germany - did contact him directly to see at what price he would part with one - turned out to be only 125 Euro. My own watchmaker will charge me 1,5x that, at least, just to clean the movement, if I bring one in :shock: . So I happily went and ordered a Valjoux 7733 with "old-style" reset hammer:
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Unfortunately the dial feet won't fit - they are in the right position, but too thick, and I didn't want to force it on. My watchmaker will find a solution for that, but I would have loved to assemble the dial myself, of course.

The same seller also used to have an original Kelek chronograph with this dial, so this is how it did look like:
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Red and white hands will do, or maybe orange. Of course my case looks different - if only it would arrive soon. Bloody French Postal Service, they are the lamest thing You have seen.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by biglove » July 31st 2014, 6:18am

Beautiful movement!
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » July 31st 2014, 9:40am

conjurer wrote:My dick is starting to get hard over here.

Oh, good; you have lots of time, Gerdy...

That case choice rocks! Red or orange hands would work nicely, as would bright yellow (my recommendation), which would look very Sinn-like in appearance...das ist GUT, Herr Gerdy-Füße! 8-)
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by hcharles » July 31st 2014, 10:35am

Like the combination, Gerdson. Sure it will look great.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » August 24th 2014, 10:38am

Done (almost):

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The picture doesn't show the real color of the hands. Small second and minute counter are red, the chrono second hand orange.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » November 2nd 2014, 12:02pm

Let's pick this one up again. As You know, I do still have this Valjoux 92:
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I am not sure a case for a Valjoux 23 is going to be suitable, but will compare the two again. Diameter is the same, but the location of the stem might be different, and then the whole geometry doesn't fit. Valjoux 7733 cases, that are abundant (as we can see above), are too big - the 7733/7734 is 31mm. 7750 cases wont do either.
Of course I still do have this Valjoux 92 case, which is of a shitty quality, and I got into quite a dispute with the seller, but as You know it is difficult to get Your money back on ebay:
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Anyways, first I do need a dial. I like this one:
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But it is "old style", more suitable for a classic case, maybe with square pushers, not a diver. It is also fucking expensive.
Now I also bought this empty Nivada case, because I still need a such bezel:
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I don't know whether it fits to a Valjoux 92 yet, as these Nivadas where available with different movements. Plus I would still need a suitable dial. For this watch, I will also need to find someone to make a "see-through" back. Maybe my watchmaker can help, I think he has made such a thing before. You can take the original back, but only if it is "thick" enough - to make a fitting for the glas requires a minimum of material.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » August 24th 2022, 11:58pm

Apparently I failed to post a follow-up here? Or maybe I posted it somewhere else. What I found in the end is a very nice and good quality cushion case
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and I bought a "new old stock Valjoux 7733" to go along with the dial
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This next picture is not my watch, but You can see the dial originally was also used in Kelek chronographs in a similar, but rounder case:
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and then I barely ever wore the watch. I can't tell for certain - either the dial was too much to get used to anyways, or the combination with this particular case just isn't it.
So now I decided it was time for a face-lift.
I still had a sporty black Valjoux 7733 dial that came along with another case many many years ago. Just sitting in my drawer.
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Both subdial hands need to be replaced. The left (second) hand has a tendency to fall off, the right one (minute counter) will not move until appr. 10 min of runnng the stopwatch. These hands don't digest well to be pulled off and put on too often... probably will get a new stop second hand as well - the colour is nice, the quality is not.
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Re: A small step for mankind...

Post by gerdson » August 25th 2022, 3:17am

Another project still in my drawer...
Finding good quality cases for Valjoux 92 is not so straight forward, and the it has also been parked for years.
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