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A recent addition

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » May 21st 2023, 2:57pm

Got this one from a good friend of mine, for my birthday last month. Interestingly, a long time ago I missed out on a Tissot bumper at a flea market. And before I bought my Longines Spirit, I've been thinking about a vintage "Fat Lug" Omega Seamaster. This beauty scratched both itches in a brilliant crossover:
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It's a 1951 Tissot bumper auto, in a 33mm steel "Fat Lug" case - these lugs give it far more real estate on the wrist than you'd expect. The case is in great shape, and the watch still has its original crown.
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And just look at that dial! Hour markers are still crisp, the lume has aged quite evenly throughout. The dial itself has turned a sandy gold colour with slight freckles:
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Inside beats the Tissot cal. 28.5-21. The 28-series were initially a joint venture with Omega, and calibres Tissot 28 and Omega 28.10RA were nearly identical. Later on, the design of the base calibre went its own way in each brand. However, the architecture of the bumper auto-winding module remained pretty much the same.
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The watch itself has an interesting story behind it...
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It was a retirement gift for a long-time employee of Gebruder Sulzer AG, a Swiss engineering holding. Sulzer was founded first as a workshop in Winterthur in...1775 and then established as a company in 1834. And they still exist! That's 248 years in business. Sulzer specializes in fluid engineering, from absolutely tiny stuff to hydroelectric power plant turbines. But even said turbines are small compared to Sulzer's largest product. Meet an absolute monster - the world's largest, most powerful two-stroke diesel engine, the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96, powering some of the largest cargo ships and tankers:
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