I picked this one up recently for a decent price, but haven't got a strap for it yet. I haven't been able to find any info on the type of movement beyond that it is automatic 25 jewel. Eventually I will open it, but I'm new at this and not 100% trusting in my skills yet. It keeps time and appears to both manually wind and auto wind, although I feel like the manual wind is not 100% smooth. Meaning the natural resistance I feel manually winding it is not 100% uniform. For that reason, and it's age, I'm really babying it and just letting it wind automatically. Probably a COA service is in order. The other thing I'm torn on is the crystal. It may be hard to see in the photo, but it's a bit scuffed. I'm 90% sure it's acrylic that a light buff with polywatch will make perfect. But... I am not positive it's acrylic that will respond well to polywatch and I don't want to mess it up, so maybe I'll just leave it as is - with character. It's definitely not glass or sapphire or mineral crystal - it's warm to the touch and has the convex type visual distortions just like my Speedmaster. I'm sure it's some kind of plastic, I'm just being gun shy. Anyway I'm very pleased with it.
Post by russtmurray on Jun 10, 2020 9:34:40 GMT -8
That is one very cool vintage piece. Now this may be out of left field perhaps but when contemplating a strap for this baby, perhaps consider those Silicon Elite series from Barton but mixing it up a bit with green attached at one end and red at the other. I know it sounds nuts but would it ever play to the unusual watermelon look to it. Just a thought, twisted as it may be
I did have a similar and more common with the orange and black bezel that house the PUW movement like philsinclair mentioned. It has since moved on. The one Pip had mentioned was a hand wind Caravelle. Come to think of it, I do have another Elgin dive floating around someplace though...which box? which box?