As part of the microsite here, Mr. Yoshifusa Nakazawa...
... explains that tempering the hands takes about 20 steps, and requires special skills and precise temperature and humidity regulation in order to preserve the mirror polish and to reproduce the exact color desired, as the color will continue through blue to brown with additional heating.
Dufour is a one-man shop and he's incredible, but I actually prefer having the Micro Artist Studio 'Dream Team' work together to make these singular watches - with several hundred years of experience combined in just a dozen watchmakers - considered living national treasures by the Japanese Government (from the WristReview article).
This one was in the mail as of yesterday, and arrived today. It's a 1971 7005-8032...seemingly the civilian relative of one of the known MAC-V SOG watches.
The 'Arabic' dial on this model seems quite hard to find in either black or white. Only a couple examples of each to be found on the whole of the internet. I was not sure of the dial condition on this one, as there were many scuffs and scrapes which made parts of it hard to make out. But upon receipt, I found the dial to be perfect.
This one really saw very little use. I put in new gaskets and gave everything a good cleaning. Didn't need to give anything an ultrasonic dunk. When I went to pop the bezel off to clean underneath it, I actually put a large chip in the side of the crystal. D'oh! Fortunately, I had a replacement 310T11AN on hand.
Seller said it didn't run, but I gave it a few shakes and it fired up. Actually runs quite strong and keeps good time.
"Don't ever say 'dead nuts' to a guy over 60." --J. Koch
Post by estrickland on Apr 16, 2015 5:33:40 GMT -8
Another interesting item on the way, this 1/100th of a second caliber 89 stopwatch, model 8941-5000.
This was Seiko's flagship stopwatch, developed for and used in the 1964 Olympics according to the Seiko Museum, which features one in their Sports Timing Instruments collection:
60's catalog photo:
Seiko leveraged these design ideas in the development of the rotating-head IZULs:
I know Martin has an amazing example with original box and manual, but I believe this is one of the hardest to find models. As the one and only stopwatch I wanted, and I'm pretty happy to have found it.
Yes and it's also my birth year and you have also 68 1&2 congrate , i'M looking for 70 & 71 because i'M a particular fan of 7017-6020 & 7017-6050 & 6139-600X and i'M surching any documentation about this three watches,in the meantime if you have scans I'm interested. thank's. Bertrand.
Post by Adrian-VTA on Apr 19, 2015 19:04:51 GMT -8
I've got a whole heap of junk coming from Ramon. Usually when I'm not doing other stuff I'll strip these for spares and start refurbing barrels (I don't enjoy doing them so I do a heap in a batch and swap them out).
I *might* be able to make something useful out of these -
Got these for a better than thrashed bezel and hopefully a not broken stem and less corroded movement -
Post by Adrian-VTA on Apr 19, 2015 19:53:20 GMT -8
Maybe...I'm a huge hoarder so my thinking goes along the lines of "Do I have a spare XX movement I can draw parts from? Have I stripped too many parts from that movement?" Then I end up with bag fulls of crap. Add to that I never throw anything away. Does anyone need a mint 4006-6031 dial? I've got about 8 of them because I kept purchasing and scrapping watches till I got the variant I wanted.
That said, I barely ever have anything that anyone wants. I squirrel away 2-3 good parts of anything I have and let the rest go. usually I don't have 2-3 good parts of the high demand parts though e.g. 357612 stems, indicator gears, dials etc. e.g. I have 2 spare mint 6139-6005 blue dials, but only faded indicator rings. If I had 4, I'd let one go to someone else. I have 3 of these in good condition to support in my collection. This might sound confusing but my logic is sound. In essence, I keep enough stuff to replace parts on my fleet for the next 100 years or so, the rest goes.
I figure within 100 years, the low run manufacturing stuff will advance enough reproduction shouldn't be an issue. I've seen a huge change in the past 10 years alone. This could evolve into a larger philosophical argument, but I think low-run custom stuff is the only direction capitalism has to go to maintain product value. Mass production is dead and is inefficient in a lot of areas. When you can buy everything for $2 at Walmart, where is the profit, point of difference and value being put into the economy? Simply it isn't. It's going to the plastic factory in China.
I like the direction Shinola is taking, I think that's the future of this stuff. Low run vertical markets. Awesome. And I've gone on a complete tangent.
Post by jringo8769 on Apr 19, 2015 20:26:56 GMT -8
hey we think alike...i tend to find things and set them aside...it is not confusing at all...my grandfather used to do this ...but sadly what he got he never did anything with it and most was lost when he passed away......i always have a plan for everything and try to stick to it...the more organized you are ...it is the key...hey i might even talk to you about those 4006 dials too...i have a 4006 i am working on...i find that things seem to find me and i always try and good home for them...people sadly do not seem to see value in many things and you are correct the days of huge manufacturing is over..where i am from...we were a huge town built on this...i am trying to do small specialized businesses that can do these things that people really need...i recycle old buildings that are slated for demolition and we save everything...too much of this great stuff is going into the landfills...and i am too much like both of my grandparents to let that happen...
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