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« on: November 16, 2009, 06:33:05 pm »
Not exactly a turtle question, but does anyone know much about vintage watches, or of a good resource to learn about them?  I've got my grandfather's old Omega and am wanting to learn more about it and how much it might cost to get it repaired/refurbished.
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 06:39:36 pm »
Not exactly a turtle question, but does anyone know much about vintage watches, or of a good resource to learn about them?  I've got my grandfather's old Omega and am wanting to learn more about it and how much it might cost to get it repaired/refurbished.

I don't know shit about vintage watches other than I really like them. I recently purchased a new Omega and am very, very fond of it. In my research I discovered that, unsurprisingly, there is a subculture of fine watch fanatics and I am absolutely certain that you can learn more than you ever wanted to know by googling around for a second or two and finding a group of kooks who live and breathe the stuff.

I'm kind of curious myself now so I may just look around, too.

Do you have any idea when your grandfather's watch was made? Let me know how your project goes, I'm interested.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009, 06:47:27 pm »
Do you have any idea when your grandfather's watch was made? Let me know how your project goes, I'm interested.

He got it in 1969.  It's an award watch, given by his company for 30 years of service, so it has an inscription on the back.  From what little I've been able to find out about it, it's basically a Seasmaster model, the dress kind, not the diver's kind.  I haven't cracked it open to get a serial number or anything, but I've sent it off to a jeweler to give it the once over and an estimate for what it would cost to get it up to snuff (it's basically been in a drawer since 1979).  I don't know how much it's worth to a collector, but to me it has sentimental value that no money can buy.  My grandfather was very proud of it, and wore it every day until the day he died.  In fact, he was wearing it when he died.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009, 07:36:12 pm »
He got it in 1969.  It's an award watch, given by his company for 30 years of service, so it has an inscription on the back.  From what little I've been able to find out about it, it's basically a Seasmaster model, the dress kind, not the diver's kind.  I haven't cracked it open to get a serial number or anything, but I've sent it off to a jeweler to give it the once over and an estimate for what it would cost to get it up to snuff (it's basically been in a drawer since 1979).  I don't know how much it's worth to a collector, but to me it has sentimental value that no money can buy.  My grandfather was very proud of it, and wore it every day until the day he died.  In fact, he was wearing it when he died.

Awesome, you NEED to get the watch repaired and rejuvenated. I suspect it's quite valuable but understand fully that that has nothing to do with the process. Mine's a Seamaster also, one made for diving, the 2254 to be specific, and I don't know whether I'll ever have grandchildren or not but either a grandchild or a nephew will likely be able to tell people years hence that this old coot was wearing his Seamaster when he kicked it, too.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009, 08:18:14 pm »
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 08:19:55 pm »
a grandchild or a nephew will likely be able to tell people years hence that this old coot was wearing his Seamaster when he kicked it, too.

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009, 11:47:43 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009, 12:34:49 am »
By the way, I got the kittens out of the house. It's quite a weight off my shoulders, to be honest. One of my neighbors took the calico. Of course. And of course every fucking idiot that called me from all the flyers I put up everywhere wanted the calico, too. Like an idiot I hadn't anticipated this and like an idiot I'd featured the calico prominently in the flyers.

Fucking Panamanians apparently have an issue with cats that are mostly black. All black, forget it. Needless to say the best cat in the entire litter is black, bit of white on her pechuga but not enough to appease a Panamanian. You know I was recently admonished for going to the refrigerator after standing over a pot of boiling water? Yeah. It turns out this is dangerous as hell. You see, the heat of the vapor rising from the water suddenly paired with the unnatural cold of your average refrigerator can cause stroke-like symptoms in the unsuspecting cook. Yes, it can. Your face can be frozen in a contorted grimace. Forever. So my humble suggestion is that one smile every time one opens the refrigerator. Or irons near an open window. Or in the face of any other potentially calamitous, climatically precarious situation. You never know when your face might get frozen. Think about that next time you reach for a popcicle on a hot day, you complacent fucks.

I made an appointment to take the cat in to get her spayed. Tuesday was a holiday, of course. No idea what for. If it's November, it must be a holiday. Anyway, Come in Thursday they said. So I did. Sorry, sir, we only have the equipo to do two surgeries today and we already have two dogs in there. (This is a fucking neighborhood cat, right, a cat that decided to have her kittens at my house.) I'm like, Yeah, see, no, I made an appointment and you need to do this fucking surgery because I am not taking this semi-feral cat back home in a cage just to have to do this again when you slapdicks are more in the mood for it. A bit of heated back and forth, what a Thai fellow I used to work with would have called spicy talking. They eventually relented and did the surgery.

The neighbor who took the calico recommended that I talk to a vet in the city who would, in my neighbor's experience, be willing to take the remaining kittens and adopt them. So I trek into the city and of course it's the very same vet that I was yelling at a few days before. But they do agree to take the kittens and find homes for them. I agree to pay for the food and the care in the interim and so on.

I take all five of them into the vet's to get their vaccinations and to leave four of them for adoption. There was a bit of a mishap and several of the kittens ended up escaping from their vessel of incarceration and hightailing it throughout the vet's office. Unfortunately there were several bird dogs in the vet's at that particular moment and the ensuing scene could adequately be described as chaotic. My forearms could adequately be described as thoroughly lacerated. Good thing I'd brought a couple of tubes of polysporin down this trip. The silver lining in all of this is that the vet, the one I'd been shouting at just days before, offered to sterilize all the kittens for free. I think she felt sorry for me, emerging from her office to find out what the hell all the commotion was and seeing me bleeding like a stuck pig with the assistant guy pouring hydrogen peroxide everywhere.

What else? Oh, I discovered an OUTSTANDING Spanish restaurant just right down the road. Xoko. Discovered isn't the right word. 'Went into,' maybe. I've passed it a hundred times. I had the Robalo a la Vasca the other day and it was outSTANDing. I can't believe I'd never been in there before.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2009, 12:48:12 am »
I've got a vintage Iron Man, circa 1998.  Wait, does that count as vintage... or just old?
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2009, 04:59:07 am »
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. . . there is a subculture of fine watch fanatics . . .

There are very, very few things in the 21st century which don't have some sort of fanatical, super-intense sub-culture surrounding it.

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2009, 07:30:39 am »
I've got a vintage Iron Man, circa 1998.  Wait, does that count as vintage... or just old?

I have one as well.  Needs a new Ba trie.

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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2009, 07:57:41 am »
Can a wet dog food, mixed with a can a dry cat food.   Some lettuce and a carrot.

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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2009, 08:47:49 am »
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2009, 09:12:44 am »
"...in his ass..."

Thankfully I wasn't the only person thinking about this.
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2009, 09:21:00 am »
Fucking Panamanians apparently have an issue with cats that are mostly black. All black, forget it. Needless to say the best cat in the entire litter is black, bit of white on her pechuga but not enough to appease a Panamanian.

Not sure what this has to do with watches, but I'll run with it.
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2009, 09:30:15 am »
By the way, I got the kittens out of the house. It's quite a weight off my shoulders, to be honest. One of my neighbors took the calico. Of course. And of course every fucking idiot that called me from all the flyers I put up everywhere wanted the calico, too. Like an idiot I hadn't anticipated this and like an idiot I'd featured the calico prominently in the flyers.

Fucking Panamanians apparently have an issue with cats that are mostly black. All black, forget it. Needless to say the best cat in the entire litter is black, bit of white on her pechuga but not enough to appease a Panamanian. You know I was recently admonished for going to the refrigerator after standing over a pot of boiling water? Yeah. It turns out this is dangerous as hell. You see, the heat of the vapor rising from the water suddenly paired with the unnatural cold of your average refrigerator can cause stroke-like symptoms in the unsuspecting cook. Yes, it can. Your face can be frozen in a contorted grimace. Forever. So my humble suggestion is that one smile every time one opens the refrigerator. Or irons near an open window. Or in the face of any other potentially calamitous, climatically precarious situation. You never know when your face might get frozen. Think about that next time you reach for a popcicle on a hot day, you complacent fucks.

I made an appointment to take the cat in to get her spayed. Tuesday was a holiday, of course. No idea what for. If it's November, it must be a holiday. Anyway, Come in Thursday they said. So I did. Sorry, sir, we only have the equipo to do two surgeries today and we already have two dogs in there. (This is a fucking neighborhood cat, right, a cat that decided to have her kittens at my house.) I'm like, Yeah, see, no, I made an appointment and you need to do this fucking surgery because I am not taking this semi-feral cat back home in a cage just to have to do this again when you slapdicks are more in the mood for it. A bit of heated back and forth, what a Thai fellow I used to work with would have called spicy talking. They eventually relented and did the surgery.

The neighbor who took the calico recommended that I talk to a vet in the city who would, in my neighbor's experience, be willing to take the remaining kittens and adopt them. So I trek into the city and of course it's the very same vet that I was yelling at a few days before. But they do agree to take the kittens and find homes for them. I agree to pay for the food and the care in the interim and so on.

I take all five of them into the vet's to get their vaccinations and to leave four of them for adoption. There was a bit of a mishap and several of the kittens ended up escaping from their vessel of incarceration and hightailing it throughout the vet's office. Unfortunately there were several bird dogs in the vet's at that particular moment and the ensuing scene could adequately be described as chaotic. My forearms could adequately be described as thoroughly lacerated. Good thing I'd brought a couple of tubes of polysporin down this trip. The silver lining in all of this is that the vet, the one I'd been shouting at just days before, offered to sterilize all the kittens for free. I think she felt sorry for me, emerging from her office to find out what the hell all the commotion was and seeing me bleeding like a stuck pig with the assistant guy pouring hydrogen peroxide everywhere.

What else? Oh, I discovered an OUTSTANDING Spanish restaurant just right down the road. Xoko. Discovered isn't the right word. 'Went into,' maybe. I've passed it a hundred times. I had the Robalo a la Vasca the other day and it was outSTANDing. I can't believe I'd never been in there before.

1. It's still a mostly Catholic country, right?  Maybe that's why you had trouble getting your cat "fixed."

2. In the cat melee in the vet's office, it's a good thing one of those kittens didn't lacerate the piece of skin between your thumb and forefinger.  You'd have had lockjaw, like, forever.

3. Good to see you are out there actively trying to eradicate the "ugly American" stereotype one hears about.  I applaud your efforts.

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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2009, 09:59:42 am »
There are very, very few things in the 21st century which don't have some sort of fanatical, super-intense sub-culture surrounding it.

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« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2009, 10:13:02 am »
Not sure what this has to do with watches, but I'll run with it.


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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2009, 10:13:59 am »
1. It's still a mostly Catholic country, right?  Maybe that's why you had trouble getting your cat "fixed."

2. In the cat melee in the vet's office, it's a good thing one of those kittens didn't lacerate the piece of skin between your thumb and forefinger.  You'd have had lockjaw, like, forever.

3. Good to see you are out there actively trying to eradicate the "ugly American" stereotype one hears about.  I applaud your efforts.

1. Animals are sterilized here all the time, but yes, a Panamanian is considerably less likely to sterilize their pet than a gringo. Several Panamanians told me I'd never be able to find homes for the kittens if I sterilized them ahead of time. To them that's just an absolutely incomprehensible course of action. But as I said the vets kindly offered to sterilize the kittens and I feel quite sure that we'll find them homes soon enough. I donate to Spay Panama but from what I can tell their sterilization techniques are pretty rough. The vet I went to did a great job and I'm thinking that although I very much value what Spay Panama does (they go into the interior and hold what amount to education clinics and free sterilization services) I might also want to strike a deal with these vets, I'll buy the materials, you provide your time and expertise and we can donate services to those who can't afford it. I'd like to demonstrate my gratitude for the help they've given me.

2. Lockjaw, BAD.

3. I assume you picture me going from Yaviza to Paso Canoas yelling at Panamanians and generally acting like an ass. I can assure you that I don't act any more like an ass here than I do anywhere else.
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2009, 10:49:18 am »
I donate to Spay Panama but from what I can tell their sterilization techniques are pretty rough.

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« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2009, 10:59:42 am »
Did anyone else get the impression that "Spay Panama" was a movement to spay/neuter Panamanians?  Humans, that is...  I'm not real sure why that crossed my mind.  And I think, truthfully, if I had a decent night's sleep, it probably would not have popped into my head.
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2009, 11:08:30 am »
Is Lou Dobbs the founder?

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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2010, 01:22:00 pm »
To resurrect this old thread...I got my grandfather's watch back today.  It took 5 months, as apparently the Swiss are like the Italians...their craftsmanship is top notch, their punctuality, not so much.  Still it was worth the wait.  It looks fabulous.  I can hardly believe it's the same watch.  I shall be wearing it Opening Day, if anyone is interested.
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2010, 01:28:57 pm »
To resurrect this old thread...I got my grandfather's watch back today.  It took 5 months, as apparently the Swiss are like the Italians...their craftsmanship is top notch, their punctuality, not so much.  Still it was worth the wait.  It looks fabulous.  I can hardly believe it's the same watch.  I shall be wearing it Opening Day, if anyone is interested.

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