Saturday, May 25, 2019

more battery change and a bit...

Yeah more battery change, this time it is a mass battery change. But with a little bit more...

Again this is not a step by step guide...

On we go... Oh, this is photograph heavy post...

4 pieces of battery. Fortunately its all the same type of batteries for the 'same' type of watch. 

The first watch. The case back removal tool doing its job. All the watches that needs a battery change is all ready to have their battery changed.

Second and third watch ready.

The forth watch also ready. All the watches have a snap back case back.

Lets start with the first watch...

The case back. It is from an ICE Watch. Made in China. 

The second watch case back. It has traces of some sort of sticker. Time to remove it and have the case back cleaned.

All done. 

The sticker inside the case back of watch number 3 and 4. I am guessing it is the reference of the watch model?

The battery all ready. 

The movement with the battery removed. 

Closer view of the Miyota movement. I guess this could be either the Miyota 2025 or 2035 standard movement. 

New battery inserted.

The spacer cum battery holder in and check the watch works before you close the case back. 

Case back installed. One down.... :)

Time to adjust the watch. Ice-watch Tron Limited Edition.

I disconnect the bracelet at the clasp so that we can have good access to the watch. 

Second watch and the process is repeated.

I was going to adjust the time when I notice something on the inside of the crystal. 

Closer view of the debris. Sigh... Time to remove the case back and get the debris out. 

Remove the winding stem to remove the dial and movement from the watch.

The debris on the inside of the crystal.

The watch dial. I have to say it is a very nice dial. :)

Debris remove. It was a simple job. Just use a blower to remove the debris. 

Dial and movement back into the watch.

Crown back in.

Checking the case back is clean before installing it.

All done for the second time.:)

On to the last watch. This time, a bit more careful and check everything was OK before closing up. 

As usual, check everything is OK before closing up and don't forget to lubricate the gaskets.

All done, the four ICE Watch. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Blancpain Barakuda...

Blancpain have introduced one more watch into the fifty Fathoms collection. This time it is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda. 

Photograph: Phillips

The original watch from the 1960s.

Some would say reissue but I think it is more a homage then a reissue. The new watch, a Limited Edition run of only 500 pieces borrows much from its iconic predecessor. It features a date complication at the 3 o’clock position, a matte black dial with the Ecru rectangular markers with red accents. Additionally, got to love the pencil hour and minute hands.

Photograph: Blancpain

The watch is powered by the Frederic Piguet caliber 1151 automatic movement and has a 95 hour power reserve. And best of all, it comes in at a modest 40mm stainless steel case and with the added touch of being fitted with a tropic style rubber strap, much like the original. 

The watch is priced at CHF14,500.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Strap review...

Today we shall be looking at Wotancraft's WWII Leather strap reference #71r2. I picked up this strap for my Tudor 7016 Submariner. The strap comes in at 120/70 mm 20mm version.

Some basic specifications:

Leather with ivory stitching and leather lined on the inside
Thickness: 3mm
Keeper type: fixed and floating
Edge finish: waxed edge (?)
Buckle: IWC style pin buckle 

The long side. 

The strap width tapers from 20mm at the lug end to 18mm as it moves down the length of the strap. The end of the strap is pointed. 

The strap is signed on the long side, on the inside of the strap. 

The stamping is not very clear sadly. 

The strap provides about 30mm of adjustment with the holes spaced 5mm apart. There are 6 adjustment holes.

The view of the adjustment holes from the under side. You can already see some stretching on one of the adjustment holes. :)

The buckle end. 

The fixed and floating keepers are very well made. The keepers are 7mm wide. The edge of the keeper is not treated and left raw. 

The floating keeper is very secure with the cross type stitching. Very nice touch. 

The watch comes with an IWC style pin buckle. It is well made but there are signs of tool marks. The buckle has a brushed and polished finish. 

I especially like the beveling along the edge of the buckle.

The tang is 1mm thick and is polished.

The insides or underside of the buckle has a polished finish as well.

The edge of the strap looks like it is wax sealed but I am not sure. I like the overall finish of the strap.

Oh, the strap is not made of ammo pouch leather but  with modern leather that has been treated to look like vintage leather.

The inside of the strap is lined with a darker leather strip. 

In conclusion, it is a well made strap. It is very comfortable on the wrist and while the strap looks like it is rough and tough, the leather is actually very soft, more so once the strap is broken in. I like the strap. I like the finishing, the overall quality and the overall feel. 

I have to say that Wotancraft thus far have not failed me  with their straps.

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