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  1. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Dec 27, 2019

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    Hi All,
    I’m willing to buy an aquastar 63, a nice watch, affordable with in-house mouvement!
    This is one I could get for around 400€.
    Do you think it is a good option?
    According the fact that it is an in-house from a small compagnie, do you thinks it could be hard to find someone able to service it?
    Thanks for your advises :)
     
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  2. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Dec 27, 2019

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    I doubt it is an in house movement, are you sure? From those photos, it looks like some sort of A. Schild movement.
     
  3. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Dec 27, 2019

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    My mistake, I Though it was an in-house.
    Should I understand it is a more common mouvement, so still easy to service?
     
  4. MRC

    MRC Dec 27, 2019

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    I am not replying from real knowledge just some guesswork, perhaps because I'm wearing an equally obscure Hema with an Aquastar case this week.

    I believe that the movement is based on an A. Schild movement, possibly a 1902. A search through Ranfft's excellent archive might prove or disprove this. If is is a Schild then service is no problem, here are some articles by a watchmaker I use a lot https://thewatchspotblog.com/?tag=aquastar

    Case looks very sharp, dial is hard to tell. I would say that a 400 Euro bet is at least evens. Go for it.
     
  5. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Dec 27, 2019

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    Thanks for your feedback. I had more information, sellers says that some screws are missing, mouvement move a bit...can’t say for the mouvement... seems similar to the A. Schild, but can’t be sure..

    I’m waiting for another one which seems maybe a better option :)
     
  6. MRC

    MRC Dec 27, 2019

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    It is an A.Schild 1713, so problems are fixable ( https://thewatchspotblog.com/?p=2552 ). Screws missing? No damage is visible in the movement photo (that I can see, could be hidden under the rotor). Buuuuttt, if it has admitted faults I think an offer of €200 is appropriate,

    It is still a very interesting watch, although too far off-piste for most.
     
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  7. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Dec 27, 2019

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    I have another option for one which seems in better condition, for 380€, I’m waiting for an answer of the seller, will post pictures when I’ll get. But I like more and more this watch, it has something and the dial seems beautiful in real as many says that picture can’t get it real!
     
  8. Lonestar

    Lonestar insert Schwartz joke HERE Jan 6, 2020

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    It's a fantastic watch, with an iconic case and a bombastic caseback. This is the grey dial version, there is a rarer blue one also available once in a while, see pic of mine below (shameless plug - it's FS...).

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    The grey one tends not to age that well with time and usually shows degradation, as you can see with these marks on that one you're showcasing, around the lume plots alos... however for EUR400 it's a good deal :)
     
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  9. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Jan 6, 2020

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    A really nice watch! do you have pictures while on the wrist?
    Still waiting for the second option, sellers will send pictures in few days...
     
  10. river rat

    river rat Jan 6, 2020

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    Remember this is the smallest case size of all Aquastar divers about 36mm the Aquastar seatime almost same design thicker case about 42mm mite be a better choice. One thing to ask seller does the chapter ring rotate a known problem on both watches. The benthos 500 another Aquastar great size with a interesting dive time counter had both the seatime and benthos at one time both gone now can’t keep everything.
     
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  11. Gui13250

    Gui13250 Jan 6, 2020

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    Thanks for your feedback.
    I know this is the smallest, but I really like this case size, vintage style :)
    Both internal bezel are working
     
  12. Lonestar

    Lonestar insert Schwartz joke HERE Jan 6, 2020

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    Yes there are a couple on my post in the FS section. Have a look (search for "aquastar") and you should see it.


    the inner bezel ring is supposed to rotate when winding the watch indeed ;) and as winding is only effective when rotating the crown one way anyway, the other way is used to position the bezel as need be. Lots of conflicting information on the web about this...
     
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