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The final elusive piece of the Speedmaster/JB Champion combination has arrived...

  1. noelekal Feb 22, 2015

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    It's great to find nuggets of information like this here on the Forum.

    Thanks for posting!
     
  2. Flingit1200s Feb 22, 2015

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    I have a faint memory of these calendars. Very cool story. Thanks for sharing it!
     
  3. TLIGuy Feb 23, 2015

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    And here is the patent image to compliment the bracelet.

    Having complete sets of calendars from '67,'68 and '69 I was curious how much earlier they were available.

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  4. Emeister Donut-eatin desk-divin wannabe-astronaut fat dude Feb 24, 2015

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    Thanks very much for the drawings. They're excellent.
    Your eBay tip off I wasn't so pleased about ;) It blew my $6.27 snipe way out of play.
    US$107.50 :eek: Wow!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-196...D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    It did answer my earlier question, in another of your threads, of what these would actually realise if listed directly to the Omega Speedmaster fan.
    Although the eBay listing was still in the collectibles section rather than watches it certainly shows the power of OF. :cool:
     
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  5. KIMBER Feb 24, 2015

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    I remember my dad had these on his Speedmaster as a kid. Early 70's or so. I always loved his watch and still do. I hope my brother likes it on his wrist without calenders of cause.
     
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  6. TLIGuy Feb 25, 2015

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    I just saw what the set went for this morning and I'm really surprised at the $107.50. That's very strong. The most I paid was $14.00 for my 1967 set.

    I would be curious if the bidders or winner were from OF. I was watching the auction for 3 days with no bids. When I originally posted this thread I got quite a few PM's asking if I had any additional July 1969 pieces or if I was interested in selling mine. When I saw this auction I PM'd back the 3 members that inquired about them originally and alerted them of the auction and my thoughts on removing the advertising with a solvent or sanding it off. I heard back form 1 member who was not really interested in the set so I linked it to my original post and within an hour there were 3 bids and soon after 5. I did bid myself up to $36 and then realized I really didn't need another set so I retracted it.

    Anyway, the sets in new unused condition are hard to come by so I hope it was a Speedmaster fan or OF member that picked them up.

    I'm glad I invested well. The return could be better than my 401K. $322.50 right here. Maybe just enough for a college text book in 8 years for my daughter.:thumbsup:

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  7. Nactex Feb 25, 2015

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    It is really hard to see in the astronaut picture which way the calendar is positioned. My guess is like this:

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    Any thoughts?
     
  8. TLIGuy Feb 25, 2015

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    I have seen them in both orientations in the images I've collected. I agree the orientation on Scott's bracelet is as above.
     
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  9. TLIGuy Mar 23, 2015

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    One more piece of the Apollo years Timely calendar puzzle secured. Considering the last full vintage set sold for $107.50 the $12 BIN price seemed like a solid investment. Original plastic box packaging included.

    This set will affectionatly be known as Apollo 17 "The Last Timely Calendars on the Moon"

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  10. KIMBER Mar 23, 2015

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    Nice catch. They will go great with your collection.
     
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  11. Giff2577 Quick with the tools! Mar 23, 2015

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    As a kid I fondly remember my grandfather wearing the little calendar tabs on his watch. I watched him change the month once and was surprised that it was two sided: Silver or Gold to match your watch bracelet. Thanks for triggering the memory!
     
  12. TLIGuy Mar 23, 2015

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    I have a number of duplicate calendars at this point. Besides the new complete sets I've been collecting individual used, but great condition, pieces from incomplete sets over the years. The pieces I have are from specific Apollo and Skylab mission months. Now that I have complete new sets for these years it's time to clean out the box. They may not be of interest to many but maybe to a few space mission junkies. They are a great addition to any JB Champion bracelet to give it that vintage astronaut look and feel.

    If anyone has interest in any of the following pieces PM me. No charge just free to a good home. Only one per person to spread them around if that's okay.

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  13. Taddyangle Convicted Invicta Wearer Mar 23, 2015

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    off the grid, these are very cool. I also remember my Dad wearing these.

    What year did they stop making them?
     
  14. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Mar 23, 2015

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    Hate when people change their avatars, takes me months to re-learn them! Keep thinking whos that off the grid guy?
     
  15. TLIGuy Mar 23, 2015

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    Sorry.
     
  16. TLIGuy Mar 23, 2015

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    When Timely stopped making them I do not know. You can still buy current year calendars today. The modern ones come out of China. They are typically found by searching H Shaped calendars.
     
  17. Taddyangle Convicted Invicta Wearer Mar 23, 2015

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    How about that. To be honest, these looked way cooler in the 60s and 70s.

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  18. TLIGuy Mar 24, 2015

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    Skylab 1, Apollo 16 and 17 gone to a new home. SL-3 and 15 still available.
     
  19. TLIGuy Apr 9, 2015

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  20. Emeister Donut-eatin desk-divin wannabe-astronaut fat dude Apr 15, 2015

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    US$187.60 = insanity
    There are other calendars out there of a similar vintage for circa US$35 BIN. And I consider that too much.
    It just takes a little thought with your searches.

    Power of OF / TLI Guy again :(
    I didn't stand a chance. First bezels, then brochures, now calendars.
    My hobby has gone. ;)