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  1. Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Jan 5, 2013

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    I know Kommis has one of these because he posted pictures of it in another thread but I recently bought one off eBay. It was described as "not working". What really attracted me to this watch was the fact that it has the NSA bracelet - rare to see one of these.

    When it arrived, I gave it a gentle shake and was rewarded by a horrible tinny rattling sound - no wonder it was described as not working. The good surprise was that it started ticking and ran for a good 45 minutes before stopping so there's not too much wrong with it. I guess the seller had tried to take off the back to photograph it and had failed because there are scars in the case back from a Jaxa tool. Fortunately, they gave up before damaging the cut-outs. Having failed with the rubber ball, I took the back off with my Horotec Mini Press. I would implore you all to invest in a decent tool to avoid causing damage to your watches - you'd be surprised how grateful you will be.

    Anyway, here are the pictures:
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    First the NSA bracelet.
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    A good tight clasp and no discernible free play in the links.

    Original crown

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    The case back. Note some of the apparent damage is actually reflection.

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    The worst of the three Jaxa scars
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    A bit of a poke around and the cause of the tinny rattle was obvious - a broken staff for the oscillating weight. A quick trawl around the internet and I sourced a new one for €20 rather than the £36 from my usual parts supplier. When it turns up, I'll update this post with a quick fix for a not uncommon problem.

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  2. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 5, 2013

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    No pictures/
     
  3. Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Jan 5, 2013

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    For some reason, the site wouldn't let me upload images from my hard drive - only upload files or URLs
     
  4. cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 5, 2013

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    No problem for me. What procedure are you using? BTW images are files.
     
  5. MMMD unaffiliated curmudgeonly absurdist & polyologist Jan 5, 2013

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    Only seeing the first photo so far, but I like it. Looks like you have elevated your photographic game. :) Nice watch too.
     
  6. kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Jan 5, 2013

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    Nice watch, I can see all the pics now. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Jan 5, 2013

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    The photography is a cheat. I didn't want to waste valuable watch money on a macro lens so I dug out the old 50mm F2.8 lens from the SLR box, stuck a Hoya close up (+3) filter on it then bunged that on the DSLR - zero cost upgrade but no depth of field.
     
  8. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Jan 5, 2013

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    Yet another in the string of late 60s-early 70s Zenith odd to look at, but which work remarkably well on the wrist, the turtle-cased Captain was an initial turn off for me until I got to handle one. Instant 180 degree change of opinion!

    Glad this one is going to be an easy fix - I love it when a watch-buy gamble pays off!
     
  9. styggpyggeno1 ΩF Enforcer ....and thread killer Jan 12, 2013

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    Hi
    Is this the official turtle thread?
    regards
    JE
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  10. dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Jan 12, 2013

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    Welcome mate, that's a lot of turtles you have there!
     
  11. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Jan 12, 2013

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    That's right - welcome to the forum - glad you found your way here, JE! I know you have a particularly bad infestation of turtles at your house.:D
     
  12. styggpyggeno1 ΩF Enforcer ....and thread killer Jan 12, 2013

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    Thanks!
    Yes, but I actually let one of the gold ones go just yesterday. The one with the anglo-word order. It gets a happy home with a fellow collector here in Sweden. How is the the "french connection"-watch doing?
    regards
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  13. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Jan 12, 2013

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    Spectacular. Sacrilegious to say it, but I like it better than the Cairelli.
     
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  15. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Jan 12, 2013

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    Those are brilliant. You have a particularly good collector's eye for gold, and a fair bit of photographic skill to make those watches look extremely rich.

    UG is the most ignored watch manufacture on the WWW. There are lots of connoisseur collectors, but not a forum to be found.
     
  16. Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Jan 19, 2013

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    Confession time.

    I had nothing small enough to unlock the oscillating weight (the jewel and locking ring is only just over 2mm in diameter) and I couldn't find anywhere to buy a special tool. As the weight has "Chronometer" engraved on it, I didn't want to try brute force and leave myself in the position of having to replace the weight with a service part, so I took it to a local watchmaker with the new pivot. £150 for a service and to remove the scratches seemed like a good price. Hopefully, I'll have it back this week.
     
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  17. MMMD unaffiliated curmudgeonly absurdist & polyologist Jan 19, 2013

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    Way to recognize the fine line between watchmaker and watchbreaker. You're already one step ahead of many professionals.
     
  18. Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Feb 11, 2013

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    ..... and here it is, collected at lunchtime. They have done a fantastic job on the case - the Jaxa scars are completely gone, as are the minor ones on the side of the case.

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  19. LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Feb 11, 2013

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    That really turned out rather well. Amazing how well the appropriate bracelet works on these pieces.

    When you have a moment, do you suppose you could post a pic of the endpiece? I believe that these NSA endpieces have no code on the reverse, so I'll have to find one by pattern recognition.
     
  20. ulackfocus Feb 11, 2013

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    Now it definitely meets the "ooooo, shiny!" mandate. :thumbsup: