Tag Archives: 70’s watch

Omega Digital 1978

  Panic in an uncertain future In the middle seventies, the traditional Swiss watchmakers saw their one hundred or so years of dominance threatened by quartz technology that came in two forms and from two directions, analogue from Japan and digital … Continue reading

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Omega Constellation 1970

By 1970 the mighty Constellations had a pedigree that went back to 1952. Omega was one of the most desirable brands in watches, more so than the likes of Rolex or Longines . And of the Omegas, the Constellation was … Continue reading

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Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000

In 1972 Omega introduced the Seamaster Cosmic 2000. It was different, in design, in the construction of the case and a totally new movement. When watchmakers first laid their eyes on this (at least all the ones I know) threw … Continue reading

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Tissot T.12 1970

In 1970 Tissot was a very strong brand in the watch marketplace, popular with the quality conscious buyer who could not justify, or afford, the price of the likes of Omega or Rolex. Tissot was actually part of the Omega … Continue reading

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Restoration Seiko Chronograph Part 2

I managed to get all the parts I needed to complete the restoration. So, firstly, I disassembled the case. Then the movement was disassembled. There are some components that are left assembled, the balance assembly, the mainspring is left in … Continue reading

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Tissot Chronograph 1969

From one of the greatest of mainstream watchmakers comes this beautiful chronograph. Nowadays a chronograph is no big deal, they can be very cheap and are popular even in fashion brands with all sorts of bling. But before the electronic … Continue reading

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Restoration Project – Seiko Chronograph

 A watch with a lot of character! But apart from a lot of scratches, it’s not too bad. It’s a 1971 vintage Seiko chronograph with a 6139B movement. I’ve always liked the Seiko chronos, I have twelve of them in my … Continue reading

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Seiko Navigator 1972

With great looking designs like this, ultra reliable technology and a reasonable price tag it’s no wonder that Seiko took a strangle hold on the market during the 70’s and 80’s. The Seiko navigator from 1972 featured a 24 hour … Continue reading

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A Box of Seiko Chronographs

My collection of Seiko mechanical chronographs. Twelve of them, all restored and working well. Some of the bracelets are  non original but all else is authentic. They were produced from 1969 until 1979. Two movement types are represented here; the 3 register, … Continue reading

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Certina Dress 1978c

This is what happened to most Swiss manufacturers in the late seventies. In a last ditched attempt to stave off the Japanese conquest, that was in fact by now unstoppable, they cut corners and ride on their name. Certina, one … Continue reading

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