Friday, December 21, 2012

1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer in advertising.

With the exception of a few photos in 1964 Seiko catalogues, I have never before seen a second generation Grand Seiko Chronometer depicted in an advertisement, until I stumbled over this in an eBay auction...



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Video: discourse on vintage Grand Seiko chronometers.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

1964 Seiko WeekDater cal 6218 - Grand Seiko equivalent.


The 6218 WeekDater is a watch far above the ordinary. The 1964 WeekDater is the immediate, automatic equivalent of the 1964 Grand Seiko hand-wind (the first automatic Grand Seiko appeared in 1967 in the form of the 62GS).

At the time of its introduction in 1964, the 6218 was top-of-the-range, the flagship of the Seiko automatic lineup. Both the 57GS/43999, 6218 and the 62GS have 35/39J movements, and it has been suggested that the extra jeweling was introduced to facilitate the day/date complication in the low-beat, low-torque movements (http://seikoholics.yuku.com/topic/911/Seiko-6216#.UMugiKU1blI).





I feel we may underestimate the complexities involved in the mechanics of a day/date function back in 1964 - Seiko specifically highlights this feature in their description of the second-generation (1964) GS (http://www.grand-seiko.com/features/history.html) and Rolex has the "Day-Date" as a flagship model in their lineup to this day.

The quality of finishing on the dial, indices, hands etc. of the 6218 is superb, equally to that of the Grand Seiko, and the tadpole regulator of the 6218b is identical to that of the 43999 movement. At the moment the 6218 WeekDater is undervalued by collectors, and in my opinion a good long-term investment together with the second-generation GS.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bund straps on 60s Seikos

 I have been alternating these two classic 60s Seikos all week, and the Bund straps I have them on really increases their contemporary wearability to the extent that they are becoming a permanet part of my rotation. If you have classics which wear a bit smaller than you would prefer, it may be worth your while to consider these straps.





Seiko vintage content interview (ahem ;-) on Danish lifestyle blog ...

... which can be seen at http://my-pleasure.dk/2012/10/en-laeser-og-hans-passion-for-vintage-seiko-ure/ (choose "English" or "Engelsk" from the Google Translate drop down box to the right of the interview - please consider clicking some of the "like" buttons to let them know you've been there





Er der noget som en god historie? Næppe. Dagen i dag omhandler en god historie – Harry er glad for Seiko, og i dag gør han os særdeles meget klogere på netop det brand, der også rummer gode historier. Take it away, Harry!

Harry med sin far engang i 70erne. Faderens gamle Altus kan ses på hans arm… og i Harrys samling!


Harald – du er glad for ure, og Seiko i særdeleshed. Hvor stammer interessen fra?

- Min interesse stammer formodentligt fra min opvækst i 60′erne og 70′erne, hvor de fleste mænd gik i habit, og hvor en mands ur spillede en vigtigere rolle, end det gør i dag. Jeg husker især min fars ur, og hvordan det var med til at definere mit billede af ham.


Hvilket ur, var dit første Seiko – og hvor fandt du det?

- Min første Seiko var sjovt nok et af de helt store “grails” indenfor vintage Seiko ure: Seiko’s første dykkeur, cal. 6217 fra 1967, som jeg “fandt” for cirka otte år siden. Allerede som knægt havde jeg set mig lunt på ”seje” dykkerure med drejeskiver, men livet kom lidt i vejen, så det var først omkring min 40 års fødselsdag, at jeg begyndte at sætte mig ind i verdenen af dykkerure. Jeg begyndte at følge lidt med i diverse urfora på internettet, og især Rolex samt Seiko & Citizen fora virkede livligt med mange diskussioner omkring især dykkerure fra 70′erne og 80′erne. Der kom også nogle indslag om Seikos første dykkerur, som allerede dengang blev betragtet som en “grail”, og som også kostede væsentligt mere end de senere modeller – derfor var det ur lige så langt udenfor min rækkevide som, Rolex var.

På dette tidspunkt var min ur-interesse vækket, og en dag bladrede jeg igennem Den Blå Avis, hvor jeg faldt over en gut i Thisted, som samlede lommeure, og som havde nogle ældre armbåndsure, han ville bytte med. Jeg ringede og spurgte, om han eventuelt havde nogle dykkerure. Det mente han ikke, men han endte med at rode nogle skuffer igennem…. og fandt “et Seiko med en delfin på bagkassen”, som jeg kunne genkende som intet mindre end en cal. 6217! Heldigvis havde jeg et Omega lommeur fra 1934, jeg kunne bytte med, og derved blev en passion født! Hele historien kan læses her <–

Seiko’s første dykkerur – kaliber 6217 – i gang med en restauration.



Hvad rummer din ursamling i dag – Seiko såvel som andre brands?

- Jeg forsøger at holde et tema i samlingen, så det er kun Seiko, primært fra 1964 (mit fødselsår – på et eller andet måde er man da nødt til at begrænse sig) … og så min fars Altus fra 60′erne, som han købte lige omkring jeg blev født, og som dengang var indbegrebet af “at være voksen” igennem hele min barndom. Han mente selv – til min store ærgrelse – at have smidt den ud for mange år siden, men fandt den forleden og spurgte, om jeg stadigvæk vil have den… Jeg havde glædeligt byttet hele min samling for at få det ur!


At jeg netop vælger 1964 er – udeover det er mit fødselsår – ikke helt tilfældigt. I 1964 fik Seiko tildelt ansvaret for tidtagningen under Tokyo Olympiaden, og Seiko fik mulighed for at vise, hvad de kunne. Nogle af deres mest spændende, sjældne og innovative ure kommer derfor fra denne periode. Dertil kommer, at Seikos design fra midt i tresserne er sublimt – måske noget af det bedste design, der nogensinde er lavet.


1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer med 1964 Parker blyant.



Samtidigt begynder Seiko at deltage i det prestigefyldte Astronomical Observatory Chronometer Concours i Neuchatel, og i 1968 er Seiko ved at “rydde bordet”. For mig kulminere det hele i Grand Seiko kaliber 43999 med kronometer certificering i 1964 – i mine øjne det smukkeste Seiko har præsteret i det mekaniske urs mest spændende årti. Jeg har forsøgt at opsamle min indtryk af tiden i min blog på linket her <–


1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer med speciallavet ”display” bagkasse (original bagkasse er bevaret!)



Udover Grand Seiko og de flotte og elegant Seikomatic fra 1964 har jeg også et Seiko Olypmpic One-button chronograph samt et Olympisk stopur i min samling og selvfølgeligt også et Seiko Olympiad vækkeur!


Lidt af hvert fra Seiko i 1964!



Desuden inkluderer min samling nogle historiske Seiko dykkerure: Blandt andet de tre første – og måske mest ikoniske – dykkerure, som dækker perioden 1965 til ca 1980: kaliber 6217, 6105 og 6309. Især de sidste to ure så man over hele kloden på armen af “arbejdende” dykkere som formodentligt de mest anvendte og respekterede dykkerure i 70′erne og 80′erne.


Familie foto: første generation 62MAS dykkerur (v) tredje generation 6309 dykkerur (m) og forgængeren: Sportsmatic 30m Silverwave (h)



Og i enhver samling hører der mindst eet lommeur til, i mit tilfælde en Seiko 6110-0010 Second Setting Railroad Pocket Watch.


Seiko 6110-0010 Second Setting Railroad lommeur fra 1973



Er der et grail watch fra Seiko, du altid er på jagt efter?

- Egentligt ikke, nej, jeg har allerede mine grails… Det skulle lige være den legendariske kaliber 5718 kronograf som der vistnok kun blev lavet 50 af til Olympiaden i 1964, men den er fuldstændigt uden for min rækkevide. Men man kan altid håbe, der ligger en et sted i en papkasse på et Vestjysk loppemarket… Så mangler jeg også Seiko’s WorldTimer fra 1964 – et ur som kunne vise tiden over hele verden, og som sikkert blev købt af ikke så få atleter og tilskuer under Olympiaden. Den er til at få fat i for fornuftig penge, og den bliver da også købt i løbet af det næste år!


Hvilke kvaliteter fra østen vil du fremhæve i forhold til schweiziske ure?

- Hmm, spørgsmålet kan besvares på mange måder, og jeg mener i dag, at der er meget mindre polarisering mellem Østen og Schweiz end før. Men hvis jeg skulle vejlede nogen i forbindelse med anskaffelse af et vintageur, ville jeg fremhæve især Seikos kvalitet, historie og innovation i forhold til prisen. Mange ser ure fra Østen som billige efterligninger af schweiziske ure, men når man for eksempel forstår, at viserne i en Seiko er designet med bambus-bladene som inspiration og slet ikke er kopier af ”dauphine” visere, når man forstår at polering af f.eks et Grand Seiko foregår med teknikkerne og en tålmodighed, som stammer direkte fra produktion af samurai-sværdene, når man kan se at produktion af værkerne er fuldstændigt in-house og foregår på et niveau, som stammer fra tusind års forventning om absolut perfektion, så begynder man at forstå de elementer, der er med til at gøre de bedste ure fra Østen så specielle.




1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer



Og er der omvendt noget, som Schweiz har, som østen ikke har?

- Absolut! Det ærgrer mig, at især Seiko ikke fremhæver deres historie i deres markedsføring – fra deres opstart i 1881, over deres første armbåndsur så tidligt som 1924, succeser i kronometer konkurrencerne i tresserne, deres Olympiske historie, introduktion af den første automatiske kronograf i 1969 (og den første automatisk kronograf i rummet i 1973), introduktion af det første quartzdrevne armbåndsur ligeledes i 1969 - her er Schweizerne meget bedre til at flette historien i deres ure og på den måde gøre dem mere spændende. Jeg mener, at et god ur skal – ud over det fysiske og funktionelle – være noget man kan fortælle en god historie på mindst 10 minutter om!

Noget gammelt, noget nyt: sol ring kopi fra middelalderen; Seiko’s 7549 dykkerur fra 80erne



Hvilke reaktioner har du fået på din Seiko samling?

- De er altid positive – og overraskelsen er altid stor! Det hænger netop sammen med, at jeg kan krydrer fremvisning af mine ure med en masse informationer, historier og anekdoter – og grundet Seikos serienummerering, kan jeg datere hvert ur til en bestemt måned og år og knytte dem til et historisk begivenhed. Jeg tror folk bliver positivt overrasket, når man kan fortælle om et ellers lidt nørdet passion på en måde, der taler til både hjernen og hjertet. Nogle bliver efterfølgende begejstret for tanken om at kunne have noget på armen, som kan bruges til at igangsætte en samtale, underholde i en forsamling, måle tid og samtidigt forbinde en til en vigtig historisk begivenhed – et fødselsår og -måned, et afgangseksamen, et bryllup – og ender med at købe deres første ”voksen” ur.



Hvad antager folk fejlagtigt om Seiko efter din mening?

- Helt sikkert at der en antagelse om, at Seiko ure er nogle gode ure – men at de ikke er “fine” ure. Hvis jeg presser lidt, har jeg fundet ude af, at et “fint” ur altså er et ur med historie, et ur som man kan fortælle noget spændende om. Og her antager folk altså, at Seiko ure ikke har et langt og spændende historie – og derfor er det virkeligt dejligt, at jeg her kan forsøge at udbrede lidt mere kendskab til dette spændende mærke, samt til begrebet ”at gå med ur”.


Mange tror også et det er svært at restaurere eller vedligeholde ældre Seiko ure grundet mangel på reservedele fra fabrikken. Men Seiko arbejder ude fra “bygge kasse” princippet, og mange dele – og hele værker – kan skaffes for ingen penge på f.eks eBay – fidusen er bare at vide, hvad man skal lede efter!


Seiko 6309 dykkerur som er i gang med at få et hjertetransplantation fra en donor kaliber 6309… operationen lykkedes!



Hvor begynder den store Seiko jagt, hvis man er på jagt efter et gammelt ur?

- Det begynde først med noget research. Der er mange resurser på nettet – netop Seiko samlere er kendt for deres glæde ved at dele viden og erfaringer. Her er det især Seiko and Citizen Watch forum (www.thewatchsite.com) jeg vil fremhæve, og så min egen blog på www.vintageseikoblog.blogspot.com

Man kan med fordel begrænse sin jagt ved at gå efter Seiko fra et bestemt årstal, eller årti – her er Seikos serienummerering som sagt enestående, og man kan finde ure fra et bestemt år og måned. Alternativet kunne være Seikos historiske dykkerure fra perioden 1965 til 80′erne. Her kan alle være med, og man kan opnå en spændende samling for overkommelige penge – men research her er afgørende! Skal man gå efter det ypperste, altså ure som kan måle sig med det, vi betragter som de bedste high-end ure fra Schweiz, så hedder det Grand Seiko (både vintage og moderne) og Credor, men så skal pengepungen altså også være i orden.


Hvad skal enhver mand vide om Seiko ure?

- At Seiko – og især vintage Seiko – giver mere historie, information, kvalitet og oplevelse end de fleste andre mærker. Men i sidste ende gælder det, at man netop med Seiko ikke kan købe sig til oplevelsen. Man er nødt til at lave det nødvendige benarbejde og research – til gengæld er glæden ved at bære et vintage Seiko enormt!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Seiko 6105-8110 150m diver for sale... SOLD!

6105-8110 150m Diver: On WJean waffle strap. I am not a 6105 pundit, but have been assured dial and hands are original. Strong runner. Price: 500USD.








Thursday, September 27, 2012

A short ramble on the caseback transformation of a 1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer



A short ramble on the caseback transformation of a 1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer


Background

The 1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer (caliber 430 / 43999) is a landmark timepiece, introduced by Seiko during the year of the 18th Olympiad in Tokyo. Seiko timed the games flawlessly, and their success at the 1964 Olympic Games gave Seiko international respect and credibility. 

In 1964 Seiko entered the Astronomical Observatory Chronometer Concourse in Neuchatel, Switzerland for the first time and secured a 144th and 153rd place amongst the worlds finest chronometers. In 1967, SEIKO secured 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 12th place in the Chronometer Concours, winning 2nd and 3rd place in 1968. In 1969, with the advent of quartz movements, the Observatory contests of Neuchatel ended. During the early 1960s Seiko displayed the 'Chronometer' name on selected, precision watches which had passed the in-house Seiko chronometer standard testing, the equivalent of the BO (Basel Observatory) Chronometer standard, but stopped displaying the ‘Chronometer’ designation in 1966 due to the lack of independent CICC Certification facilities in Japan. Today, precision Seiko watches displaying the simple ‘Chronometer’ designation are a rarity sought after by collectors, and perfectly reflect Seiko’s “finest decade”.

Caliber 430 (43999) Chronometer movement

Concealed below the subdued, pearl silver sunburst dial with faceted, applied steel markers and the modest legend: "SEIKO Chronometer, Grand Seiko, Diashock 35 Jewels" beats a chronometer-grade movement defined by hand-selected and impeccably finished components, fine regulator, self-compensating hairspring, generous jeweling and large balance.



A movement of such significance deserves to be exhibited, and soon after acquiring this "second generation" Grand Seiko Chronometer, I began to examine the possibility of fitting it with an exhibition case back.

The exhibition case back quest begins

First attempts at fitting readily-available exhibition case backs for current Seiko models revealed that the thread diameter of the Grand Seiko was considerably larger than its contemporary counterparts. Searching for other commercially available exhibition backs - such as Invicta and Omega - proved fruitless. 

A custom-made exhibition back for the second generation Grand Seiko appears from time to time on Yahoo Japan, but is prohibitively expensive. For a year the project languished on hold while I pondered the situation. In the interim, a wallpaper of the movement on my iPhone kept the worst withdrawal symptoms at bay...




Finally I turned my attention to the existing case back. The Chronometer movement is cased in a heavily-lugged stainless steel case with threaded caseback.




The case-back shows the original 18k Gold Lion medallion used to denote “chronometer-grade” pieces.  The case back on my example was heavily worn, and I began to consider the possibility of converting it to an exhibition back by machining it to remove the medallion, similar to the 4520-8000 case back that had it's medallion cut out of the original back to convert to a display back: http://home.watchprosite.com/show-forumpost/fi-17/pi-5006838/ti-756433/s-0/ 

With this in mind, I posted a request on SCWF in an attempt to find someone willing and able to perform the conversion.

Months passed, and apart from some PM's offering some suggestions, my search remained fruitless. Until two months ago, when I was contacted by a forum member (who wishes to remain anonymous) who offered his help on the condition that the original case back remain unmolested, in order to maintain the historic integrity of the Grand Seiko. The correct way to obtain an exhibition back, he admonished, would be to source a more common case back with the same dimensions as the original, as a base for the conversion.

The breakthrough

As I had earlier explored the possibility of a donor case back, it had become apparent that the dimensions of the GS case back where not standard, as least not as far as commonly available case backs where concerned. Now encouraged, I borrowed a digital micrometer and was able to measure the following dimensions:





I then googled "seiko case back 31mm" and found a reference to a 7T32 (Quartz) case back. Grubbing through my parts box I found a 7T92 and lo and behold the caseback fitted:





However, due to the thinness of the quartz movement, the case back is a lot shallower than the original, so snugging it down stopped the movement (oops!) while backing off just slightly freed up the movement again. Clearly, not the solution to our problem!

Our next tactic was to consider the case number itself, in order to determine if we could glean some useable information there. Although no case number was apparent, the GS 43999 is identical to the GS 5722-9990/9991, so I assumed the case number is 9990/9991 (and possibly the same case as the King Seiko 44-9990 and 4420-9990 chronometers, although this remains to be confirmed). However, I also found the 9990 case number used on early 60s 6xxx caliber dresswatches, but this is a completely different case. Pretty much a dead end.

What we did have to go on, however, was a small sliver of information: the case back gasket number for the 7T calibers is FH3080B0A, so any non-quartz case back using a XX308XXXX gasket might be a matching fit. On boley.de we could see that the Seiko 7009 (5110,5140,5150,5160,5180,5200,511A,520A) also uses a FH3080B0A caseback gasket, and I considered picking up a parts donor on eBay to confirm fit and clearance - the depth of the case back to accommodate the rotor should give plenty of clearance to the hand wind 43999 movement. I was, however, warned that the 700x cases have a different design with respect to gasket fitting, and was linked to Jules Borel instead, who listed the FH3080B0A gasket as being compatible with a number of 6309 caliber dress watches. Reference to a casing guide revealed that the 5722's case gasket number was, in fact, 0C3160B (circular cross-section).  

However, the 7T32 case back had actually fit, although it was too shallow, so I figured the dress 6309s might be worth a shot - maybe I should get a parts donor of one of these? And then... I remembered the 6309 sports watch donor which I used some years ago to replace the balance on a 6309-7040 diver (described here: http://vintageseikoblog.blogspot.dk/2010/04/how-to-replace-balance-and-anchor-seiko.html).


The 6309 case back actually fit perfectly, the flange of the GS caseback has the same dimensions ie: 31mm thread, 33mm total diameter.



The caseback screwed on smoothly and snugged down, indicating the threads where matched, and the 6309 case back  was 0.5mm thicker than the GS caseback (3.0 mm vs 2.5mm). 




The transformation begins

We decided to go ahead with a cut-and-hope tactic, as the case back from the 6309 sports watch was expendable and thus an excellent candidate. The next decision to make was whether to cut the aperture into the flat surface (22mm) or onto the slated surface (permitting a 25-27mm aperture). At this stage we where still faced with a number of unknowns, including the feasibility of cutting a crystal seat on the slanted surface of the case back, and the possibility of deformation when machining a larger aperture.

A mock-up started with an approx 22mm cut-out- followed by an approximately 24 and 27mm cut-out. At 24mm there was certainly more shown of the movement, with less of a port-hole effect, and less shadows around the edges. 27mm was considered too large, as this might compromise the rigidity of the caseback. A 0.8mm thin, 25.4mm diameter sapphire crystal was duly sourced, and the 6309 case back was slipped in the post.


The donor case back had previously been gouged, so the decision was made to attempt to machine the gouges out, leaving the surface unpolished in order to highlight the polished surfaces of the chronometer movement which where to be showcased.



Finally, the machining of the aperture took place, and the crystal was fitted with an adhesive that is cured with both heat and UV light - slightly flexible once cured, and not given to discoloration over time. 

The end result, I think, speaks for itself...










The first time I saw that movement with the fantastic apellation "Chronometer" etched in gold, I knew I had to have it displayed. Friends and colleagues (many of them WIS themselves) shake their heads at my passion for this specific GS, but the 43999 movement is so breathtakingly beautiful that giving it the chance to speak for itself, the balance wheel pulsing under sapphire, will certainly open a few eyes. But most importantly, I will have the thrill of enjoying the movement on a daily basis, exponentially increasing my appreciation of this - for me - most significant of watches!

This post closes with my heartfelt thanks to the SCWF forum member who made this possible. In spite of a busy schedule, he took the time to answer my questions patiently and in great detail. The quality of the work done, and the attention to detail are truly outstanding. My appreciation of his extensive help and encouragement are unbounded, and I have got a lot of karma to pass on. This is truly the essence of a great forum… at the end of the day, nothing can ever match the forum members themselves and their fundamental helpfulness and willingness to contribute their - often hard earned - knowledge and experience!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer vs. Rolex Oysterquartz



Today, I had the opportunity to compare a colleagues Rolex Oysterquartz, which he had inherited from his father, with the 1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer. Both are discreet, vintage steel watches, and both lie in approximately the same price frame, with the Rolex slightly more expensive.

Rolex Oysterquartz: For those not familiar with the Oysterquartz: "In 1977, after five years of design, development, and testing, Rolex introduced their first completely in-house quartz movements (the 5035 and 5055) and the Datejust (5035) and Day-Date (5055) Oysterquartz models that would house them. When they were introduced, the 5035 and 5055 quartz modules were marvels of technology as well as fit and finish. These 11 jewel movements utilized the latest CMOS circuitry, a 32khz oscillator, and analog thermocompensation. In addition, they were finished to even higher standards than Rolex's mechanical movements. It is no exaggeration to say that even today, no quartz movement produced by any watch company can compare to the 5035/5055 from the standpoint of sheer beauty." Reference: http://www.oysterquartz.net/


Grand Seiko Chronometer: The 1964 second-generation cal.430/43999 Grand Seiko Chronometer presented here is an original low-beat (18000bph) chronometer, superseded by high-beat (36000bph) and VFA (very fine adjustment) chronometers developed following Seiko’s international successes at the Astronomical Observatory Chronometer competitions. The present watch contains a chronometer-grade cal.430 movement defined by hand-selected components, fine regulator, self-compensating hairspring (reference needed), generous jeweling and large balance. Reference: http://vintageseikoblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/reflections-on-1964-cal-43043999-grand.html



The following is a pictorial summary of my half-hour sojourn with both watches:




The Rolex is marginally heavier than the Grand Seiko (112g / 107g). The Rolex was relatively small at Ø=34mm with the Grand Seiko weighing in at 36mm diameter. The Grand Seiko has an aftermarket bracelet (19mm endpieces/22mm SuperOyster bracelet) while the Rolex has a slightly less substantial integrated bracelet. The Rolex bracelet has a simple click-clasp while the Grand Seiko has a spring-loaded clasp with safety catch.


Indices and hands (bamboo leaf shape) on the Grand Seiko are multifacetted and highly polished, giving pleasing reflections of light while increasing readability. The Rolex has simpler indices and baton hands, giving a more subdued look - my colleague complained he couldn't read the dial as easily as he could his quartz Seiko.


The Grand Seiko has a simple pull-out crown, quick-setting date and time is very precise and there is no "slop" in the movement. The Rolex has the legendary Oyster screw-down crown, opening and closing the crown is very smooth and precise. The crown wobbles slightly when unscrewed, quick-setting the date was a bit fiddly, otherwise timesetting was precise and without "slop". The Grand Seiko has a nicely framed, legible date while the Rolex has the amazingly effective, trademark cyclops.

The Grand Seiko flashes and sparkles charmingly in spite of its discrete layout, while the Rolex is considerably more conservative. Both watches are very discrete and competent and both are a pleasure to wear.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

1964 Grand Seiko Chronometer SuperOyster "mod"

While the 1964 Grand Seiko Chronometers are perfect in many ways (history, significance, dial, hands and indices and, above all, the handwind chronometer cal. 43999 movement, I have found it difficult to pair an 18mm bracelet or strap to the heavy lugs without feeling a sense of imbalance.


http://catalog.antiquorum.com/catalog.html?action=load&lotid=159&auctionid=253

On the way out of the door to a party last night, I decided on a whim to pair 18mm endlinks with William Jean's 22mm SuperOyster from eBay. Wow - harmony! IMHO the heavy lugs combine perfectly with the SuperOyster:




On the SuperOyster, the GS is reminiscent of the 1960's Rolex Oysterdate Precision, another watch I wouldn't throw out of my bed:



(Image from beckertime.com)


Of course, a Precision would buy you about 6 GS chronometers, and you would still not have a certified chronometer, hacking, quick-set date, a solid link Oyster bracelet or a spring-latched safety clasp.


I still need to spend an hour or two tweaking the endlinks for a perfect fit, but I'm very pleased with this "mod".