Interview With Matthias De Pauw

This time I’d like to introduce Matthias.

Matthias is an elementary school teacher who started to intensively collect watches about 4 years ago.

He’s the co-administrator of the ‘Horlogefreaks’ Facebook group and he’s also very active in several other Facebook groups and on forums as well.

How did your love for vintage watches come to be?

I’ve always been somewhat of a collector since I was little.

I was fascinated with all kinds of items, knives, stones, old stuff from the basement etc.

During my youth, I had a few “normal” watches, like a Pontiac quartz, a G-shock (because everybody had one at the time ) and later, my first Tissot Couturier quartz which I got from my girlfriend.

My first step into vintage watches was an old English pocket watch I bought (It was a sterling silver fusee watch from around 1880). I tried to wear it, but it stopped all the time.

When I was about 24 years old, I switched to collecting vintage wristwatches.

I started reading about the Speedmaster and decided one day I had to own one.

Since then, things just escalated very quickly.

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Omega Speedmaster ST 105.002: an Oddball Speedy

When you think of the evolution of the Speedmaster from the first 2915 to the 145.022, it’s easy to overlook one reference – the 105.002.

That slight mistake comes from the fact, that the 105.002 is quite difficult to find because Omega only produced a small quantity of them. But we’ll get to that later.

Also, it’s worth remembering, that any insight into the reference can’t take place without putting it up against the ref. 2998, which you can easily confuse with a 105.002 and for a good reason.

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Interview With @MikeSoub

This time it’s my honour to interview @MikeSoub. Mike is an airline pilot from Guadeloupe.

He’s been a collector of watches for 3 years and he’s also a hobbyist watchmaker.

How did your love for watches come to be?

During my flight training, aircrafts were equipped with Type 12 chronographs from Breguet or Dodane.

Navigation was relying heavily on time and when you can’t see outside, your life may very well depend on your watch. Even if it’s a 55-year-old chronograph.

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Service: Roamer MST 372 Shock Resist

This is a nice Roamer dress watch with an MST 372 movement. This movement was produced with several types of shock protection systems. This one has Shock-Resist and that places the watch in the mid to late 1940s.

It has a US import code on the balance cock; FXU. That means that this watch was imported to the USA from Switzerland and was therefore intended for the US market.

FXU has Roamer and Meyer & Stüdeli listed so the movement is correct (at least the balance cock is).

The movement ran very erratically and setting the time was rough.

When I removed the hands, I found out why the Timegrapher showed me a snowstorm on the screen. The hour hand and the minute hand actually stuck together because of severe magnetism.

I used my Elma Antimag to demagnetize the hands and I demagnetized the trays with parts before I put them in the watch cleaning machine.

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Top 10 ”Bang for the Buck” Watches (and Brands)

Let’s face it, the vintage watch market is flooded by overhyped and overpriced watches, but what about the ones that offer a lot of watch for fairly little money?

Let’s have a look at some of them.

If your reaction is like “Whaat? Speedmaster below Wostok?”, you need not worry. This list is not a ranking. Just a list of suggestions.

There’s something for everyone on it.

  1. Bulova and Elgin
  2. Poljot De Luxe
  3. Wostok Amfibia
  4. Roamer and Medana
  5. Avia
  6. Rotary
  7. Omega Speedmaster Mark II
  8. Anything with a Landeron 48 (or a derivative of it)
  9. Anything Seiko
  10. 1940s-1950s Eterna hand-winders

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