Apart from a little debris, they were in excellent condition with all the original lume intact. Schild stable, this time a 17 jewel cal. If anyone has more information on this model, it would be good to hear from you. Thankfully, on closer inspection the parts only had surface rust and the square profile was salvageable, so once cleaned and refinished both parts could be re-used and the bezel was up and running again.
Separating them proved to be difficult, and when they did finally part I initially thought that the gear would need to be replaced — a real blow as they can be difficult to find without buying a complete donor watch.
The problem with the inner bezel was quickly diagnosed as the stem and the gear for the inner bezel had rusted together. Mark inherited this watch from his father in-law, Creighton Leonard, who passed away recently, so this post is dedicated to him.
The hands on that watch, are still lumed but much thinner, and this picture in a different Aquastar catalogue adds to the confusion as it shows different hands again, this time they appear to simple stick hands without lume.
It was only while writing this post that I realised in the catalogue shot above, the watch has completely different hands. I wrote about the Aquastar 63 pictured above last year on the blog, if you would like to read that post, you can do so here.
Ladies models were available in exactly the same colour schemes, and all watches were supplied with a matching NSA bracelet. And it sometimes gets knocked off or damaged. November 17, in Diver Tags: In extreme cases of corrosion, the hole through the inner gear loses its squared profile and no longer slides onto the second squared section of the stem.
You will also have noticed that the lume in the hands is noticeably different in colour to the lume on the dial. Again, the movement was supplied by A.
My guess would be that the watch in this post has been fitted with hands from a 63 model at some time. Like the majority of Aquastar divers, opening the caseback revealed a calibre from the A. As you can see in the picture above, the subject of this post arrived in a pretty sorry state.
Cosmetically the watch was still in good condition, but the sharp eyed among you will have spotted that the bezel markings had lost the majority of their paint over the years, so would need to be refreshed as part of the restoration.
The crystal too, despite having a few deep scratches, polished up nicely. Click pictures to enlarge The Seatime first appeared around and at 40mm excluding crownit sits comfortably in the model range between the smaller 60 and 63and the larger cased Benthos A service was all that was needed to put things right before turning my attention to the cosmetic work.
With the movement serviced, the case was cleaned, the bezel markings repainted, and the crystal polished before the watch was reassembled.
The case is almost identical to the Atoll diver except that it features an internal rather than an external bezel.
No sign of life from the movement, scruffy, and the internal bezel was stuck solid. Here is a picture of both watches together in a vintage Aquastar catalogue. The good news was that the movement, an A.
September 10, in Diver Tags: The dial design was different as all the hour markers were applied, and the hand design changed too. Here is the watch all cleaned up and fitted with a tropic strap, just as it would have been originally.
The movement was running which is always a good start, but as you can see in the picture above it was in a pretty oily state. Aquastar Comments Off on Aquastar 60 A. Once the stem problem had been solved, I could remove the watch from the case and I was encouraged by the condition of the dial and hands.
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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the restoration of this Tissot/Aquastar Regate. (Click pictures to enlarge) In that post I mentioned the collaboration between Tissot and Aquastar, and included this picture of a co-branded Benthos model along with a request for anyone with details about it to get in touch – see the full post here.
In the subsequent weeks I received mails from several.Download