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Better than expected, it's in great condition! I can't stop with these freaking 7548's and 7c43's. I take back everything I ever said about you sickos buying variants of the same watch!!
Got it for what I think was a great price at $185, considering it's condition.



 

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Man Ray, you're going to cause me to fall off the wagon right at TAX time..........
 

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Nice Ray!
Always wanted one. Finally did land one this past summer.
Pretty close to what yours looks like. You would think that the orange dial version would bring in a higher price tag. Tried to sell mine a couple months ago. Still have it.
{I think it may have originally belonged to Elvis}
I'm going to add this as a tagline to the bottom of all my posts now!
Congrats on the beautiful 700c though!
Mike
 

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I must add that it came on a gl-831 in as good condition. Also, it's a non runner and suspect (hope) it could just be the battery but couldn't open it with just a generic case opener, I need big Bertha!
Btw: is there anything out there available, and affordable, you've seen that I could use for multiple tasks; such as a press and case opener?
 

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@Jim W: that's good to know makes up a little for the not too smart moves.

@mario_d: huh, so your 7548-700C in the middle is also from '82. All three of yours look superb!! Man, I had a chance to go after a teal/green one and regret not even trying, what a dummy! I do have a confession to make, this 700c was going to be the sacrificial lamb to restore the 701A with a properish bezel, but can't do it. Tough **** for the 701A.
So Mario, regarding these models you're like the Red (shawshank redemption) of this joint.
Red: "I've been known to locate certain things..." Let me know if you come across a bezel.
Another quote from Red: “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
Love that movie!!!
 

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@mario_d: huh, so your 7548-700C in the middle is also from '82. All three of yours look superb!! Man, I had a chance to go after a teal/green one and regret not even trying, what a dummy! I do have a confession to make, this 700c was going to be the sacrificial lamb to restore the 701A with a properish bezel, but can't do it. Though **** for the 701A.
So Mario, regarding these models you're like the Red (shawshank redemption) of this joint.
Red: "I've been known to locate certain things..." Let me know if you come across a bezel.
Another quote from Red: “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.”
Love that movie!!!
I've also missed a couple of teal/green 700C's... better luck next time ;)

I'll keep my eyes open regarding a nice bezel but I bet it would be easier to find a nice donor watch. Then again if you feel uncomfortable about the condition of your 701A then I'd be happy to take it off your hands ;)
 

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Re: a Big Bertha. I find the 3-prong case back tool is the only way to go. Adjust it perfectly, put the opener into a vise, bring the case back to the tool, push down hard with one hand and rotate with your other hand until you think blood might squirt out. Works every time.

Re: Crystal press. Do not toss good money into a cheap ebay unit. They don't work well and the crappy nylon dies are too shallow for a lot of vintage domes and bevelled edge crystals. Get yourself a real one, expect to pay $100 or so. You will not regret this. I have a vintage Seiko S-200 press with Seiko aluminum dies and it is simply a joy to own and use.
 

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Nice Grab, They are addicting to say the least...

 

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@mario: yeah, that's what this one was gonna be, a donor, will have to find another victim.

@david: those are very nice and the gl's look great.

I don't think I was ever this fascinated with any other models as I am currently with the 7548's, go figure, after completely ignoring them for years.

@Jon: thanks, I've actually thought about the vice with a soft material in between. Is there a press you've seen to suggest?
 

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Re: a Big Bertha. I find the 3-prong case back tool is the only way to go. Adjust it perfectly, put the opener into a vise, bring the case back to the tool, push down hard with one hand and rotate with your other hand until you think blood might squirt out. Works every time.

Re: Crystal press. Do not toss good money into a cheap ebay unit. They don't work well and the crappy nylon dies are too shallow for a lot of vintage domes and bevelled edge crystals. Get yourself a real one, expect to pay $100 or so. You will not regret this. I have a vintage Seiko S-200 press with Seiko aluminum dies and it is simply a joy to own and use.
I love my Big Bertha and would never consider a 3 prong to take its place, so easy to use on even the tightest case or screw down crystal retaining ring.

I have a Seiko S-200 press and to be honest I don't really like using it, dies are good and the press quality is good but I don't like the action, I now use a cheap (£20)screw down press with home made dies for specific jobs and get on with it great :)

As they say, different folks different strokes :)



 

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Thanks John.
I know that as soon as I start buying proper tools it's gonna be on! Get ready vintage watches!
 

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That's a great looking example Ray.
I love these watches, they are pretty good for a novice to work on.
I have not done a crystal yet, removing hands is my next step. It looks like a tricky business fraught with danger.
 

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Rey Sir my Congrats On a great Catch.👍 You have Some Envious Watches And That’s Another Gem 💎 👏👏👏⌚Wear it in good health🙏
 
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