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HI All,

I bought this watch from GeorgeRado and it is an excellent watch for the most part. It is also very reasonable priced for those who want to own a Swiss watch but do not want to pay thousands. These can be found for around $500 USD which makes an interesting alternative to a Sumo. It has a 2824-2 so, 28800 bph, hacking, and handwinding.

Mine runs about +10-12 per day but I have it in at Archer Watches for a 6 position regulation. :D

I have no idea which level of 2824 is in the watch but for the price point I suspect it is probably the lowest level. The watch has crappola lume so I am planning on two "mods" to upgrade the watch.

One is to put upgraded parts into the 2824. One thing that is cool about ETA movements is how many grades of components there are. Once the watch has been timed in each position and the watch is opened up Al (the watchmaker) and I will look at which components can or should be upgraded to get better performance out of this watch. My goal is +2 seconds or better in each position. Will be interesting to see if it is possible to get there.

My second upgrade to the watch will be in the lume department. The watch has so-so lume and Jake could fix this up right quick when he is back in Canada in the future.

I have seen some Revue Thommen pilots watches which look really nice. My Revue is a diver. Here are some pics:








This will give you an idea of the level of lume compared to Seiko...


Here it is on the Revue strap:


Nice caseback:


Really an exceptional value for the money. The bracelet has a lot of heft and is solid with nice end links and clasp. No tapering on the bracelet so something different than the norm.

This company goes back to the 1800s and offers a Swiss watch at almost Seiko prices. While I am a Seiko nut through and through this beast offers me something fun without breaking the bank. It will be interesting though if I continue to wear it once a 45mm Planet Ocean joins the herd. :p
 

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Hey buddy! Good to see you over here! That's a pretty cool one, Omega PO hands and all. ;D


I once had this little badboy,


Revue Thommen Cricket Nautical. 8)










It has the AS1930 manual winding movement with mechanical alarm. Made in 1991 and was 1977 (my birth year) of 2500.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

With this non-Japanese forum in place this is an awesome forum to discuss Doxas, Omegas, Revues, Rolex etc. :)

It is a pleasure to be here and the new SCWF is pretty sweet.

Edit: Your Revue is cool. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Here's a brief (marketing origin, obviously) history:
http://www.since1853.co.uk/revue-thommen.html

I have a Revue LED quartz. Actually It's the only pure LED quartz I have besides some Casios. I love its elegance - if any LED can be elegant.


The RTs have quite a good reputation here in Europe. Not top-level but reliable watches with own design.

Cheers,

Axel
 

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I have a Debaufre Ocean-1, which is made by Grovana (Revue Thommen's OEM manufacturing arm.) It is very similar to your watch except for the dial and some details on the caseback.






I've been very happy with mine -- the fit and finish is excellent, and the bracelet is as good as watches costing several times the price. Several other boutique watch makers also outsource their manufacturing to Grovana - I've seen the nearly-identical watch from several other vendors including Steinhart.


Their web site is at: http://www.grovana.ch/ and there is a link to the Revue Thommen site at the bottom of the page.


--Les in FL
 

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Phil said:
Tried to post pics of my 2 Pilots watches but unable to make it work. ...
Just take the direct link, that you supposingly using in the N54 forums and put it within img-tags:
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The easiest way to do so is just to copy ythe direct link, press on the "insert image"- buttom in your Post reply box and copy it in.

Hope that helps,

Axel
 

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Axel66 said:
Just take the direct link, that you supposingly using in the N54 forums and put it within img-tags:
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The easiest way to do so is just to copy ythe direct link, press on the "insert image"- buttom in your Post reply box and copy it in.

Hope that helps,

Axel
I got your e-mail and responded Phil. If you are using Photobucket then copy and paste the bottomost choice (the one that says "IMG Code").
 

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Les said:
I have a Debaufre Ocean-1, which is made by Grovana (Revue Thommen's OEM manufacturing arm.) It is very similar to your watch except for the dial and some details on the caseback.






I've been very happy with mine -- the fit and finish is excellent, and the bracelet is as good as watches costing several times the price. Several other boutique watch makers also outsource their manufacturing to Grovana - I've seen the nearly-identical watch from several other vendors including Steinhart.


Their web site is at: [url=http://www.grovana.ch/]http://www.grovana.ch/[/url] and there is a link to the Revue Thommen site at the bottom of the page.


--Les in FL
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Cool! If I remember my Revue cost just under $500 USD but the bracelet was another $200 or so. The bracelet is really well made although I wish it had a more Omega like clasp and half links. Serious heft though and well made.
 

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Looks like it will work this time. These 2 Pilot watches are big at 48mm. Hand wind only as all proper Pilot watches should be - movement is ETA something or other but really a Venus movement.






Have been wearing the Black this week. Cheers Phil
 

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I've got this titanium Airspeed chrono with the Lemania 5100 inside:



A real favourite of mine, actually!
 

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This is a Revue from the 60's?, 70's? - a T56
Not sure of the significance of the MSR logo on the rotor - holding co.?, subsidiary?
I bought it a couple of weeks ago and haven't had time to clean it up.
Good to see it's "waterproof". ;D
 

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LesF is right about being manufacture by Grovana which does make alot of other name brands. One thing I like is so far I haven't seen exact copies of the style like some companies.
That is a keeper for sure. Here is a pic of one MCWW completed not to long ago for me.
 

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Phil,

Those are beautiful! :p


Phil said:
Looks like it will work this time. These 2 Pilot watches are big at 48mm. Hand wind only as all proper Pilot watches should be - movement is ETA something or other but really a Venus movement.




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Have been wearing the Black this week. Cheers Phil
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Update from the watchmaker.

This beauty:


Which had been running +10-12 secs per day is now getting these results:

Crown left +1
Dial up +1
Final test winder +2
Crown down +4
Crown up +3

He also found out that the 2824-2 in my Revue is upgraded a bit over the base calibre. For instance, it has Incabloc instead of the Etachoc system.

I am considering some upgrades to the movement.

Presently the balance is nickel gilt wheras the top tier 2824-2s have a a glucydur balance. I am having the glucydur balance priced out.

Also, presently the hairspring is a Niravox 2 whereas the top grade is Anachron. I am getting this priced out as well.

It will be interesting to see how well this plays out. Then a relume will happen later this year to get the lume to a more acceptable level.
 
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