1963's

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svaglic
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1963's

Post by svaglic » Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:53 pm

I have been trying to understand how there are various original 63's out there. With so many reputable people having an original, how does one know which one is the real original? This post on watchuseek makes total sense to me. No proof, but it does make sense. So, I went from there when trying to learn more about the variants of this watch.
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This is also a picture of Ed's, it is the original that Thomas was designing his 63 after. This version seems to me to be the most common one out there that people are aware of.
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A re-issue owned by mleok of watchuseek, his picture too. The early re-issues like this did not have the star colored in. Of course, I have to search this uncolored star version out for purchase.
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Another original variation of the 304.
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Here is the re-issue of that original, it is a picture taken by gigfry (watchuseek) and it is his watch. I am strongly considering picking one up.
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The next two pictures are Ed's from watchuseek. These are the D304's that he designed his re-issue off of. Original cream and black dial D304's.
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I've seen 63's for a few years, but when I saw AlbertaTimes, I just thought Ed had the best bang for the buck. Look at Ed's original pictures and what he produced. He put a lot of thought into it and I think his re-issue is true to detail, yet different enough to not be a copy.

Here are my D304 63 re-issues. I couldn't decide on which one, so I got both.
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Sea-Gull ST-1901, column wheel chrono movement hand winding.
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I ordered 1 solid case back in case I ever want to change out one of the display backs.
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Signed crown
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Signed buckle.
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Re: 1963's

Post by Ocean » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:34 pm

Very nice reissue. I know Ron's original came from his trips to China. He is also the authority I use when it comes to Chinese watches. He even commented on seeing yours. Hopefully it brings you years of enjoyment.
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Re: 1963's

Post by svaglic » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:42 pm

Ocean wrote:Very nice reissue. I know Ron's original came from his trips to China. He is also the authority I use when it comes to Chinese watches. He even commented on seeing yours. Hopefully it brings you years of enjoyment.


Yeah, I PM'ed Ron before buying mine. He has the black dial like mine, except with a red seconds hand.
I'm trying to gather pictures of all the originals out there, then again, it may be just these 3. Which would make my re-issue search easier.
I like the ones from Ed so much, I haven't decided if I will get the other two, but the research into it all is fascinating. If I do decide to get the others, I will be a somewhat smarter buyer.
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Re: 1963's

Post by kahuna74 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:05 am

I don't own one. But after seeing Ron's and svoglic's, I must say I like em a lot. Nice design.
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