The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Watch Fever: Airborne Outbreak

Obligatory "Shaggy pose"
My search for an Omega Speedmaster Professional continues. But in the meantime, I ran across this little gem. A 2nd Generation Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk "Blue Angels". It's pre-loved, but came with both boxes, all the manuals and extra links.

With my love of naval aviation, this watch definitely falls squarely in my wheelhouse. It will be the new "top gun" of my watch collection.

C'mon, you had to know that one was coming.

As you can tell by this picture it's also in dire need of a good cleaning and polish. Probably why it went so cheap. I'll bust out the Dremel and get to work with a polishing wheel and some jewelers rouge after I give it a good scrub with a toothbrush and jewelry cleaner. It will clean up nicely.

There are a couple of flaws, namely a deep scratch on the bezel and a chip missing in one of the yellow points. Other than that, it's normal wear and tear. I'm confident I can resell this for at least $100 more than I paid for it. Funny, because the guy that sold it to me probably thought the exact same thing when he bought it.
Watch the canopy, Goose!


an Donalbane said...

Very nice.

Most of the watches I've owned since high school have been Seikos in the $150-175 range.

For college graduation, my wife bought me a beautiful Longines tank watch I'd admired for months at Northeast Mall - about $650 at the time. Wore it during dinner at Cheddar's that evening, and glancing at it every two minutes, found insufficient contrast between the hands and the dial that I couldn't quickly read the dang thing, we returned it the following Monday.

RPM said...

I have that problem with my Invicta. Silver hands on a silver dial are impossible to see at a glance.