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    Default Tales from the bench - Glashütte diver

    A TZ-UK member in Finland sent a Glashütte over for a little TLC. The crystal was fogged quite badly on the inside and he wanted a bracelet refinish, plus a few other little things.

    When I first received it and not really knowing much about Glashütte, I presumed that it must be some kind of put together. It houses an ETA 2824-2 which I didn't think latter day GO would use in one of their watches and GUB used their own rather agricultural movements, mainly the GUB 75, which you'll find in their wonderfully named Spezimatic watches. There's no significant identifying marks on the inside of the case back and the crown is unsigned, the rotor is signed though. So I assumed it was a generic case and someone had cobbled together yet another subulike watch with an ETA 2824-2 along with a nice dial and handset.

    However a quick correspondence with the seller, to tell him the potentially bad news, revealed the full extent of my ignorance.

    This was produced in 1993, just before the previously Eastern block GUB (Glashütter Uhrenbetriebe) was privatised to become Glashütte Original in 1994. At this point they were using ETA movements as production of their own GUB movements had stopped in the late 80's, just prior to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1990.

    So this watch spans the East/West and communist/capitalist divide. It has to be said Glashütte Original have done extremely well in the last 19 years thanks to reunification, although Stalin will be turning in his grave.

    Sorry I stupidly forgot to take any before pics of this one, d'oh!








    I particularly like the handset on this one, plus the wonderfully honeyed tritium.



    And finally a quick movement shot plus the GUB 75 usually found in their watches




    So there we have it, a little history lesson and a good example of an interesting watch. I'm pleased with the results and hopefully the owner will be too, it's currently winging its way back home as I type.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    I had a look at this when it was in Gary's possession.
    It is a very curious mix of elegance and agriculture, in terms of design and finish.

    As ever, a very informative post, beautifully illustrated - thanks Gary.

    Dave
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    Keep 'em coming Gary...informative and interesting!

    Cheers,

    Nick

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    Nice job Gary - interesting stuff about the period too, makes sense.

    Those hands are like the Zenith divers, cool...

    Andy

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    Thanks chaps

    This watch is now for sale, so if anyone's interested let me know and I'll put you in touch with the owner. The price is €650 including shipping from Finland.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Elegance and agriculture… lol!

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
    I had a look at this when it was in Gary's possession.
    It is a very curious mix of elegance and agriculture, in terms of design and finish.

    As ever, a very informative post, beautifully illustrated - thanks Gary.

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