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    There is a very interesting post over on The Sydney Tarts - who started in 2004 when a couple of guys met at an IWC exhibition and started catching up for coffee and lemon tarts (hence the name). They are watch enthusiasts who meet weekly to chat about matters horological.

    They have just written a post on a very interesting watch - a BP FF, with a note from Captain Bob Maloubier himself.

    CLick through to read the whole thing (it's well worth it). There's also a YouTube Video below.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSOwLujJTnw
    Your bleeding-edge Now is always someone else’s past. Someone else’s ’70s bellbottoms. Grasp that and start to attain atemporality.

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    Great post mate and fantastic links for one of the greatest military watches of all time....

    Thanx a lot!!!

    Elio

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    That one pictured is certainly 'bright and clear' as they say in the article, it's an interesting history in general with the Free French Commandos and their post-war evolution into what they are today; I've been lucky enough to have worked at the original Commando Hubert base, in St Mandrier in Toulon, and I'm sure Kieffer/Riffaud et al would still be proud of their nageurs.

    Here is a more detailed look at the varieties of BP/Lip/R-T - Kingston

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_s
    That one pictured is certainly 'bright and clear' as they say in the article, it's an interesting history in general with the Free French Commandos and their post-war evolution into what they are today; I've been lucky enough to have worked at the original Commando Hubert base, in St Mandrier in Toulon, and I'm sure Kieffer/Riffaud et al would still be proud of their nageurs.

    Here is a more detailed look at the varieties of BP/Lip/R-T - Kingston

    Andy
    I accidentally started researching the LiP / BP / T-R suff a while back. Almost drove me insane!

    Incidentally, I still think that the '65 BUND below - is ludicrously under-appreciated:


    Squale 50 Atmos and a BP FF Bund by Noodlefish, on Flickr

    And the '75 Rayville would be a dream come true, if I had ever even seen one come up for sale...

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    Last edited by Noodlefish; 24-07-2012 at 19:57.
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    Good youtube video.If there was some thing to read all that's left the video.Cool story.

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    Nice post- really enjoy reading their article! A design classic that is unfortunately way out of my price range .

    Cheers,

    Nick

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    Default Holy mackerel, that's a rare bird!

    Very cool..
    Thanks.

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    I have seen your video which you shared here. I have to say that The fifty fathoms by blancpain has been the archetypal modern diver’s watch. Like all diver’s timepieces worth their salt, each model is prepared with a unidirectional frame triggered by switching it counter-clockwise in one-minute amounts.
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    ...and out of interest a FF Bund just sold over on MWR - http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showthread.php?p=188535

    Andy

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    This was a nice one I saw in Bond street, London a few years ago…


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