NOS Mirvaine divers style quartz watch £8.99 (or less) delivered @ eBay (dreams4all)
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NOS Mirvaine divers style quartz watch £8.99 (or less) delivered @ eBay (dreams4all)

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Found 23rd Oct 2016
This deal is probably one for watch enthusiasts only.

These are 'New old stock' watches which you will have to open and fit a new battery. The case back is a Rolex style screw on type and can be a bear to undo if you don't have the right tools - hence the 'enthusiasts only' bit.

If you are not happy/able to do this battery change, this is not for you. If you are they make great everyday beaters for as little as £7.50 plus a new battery. You can buy them from other sellers with a new battery, but obviously they cost a bit more.

More details in the first post below if HUKD allow this deal (they can be fussy about eBay sellers)

Automatically accepts best offers of £7.50. But not £7 if you want to push your luck.

- migavupe

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Original Poster

OK, looks like we're safe - I posted this a few weeks ago and it got kicked off as the seller didn't have enough feedback or something.
Anyway, these watches have quite an interesting back story. They were apparently made in Brazil - Manaus to be exact, which is in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. I believe they were intended for the South American market but somehow a container load ended up in a warehouse in Manchester almost 40 years after they were made. Go figure. oO
There are two colours available - blue and black. The blue one has a very nice sunburst dial whereas the black one has a matt finish.
http://i.imgur.com/oDx7Cgg.jpg
Full specs:
Plated brass case with drilled lugs (makes strap changes easy)
Screw down stainless back (Rolex type)
Screw down crown
Japanese Miyota quartz movement
Rotating bezel (40mm dia.)
Mineral glass crystal
Stainless bracelet.
Hands and dial markers are luminous but this has faded over the years so isn't much use.
http://i.imgur.com/HLyIvNy.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Uw8Gfav.jpg





Edited by: "Lancman" 23rd Oct 2016

Work watch . perfect.

http://i64.tinypic.com/284av8.png

oO

The last thing I need is another watch. I bought one. Thanks.

brainbug100

oO


http://i.imgur.com/crBqShw.jpg

Are Mirvaine a proper brand or a cheap Chinese knock off?
Can't find much about them online?

Original Poster

richb3012

Are Mirvaine a proper brand or a cheap Chinese knock off?Can't find much … Are Mirvaine a proper brand or a cheap Chinese knock off?Can't find much about them online?


I just updated the first post with that info. Whether or not they are still an active brand in South America, I don't know.
Quality-wise they are a bit hit and miss: The bracelet is typical low-end fare with thin folded links and is a bit rattly, but it's easy to adjust and quite comfortable. The drilled lugs make it dead easy to change straps anyway. The bezel insert is painted aluminium and the paint scratches easily. On one of mine, some of the bezel markers don't line up very well either. But for the price, they make great little beaters.

Edited by: "Lancman" 23rd Oct 2016

Not needed... Ordered! As someone above said, decent enough work watch. I won't care if it gets damaged for £7.99 (best offer auto accepted) thanks op

Bought one .
I love N.O.S. watches.
This one is at least 30 years old ( 1971 till 1983 )
What's not to like ?

50m? You must be kidding.

Nice little write up on the history of the company.
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Original Poster

fish323

50m? You must be kidding.


It has a screw-down crown with two O-ring seals and another seal under the screw-down back. I willing to bet the waterproofing is perfectly adequate for normal everyday use and way better than any other £8 watch.
Nobody is pretending this is a divers watch, just a divers style watch.

What sort of battery does it need?

Original Poster

trott3r

What sort of battery does it need?


It takes a 377 (SR626SW) battery.



Edited by: "Lancman" 23rd Oct 2016

Lancman

It takes a 377 (SR626SW) battery.



​Lancman - Top man, lots of info and interesting back story.
Thanks for taking the time to update post, I've ordered one.

Just had an offer of £7.25 rejected but £7.49 accepted. Cheers OP

Original Poster


Gawjus

As someone above said, decent enough work watch. I won't care if it gets … As someone above said, decent enough work watch. I won't care if it gets damaged for £7.99



Another thing I love about these cheap 'n cheerful watches is that you can muck about with them without worrying too much about stuffing it up. I did a (very rough) re-lume job on my black one using some cheap luminous powder mixed with clear varnish. Makes it look even more 'vintage' (see pic in first post) and much more useable at night.
http://i.imgur.com/ZgdeGBl.jpg
I'm saving the blue one (my favourite) until I've improved my technique a bit! (_;)

wow, spot there lancman! How long does it stay 'lit' for? Fleabay for the powder yeah? Got one for £7.50 an fancy a dibble!

Original Poster

Haggs2012

wow, spot there lancman! How long does it stay 'lit' for? Fleabay for … wow, spot there lancman! How long does it stay 'lit' for? Fleabay for the powder yeah? Got one for £7.50 an fancy a dibble!



It lasts a good few hours. As long as it's pitch dark I can still tell the time at 6:00am. I did get the powder from eBay:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332005424545?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
The particle size is a little on the large side so the finish is a bit rough, but at normal viewing distance it's not really noticeable. I had a go at doing the bezel on a cheap Naviforce watch and that came out surprisingly well:
http://i.imgur.com/Dhg5KzT.jpg
Edited by: "Lancman" 24th Oct 2016

Ordered two, one of each colour at £7.49 per offer. Getting the batteries replaced well be another story in time. . .

Original Poster

The case back can be opened without specialist tools. I used the Lancman brute force and ignorance approach:
Remove the bracelet, secure the case in a vice (cover the vice jaws with something to protect the case from scratching), take a watchmakers screwdriver (or something similar) and wedge it in one of the serrations on the back then gently tap in an anti-clockwise direction with a small pin hammer. Obviously you have to be very careful not to let the screwdriver slip or you will scratch your shiny (not so) new watch.
I also heard of someone supergluing a knife to the back and using that as a lever to unscrew it. How he later separated the knife from the back is another story! oO

Wow there, please don't glue a knife to the back of the watch! Instead, super-glue a decent-sized nut into the centre of the caseback, then open with a ratchet. When done replacing the battery, thread the caseback back on, and tighten with the ratchet. In the process, the nut might well come off by itself, if not, loosen with acetone (nail polish remover) and then clean up any residue. I recently tried this on a Seiko which refused to open, and it worked like a charm.

Anyone know where's the cheapest place on the high street to get a new battery installed? What sort of price are we talking? It's been a long time since I've owned a watch!

Lancman

I had a go at doing the bezel on a cheap Naviforce watch and that came … I had a go at doing the bezel on a cheap Naviforce watch and that came out surprisingly well


That looks great, how did you apply it?

What size strap does it take?

Original Poster

Torchwood

Anyone know where's the cheapest place on the high street to get a new … Anyone know where's the cheapest place on the high street to get a new battery installed? What sort of price are we talking? It's been a long time since I've owned a watch!


Sorry, I've always replaced watch batteries myself so I have no idea. With the right tool it's a simple 5 minute job so shouldn't cost a lot. Try your local Timpsons perhaps?

Original Poster

urmum

That looks great, how did you apply it?


The numbers were cut into the bezel so I just had to fill the depression with luminous paste then carefully wipe away any excess from the surface. The paste shrinks a bit as it dries so I had to do two coats to get a good even result.

Original Poster

redbullmaster

What size strap does it take?


It takes 20mm wide straps.

Lancman

It takes 20mm wide straps.



Thanks mate
Edited by: "redbullmaster" 25th Oct 2016

Mines turned up today. Really nice watch, bit tight so will have to get the strap adjusted.

ebay.co.uk/itm…022?hash=item1c680a885e:g:rKsAAOSwR5dXR~~J

Going to try one of these to remove the back for the battery

Ok, received the watch, plus a 377 battery, 99p from ebay delivered. Took about 15 min to replace the battery, via the old nut-and-superglue trick described in my earlier post, which again worked like a charm. Put the new battery in, and after 30 odd years of hibernation, the movement came back to life. Astonishing. Be careful, the battery is tiny and you need good eyesight, and probably tweezers.

First impressions - the watch looks OK, the bracelet is terrible. Light and rattly, and the split pins basically disintegrated when I tried to take a link out. Also, it isn't actually terribly long, so if you have Arnold-esque wrists, it might be too short. However, I had a 20mm leather band available and just put the watch on this band, and it looks so much better. Actually, it looks properly good! And the wife, who is Brazilian, gets a kick out of the PRZF Manaus imprint on the case back.

I think I will wear the watch as a cool and ironic anti-consumerist statement. The next time you send your Rolex in for a £600 service, I shall be ordering another 99p battery, and once again get out the old superglue. What a time to be alive!

Original Poster

SharkSandwich

Ok, Actually, it looks properly good! And the wife, who is Brazilian, … Ok, Actually, it looks properly good! And the wife, who is Brazilian, gets a kick out of the PRZF Manaus imprint on the case back.



Glad you like it. Perhaps you could ask your good wife what the PRZF stands for? My guess is 'Product of the Free Trade Zone' (Zona Franca) ?

Torchwood

Anyone know where's the cheapest place on the high street to get a new … Anyone know where's the cheapest place on the high street to get a new battery installed? What sort of price are we talking? It's been a long time since I've owned a watch!


You can get batteries at the pound shops in multi packs

SharkSandwich

Ok, received the watch, plus a 377 battery, 99p from ebay delivered. Took … Ok, received the watch, plus a 377 battery, 99p from ebay delivered. Took about 15 min to replace the battery, via the old nut-and-superglue trick described in my earlier post, which again worked like a charm. Put the new battery in, and after 30 odd years of hibernation, the movement came back to life. Astonishing. Be careful, the battery is tiny and you need good eyesight, and probably tweezers.First impressions - the watch looks OK, the bracelet is terrible. Light and rattly, and the split pins basically disintegrated when I tried to take a link out. Also, it isn't actually terribly long, so if you have Arnold-esque wrists, it might be too short. However, I had a 20mm leather band available and just put the watch on this band, and it looks so much better. Actually, it looks properly good! And the wife, who is Brazilian, gets a kick out of the PRZF Manaus imprint on the case back.I successfully installed the new battery using your nut and superglue technique. Thanks! Can you describe how you take a link out please?ThanksI think I will wear the watch as a cool and ironic anti-consumerist statement. The next time you send your Rolex in for a £600 service, I shall be ordering another 99p battery, and once again get out the old superglue. What a time to be alive!


SharkSandwich

Ok, received the watch, plus a 377 battery, 99p from ebay delivered. Took … Ok, received the watch, plus a 377 battery, 99p from ebay delivered. Took about 15 min to replace the battery, via the old nut-and-superglue trick described in my earlier post, which again worked like a charm. Put the new battery in, and after 30 odd years of hibernation, the movement came back to life. Astonishing. Be careful, the battery is tiny and you need good eyesight, and probably tweezers.First impressions - the watch looks OK, the bracelet is terrible. Light and rattly, and the split pins basically disintegrated when I tried to take a link out. Also, it isn't actually terribly long, so if you have Arnold-esque wrists, it might be too short. However, I had a 20mm leather band available and just put the watch on this band, and it looks so much better. Actually, it looks properly good! And the wife, who is Brazilian, gets a kick out of the PRZF Manaus imprint on the case back.I think I will wear the watch as a cool and ironic anti-consumerist statement. The next time you send your Rolex in for a £600 service, I shall be ordering another 99p battery, and once again get out the old superglue. What a time to be alive!


Hi, thanks for your superglue tip, it worked a charm. Can you tell me how you remove the links please?

Original Poster

sarkymark1

Hi, thanks for your superglue tip, it worked a charm. Can you tell me … Hi, thanks for your superglue tip, it worked a charm. Can you tell me how you remove the links please?



You will see that several of the links are held together by visible pins. You have to punch these pins out in the direction of the arrows on the inside of the links. Reconnect the links by tapping the pins back home in the opposite direction. There are several videos on YouTube eg: youtube.com/wat…PqA

Two more watches that I desperately don't need, thanks OP! Bought partly because of back story. Anyone got a link/reference to that? Also any more info about this company or *anything* that makes it interesting?

Original Poster

NikLP

Two more watches that I desperately don't need, thanks OP! Bought partly … Two more watches that I desperately don't need, thanks OP! Bought partly because of back story. Anyone got a link/reference to that? Also any more info about this company or *anything* that makes it interesting?


Did you see migavupe's link (post #11)? That's all the information I have been able to find.

Muggers need a very keen eye these days with so many Rolex homages around!
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