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Some ST5 Sea-Gulls

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April 03, 2013 05:29PM
Sea-Gull watches with ST5 movements are among the most popular VCMs to collect because they are well built and have accurate and beautifully striped movements. The increased demand in recent years, however, has encouraged the emergence of a new industry. Many recently assembled agglomerations of old parts are being sold as historically original Sea-Gulls. This fact makes it extremely difficult, even for experienced collectors, to know whether a particular example is an historic piece.

Even though I've done a substantial amount of VCM research I still can never be sure if any ST5 Sea-Gull is 100% historically accurate, but on several occasions I've been able to get past that personal roadblock and purchased one. So, for the first time on this forum, here is my ST5 Sea-Gull collection.

First the ones in nearly new condition:











It has been speculated that the ST5D models without the automatic winding mechanism were assembled recently, but AlbertaTime has cited a reliable source who said they originated from the factory.






Now, the more used-looking examples. Unfortunately, it's still possible they were assembled from more than one watch.

The red dial is rare -- I've seen only one other.






This silver dial model has a finely striped movement which, unusually, is signed with the brand's name and logo.






Please don't let my doubts discourage you from buying one. Regardless of its provenance, an ST5 Sea-Gull is always an excellent addition to any collection. AlbertaTime wrote a guide which can be extremely helpful to a potential ST5 buyer. I stand by what I said almost two years ago: it's the best post I've ever read on a Chinese watch forum.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/03/2013 05:37PM by saskwatch.
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