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PostSubject: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 1:13 am

This watch has really been a fun adventure.

1) I was originally given this Skagen Dive watch by a good friend. They had not worn it for years and the rubber strap had literally cracked in half and fallen off. The watch had been sitting in a drawer for over 5 years. All they could tell me was that it was about 10 years old and originally had been sold at Sharper Image back in the day. What was really interesting was the size of the watch. It is 45mm from bezel edge to edge and 50mm if you include the extended case and crown. It is also heavy. Considering the reported age of the watch, it's size was unusual for a watch that was a decade old.
Most importantly, I just really liked the overall look of the case design, bezel, and dial look.

2) I emailed Skagen directly and only received a vague email back from them that I had an old old model that was no longer made. They did not help at all and never emailed me back again when I asked additional questions.

3) I then posted pictures of the watch on 3 (three) different watch forums asking anyone if they could help identify this watch and find ANY information on it, anywhere. I posted the following 2 images of the
front and back of the watch to see if anyone could find anything. NO ONE could offer any leads. The numbers on the back of the watch did not lead anywhere that was helpful and did not seem to be the model numbers.
These are the 2 pictures I posted on the different watch forums asking for help identifying the watch -

My New / Old 50mm Skagen Skag1

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4) The ONLY lead was found by a member on my forum (Toecutter), who found a picture of the same watch with a bracelet. Now you all know I love bracelets so I was getting a little excited that maybe there was a stock bracelet for this watch. This is the picture he found -

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But sadly the picture above lead no where. I even sent this picture to Skagen directly and they had no additional help they could offer. Frustrating!!!

5) With no luck finding out info about this Skagen model I just figured I would get a new rubber strap and wear the watch. But then I realized that the watch was not working. I assumed the battery was just dead and a new one would fix it. I had lunch with Rick (currenttime) and he said he would open it up and put in a new battery for me. He took it home with him. A day or so later he called me and said the new battery did not fix the problem. Apparently the movement was shot. Now I had a decision to make. Replace the movement or just call it a day and move on. We decided to find a replacement movement and replace the broken one. Rick found an inexpensive movement which we purchased and put in the watch. You can see pictures and videos of this entire process IN THIS THREAD ABOUT THE MOVEMENT SWAP.

6) With the new movement in the watch it started working like a champ and Rick sent it back to me. I was excited to get the watch back and quickly went out and got a rubber dive watch strap so I could start wearing it.

7) Below are some pictures of the finished, and now working perfectly Skagen Dive watch, that I still know nothing about it's history, model number, or original watch details/specs.

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My New / Old 50mm Skagen Sk2

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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 1:23 am

nice looking watch James! The strap is a good choice for this. Cool that Rick helped you out on the movement replacement.
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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 1:30 am

barnbuilder1 wrote:
nice looking watch James! The strap is a good choice for this. Cool that Rick helped you out on the movement replacement.

well lord knows I did not know how to do it, lol. But he did send me pictures each step so it was cool to see the swap in action.

I have no idea about this watch and assume it was not very expensive, but it really is cool and different.
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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 1:36 am

Skagen should re-issue that watch instead of the communion wafer watches they put out now...LOL!

Good looking watch!

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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 1:47 am

Wow, EXCELLENT story !!! My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_biggrin I'm glad you got this one working,
it's REALLY nice !!! That dial is AWESOME with the multi-level
type theme happening ! My New / Old 50mm Skagen 803574 Some perfectly done hands, and
numbers with the Skagen as well. That bezel and case is just
OUTSTANDING though. The way the case peeks out from behind
that starfish looking bezel is just THE best ! Also like how they
did the numbers on the bezel ! GREAT stuff ! Even the strap
looks GOOD ! My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_smile Congratulations on getting this one working
again !..Enjoy it !!!

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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 4:29 am

Heres the info.Uhr-Kraft made the watch.Its just badged by Skagen.That was normal practice 10 years ago for these companies.
I have the chronograph version of it.
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PostSubject: Re: My New / Old 50mm Skagen   My New / Old 50mm Skagen Icon_minitimeThu May 27, 2010 8:21 am

Well look at that. There it is. Thanks Sean.
What is surprising to me, and as I posted above, it the size of the watch. This watch must have been considered massive and for 10 years ago.
I like the look of the watch and dial/bezel combo a lot. Good to see a little more info about it.
Thanks.
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