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Throwback to an old friend that’s gone but not forgotten... and my favorite bag... and my favorite sweater, those are still with me :) #filson #realmckoys #tr900 #tornekrayville #usmc #blancpain #fiftyfathoms #milsub #womw

For me, this is as good as it gets #tornekrayville #tr900 #grailofgrails

A couple of incredibly rare and mint dive watches. Some days this job is incredibly difficult - because you can’t keep them all :(

American military made. TR900 with “sterile” dial, meaning the watch saw action, and was brought to the military’s watchmaker for a makeover!

1960’s Nivada-Grenchen Depthomatic. Big, fun, and rare vintage Diver. #cousteauteam #bourdontube #swisstropic

Last issued in 1988! Long military career for this one. #tr900 #tornekrayville #milsub #usnavy #blancpain #fiftyfathoms

Tr900 from 1964. The mismatched lume on the hands is correct for a first batch watch like this one - it appears that the promethium 147 lume from the dial was used on the second hand but the hour / minute hands were a grainy, darker tritium mixture. The second batch watches (1966 caseback) have matching hands. #tornekrayville #promethium147 #tr900

What to wear for my meeting with Blancpain? Pretty obvious, I think! Multiple thanks to the great Zoe, who really saved my bacon at Basel this year. #baselworld2018 #blancpain #tornekrayville #tr900 #divewatch #diverswatch #militarywatch #watch #watches #watchesofinstagram #watchoftheday #watchonmywrist #watchfam #watchfreak #watchporn #watchfam #watchfreak #orologio #time4apint #orologi

Gotta do something special for going over 2k followers, right? Let’s break out the vault of blancpains. Happy Saturday. #vintageblancpain #tornekrayville #norad #milspec1

Probably the rarest chronograph of the late 1950s/early 1960s; the Blancpain Air Command was offered to the US Air Force by Allen Tornek, but they never ordered it. So only a few samples were ever made, some rumours say only a couple of dozen were ever made whilst others say that it was around 1,000. My gut says that the lower number is probably closer to the truth. I have owned 5 or 6 Tornek Rayvilles, and there were only 1,000 made (more or less) but I have only held one Air Command and never owned one. My favourite feature is the countdown bezel, never seen one on a chronograph before. #blancpain #fiftyfathoms #aircommand #tornekrayville #navigationwatch #watches #watch #watchesofinstagram #watchporn #watchfam #watchfreak #watchnerd #watchnut #watchgeek #time4apint #ablogtowatch #hodinkee #timezone #orologi #orologio

Tornek Rayville. Sartorially aggressive, but I think the military watch on a nato works with the suit. #tr900 #tornekrayville

If you have followed my account, you will know that my Tornek Rayville TR-900 is one of my favourite watches. I bought it new old stock and wear it continuously most summers; however a few years ago I began to think that it might not be the smartest move in the world to wear an increasingly valuable watch every day. What brought this to mind was the announcement in 2009 of a watch called the Corvus Bradley, which was a pretty much perfect replica of the TR-900, I ordered one of the very first and got number 4, which I wore for most of the following summer. Then a couple of years later Corvus made a limited edition of 50 for a store called "Freemans Sporting Club"; they upgraded the watch by adding a very discreet date at 4:30 a sapphire bezel insert and then PVDed the whole watch. I only heard about them after they had all sold out, but I managed to find one used, interestingly it was number 5/50.

In most ways it is a better watch than either the TR-900 or the original Bradley, upgraded ETA 2824-2 which is adjusted to 6 positions and its the only watch I have ever seen which mimics the Rolex Chromalite, white when inactive but blue at night.

However, I never wore it anywhere as much as the TR-900 or the original Bradley; in truth, I am not a black watch guy; so here it is for sale. It comes with its original wooden & card boxes, instruction book, cloth pouch and a brand new WatchGeko tropic strap. Here is Hodinkee’s review of it when new. https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-freemans-sporting-club-corvus-bradley-watch-a-modern-tak They were $1,800 8 years ago; here is a pretty much unworn one for just over half that now $950, including delivery worldwide.
#corvusbradley #militarywatch #TornekRayville #TR900 #divewatch #diverswatch #eterna #kontiki #watches #watch #watchporn #watchesofinstagram #watchfam #watchfreak #watchnerd #watchnut #time4apint #hodinkee #ablogtowatch #timezone #orologi #orologio #forsale

Tornek Tuesday? Is that a thing? #tornekrayville #tr900 #tornektuesday

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