Barracuda watch

Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:42 pm

This is my newest watch. It is a Vintage Barracuda Brand Diver's watch build in Hong Kong. The Chinese quartz Movement was replaced with a new one, The new one is a Swiss ETA 955.124 Movement. The watch is 44mm from the #9 to the crown and 46mm Lug to Lug. The watch is 10mm thick. It also has had new seals, gaskets installed and pass a water-pressure test. Seems like a lot to spend on a vintage Hong Kong built watch yet I find this thing to be built really well. Solid S/S case and with all the improvements she should last a long time. And hey, if Doxa can do it for a couple of Grand I can do for less than two Hundred.
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I think the Dial looks like a Seiko Dial.
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Back showing ETA movement before water -pressure test and after rebuild is complete. Pictures are not my pic's, they where taken by Carlo's the watch smith.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby eddiea » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:57 pm

A fun project, nice looking diver for very little...well done!!
Believe Hamilton used the 955.124 in a Khaki in the past, the 955.124 has been discontinued and replaced by the ETA 955.122...still, it is a solid movement.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:31 pm

Thank you eddiea, I am trying to find some info on this brand, nothing so far on the net. This is one of my most fun watches in a few years I think. One of the reasons I enjoy this Hobby so much. I am waiting on a Hamilton diver from Carlo's right now and will post some pic's when it get here.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:26 am

bump, and I did pick up the Hamilton and post picks when I am wearing it. Both watches are staying in my collection.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby Mortuus » Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:15 pm

Nicely done, Big Kahuna! :face:
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby biglove » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:16 pm

Like the black/red bezel and the second hand especially!
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:30 am

Well, I now know there are at least three of these around. I found one over at CW Collectors Weekly. The guy thinks it is a Doxa product from 1968 with a 1 jewel Swiss movement. I know he is way off. As quartz movements were not on the seine yet. The other one is over at watchuseek. That guy knows he bought his new in 1985. That makes more sense to me. The 1 jewel movement that it came with, was an ESA 963-125-HKG. And they came packed in a tube of water. There were a couple of cheap dive watches that I remember seeing packed in tubes of water. Anyway fun stuff. This one of mine, is one of my favorites. Maybe because it has a better engine under the Dial,,,,
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:33 am

Thanks BL. I like the second hand myself. Looks even better on my wrist,,,
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby 2ac » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:24 am

New member here, resurrecting this thread. I'm the guy from Watchuseek. I just recently discovered this thread, when I made mine, I couldn't find anyone else with this watch. Mine is not running reliably anymore, but I may soon remedy that. As this has given me inspiration.

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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby svaglic » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:23 pm

Welcome 2ac, once your watch is good again, do a thread on it. Rescued watches are the best.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:00 pm

Nice, I can give you the name of someone who can help if you would like. And welcome aboard.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby 2ac » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:46 am

Thanks. This will be something I'd like to try and fix on my own. I'll be getting my first tools this winter, and this will probably be my first project. I'd imagine working on a quartz model will be a good start...
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby svaglic » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:40 am

2ac wrote:Thanks. This will be something I'd like to try and fix on my own. I'll be getting my first tools this winter, and this will probably be my first project. I'd imagine working on a quartz model will be a good start...


It amazes me when people service or repair their own watches. I know there are video's and tutorials on it, Google has everything. I just know I could never do it. I lack patience and tenacity, once I got bored I would walk away.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby kahuna74 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:57 pm

Good luck and post some pic's when you are finished.
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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby sconno » Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:08 pm

Found this article whilst searching for some spare parts for my watch.

I bought this new around 1983 and I have almost died 3 times whilst wearing it. I don't know if it is lucky or unlucky :-)

It still works perfectly, just needs a new bezel and band.

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Re: Barracuda watch

Postby Mortuus » Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:08 am

sconno wrote:Found this article whilst searching for some spare parts for my watch.

I bought this new around 1983 and I have almost died 3 times whilst wearing it. I don't know if it is lucky or unlucky :-)

It still works perfectly, just needs a new bezel and band.

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Hmmm...it's either jinxed, or it's trying to tell you something along the lines of, "Youuuuu must listen verrry carefully...I need a new crystal and a replacement bezel...oh, and I also could use a nice new bracelet or rubber strap, your preference, of course..." :shock:

Welcome to WF, sconno; please accept my apologies for the late welcome, my friend. Post early and often, and please keep us apprised of your progress on the above restoration project. ;)
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