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  2. deano1956

    Spending Choices

    I searched long for my watch display case, wall mounting just 12 watches , I went through 3 cases, two winders before I ended up with winder for one watch and a case I am happy with, I think I have one more peripheral to buy/ exchange ,like Davey said it will be dead money but will be nice to be owned. tools I have a few tools now watch related which has more than paid for itself in removing links and replacing batteries ., deano
  3. Proper, well thought out review. You've inspired me to dig out a few of my CW's and give them a spin this week.
  4. Seikotherapy

    Choose a single Seiko

    Yes my eBay notifications alerted me to that one! I’m hoping the stars will align when a crispy one comes up. A lot seem to have replacement or damaged crowns. There are fair few variations but this one with radial lines and 24hr numerals is the dream. There may be a reboot if sufficient interest is shown in the original as per the MM300 but will probably be too big and modern looking for me.
  5. Daveyboyz

    Leaving things behind.

    No chance of me buying a Timex, Seconda or Invicta but as I have said on other threads there are times when you don't need a high end watch... so thete is a chancr I will buy something around the £100 mark, an Orient or Seiko is definately a possibility.
  6. it'salivejim

    Sunday Moderns

  7. PC-Magician

    CW Trident C600 GMT - Member review

    Said it before and I will say it again CW punch well above their weight, currently I have 7 in the collection three of which are Tridents and they compare favourably with my Omega's. That GMT looks very tasty by the way. Oh and I have a CW Pulsometer coming in the next few weeks from a friend of mine so the collection is still growing.
  8. Hussle

    Best tool watch under 2k

    I'll be getting the aged steel version. Already ordered, just the long wait now https://goo.gl/images/ge2QRm
  9. MyrridinEmrys

    Seiko 7T32 repair

    There are alternative, but compatible, movements if you're not too bothered about originality: http://www.seiko7a38.com/apps/forums/topics/show/13143110-need-a-replacement-7t32-movement-some-alternative-options-
  10. WRENCH

    Best tool watch under 2k

    nice bit of no nonsense timekeeping.
  11. Nothing much, gave it a go over with a cotton bud, and it’s fine. 2nd hand but lightly worn, I think.
  12. Hussle

    Best tool watch under 2k

    The new Gruppo Gamma Vanguards will be released in the coming months. 5 different versions, using ETA movements. They call it the ultimate tool watch/daily beater. Excellent quality, which I can't fault and a limited amount so they won't be common, less than £1k so he could have two!
  13. MyrridinEmrys

    CW Trident C600 GMT - Member review

    Good sound choice by someone not afraid to try something different. Looking at the wrist shots I would think you could carry off something even larger if you so desired! Is this new to you or 2nd hand as there appears to be a lot of gunk, and maybe a little corrosion, within the clasp mechanism?
  14. longplay

    Choose a single Seiko

    It's not minty, but I happened to see one of the 'bay yesterday. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Vintage-Seiko-Champion-850-Alpinist-36mm-Manual-Winding-S-Steel-Watch-1964/253584764559?hash=item3b0ad46e8f:g:vcwAAOSwXfVa4UD- They are a thing of beauty. Why's no one making watches like this any longer? Japanese watches are like most Japanese products, I'd argue: they may not have a lot of flair, they may not be the most innovative (and you can certainly argue that), they may not garner the most praise -- but they are solid, dependable, afforable and punch above their weight. Seiko's bang per buck is rivalled by few others. I think the desire to achieve perfection is a cultural imperative, and when they put their minds to it, boy do they produce some good stuff. Some of us remember what cars were like before the Japanese models arrived on these shores and forced the other lazy manufacturers to up their game. *shudders*
  15. JonnyOldBoy

    Leaving things behind.

    That is why I would rather Spend £800 on a Longines and keep £4k in the piggy bank ) than £4800 on an IWC. For me the word "luxury watch" is largely meaningless along with using price as a measure. The last time I heard one person bore another person with the life history of their "luxury watch" , it was some guy wearing a £4K Hublot trying to re-inforce a superior standing over a guy with a £1k Sinn ... the £1 Sinn looked like a "luxury watch" more than the Hublot in that particular example..... I have only ever purchased one watch that was poor quality for the money so it went straight back and that was a Hamilton Quartz. I am actually a fan of Hammies even though many do not suit me etc etc .... I have tried on many many many £2K plus watches over the years that I would not buy because of your salient point , the price did not match the quality. So my advice for anyone exposing the wonderful world of watches is hold this point as a foundation and be just as gutted wasting £50 on a crap watch as you would wasting £5000 on a crap watch. Then you will never go far wrong and will hold little prejudice.
  16. themysterybidder

    Spending Choices

    Oi, I'm still 28 for a few days yet! I can't help it I have a weakness for handsome chaps. It's a little bit funny (see what I did there) but I don't like younger people, but the older people I like, I like them when they were younger! I don't know why anyone didn't want to date Granville I would jump at the chance! _ Finally, Sir David Jason and Sir Elton are not 100 years old, they are 100 years young!
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  18. RWP

    Leaving things behind.

    I've yet to have a sub 50 quit on me apart from the three quid Amazon specials sent from China, bought out of curiosity only. Fifly quid will buy you a reliable and lasting Sekonda, Timex, Vostok or Casio
  19. Nice review and explanation of choice I do like the watch and the GMT although I do think it has limited functionality but it looks great and is a boon when resetting. I wish you long hot relaxing days far far away looking at your CW
  20. Daveyboyz

    Spending Choices

    Its all dead money but nice to have such things.
  21. Seikotherapy

    Sunday Moderns

    SARY in the sunshine at the local makers market. Have a great BH everyone.
  22. Drawing a couple of threads together here, so apologies for any repetition. As you will know by now, this is the watch I acquired last week. It is also, as many of you are only too well aware, a watch I said I would never wear. So, what has happened? Well, two things basically. Firstly, if we go back a few years, I developed an obsession with small, simple vintage watches. I still love them and I have several. I used to wear them all the time but nowadays they mainly do light duty - relaxing at home, the odd evening out &c. At the same time I began to create taboos for myself, and went as far as to eradicate or exclude certain things from my collection: watches over 40mm; dark dials; bracelets; dive watches; certain types of hand (Trident, Mercedes). It dawned on me quite early in the process that what I was doing was a little illogical and impractical and the last couple of years in particular have seen an erosion of those taboos which, let’s face it, should never have been there in the first place. This watch represents a significant step in that journey. It may be an ending or just a crossroads...who knows? Secondly, I love my holidays and I love travelling. Holidays are much more important than watches (mostly...) - I found myself thinking “holiday or watch?” on one occasion. I thought about it for at least 10 seconds before I booked the holiday. We occasionally see threads that start “Which holiday watches?” And they are not all started by me, though am certainly guilty. I think I took 5 watches on holiday once, and two of them were never worn. I thought I needed one for the journey, at least two for beach, pool and daytime wear, plus something more suave for evenings... What a load of cobblers! Expensive watches sitting in hotel bedroom safes, going through airport security in trays...what was I thinking!? Fortunately I have never had a problem, but you do hear stories. The other side to this is that I am looking to retire in a couple of years. As a single bloke tied to school holidays I pay through the nose to go away and I want to travel at more sensible times, more cheaply and further afield than the Eastern Mediterranean/Canaries that is my norm. So, looking ahead, the quest has been on for some time to find that do-it-all travel watch that liberates me from the “Which watch?” dilemma. The criteria? Firstly, I have to be comfortable wearing it 24/7. Looking at the Trident specifically, that’s not the problem I have always made it out to be. Yes, it’s big and tall, probably on my realistic limit, but it’s fine. Secondly, functionality: legible, durable, good WR. I think we can safely say that the Trident ticks those boxes. Thirdly, looks. This is where my own understanding of my tastes comes into play. The hands were the last factor holding me back, so I just took a deep breath...BINGO! Five years of taboo, gone! It all fits together, and this will work just as easily on a beach as in a stylish restaurant. Fourthly, GMT or not? I have always said no, because I can do +1 or 2 in my head. But if I later find myself in California or New Zealand it might be useful to know when NOT to phone Doris in Dibley! And...that orange hand is über-cool! Finally if, God forbid, it should get lost, stolen or damaged, is it an acceptable loss as against a Rolex GMT or similar? Yes, but less likely to get lost or stolen as it will be on my wrist all the time. So there (apologies for the long-winded explanation) is the thinking behind it. Now let’s look at the watch. DIMENSIONS As I said, it’s a chunky piece, pretty much on the limit for me. I don’t see it getting huge wrist time under a shirt cuff, but that’s not why I bought it. With summer gear, no worries. Diameter 43mm. Height 13.7mm. L2L 51.5mm. Weight 105g. I’m not sure if the weight quoted there is head only or includes the bracelet...I suspect the former. It is certainly heavy by my standards. The Speedmaster is quoted as 0.3mm thicker, though that is accounted for by the domed hésalite crystal. FUNCTIONALITY The screw-down crown is very positive to operate. I am VERY careful with these after hearing so many tales of users cross-threading them. The crown positions are easy to find and the date change is rapid. There’s a little play or drag in moving the GMT hand, but it does click over smartly. Whilst I might prefer an independent hour hand I believe these come at a price, and the resetting on this is still relatively quick and easy. I have also worked out how to use the bezel for a 3rd time zone...discalculia kicked in at one point but I cracked it! It’s all very legible. The date window is a reasonable size and at 3.00 - good call! All the hands are very distinctive except the silver seconds, but a small lumed dot that lines up with the bottom of the indices helps to make it visible. The ceramic bezel has a very sharp 120-click action. My non-mathematical brain would have preferred 2, 4 and 6 indices instead of the minute marks, but we need to remember that this is also a dive watch. CW lume is not always the longest lasting, and I must see what it’s like after several hours in the dark. It is certainly very bright initially. The ratchet clasp on the bracelet is a brilliant idea as the wrist expands and contacts in warm weather. I had a link inserted and mine now goes from snug to jangly-bangly, so plenty of adjustment available. Timekeeping looks to be about +6 or 7 s/d. Absolutely fine, but I shall experiment with resting positions as this is not really a watch for sleeping in. I haven’t done a run down to test the PR yet, but it hasn’t stopped either! So we can assume the auto function is reasonably efficient. I never found ETAs as easy to power up as the Makos. We shall see. LOOKS, FIT & FINISH Whenever I pick up or unbox a CW, I am always struck by the same thought...this looks and feels like a much more expensive watch. This one especially so; not just the size and weight, it has presence. Sparkly bits: this just doesn’t come over in PR photos. The edges of the hands, date and applied indices are all polished and reflect the light beautifully, as does the Trident counter-balance on the seconds hand, the polished surfaces of the case and the PCLs in the bracelet. The wave pattern on the dial gives you vertical stripes in the sun...very AT! Little green lume dots every 5 minutes. Just stunning. The bracelet is a quality item and the ratchet clasp leaves the basic clasp on the £3.5k Speedmaster for dead. Size and height notwithstanding, the whole watch feels very secure and balanced. And...it’s a CHR (the best IMHO) logo with bâton indices instead of blobs. Win-win! Happy? I think so. Bring on Summer! Thanks for reading.
  23. A2orry

    Spending Choices

    It's usually my wife that wastes the money on stuff.
  24. A2orry

    Leaving things behind.

    I've no qualms about watch price as long as the quality matches. I do however think most of the low end stuff less than £50 Are only designed to see out the life of the battery.
  25. WRENCH

    Leaving things behind.

    Which one ? They're like twa neeps in a field.
  26. Teg62x

    Spending Choices

    You sure your only 29!! aren’t David Jason and Elton John both about 100 yrs old!!
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