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  1. Why, oh why, oh why????

    I've sold some fantastic watches in the past. Sometimes, but not always, with a pang of regret. I've even bought the same watch back from the person I sold it to a couple of times effectively paying for the exact same watch twice (dumb) & on every occasion the second time round has been nothing like as sweet as the first time round & I've resold the watch pretty quickly. I think you're right in that you only keep what you really really like & I really really like the Edox .......maybe I should wear it more often?
  2. Why, oh why, oh why????

    Why, oh why, oh why do we become attached to inanimate lumps of metal, glass & plastic? This morning I was quite prepared to put my Edox Hydro Sub up for sale on the forum. It's a watch I love but hardly ever wear. I'd taken fresh photos, had started writing the advert & I'd reached the point of measuring it in order to list the dimensions. I then made the mistake of putting it on "Oh dear!" thinks I, " This is a really rather spiffing watch isn't it? I must be mad to sell it, in fact I don't think I can sell it. Scratch the 'don't think' I definitely can't sell it!!". So instead of writing the advert I'm writing this with an Edox Hydro Sub sitting heavily, but comfortably, on my wrist & the Seiko BFK I started the day with is in the Edox's rather impressive box. Watches, cars, bikes, armchairs even, what is it about inanimate object that appeals to us so much? Have a photo
  3. Custom auto diver - latest incarnation

    Thanks for the feedback - it's still on my wrist though I'm getting the urge to change as I don't seem to be able to wear the same watch for much more than 3 or 4 days (unless I'm on holiday & I don't have another watch to wear). I hear what you're saying about the other dial (which is not the original dial by the way) & I've kept it to use on another watch. It's too nice to sit in a drawer though so watch this space as I'll no doubt fit it to another watch someday. I have an already modified 7002 diver so I may have a go at fitting it to that - trouble is I like that watch as it is so who knows? This is the watch as it originally came to me in standard guise:
  4. Monday is for mechanical watches

    This 'un for me
  5. I wasn't sure whether to post this in the Japanese watches section as that's what it is really. Anyway I've shown this watch a few times before & it's usually been a little different each time as it's my test bed for trying out different dial/hand combinations. I've had it a good few years & in that time I've chopped & changed it many times. It started off as a Pulsar automatic diver which is basically the same watch, bar a different name/dial, as the Alba Manta Ray diver. I didn't pay much for it & got it with the intention of customising it, I sent it straight off to Bry to have the main case DLC coated dark grey/black, whilst the crown & caseback were coated in contrasting satin gold. I had a little time to kill on Friday (I was on leave last week) & wasn't happy with the latest dial/hand combo, or the timekeeping (it'd lose about 10mins every 24 hours), so I decided to change the movement (Seiko 7s26) for one that I knew worked well & refit a brown Seiko 5 dial that I'd previously tried & liked, but still changed for some unknown reason The hands are a combination of 2 different sets but I think they work OK together. So far it's been working well, keeping good time & has been on my wrist since I finished putting it back together. Previous incarnation on the left in this pic:
  6. Friday 4 WRUW

    The one on the left today - have a good weekend all
  7. Thursdays Automatics

    Like the Geckota - had a couple of the stainless steel versions - does the brass/bronze one tarnish? Thought it was some sort of coating & wasn't sure if it tarnished like brass/bronze watches are supposed to Nice pair by the way
  8. Cheap Beater Diver

    Had a couple of those in the past & they're excellent watches for the money, they're an awful lot bigger than 38mm though
  9. Cheap Beater Diver

    Seiko 007 but 38mm it most certainly isn't (fair bit bigger actually). Orient Mako/Ray are a bit smaller & can be had for £100ish. If auto/mechanical isn't essential then I'd suggest one of the smaller offerings from Divex, Apex etc - these are quartz but available for £80ish new. As has been suggested Vostoks are well within your budget, have a certain amount of character & many indiosyncrasies. never had an Invicta but they seem good value for money & many people swear by them (& occasionally at them). Let us know what you end up with
  10. Thursdays Automatics

    Seiko Turtle for me - on the right in the photo I've cycled in to work (9 miles) which took me 50 mins today - when I started it used to take me an hour so I'm getting a bit quicker - & I'm hoping for a rain free day (fat chance of that I feel)! I'm off to see my step daughter in Chicksands this weekend so off work tomorrow - have a good weekend all
  11. Bike wheel hub desk lamp

    As made by me from the front wheel hub of a bicycle & a couple of bicycle disc brakes (+ a spacer) which form the base of the lamp. The hub & discs are used - there is some rubbing to the discs - but the hub itself is in good condition. The hub is marked as a Hope but I have no way of confirming/verifying this. The lamp holder, cable & inline switch are all new. The lamp uses an E27 screw in bulb which is not included. I've also fitted rubber feet under the base to prevent scratches. I'm hoping that this will appeal to a cycling enthusiast - either road or mtb - & it would, I think, make a great & unusual present. Height (minus bulb) is 140mm, diameter of base is 160mm. The cable is 2.3 metres long & the in-line switch is approx 600mm from the lamp base. The lamp has been PAT tested (electrical safety test). The cable is 3 core & the lamp is earthed. It's up on Ebay for £35.00 but I'm happy to sell on the forum for £30.00 with postage included. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have - many thanks for looking. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bicycle-hub-desk-lamp-unusual-amp-practical-gift-for-a-keen-cyclist-/292201413199?
  12. Recently made by yours truly - it's up on Ebay at £35.00 but happy to sell to a forum member for £30 - postage included. The lamp has been PAT tested & works fine, it takes an E27 screw thread bulb (not included), the wood is unfinished but looks good as it is with some very nice grain patterning. Apart from the wood all parts of the lamp are new Please let me know if you're interested or have any questions http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/292201345179?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  13. Lamps - from re/upcycled bits & bobs

    Seen & tried that method - didn't go badly until last go at getting the bend finished, tried a bit to hard & tubing slipped resulting in kinked pipe - swore a lot & threw it in bin. It was this that made me use the former (made from a pulley from a car engine) that I mentioned earlier
  14. Lamps - from re/upcycled bits & bobs

    I've never tried copper tubing, though I've seen lamps made from it (Pinterest is your friend for industrial style lamps) so it's obviously possible. I do backstage work at a local theatre & steel conduit is used to weigh the flown cloths. Sometimes the cloths come with steel chain sewn into them at the bottom which serves the same purpose but usually they come with a sewn sleeve at the bottom into which steel conduit is inserted (it's a pain folding cloths with chain sewn into them). Anyway there's a fair bit of spare steel conduit at the theatre so I occasionally help myself to a bit of it You mentioned switches in one of your previous posts - I've used metal toggle switches on previous lamps & agree that they look, & feel, good, however there are clearance issues as the ones I've used in the past have been too deep for the conduit boxes - must be other smaller/slimmer/shallower versions available though. It's obviously undesirable having electrical terminals pressing against the back of a metal box! I have fitted them though so, again, it's possible it's just a pain getting them to fit/work safely. The switch fitted above fits in the cover fairly easily (still needs a bit of work though) & there's plenty of clearance for the terminals in the box too - I insulate the back of each box though as I'd rather be safe than sorry. If you like these then I'd be happy to try & make you one to your design - no promises that I'll be able to make it though! - please send me a pm if interested
  15. Lamps - from re/upcycled bits & bobs

    Bending springs are for copper pipe which is a lot easier to bend than the 20mm steel conduit I use. I started out bending the conduit with springs from an old chest expander I have - the springs just happen to be the right diameter! Unfortunately the springs would get stuck in the tube (especially on tighter bends) & had to be destroyed to get them back out (cue the end of one chest expander). I now pack the conduit with sand & use a length of steam pipe to bend it round a former which is clamped in my bench vice (I'll try & take a photo). It works but takes a fair bit of effort - it's good exercise though . The £40 pipe bender is, again, designed for use with copper tube & I don't think it'd last long with steel conduit. I don't want to waste money on something that may not last long & proper, commercial conduit benders are £300ish new. Used ones are available on eBay but they're big items so storage is a problem & again I'm reluctant to spend the money on something that's only a hobby (at the moment). I've sold a couple of my lights to a theatre friend, & made some for my step-daughter, but eBay is probably the next step for the two pictured once I get them PAT tested (next week hopefully). I've been thinking about a shade of some sort & the copper sheet isn't a bad idea at all - another one to try for the next lamp I'm going to treat myself to a die holder as using the mole grips (vice grips) is pretty hard & getting the thread started straight can be a right pain - the commercial conduit die stocks have a guide which keeps helps with getting the thread started straight.