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    Beer, Lager, Wine, Jameson's Whisky, watches, photography, football, motorcycling, more beer.

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  1. Ah, Robti. You can consider yourself a proud member of the 8 inch club. This is considered XL or even XXL by watch strap manufacturers who often charge more for the bigger sizes. This is bad enough but even worse is the bracelet situation.... very often bracelets are resized down to 6.5 or 7 inches and the links go astray, or sometimes Japanese watches seem to braceleted for the much smaller Oriental wrists. You buy or trade in the watch and can find that you need 2 or 3 links to get it to fit. And then you find that these links are either unavailable or only available at a stupid, stupid price. I speak from bitter experience and caution you to ensure that the darn thing will fit you before you ever buy a watch fitted with a bracelet. Rob
  2. Film or TV Recommendations

    Family Guy. Superb comedy.
  3. Extra strong mints..... There..... I've said it.
  4. any bikers here?

    Here's my latest bike, which I bought about a year ago. The colour looks a bit 'washed out' in the picture - it's really much brighter. Despite Honda's legendary quality I've had a couple of issues. Firstly the famous Blackbird earth problems..... solved after much swearing and most recently the famous Blackbird oil cooler pipe problems...... solved after £360 worth of fitting and helicoiling work in the local bike shop.... However it's a fifteen year old bike so I should be grateful that the problems aren't too bad. In truth the damn thing frightens me when I am a bit over-enthusiastic with the right hand so I'm thinking of changing to something a little bit more 'sit-up straight' and a little less powerful. Possibly a Vstrom, but I do rather like the look of the Triumph Tiger 800. Rob
  5. Worst watch you've had

    Not truly the worst, but the most disappointing was the elderly Rolex Airking. This was my first ever Rolex and I naively expected something far better. The bracelet was absolute rubbish - the oyster bracelet on my Seiko 5 was better, Whilst it kept reasonable time (not COSC, but acceptable) and could no doubt have been bettered by a service I just wasn't impressed with the watch as a whole and quickly moved it on. I guess I'm the only person on the site who's lost money on a used Rolex!! Rob
  6. Light tents

    If you're picky you might find that plastic tubs and the like can make the light balance a little bit blue - easily corrected in PS or LR it's true, but not everyone has that level of software. However if you're not too picky then no problem. Rob
  7. My new beast

    Here's my recent acquisition 2001 Triumph Adventurer. Not the fastest, newest or shiniest but very comfortable to ride Rob
  8. Hmm.. A little unfair on Argos who sell some Citizen and Seiko models.
  9. People always say 'buy the seller' when buying on Ebay, and it's difficult to argue with that. Ebay shops have a lot to lose and i buy lots of items (although never any watches) quite freely. But, as always when you are going to spend serious dosh, do your research. It can't take more than 10 or 15 minutes to track down all the major suppliers of the item you want and compare prices. Rob
  10. EU: Leave or Remain

    There are loads on the internet..... or so I believe.....
  11. EU: Leave or Remain

    Go for Gloss White - I'm a sucker for the classics! Rob
  12. Hi...   Got one of these I could trade for the Smiths if of any interest.  Lovely condition, boxed etc.



    Or I have a very nice vintage Seiko 7002-7000 diver on a Z22 which I could do and add £60 cash.  Let me know of any interest.,



  13. How long can you wear one Watch?

    I tend to wear my SD most of the time, then after a fortnight or so change to another watch for a few days, then back to the SD. I really ought to get shot of a lot of them - some haven't been worn for a year or more. Rob
  14. Rlt17 ... How Many Still On The Forum?

    I always fancied one of these but never found one for sale. Rob
  15. Just my 2p worth... Watches, just like any mass produced consumer item are subject to the laws of supply and demand. Manufacturers are very clever at manipulating demand through a combination of restricting supply and increasing desirability through marketing and advertising campaigns. This allows them to keep the prices of aspirational items relatively high - think Aston Martin, Rolex, Leica, Tiffany, Manolo Blahnik, etc. Now all of these will drop in value the moment you pay for them unless they are collectible special edition items. Which, of course, most Rolex sports models are not. Rolex have done very well at keeping the aspirational profile (and therefore the demand for) their products high and are probably the most desired mass produced watch brand which has led to them not being shy about restricting production and increasing their prices on a regular basis. It follows, then, that the average used value will be a relatively high percentage of its new cost which leads people to mistakenly believe that they won't lose money by buying Rolex. There are people who bought Submariners many years ago for £2000 and can now sell them for £3000 plus, but those people are few indeed - most used Submariners (in particular, as it's a highly desired model) can be sold a year or two after buying for very near their purchase price meaning that one can have a Submariner for a year at little cost. So if you want real value out of a Sub (or Seadweller) you must either buy new and keep it for many a year knowing that regular price rises will over-compensate for the drop in value, or make careful buys in the used market. On a personal note I have recently bought a good, used Seadweller and am confident that in four or five years time I will be able to get my money back at least. Rob