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  1. Funtime Friday.

    five stars in the sunshine (although the only time I am heading out is to the post office, and then some debt collecting )
  2. Ever bought a watch from Switzerland?

    Easyjet flights are very cheap to Switzerland, and you could always take in some sights. My cheapest was a flight on Friday 13th for £15!
  3. Evolution of personal watch tastes

    Changing taste is a good thing. Otherwise I would still have the Omega Speedmaster I saved so hard for and nothing else. I lusted after that watch for ages, but now I wouldn't wear it as I prefer smaller and lighter watches Generally anyway! Forgot I have a Longines Chronograph on a bracelet arriving today
  4. Be very wary of Breitling ones. As Breitling just stamped a bridge on the bought in movement, copies have emerged (or at very least frankens). Avoid all with repainted dials. I have a Philippe chrono that has a worn dial and a few people have said to me to make it a Breitling, that used the same movement. No thanks. If you can't find another image of the watch in question then walk away - Breitling will have made hundreds, so they will be out there. The franken there will only be one
  5. Tuesday tickers 17.4.2018

    Not sure why I like this so much? I should have listed it on my site ages ago, but it just needs another test...
  6. Nothing wrong with Venus movements. You could also widen your search to include Seiko 6138 movements if you wanted to add a day date feature. And of course an IWC Portuguese if you can find one under 40mm
  7. Tuesday tickers 17.4.2018

    It's an ETA movement, but I cant recall which.
  8. A bit of trivia - can you name them all

    Half naked men don't appear on my Twitter. I'd dread to think what your search history looks like
  9. Sunday Oldies - Pre 1990.

    Just a movement shot today notice the shock protection is in the shape of a Maltese cross!
  10. I'm trying, and failing, to work out where certain sub brands within the Longines range fit . Some are not used anymore, and I am thinking 1960-2000 (as usual!) What order would these go in, from cheapest to top of the range (feel free to add more that I may have forgotten) Conquest Admiral Flagship ???
  11. Saturday Watch Show

    One of the big three today methinks
  12. A Little Raketa

    best VFM on the market in my opinion Just buy the best you can find. Cases are nearly always plated, gold or chrome, and they show the knocks. And a good website to research is this one https://mroatman.wixsite.com/watches-of-the-ussr I asked the sites owner for some advice once, and he was really helpful and very knowledgeable. He has since gone on to buy a couple of watches from me, but I liked him before that too! It also means I probably undervalued those watches, as he knows more than I do (he owns 1,800+ Russian watches!)
  13. Seiko ............ from India

    If anyone is unsure why so many need redials then you should factor in usually poor servicing combined with high humidity experienced in much of India. So the watches fill with condensation, which wrecks the dial and as you can see that bit they repaint it. The movement you can't see, so it is often left. Best of luck
  14. Anyone been to Crete on holiday?

    Just so you are prepared, Heraklion airport is a dump. More like a rural African airport than a European one. That won't ruin your holiday though. Enjoy
  15. Anyone been to Crete on holiday?

    I've been to malia a few times, but no where as nice as your hotel. Enjoy
  16. Hello and help, charity shop find.

    Welcome, and that's quite a find. The dial may be repainted, which could explain why yours doesn't have automatic on it. Black dials always sound alarm bells, as most dial restorers use black paint to cover the old dial for some reason
  17. Close up cameras

    My sample is in Hamburg, but I will try and get some pics once I get back to Germany to show it in action.
  18. Buying a Watch at Auction

    I am lucky enough to be in the position to buy multiple watches at auction at the same time, which makes the postage a lot more reasonable. But that's if I win the lots - too often I have won the first one, and then nothing else! Sothebys recently did an online only sale, but it was based in Geneva so shipping was very expensive (£80+) plus you would get hit with 8% import duty in most cases, as Switzerland isn't in the EU. But their real mistake was massive bid increments - over £1000 and the bids went in £100's, over £2k and the bid increment was £200. You had to be clever to be able to bid just under what the watch was worth, but not just over. But they did not have any buyers premium. Bonhams did have online only auctions last year for very reasonably priced watches. I think i picked up about 30 watches there. One was a Zenith, mechanical, for £80. A few days after the watches arrived the box for the Zenith arrived seperately, as they didn't realise that watch had a box. Good service. Local auction houses are a very mixed bag in my experience. Poorly described, bad photos and not always packed well. I don't buy from these anymore unless I can view/collect in person.
  19. Close up cameras

    There are a few schools with watch collector's. I met someone in Amsterdam for the first time who noticed a vintage Roamer I was wearing and told me he was looking for a birth year watch, you know, one made in the year he was born. It was probably the third sentence he said to me! Sleep is for wimps!
  20. Close up cameras

    In my real world job I sell educational equipment, and this would work. https://www.tts-group.co.uk/flex-view-digital-microscope/1014249.html#q=microscope&start=6 When it is on the stand it it 50x magnification, used closer and you can get to 250x (you won't need that close unless you want to show a cracked jewel or similar)
  21. Which central heating boiler?

    12 years ago we were recommended worchester Bosch by every plumber we knew, including friends. It's failed numerous times, and the same plumbers came to fix the same part and moaned that these bits used to be made of brass, plastic is rubbish etc having forgotten they recommended the thing! Buy her a nice warm cardigan and yourself a nice watch instead
  22. Ebay and Whiskey

    no Mercedes hands though. I must invent a breathalyser that attaches to eBay. Fortunes to be made, as that would be the last drunk purchase!
  23. Buying a Watch at Auction

    The thread was hidden until approved by Roy and the other mods discussed the merits. Hopefully it can add something to the forum. Personally I have bought from Fellows with no issues before. But remember that the person who 'wins' any auction has just paid more than anyone else thought it was worth! Jorden - try and keep posts friendly and down to earth. We can all smell sales BS from a mile away , but share an interest in watches. The minute you say something like 'this rare omega' you will be presented with dozens of examples for sale, often below fellows estimate (except the come and buy me regular estimates!) Enjoy it here
  24. Omega cal 1337

    you could try @simon2 I hear he is good oh...
  25. "Enquire" / "POA" pompous nonsense....

    It can be a way of ensuring that you speak to a salesperson, who can possibly call you back as they need to check something ( ie get your details). The issue is that most salespeople are poorly trained and for the larger companies they follow a script, which is mechanical and in most cases unnessacary. So Instead of closing a deal it just infuriates the customer. Most of my business is outside of the UK. So do I expect someone from Malaysia to ring me just to find a price? Of course not. I dislike the outdated POA approach more than they do.

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