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  1. Bremont Tornado IDS

    Thanks. According to Bremont it's a "Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-93-2AE automatic chronometer" which I suspect is another name for an ETA2893-2.
  2. Bremont Tornado IDS

    I fail to see how having an inferior plane on the dial would improve the watch
  3. Bremont Tornado IDS

    I fixed them. To be more specific, I'm an armourer so the Martin-Baker connection is also very relevant.
  4. As you should all know, the Tornado IDS is THE greatest warfighting machine ever produced in the history of mankind* and it has been my pleasure to spend the vast majority of a long RAF career working with these beasts. I did spend a short time working with that whiney, pointless, one trick pony, the Harrier but that's a period best left forgotten - kudos to the RAF for binning it. Here's a gratuitous Tornado shot stolen from google to get you all salivating. Here's some sooper-dooper pictures of my new acquisition: The back. Watch is serial number 37 and has been engraved with the 3 Tornado Squadrons I have been on: 2, 13 and 41. Of course, not everything is rosy with this watch. The bracelet, which set me back an extra £300 (and this was heavily discounted too), is a bit of a disappointment. It just feels like an afterthought to cater for those who have to have one and the quality isn't great. It was a pain to fit and even then it doesn't sit very well. You can also see from the picture below how the lines on the centre links are different - poor show from what should be a £4K watch. I can't say I was overly impressed with the straps either - despite only having a 7.5" wrist, both were too small. Bremont's customer service has been exemplary, answering my daft emails immediately and keeping me informed every step of the way throughout the production process without the usual "buy more of our stuff!" nonsense that seems to be ubiquitous from other companies. I even got an invite to Bremont HQ for a nose around but unfortunately work got in the way. They also sent me a free t-shirt which I may or may not sell on SC at some point depending on if I feel like winding up some of the Bear Pit regulars. I'll admit that I was never a fan of Bremont's marketing bullsh*t before ordering and I had made a few jokes about them myself on this forum. However, apart from the bracelet, I have to say it's an utterly fantastic watch. The quality and finish have blown me away and it feels like a far superior piece to all the other high end stuff (Rolex, Tudors, Breitlings etc) that I've owned. I am converted! *Undeniable fact. If you have a different (wrong) opinion then take it elsewhere. There will be no arguing this point on this thread.
  5. Quartz Sekonda for 2 quid

    Going by the movement (I can see "Kong" on there) and the lack of "USSR"/"CCCP" on the bottom of the dial I'd say it was a post-Soviet era watch and would date it some time after 1991. Still, not bad for £2 though.
  6. Certina DS1 would be my suggestion.
  7. are watches overpriced

    Are they overpriced or are watches such as Vostok massively underpriced? At the end of the day, things are worth what people are prepared to pay - you could even argue that certain Rolex are underpriced as they fetch a lot more than RRP on the second hand market.
  8. Affordable Divers.

    Of the 5 you mentioned, I'd stick with the Oris. Longines are nice but I always think of them as "budget Omegas" nowadays! Anyway - here's some nice Swiss stuff in the price bracket - I've owned all of them and jolly nice they are too. Squale - a brand with some real diving heritage: Fortis Marinemaster? My own personal favourite - the Titoni Seascoper:
  9. Longines Hydroconquest advice

    I bought the 39mm quartz for my son's 18th birthday from Jura Watches. A few months later the date stopped working (no idea if he'd been screwing with it, i.e. changing the date manually near midnight) and Jura happily got it fixed no quibbles at all within a couple of weeks.
  10. Vostok bezel fitting

    You've probably caught the wire when trying to refit it - as Wrench says, it should be really easy to reshape. Welcome to the wonderful world of crap straps/bracelets and messing with copper wire that is Vostok ownership and modding
  11. Vostok bezel fitting

    You may need to fiddle with the wire a bit. Don't push it on completely flat - slot the bezel/wire in opposite where the gap in the wire is. Push down where the gap is last. I'm sure others have their own methods but that way always works for me. You've got the NATO fitted correctly - personally I'd go and buy another strap for it
  12. Looking for a simple Russian watch

    A lot of them are special editions, some of which sell out in a matter of hours (or less). If you've got Facebook, join Meranom's page as you can get advance warning. Or just pre-order them - there's a batch of Neptunes coming next and they're fantastic watches: https://meranom.com/en/amphibian-se/960se/
  13. Anyone had experience of JOMASHOP

    I bought an Alpina from them a couple of years ago whilst working in the USA. No problems at all.
  14. Welcome to the forum by the way! Show us your watches ;)
  15. I wonder if it's had a movement swap because the watch in the original photo definitely has a 2609 and not a 2614.2H movement.

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