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Always"watching" last won the day on September 15 2016

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    Newhaven in Sussex
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    I have many interests, but being disabled, I follow them from home or from not more than three or four miles away. I have many interests ranging from watches (of course) to many other forms of antique and art.

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  1. What are peoples thought on this dial

    I'm going to stick my head in the guillotine and suggest that this watch is not right. As soon as my eyes had adjusted to the image, and in spite of today's summer heat almost frying my brain, I felt that this watch was not a genuine Rolex but a fake. I have examined no end of wretched fake Rolex watches recently, including examples of the model you illustrate, which I believe is a Datejust 36, and in addition to a general appearance of a sort of hazy lack of quality in the watch you show, I pounced on the magnified date window, which in a genuine Rolex, brings up the image of the date almost to the edges of the cyclops and as clear as a bell. My advice to you, dear myrolexuk, is to leave that watch well-alone and use your membership of this Forum to gain a good idea of what constitutes quality in watches. Then, when you have a certain degree of confidence to approach the tricky business of buying a decent pre-owned Rolex, keep to sellers who have a reputation to uphold.
  2. A plea for help

    I use a PC with a good-sized screen and generally, I find the display fine. Essentially, I really like your website and wouldn't have a problem choosing and buying a watch from birthyearwatches.com. There are just one or two points that I would make though, which although not directly related to the main bones of the site, are perhaps worth considering. These points stem from my feeling that although your website is directed towards the first-time buyer of a pre-owned or NOS older watch, or at least a member of the general public who wants to buy a watch made in a specific year, there are surely many watch collectors/fans and nay, even dealers, who will be looking on your site with a view to making purchases. In view of this, your YouTube videos may appear to be somewhat over-simplistic and not really much more descriptive than decent photographic illustrations. In addition, there is no mention of the price on the videos. I wholeheartedly support the basis of Birth Year Watches, but as a watch collector who is used to making purchases, I worry slightly that a large chunk of your potential buyers may become irritated when viewing your video clips and feel that they are being taught to "suck eggs." This would be sad because you are neither patronising nor condescending in your actual approach and indeed, I know that your ethics and standards are very high. I reckon that if you were to have another look at your YouTube clips, and some of your introductory text material on watches and buying a vintage watch, you might find that a little bit of pruning and re-wording could be done without affecting the excellent idea behind your company. I do hope I haven't caused offence, and as someone who has benefitted from the high standards of your firm, Scott, I hope that it goes from strength to strength.
  3. shrinking size of watches

    Most interesting, JohnnyOldBoy. I have been steadily following the relative sizes of watches over recent years, not in terms of statistically calculating average sizes sold but as part of my observations of fashion/design trends. I would certainly concur with what you say and I have been tracking the latest trend towards smaller watch sizes for both men and women. Yes, it does seem that even ladies' watches have started to shrink, although the main "hit" has been on gents' watches. I believe that we will soon be seeing a general average size for men's watches of about 40mm, but I also believe that unlike the pre-quartz era, larger watches will still be available because fashions are now so much more diverse at any one time and both the effects of social media and the new importance of personal male grooming and style means that men with larger wrists are not going to give up larger watches without a fight, so to speak. It will be interesting - if wristwatches survive as a viable accessory - to see just how small men's watches will become in the mass market for watches. And then, what happens after that - are watches part of some constantly expanding and shrinking universe?
  4. MuDu Doublematic - date of origin please

    Fascinating, and thanks everyone. I must look up that "MuDu man," Scott.
  5. Yes, I know, why am I asking this question when I wrote a topic on MuDu myself some time ago? I can't find the topic but as I have just bought a 25J MuDu gold plated Doublematic watch with date window, I just wanted to refresh myself as to when MuDu Doublematic watches were being sold over here. if I recall, this brand was one of those that was imported and sold "unofficially" in pubs etc., rather than through a network of dealers. There is no "T" mark to indicate that the lume is tritium-based and I suspect that the tiny blobs of lume inside the numbers and on the hands are radium-based, which means that the watchy is put in a place of "safety" in my collection. The only problem with this is that when I want to find one of my radium-lumed items, I have forgotten where I have stashed it. Sorry if I sound a bit over-cautious, but that is just me I'm afraid. Anyway, all help gratefully received on this one. An identical model to my own, dated to c.1962 by the seller - birthyearwatches.com. Acknowledgements to our own scottswatches for this lovely picture, and may I say that this was the only picture of a Doublematic I could find with exactly the same dial and lume configuration as my own watch.
  6. Help on identifying Rado Purple Horse Deluxe

    Thank goodness my immediate gut feeling seems to have been correct. This just looked wrong from the get-go. I find it fascinating, that Rado produced such a "garish" sort of blockbuster design and I would be most interested to know when the Rado original of these Purple Horse DeLuxe watches was launched. My bad taste radar has been interfered with by some unknown force in recent times, and I must admit, I would really like one of these watches - the genuine article, you understand.
  7. Who's Cooked the Books then?

    You'd be surprised, dear Davey, just how much appears in watch books that isn't available on the internet. There are a number of reasons for this, and sometimes even the most general of books contains nuggets of indispensable information.
  8. Who's Cooked the Books then?

    I must admit that I am partial to a new book or two on watches every now and then, and I have built up a rather nice collection of books since my main collecting interest started to focus heavily on watches. I could pretend that all my books have been essential pieces of kit for research, but in fact I don't think I need to because I feel no guilt in having some books on watches for the pure pleasure they give. When it comes to how much I will pay then I do have a certain limits, and for both new and pre-owned books on watches, I start to baulk and think very carefully about a purchase when the price goes past the £40 mark. In fact, I have bought two pre-owned watch-related books within the last month. One - a general, but rarely seen, book on watches - was £40, while the other - a "tour de force" 1991 auction catalogue from Antiquorum solely devoted to Abraham-Louis Breguet and some subsequent Breguet wristwatches - cost me £30. Both books came from a bricks and mortar second-hand-bookshop in a local village. Given what I have said above, you will forgive me for feeling that something is wrong when a book about watches that is a mere 144 pages long is published and retailed for no less than about £650. The book I am referring to was published back in 2014 and it's full title is given as, "The Impossible Collection of Watches: The 100 Most Important Timepieces of the Twentieth century (Ultimate)." Why GQ magazine thought this book would be a good general "Home comforts" gift in their 2017 "Father's Day Gift Guide" I will never know, except, of course, that GQ is prone to flights of fancy in terms of luxury goods, and I notice that this father's day guide was written under the auspices of the so-called " GQ Partnership" arrangement. (Pic from madison214.com) I do use GQ Magazine as a useful source of information on watches, so I mustn't be too hard on them, but the advertised "Impossible Collection of Watches" really does stretch one's credulity, let alone wallet. The book was written by the British historian, Nicholas Ffoulkes, and the idea behind the book, as stated in the full title, was to include the 100 breakthrough watches of the twentieth century. Many famous names and models appear in the book and one has to ask the obvious question - how can you possibly do any sort of justice to all these watches when you have 100 to cover in the space of only 144 pages? And the answer is that you can't; but even worse than that is the fact that with this book, there is so much empty space around the illustrations and so few lines of text that no attempt has been made at even a hint at any depth. It is fortunate for those who are desperate to get their hands on this volume that, while Amazon themselves are selling the hardback Slp edition for £659.86 brand new, there a few cheaper options available. Certain other book dealers available through Amazon can sell you used and otherwise new copies of the book for as little as about £385, and I believe the book can now be bought for a shade under that elsewhere. So all is not lost then ... It has sometimes crossed my mind to ask myself whether I would rather have a particular book on watches or spend the equivalent amount on a watch itself. For me, whenever I have chosen the book over the watch, I have never regretted it. In the case of "The Impossible Collection of Watches," however, the book is a non-starter and I'll have the watch please. Oh, and by the way, this book is published by Assouline (not "Assinine"). NOTE: I would have shown a a few pages of the book but decided not to do so for certain respectful copyright reasons. Members who wish to view examples of pages can easily find them online.
  9. Mathey-Tissot Watch

    Always better to introduce yourself when new here; we need to be charmed, you know, before we scratch our heads and set about answering a newbie's problems. Anyway, my immediate response on seeing your watch was that it celebrates either an American sports team or something/someone within that team. My heart sank a bit then, because the use of the name, "Wildcats," for American sports teams is surprisingly frequent. seemore above has spotted one possible contender - Franklin High School, Ohio, whose basketball team is called the "Wildcats" - and I believe that he is spot-on with this. Your watch is an interesting part of that American quirk - a fanaticism about even one's school or college team.
  10. Hello - newbie in the room

    Services? get mach on the job, quick. Plenty of experts here on Seiko and Citizen as well. Now though, Summit and Paul Jobin are my sort of brands - i.e. barely known and with a history that needs uncovering. So far, all that I know is that the Summit brand was apparently English - based in Sheffield - and made/assembled the watches over here from Swiss parts. As for Paul Jobin, I can do no better that just say that in 2010, a member called Actaurus pleaded for information on this brand in a post on this very forum and received not a single response. As you will probably realize by now, I actively seek out and try to remedy lost watch causes ... I like nothing better than getting stuck into research to unravel and write about hidden watch history and profiles of "lost" watch brands and companies. I look forward to seeing some pics of your watches and will just say that I am now temorarily having to shelve major research projects and topics until after my elbow replacement surgery on 27th and the subsequent period of plaster cast and essential physio.
  11. Sorry to be late on this one, and I don't mean to be a downer, but I am surprised that no-one has mentioned the wearing of a medical emergency bracelet or strap. I wear a sterling silver oval plaque, shaped a bit like a thin watch, on a stretchy band, around my wrist and the info on it has saved by bacon on more than one occasion.
  12. Multi Function Digitals

    Good question Rog, and I run away when I see more than two buttons on a watch apart from the crown. I hate myself because I have been unable to resist certain multifunction watches, including a tide graph Casio which I swore I would use to keep a check on the tide times in my harbour town. Have I used it - never - instead I have a simple quartz tide clock which does the job and needs only to be reset by altering the single hand occasionally on a day when high tide coincides with a full moon. Oh dear, I can feel that multifunction temptation coming on again with your gorgeous Citizen model, Martin.
  13. Unisex Watches.

    Gender fluid is probably now a more sensible term than "unisex" but as someone who has crossed the gender divide not once but twice, now being outwardly content to have the gender role as a man, I can understand why this term arose and seemed to be a good idea. In the days when there was a definite divide between what men and women were supposed to do, behave like, and wear, the use of the word, "unisex" permitted an acceptable freedom to go beyond merely the dress of one's fixed sex/gender role. Today, in this country and in certain other more enlightened parts of the world, we no longer require the term, unisex, as an important designation, and in the case of watches, there is considerable swap-over between men's and women's watches. I am so glad, for example, that men are now at last being able to wear smaller watches again without being thought of odd, and yet in times gone by, smaller watches were de rigeur for men. The other day, I wanted to buy a particular Limit watch that I really like, and lo and behold, I discovered that it comes in a smaller ladies size that is perfect for my wrist. Do I even give it a thought these days - no! I have bought it and am wearing it today. Pic from s7ondemand4.scne7.com
  14. Happy Birthday William!

    Just spotted this in time. Have a good one, and just keep on being with us on the Forum.
  15. Please could someone assist me in getting rid of what is essentially old junk when I use the "INSERT OTHER MEDIA" feature. When I insert a new URL for a photo to be placed on a topic, and press left click on the mouse, a whole lot of unwanted bumph - seemingly older URL's and even text I cut and pasted comes up beneath the window for the desired URL for the image to be next used. I just cannot seem to delete this stuff, and the only thing I can do is reposition it back, piece by piece, into the URL box, then let it go back to its original position. This junk seems to derive from keying errors I made in compiling previous topics and it is getting on my nerves I would really like to be able to dump this unwanted material and, hopefully, ensure that this sort of thing doesn't happen in the future. I do hope Roy or someone who understands the ways of the Forum system can get me out this mess. Assistance gratefully received.
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