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About graham1981

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  1. Seiko dial with 007 on it.

    So did I, but I think I've spotted it now - heres a hint ( to do with the strap) it's like putting one sock on inside out
  2. Nicest Solar

    Got to be the Pro- Trek for me, looks good and is comfortable to, although admittedly not one you would wear to a swanky dinner, but then I don't do swanky
  3. This sort of thing always gets me a bit (quote from website): Geckota simply grew from a hobby. Back in 2010, our director Jon Quinn collected, studied and enjoyed watches in his spare time. He was an avid watch geek which led to an idea: to sell watches and watch straps to like-minded enthusiasts. Essentially what they are saying then is they are trying to break into a field in which they have no expertise, experience or training but expect someone to buy from them instead of a company that employs experts and has experience within the field? Now I know all new businesses start with no 'experience' and that this can only be gained over time, but what happened to going out and getting trained by someone else first before starting up on your own? I see this a lot in my own field of gardening - you get talking to other 'professional' gardeners (ahem) who go on to tell you they were working in accounts 3 months ago but decided to change careers and start up gardening and then have the cheek to call themselves professionals which makes a bit of a mockery of someone like myself (or other watchmakers in this case) who have qualified (NVQ level 2 and RHS certificated and over 20 years experience in my case) - sometimes you have to do the hard grind first before you can call yourself a watchmaker or any other sort of profession/ manufacturer IMHO I don't like to knock people willing to take a chance on a venture - just do your groundwork first Rant over * And I just realised I have written 'and over 20 years experience in my case' - I'm old
  4. Monday watches

    The usual work beater today for a relatively pain free day thanks to my new knee brace : And this tonight: Old photos, sorry
  5. Friday watches on my mind

    Pulsar this evening - Had this one for years, was a Christmas present when I was younger (think I liked it 'cause I thought it was something Indiana Jones might have worn ) (old photo)
  6. A Facebook watch, it will have a low res camera for selfies and 'what I'm eating for lunch' shots with inane emoticons to express things like 'I just got up' 'I've just bought some more shoes' 'Look at me make kissy faces'. It will be an instant hit as it will take less effort to raise your arm 10mm to tap on the watch face as opposed to having to put your hand all the way into your pocket or bag to retrieve your phone and unlock it
  7. Your best watch.

    Best has to be this: It's certainly the best built watch I have and the most accurate auto I own. For comfort it is only just pipped to the top spot by the Pro-Trek which is ever so slightly more comfortable to wear. Funnily enough the Pro -Trek and Rolex are my two 'go to' watches!
  8. It's been interesting reading this thread and I wish you all the best in your venture, but in my mind the biggest problem you have is price, I know your watch is automatic and the I.N.O.X mentioned earlier is quartz but yours is still six times the price of the I.N.O.X (and that is the price on Victorinox's website so can probably be had cheaper) Most of your customers will not be watch enthusiasts I would presume (there just aren't that many of us to keep a business afloat) so your customers will probably be motivated by either A) Aesthetics or B) Brand status,and then also price obviously. The problem you have in my mind is that at the price point you are talking about potential customers will see the Victorinox at a much much lower price and be tempted towards that instead of yours. if the potential customer is more brand led than price led you still have the problem of being an unknown as you are new so they are likely again to be tempted towards a bigger (known) brand name. This problem will be compounded by your pricing as it isn't the sort of figure people would be willing to take a chance on (if it was a couple of hundred pounds they might) Having said all that if you can get pricing, advertising etc all sorted I wish you all the best
  9. Just Interested

    Well as anybody who reads my posts on here would know I know diddly squat about watches, except whether I like it or not - I will stick with my apparently 'holier - than-thou' attitude
  10. Just Interested

    I don't see why Roy should go to the trouble of maintaining this website just for people to pop on here ask for a quote hopefully make a few quid and then never contribute again, but clog up his system with these one line 'whats it worth' posts But that's just me
  11. Just Interested

    Usually I can get the price range about right if someone asks me what a watch is worth- somewhere between £1 - £10,000, it at least narrows it down for them
  12. 1970's GP watch value?

  13. 1970's GP watch value?

    Whats the difference then?
  14. 1970's GP watch value?

    Is that not just a round about way of asking for a free valuation? I don't see what the difference is?
  15. New toy - Echo power tool content

    That looks good @Roger the Dodger I don't have masses of topiary to do so use 'sheep' shears for the smaller stuff and obviously small hedge cutter for the bigger stuff. The only problem with the 'sheep' shears is they make your hand ache and I find it easy to follow an existing shape with a powered cutter as you can move it quicker over the hedge/ shrub so are less likely to wander off course. On a side note - when I worked at a famous private school as a gardener one of the areas I did had some lovely Buxus Cones I used to trim up and keep in shape. Well for some reason they always sent the newbies out with me and I had a new lad with me one day so I was showing him how to cut the cones correctly - walk around the cone cutting following the shape, keep the exhaust pointed away from the Box so as not to burn it etc He did a wonderful job on the first one until he got to the top and the tip of the cone when he proceeded to run the hedge cutter up the side and over the top cutting the point off Took a while to get it back in shape