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  1. Thanks. Just had a look at prices. Not going to be an impulse buy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. That's beautiful. What is it please? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I scratched the Hardlex on my Seiko BFK within 24 hours of getting it. It's what puts me off so many of the Seiko divers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. V. Sorry - posted in wrong section. Please delete if possible. Thanks
  5. First of all apologies to those who notice a similar post on another forum - it took a while and I'm interested in feedback from various sources. Having got the watch bug and being a fairly practical person I decided I'd get something old-ish and have a go at regulating it. This seemed to fit the bill and arrived from eBay just after Xmas. I used WatchTracker on my phone and after a couple of days got a pretty smooth pattern of +21s a day. So with a couple of hours free I downloaded Hairspring to my phone, nicked my daughter's headphone mic and opened the watch up. The iPhone mic/Hairspring/DVD box cover combo had the watch running at +13 at this point. So... heart in mouth I used a cocktail stick to move the lever to slow things down. This went badly. From being completely stuck it suddenly swung round to the point where Hairspring was showing -400s a day. Oops. I managed to get it back to -9 (which seemed sensible given the difference between the real world performance and Hairspring's reading), put the back on again and started timing it. Oh dear. The rate swung all over the shop for the next couple of days - from -20s to +12. I was convinced I'd ruined it and put it out of beat but, figuring I had nothing to lose, I opened it again and managed to get it to +5 which felt like a sensible compromise. This time, thankfully, the watch settled to a consistent but not great +26. So off I went again - setting it to +0 on Hairspring on the assumption that small increments upset things less than wild swings. This gave me a smooth +15 over the next 36 hours so I went for a final tweak to get it down to -10 on Hairspring. This has now given me a consistent real-world rate of +4.9 which I think is about where I should quit! So what have I learned? Well... -WatchTracker is very helpful. -Hairspring is also great (and cheap compared to a real timing machine) although there's still plenty of trial and error involved - probably due to the cheap mic and the rather ramshackle blu-tac based positional work. -Watches that haven't been regulated (at least for a long time) might a) be a bit sticky when it comes to making adjustments and b) might not respond well to big changes - little and often seems to be the way. Anyway, I now have a £20 Seiko running at +5s and have learned something along the way. Any comments/suggestions for what I should read, watch or try next would be most welcome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. First of all apologies to those who notice a similar post on another forum - it took a while and I'm interested in feedback from various sources. Having got the watch bug and being a fairly practical person I decided I'd get something old-ish and have a go at regulating it. This seemed to fit the bill and arrived from eBay just after Xmas. I used WatchTracker on my phone and after a couple of days got a pretty smooth pattern of +21s a day. So with a couple of hours free I downloaded Hairspring to my phone, nicked my daughter's headphone mic and opened the watch up. The iPhone mic/Hairspring/DVD box cover combo had the watch running at +13 at this point. So... heart in mouth I used a cocktail stick to move the lever to slow things down. This went badly. From being completely stuck it suddenly swung round to the point where Hairspring was showing -400s a day. Oops. I managed to get it back to -9 (which seemed sensible given the difference between the real world performance and Hairspring's reading), put the back on again and started timing it. Oh dear. The rate swung all over the shop for the next couple of days - from -20s to +12. I was convinced I'd ruined it and put it out of beat but, figuring I had nothing to lose, I opened it again and managed to get it to +5 which felt like a sensible compromise. This time, thankfully, the watch settled to a consistent but not great +26. So off I went again - setting it to +0 on Hairspring on the assumption that small increments upset things less than wild swings. This gave me a smooth +15 over the next 36 hours so I went for a final tweak to get it down to -10 on Hairspring. This has now given me a consistent real-world rate of +4.9 which I think is about where I should quit! So what have I learned? Well... -WatchTracker is very helpful. -Hairspring is also great (and cheap compared to a real timing machine) although there's still plenty of trial and error involved - probably due to the cheap mic and the rather ramshackle blu-tac based positional work. -Watches that haven't been regulated (at least for a long time) might a) be a bit sticky when it comes to making adjustments and b) might not respond well to big changes - little and often seems to be the way. Anyway, I now have a £20 Seiko running at +5s and have learned something along the way. Any comments/suggestions for what I should read, watch or try next would be most welcome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Just got an email from Amazon offering interest free credit on watches over £400. Wasn't expecting much but they have the Seiko Sarb cocktail time for £432 including a two year Amazon guarantee. Given that you'd pay £424 and roll the dice on VAT if you bought it from Creation that seems like an absolute bargain! Sorely tempted... Seiko Unisex automatic Watch with Blue Dial Analogue Display - SARB065 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004EPEOLS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7V4Ayb5RHAMP4 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Fascinating stuff. My dad is a keen Amat and has a workshop full of watchmaking equipment but I struggle to imagine how I'll learn the necessary skills. Was thinking of trying the BHI introduction course but finding the time is so difficult with work & kids. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That's lovely. What is it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. They were first launched when I was in my teens and I saved for weeks to get a tortoiseshell one (as in end-to-end tortoiseshell - strap, blank dial and case) which I loved. I wish I still had it. I still have this one - which I also love. But when I pass them at the airport these days they all look a bit blingy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 35 on alligator. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. If you insist! Sarb on cheap but surprisingly good Alligator - twelve quid on Amazon complete with deployant clasp. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hi. Have recently been bitten by the watch bug and am lurking on a bunch of forums. At the moment my 'collection' consists of a Seiko Sarb 35 and an SKA371 which serve as 'week' and 'weekend' respectively. I have a hankering for a different diver and am looking at Timefactors, Steinhart and, obvs, Rolex In the meantime , though, I'm quite a practical soul and very interested in taking stuff apart and putting it back together. So I'm looking to get a few old Seikos off eBay and learn how to open them up and regulate them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk