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  1. Heads Up - Eaglemoss at Poundworld.

    Hey Mel, you're Edinburgh based? Me too! The Poundworld at Ocean Terminal had some of the Panerai style and diver style watches for a pound when I was there (admittedly that was about two weeks ago). They had a few different styles but you have to go digging through the box of (mainly) tank dials. Just a heads up if you're interested.
  2. Display Backs

    I'm pretty pleased with this shot of the Tissot Le Locle:
  3. Divers with leather straps.

    Hirsch also make lot of waterproof leather straps: https://www.watchobsession.co.uk/collections/waterproof-hirsch-straps Some, like the Hirsch James are depth rated (300m!): https://www.watchobsession.co.uk/collections/waterproof-hirsch-straps/products/hirsch-james-calf-leather-performance-watch-strap-in-gold-brown-0925002070?variant=669896637
  4. You've bought pretty much the same tools I have, and they're fine for occasional tinkering. The thing I upgraded was getting a couple of Bergeon spring bar removal tools- https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001IZT8R2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KG4M5GW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I upgraded those because although the cheap spring bar removal tools are okay, they tend to bend/break/scratch more easily, and I'm a straps guy so I don't mind spending a bit more to be able to swap between straps without damaging my watches. The difference is noticeable and it makes changing straps more straightforward. The three prong Caseback opener needs a bit of practice with first so make sure you use cheap/broken watches to get used to this otherwise you'll most likely end up scratching or gouging the caseback - I certainly did! And you notice it pretty quickly if the metal has scratched/scraped/deformed as it can cut into your wrist! Start by practicing with something you don't want or need to wear. The Caseback opening knife is okay, I've used mine without issue (admittedly not all that much yet). The tweezers are okay too. The little black plastic clamp is okay too but I noticed that my one is quite small and won't hold larger watches - forget anything above 40-42mm. Lastly the plastic pin pusher. I've got two; the plastic one that came out of the set and a metal one I bought separately first (made by Mudder, and pretty cheap too, less than a tenner). The metal one is definitely smoother to operate but I prefer the plastic one as I'm less worried about damaging bracelets with it, as it's two plastic sides that the bracelet gets wedged between. I worry with the metal one that it'll tarnish the side of the bracelets so I end up putting a dust wipe inside and that's a bit of a faff... If you're not sure when using anything feel free to ask another novice like myself, happy to help if I can. With just a little bit of practice you'll be swapping straps, adjusting bracelets and changing batteries much more easily and cheaply!
  5. Monday's timepieces 11/12/2017.

    Today's watch (but an old photo):
  6. What you described - a sub £200 gold tone watch- is easy to find. It's the other factors that make this difficult.... There's plenty of gold tone watches out there and they seem to be popular but they're mostly not autos; Michael Kors, Daniel Wellington's, Diesel, Armani, Hugo Boss, etc, they all have gold tone. Gold Casios seem more popular than ever (and I have a few of those)... But mainly in the sub £200 market it'll be the fashion brands that are selling the most gold tone. Bling with the name to match. That's not too say there's none but it does get more difficult if looking for an auto. That said, there a ton of Invicta watches in gold, however, most of those seem to be divers. I guess what I'm saying is that there's plenty of gold tone at that price but maybe not from brands you want to buy for your grandson. I walk right past those brands most of the time too!
  7. Fussy Little Devil.

    This or a similar modern for around £100. 38mm. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B000KKKM7G/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512891109&sr=1-1&refinements=p_76%3A419158031&rps=1&pi=SL140_CR0,0,140,180&keywords=Seiko+5+gold This very similar model for a little more: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B000ZAW3C8/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1512891109&sr=1-4&refinements=p_76%3A419158031&rps=1&pi=SL180_SX104_CR0,0,104,180&keywords=Seiko+5+gold Hope that helps.
  8. Data bank baby!

    This one? £16.99 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-Unisex-Digital-Watch-CA-53W-1ER/dp/B000GB1R7S
  9. Incoming for Christmas

    Strap changing is pretty easy and something you can learn quickly. I've just started opening up some of my older, less expensive watches to practice things like changing the battery, removing the crown and movement, etc. I also took advantage of Poundworlds £1 army watches really just so I'd have some cheap watches to mess about with. My next attempt will be removing the hands and putting them back on again.... We'll see how they goes!
  10. Data bank baby!

    Or Argos for £49.99 http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4185543?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59156|cid:189934525|agid:18091996165|tid:pla-137203772485|crid:77627772085|nw:g|rnd:4231011213194701656|dvc:t|adp:1o4|mt:|loc:9046885&gclid=CjwKCAiAjanRBRByEiwAKGyjZVrbXCI3gmQzJnDBqTlIWk2NwX9MjH0TCTir0iTcG4-d1h4QAdDLzhoCQBQQAvD_BwE It's a really nice watch (I've got one myself ) but £60 is pricey.
  11. Data bank baby!

    That's really quite expensive for the silver databank. Amazon have them for £39.50: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-Collection-Stainless-Bracelet-DBC-611E-1EF/dp/B0076VEBT2/ref=sr_1_2?s=watch&ie=UTF8&qid=1512798525&sr=1-2&nodeID=328228011&psd=1&keywords=Casio+databank
  12. It's hip to be square

    I've said just one.... if we're not counting digitals. But if we were.... Lots of squares!
  13. It's hip to be square

    Only one....
  14. Little Pressie

    Very nice looking watch, RWP.

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