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    While I was away, dear old @Davey P (Hey!...less of the 'old', I hear you cry! ) posted that he had received a package of watches from his B-I-L and kindly offered them up on here. I was lucky enough to be sent one... a Casio Illuminator which looked very interesting. So you can imagine my delight when as soon as I got home yesterday, there was a nice padded envelope sitting on top of my pile of mail, with 'Roger the Dodger' emblazoned across the top. Inside was a carefully wrapped box containing the watch. It looked lovely...typical vintage (probably 20 years +) Casio, and hardly any marks on it and although a bit tight on my stupidly large 8" wrist, I could get the clasp fastened. However, as I had been travelling all day, and feeling a little 'cream crackered', I put it aside until this morning...when the fun started. (I will move this thread to the watchmaking section later) The watch, and Dave's kind note... Dave had asked me if I wanted him to change the battery, as the watch was, to all intents and purposes, dead, but as he had already made such a generous gesture, I didn't think it fair to impose any more. I set about removing the caseback. Once open, it was clear this wasn't the normal 1.5v button cell, but a 3v lithium one. Luckily, there was no leakage from the old cell and everything looked clean. The cell was a CR 2025 and a rummage through my battery box found a spare one. BTW, a little bit of useless info if you didn't already know. The code on a Lithium cell refers to its physical size. The first two digits are the diameter in mm, and the second two are the depth or thickness in 10ths of a mm. So a 2025 cell is 20mm in diameter and 25 10ths of a mm (or by moving the decimal point one place to the left, 2.5mm) thick. The +ve of the battery was shorted to the AC terminal.... The rubber gasket was greased and the back screwed on... ....and now for the moment of truth...will it fire up????? Yes!!!!! Gettin! Not what I was expecting, but a rather unusual reverse LCD display. As is usual with Casio modules, it was pretty easy to set the time and date etc. Once I knew it was working, I went to town cosmetically. The bracelet went through the ultrasound machine, and the crystal was polished with Polywatch to remove the faintest of lines and make it shine. The bracelet was brushed with a Scotchbrite and reassembled. Finally, some posing shots of this lovely little watch... Oh, and I forgot to mention the subtle green backlight that comes on when the 'Light' button is pressed...There is also the usual countdown timer, stopwatch and alarm, which not only beeps, but vibrates, too. And of course, the wrist shot. Many, many thanks, Dave... I owe you one, mate. I know you were as excited as me to see if this still worked, so I hope you are pleased with the result, too. Davey, being the generous chap he is, wouldn't take any remuneration for this watch so a donation towards the forum upkeep has been made in his name.
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    Back to this one for me, having a nice chilled day
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    Speedy sunday Sent from my SM-N960F using Tapatalk
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    Good morning all, time to jump into the Tardis... ServiceS INDIAN (hall-marked sterling silver case) FOREIGN (Swiss Made) 15 jewel Swiss movement, circa 1937 & ServiceS CONTINENTAL (hall-marked sterling silver case) FOREIGN (Swiss Made) 15 Jewel Swiss Lever movement, circa mid/late 1930s
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    And for the midday hour, my Speedbird 3...
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    Zenith cal. 11''' N.V.S.I., 1930s
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    Orient Solar with a gold dial Lovely watch, and adore the strap
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    2006 CWC G10 today. Sent from my MAR-LX1A using Tapatalk
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    Glad to hear it's getting worn! This is too... Cheers Jon
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    Still this. best free image hosting sites
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    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Morning all,,, new to me and I think made after 90's Traded with thanks Jon I LOVE it .. I have not taken it off since I recvd it ... hope you enjoy the Boccia <a href="https://imgur.com/MovMyAy"><img src="" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>
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    Morning, I am still road testing this : I did buy some stainless pusher buttons because the stop/start button is a bit manky, but they are not quite the same shape - the new ones are ever so slightly bulbous, so I just turned the old ones round so you don't see the manky bit. HAGD
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    A couple of black Russians Sekonda Alarm,USSR, Poljot cal.2612 18 Jewels 1980s BOCTOk, 21 КАМНЯ (kaл. 2416), Сделано в СССР, (Vostok, 21 Jewels [cal 2416], MADE IN USSR )
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    Nice day today for car washing, must have had it on too hot a wash
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    Morning, Today this Waldman, probably 1960s and with a 17j version of the ever-popular Baumgartner 34. The brand is attributed to one Hans Beat Waldmann (double “n”) of Porrentruy. Regards.
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    Vintage Seiko (1970) 66-7100 this morning .
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    Having done the croco, in deference to all the guilloche and gilt hands, I thought it might be an idea to go a bit industrial because it is, after all, quite a chunk of watch, especially with the display back, so I put it on an old car tyre. "No watch is strong unless it has within it's character antitheses strongly marked." to paraphrase Blaise Pascal I have the white dial version running awful slow - I changed the battery too and the case back was a swine! I'll have to take it apart again .... The movement is as per a Frederique Constant model, but available on eBay. And the date pointer hand is just asking to get bent lol.
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    Sorry folks, going smart today with the Suunto so I can record the stats of my swim. It sits pretty well on the wrist considering its 50mm.
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    Same as every day this past week since I bought it! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Back to the `30`s again.... INGERSOLL CROWN, SWISS MADE (circa late 1920`s/early 1930s) & (unnamed) FOREIGN (possibly made in Germany, circa 1930s)
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    Here's where we are at the moment. Early Swatch Irony Automatic. Probably the earliest watch I bought from new. Circa 1994 perhaps? Doesn't get any wear time these days and doesn't keep brilliant time now, but fairly unusual. Nautica Diver. Not a brand you see a lot of and one of only a couple of quartz watches I own. The detailing on the face is lovely and it feels well made with some nice engraving on the back. Wife picked this up for me while she was on holiday a few years ago. Quite large for my skinny girl's wrists but it wears suprisingly comfortably. Ingersoll Chrono Auto. Impluse buy from a TK Maxx display cabinet. It gets little if any wear time as I've come to the conclusion I'm not a lover of multi dial faces. Shame really as it's got a decent quality feel to it with a lovely display back, nice strap and well made clasp. Braun Quartz, I bought this because I love the simplicty and cleanness of the dial. I don't like the strap at all unfortunately so it doesn't get a lot of wear time. Tissot Visodate. I love this. Gets a fair bit of wear for meals out. Timeless and elegant. TAG Heuer Aquaracer. Titanium so nice and light. Wears really well and one of my rotated daily wearers. Only thing that I'm not keen on is the fish eye. One of several GShocks I've got. I like this one, solar powered and radio controlled. Like most GShocks it wears big and bulky. Doesnt et a huge amout of wear. Tissot T-Touch solar expert. Another titanium so wears lovely and light if a little on the large side for me. Coveted this watch for quite a while before I wandered into a small jewellers about 4 years in new york and walked out with it for a steal. Doesn't get as much wear as it should. Cont... Oris Big Crown. Lovely watch. Haad it about 3 years and gets rotated as a daily wearer. I like the Orid red rotor showing in the display case and I like the unusual clasp. Seamaster 300. The sublime inky black version. Gets a fair amount of wear and sits on the winder but not worn every day. Was an impluse buy on a weekend in inverness a few years ago. Tissot Seastar. One of the more recent additions. A regular daily wearer annd I love it. The eponymous SKX009. This is the japanese version and I'm pleased I bought it a couple of years ago before the pricess went silly. My favourite holiday watch. My first Tissot. Was a daily wearer for quite a long time. Doesn't see a lot of wear now. That's the bulk of them at the moment.
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    Started with this … Then after some hard pruning of the Cotinus, and a trip to the tip with the cuttings, I moved on to this … For a walk around the Lea Valley …
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    Im edging my bets with these 2
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    Just got hold of a used Timefactors rivet bracelet for my Smiths PRS-25 Watch. Is it better than the original with the chunky clasp? well in some ways yes, the clasp is smaller and simpler though I have no problem with the original tbh. Overall design matches the Watch head better, fit and finish is on par with the original, I do like the taper from 20mm to 16mm (clasp is 18mm) so overall very happy I bought it. Pictures:
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    Cheap chinese watches, not sure what the new ones are like, as the website has been re branded and all. But the one I have is decent enough for the money.Ignore the silly rrp these can be picked up for around £100. It keeps time to around +/- 4 sec a day or so, mine has great accuracy, I may have got lucky. But the rotor noise is loud. I think they are good as a non-wis gift or entry into autos. Although for about £50 more your into seiko, orient , tissot etc. I recommend to go this route .
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    Morning Sturmanskie Sunday for me, Gagarin 2609-3745128 (Cal 2609)
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    Dear @Graham60, I thought on spotting this thread that it was going to be a thread for kids and their watches rather than watches post-1990. Silly me...
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    Mate, you are more than welcome, I'm so glad it works perfectly (although as it's a Casio I'm not at all surprised) It's always great to give something back on here, and you've made a cracking job of bringing it back to life, well done that man Wear it in health me old mucker
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    If it’s anything like Lip another french brand I honestly think you are buying for nostalgia more than anything else. I had one the quality was ok but felt very micro brand in build and I suspect it’s a lot of Asian parts shipped in and final build in France.
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    Very generous gesture @Davey P and a lovely thankyou from Roger, feeling all warm and fuzzy now.
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    Waiting for one of the new Rolexes to arrive. Case proven
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    You have no idea how delighted I am by this watch. To some it might look a bit innocuous or retro or old school or too simple, but I don’t mind saying I absolutely love it. The Lume is fantastic and it sits beautifully on the wrist, being a perfect 40.5mm in diameter and and not too chunky at just 11mm thick. The movement is COSC certified and after a recent service it is operating just within the prescribed tolerances. The second hand has a beautiful smooth sweep and I am loving the big date display. The vast majority of the Mille Miglia commemorative watches have a cyclops magnifier window at the 3 o’clock position and I absolutely detest that feature on any make of watch, so this is one of the very few Mille Miglia variants that would fit the bill. My previous Chopard I bought on a whim and at 38mm and with a cyclops, it didn’t stick around for long, but this one is a keeper. Yes, you heard me say it. As you can see, it also comes boxed alongside a proper actual working “analogue” tyre gauge - also emblazoned with the 1000 Miglia logo. Mille Miglia was a road race of just over 1600km in total distance, round trip from Brescia to Rome, which was started in the 1920’s and ran almost every year until it was cancelled in the 50’s after some tragic fatalities, Famously Stirling Moss won it just a couple of years before it came to an end. Since the 1970’s it has been resurrected as a celebratory event, part road race, part vintage car rally, more like a procession at times for safety reasons, where enthusiasts with cars mostly from 1957 and older, can drive along parts of the original route. A neighbour of mine intends to do at least some of it in his old Triumph TR3 some time. I’m sure there are a few car nuts out there who know a great deal more than I do about it. Anyway, here it is and boy am I enjoying it,,,
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    I've got a few... This 1977 Citizen Solar quartz analogue (the World's first).... This rather quirky Seiko 0903 4004 from 1974..... Or this other 0903 4004 from 1975..... Just a few of many.....
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