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  1. Morning all Have a good one.
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  2. Enjoying my Aquatico on this bright and very breezy Saturday morning. HAGWE everyone
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  3. Banking and a haircut today. Doesn't mean I can't inject a little 'fancy' into proceedings!
    15 points
  4. Back from Sea Jail…
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  6. Casio Rangeman ABC watch. (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass.)
    11 points
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  8. Busy day for us, our grandson is six today.
    11 points
  9. Photo from yesterday, I had a busy day forging s billhook from an old leaf spring for a friend who has taken up hedge laying since retirement. My Amphibia was on a leather strap I made last week. Have a great weekend
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  10. In anticipation of stormy weather I have put on the only wet weather 'Russian' chronograph I possess: I have conditioned the rubber strap with some of Grangers' best, and we're ready for anything. HAGD
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  11. I'll pop this Swiss-made Kered on later.
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  12. According to Crud-no24/7 this has gone up in value by £2000 in the last two weeks I bought this because it doesn't look like a Rolex, and nobody has ever commented on it. The perfect Rolex (for me) in my opinion.
    10 points
  13. Have youselves a nice weekend, GD-100 this morning
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  14. Maybe, need to get confirmation that all is well on the other side of a deal, but I'm liking my potential end a lot. Came on a fine quality bracelet, but fancied trying something a little lighter. Expect a bit of disgust at my choice of strap, but I like it (so "yar-boo-sucks" to everyone that doesn’t) and in my defence grey, black and white pairs perfectly with my hair.
    7 points
  15. Easy start to the weekend I'm paintballing later so it's going to be a G-Shock kind of day.
    7 points
  16. Morning Bit of a breezy day today. Seiko SARX045 (Cal: 6R15D)
    7 points
  17. That would make an interesting topic for the 'Non watch projects' section.
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  18. Nothing wrong with the strap. All you need is a pair of these to complete the look. Sartorial elegance or what?
    6 points
  19. After an excellent trade with Bricey who is a gentleman to deal with,I’m back with a Nomos,sold a club last year and instantly regretted it.
    5 points
  20. My attention span is actually very .......ohhhh shiny.
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  21. No surprise really
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  22. Marcell Kainz's Tridente.
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  23. Morning Accurist 7341 ODM (or is it OEM).. souvenir/collectable football watch. HAGD peeps.
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  24. True to my word......well, it's a flimsy excuse, I just want it badly..........the vote-winning G-01 is now ordered. With a 10% discount code, £224. Should be with me on Tuesday! Now I start the long haul, saving for an auto chrono.......Hamilton or Zeppelin are front runners.
    5 points
  25. The big ‘un today ready for a visit from the little ‘un.
    4 points
  26. Egg-timing watch has been bumped onto the right wrist, to make way for some PVD. And some expensive elastic. Parachute elastic? Luxury! We used to dream of having watch-straps made of parachute elastic ... JJ
    3 points
  27. From a period when Arabic dials looked so stylish. Thanks for sharing.
    3 points
  28. Well after a lot of thinking about it, and no local dealers having one in stock to look at I saw this add and pulled the pin as they say... Hamilton Intra-Matic Watch H38416711 American Classic 1968 Men's (watchnation.com) Best price I've ever seen online by a country mile using the extra 10% discount, even cheaper than a used example for sale from a dealer on the net'. If I'm happy when it arrives I'll put it on a nice black Rallye style strap. Christ.. last expensive watch I bought (my Seamaster) was back in 2005 for my 40th from Roy. And that watch is never for sale!
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  29. Our friends at Nomos sent me this today -- clearly puff, but there must be some fire behind the smoke . . . . QUALITY PROMISED, QUALITY DELIVERED “Highest Quality” seal awarded to NOMOS What kind of quality do companies in Germany deliver? This was the question posed by the F.A.Z. Institute, a company which is part of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung publishing group. As part of the F.A.Z. “Highest Quality 2021” study, the IMWF Institute for Economic Research conducted wide-reaching online analysis over a period of one year. Using social listening tools and artificial intelligence, 483 million online sources were collated and analyzed. The IMWF Institute also evaluated extensive questionnaires. The results are nothing short of impressive. NOMOS Glashütte was awarded top marks in the categories: Product and Service, Availability, Customer Satisfaction, Innovation and Quality. Out of 80 companies in the watchmaking industry, NOMOS finished in first place, making it the best in the industry, ahead of Omega and Rolex. At NOMOS Glashütte, good service goes beyond the sale. We are thrilled that the quality of our watches, the good work and availability of our customer service and the quick and uncomplicated handling of complaints are valued and shared on social media. We will continue 2022 in this same spirit: Building great mechanical watches, continuing our research and development and being there for you in the NOMOS Store.
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  30. Good to hear. Apart from a certain sameness/predictability in some of the designs, I think they’re brilliant. I had one for a few years – was a bit stupid to sell it really. it’s one of those brands/companies that you hardly ever hear a bad word about on forums.
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  31. Being ahead of Omega is certainly something to shout about .... not sure why they even mentioned Rolex !?
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  32. I'm gonna like this watch/strap combo every time I see it. A lovely diver. Christ, that looks good on the brown leather strap. Gorgeous!
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  33. No beauty here at all.
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  34. Yes. The Bremont was a trade with Andy (the fantastic @Bonzodog) for my lovely Nomos. So the collection did take a hit as well. I loved the Nomos, but the long lugs on an already 42mm case made it too wide for my sub 7inch wrist and the Bremont is a much more comfortable size and fit for me. Admiring my 12, and they're all watches I have strong positive feelings for and will all get significant wear, rather than having some which only get occasional run outs. Really ended up very pleased with how everything turned out over the past week.
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  35. Stop it. !!!!! I can’t bear it!!!!!
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  36. I hardly dare call this introductory piece a "Forum topic" because I have such limited solid information to impart on the subject of Zorba watches. However, I have done my best with the resources at my disposal. It all began when I recently came across a chrome plated alloy pocket watch marked “ZORBA” that seemed to date from sometime in the1950s to the mid 1960s. The watch was in a local “retro market” and priced at £35; I decided not to buy it but to look up the Zorba brand name in the hope that it would make a good Forum topic. Interestingly, I came across three examples online of the very same Zorba pocket watch, and I illustrate it here below: (Above pictures from Ostalgia-Ruhla Watches of the GDR -WordPress.com, and bottom, from Easy Life Auction) My first port of call to find out something about Zorba watches was Mikrolisk, and this directory lists Zorba as being a brand name used by Hans B. Waldmann of Aesch, Switzerland. No date is given for this entry, and it left me not much the wiser about Zorba watches. However, further research on Mikrolisk revealed that Hans B. Waldmann was something of a “brand name collector” as Mikrolisk lists a number of Hans B. Waldmann brands, unfortunately without dates; these include Devonia, Effort, Foreland, Guide, Handy and HBW. It is not clear whether Hans B. Waldmann is related to Waldmann SA, based in Basel, Switzerland, and is Hans B. Waldmann the same man as Hans Beat Waldmann, listed on Mikrolisk as registering the brand name Waldman in 1960, based at Porrentruy, Switzerland? If so, then perhaps the Zorba brand was based in Switzerland and was part of Hans B. Waldmann’s company, which appears to have been involved in watch and clock production and the production of watch cases and dials. Looking up and examining pictures of Zorba brand watches had given me an idea of the brand products, which included the ladies’ and gents’ wristwatches as well as pocket watches, mainly in the lower sectors of the watch market, but I needed to do a systematic search of the internet in search of textual information. starting from useful hints gleaned by looking at available illustrations of Zorba watches. Zorba Super Datomatic wristwatch (pic from Scudo's Gallery on Picture Push): Zorba 17J hand-wind ladies' watch with 1.9 cm X 1.5 cm gold plated case, the caseback with Swiss made designation for the watch case (pics from Etsy): The first clue I came across concerns the Zorba pocket watch that led to my interest in the brand, and it would appear that the watch is a product of the Ruhla concern, which was in operation in the GDR over the relevant period of the pocket watch. The same basic model can be found marked “Ruhla” on the dial and the Zorba version is listed by “Ostalgie-Ruhla Watches of the GDR - WordPress.com” as being a Zorba branded Ruhla Calibre 83 pocket watch. This link with German watchmaking is reinforced by the seeming lack of a country of origin designation on Zorba watches, with some having no designation and others being marked “Foreign”. Note that the Ruhla brand has a very long history, with pocket watch production beginning in 1892 and the first wristwatches in 1908. A short history of Ruhla can be found online at: https://medium.com/@Grigory/history-of-the-ruhla-brand-the-first-watch-to-be-mass-produced-and-the-first-german-watch-in-space-f5d2ba2aba09 Ruhla UMF83 Caliber pocket watch from the 1960s - the same basic model as the Zorba pocket watch which set me on this enquiry about Zorba watches (pic from Ostalgie-Ruhla Watches of the GDR - WordPress.com): The second clue came from a watch featured by balaton (is that our own balaton of Watch Forum fame?) on 30 March 2020 in a Watchuseek WRUW thread - plus a picture I found online of a co-branded Mortima Zorba wristwatch from the early 1970s. The piece on Watchuseek concerns a Zorba Extra Plate Super de Luxe wristwatch, shown below, and balaton says the following about his watch: “This Zorba today, a seemingly unrecorded brand name as a stand-alone, but is certain to have been made by Émile Cattin with his Gallic Cockerel logo more usually seen on his Mortima-branded watches, and the fact that it runs on his 1J C66 movement. Stylistically, this one looks to date from the 1950s and if not exactly ‘Super De Luxe’ as advertised, Cattin’s watches had a solid reputation as being robust and reliable. And cheap.” Here below are two pictures from watchuseek.com of balaton's Zorba Extra Plate Super De Luxe wristwatch: The French firm, Établissement Cattin” (1926-1988), founded and owned by Émile Cattin was a major producer of watches situated in Morteau, in the Doubs region of France. By the end of the 1930s, Cattin was already selling over 30,000 watches per year, and by 1960 the firm was producing some 2 million watches per year, winning the l’Oscar de l’Exportation award from the French Government. After Émile’s death in 1979, the company failed to deal with the Quartz Crisis and eventually went out of business. Two years after its demise, the Cattin company was sold to Canary Islands company making sunglasses and continuing to use the Mortima brand name and the same rooster logo. I have notmanaged to trace for certain the identity of the company producing and/or marketing the vintage Zorba branded watches we see online today; I also still do not have any firm date parameters for Zorba watches. Zorba is, in fact, a name rather than a word, with the first name, Zorba, being of Greek origin and meaning “Live each day”, and the family name, Zorba, being particularly prevalent in Turkey. There is a possibility that the Zorba brand name was deliberately derived from Zorba the Greek - perhaps originally from the 1946 novel and then from the famous film version of 1964. Going back to Mikrolisk, perhaps the Zorba watches were wholesaled from Switzerland by the firm named for Hans B. Waldmann to cater for particular export markets rather than for domestic customers. Whatever the case may be, it is evident that Zorba watches were sourced to a large extent from outside Switzerland, with definite commercial links to watch co companies elsewhere in Europe, and we are left wondering just how much manufacturing/assembly work was undertaken on the Zorba branded watches by the Waldmann concern in Switzerland. I am hoping that other Forum brand detectives will have access to source material that can enlighten us further about Zorba watches and clarify what is currently a somewhat confused picture. 1960s Zorba Flat Starmaster Calendar Super Luxe 17J hand-wind watch with date window at 3 o'clock. The "Starmaster" model name covers a number of watches sold under various brand names and with some variation in features/appearance. Judging by how many survivi ng Starmasters there are online, this range of watches seems to have been a popular one. I believe that the model is essentially a product of the Cattin company in France, dating to the mid 1960s and into the 1970s. Note that the seller of this watch on ebay states that the dancing figures on the caseback are an allegorical logo relating to the film version of Zorba the Greek (pics from i.ebayimg.com): Zorba Calendar Super De Luxe hand-wind wristwatch from the 1950s (pic from worthpoint)
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  37. If you google Pocket Watch Database you will discover a site that will list all the specifics of your watch. Basically it’s a Grade 610, 7 jewel watch manufactured in 1912. It’s only real value is in the important family history and the watch is well worth keeping safe and perhaps on display.
    1 point
  38. Vostok KGB for me all day today. Didn’t bother altering the date as I couldn’t be bothered with the back and forth winding
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  40. I know people who meet that description.
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  41. As regular readers of my posts will know, I detest and detest the hype and flexing 'culture' that now infests the watch world based on the putative belief in the never ending ability to make money out of stainless steel watches, of negligible intrinsic value, whose value will rise for all eternity because reddit says so. All this has gone a long way to squeezing out those of us with modest means with a genuine interest in horology (rather than simply worshipping at the alter of the brand), and in case you haven't noticed it makes me cross. And this story now shows just what a colossal mountain of hype manure people are prepared to buy without applying even the most microscopically miniscule amount of common sense. In this case $6.2m of hype manure. We are expected to believe now that the unnamed supposed winning bidder couldn't, or wouldn't, pay, despite the rigorous buyer verification process Phillips applies at its auctions to ensure bidder Bona Fides with the fiscal capacity and capabilities and the legal commitment Phillips' authority-to-bid imposes on bidders? Now, lo and behold, we're expected to believe it's now been sold to an underbidder for the winning-bid price and this Zach has not only been collecting watches, but also has known Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern, since he was 15 years old. 15 years old??? Am I the only one who finds this hilarious? Sorry, have to go...some aliens have just landed on my lawn and they want to probe my brain for watch knowledge so that they can get a Tiffany Nautilus...
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  42. My first brand new Longines. The girl in the shop said " Are you buying it as an investment?" I said that as soon as I walk out of the store it will be worth £300 to £500 less than what I have paid for it. I don't know what sales assistants are being told about values of Swiss watches and values. I bought it for the history of the brand, and it is well made with a good movement. The crown, and crown guard is a little 'brutal' and doesn't really match the watch. It has lost 1 second in 24 hours and as far as I am concerned it is a bit of a peach of a movement.
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  43. I had a few bits of oak strip in the workshop and decided to have a go at making an Infinity Cube. When completed, the edges form a never ending path and the faces appear to float, rather like the Tensegrity structures that I have posted before. The cube consists of 18 strips, 12 with the ends mitred in the same plane and 6 where the mitres are cut at 90o to each other, 3 facing one way and 3 facing the opposite way. Cutting the mitres on my newly completed crosscut sled (which will be another thread). I end up with 12 pieces like the one on the left and 3 each of the other two pieces. The long ones are 5 inches and the short ones are 4.25 inches. Using CA glue and an activator, the pieces are accurately joined together. They must all be at exactly 90o or the cube will end up crooked. Gluing the final joints... Here's the result. I have seen these scaled up in both wood and metal to make small tables complete with a glass top. It just needs a bit of Briwax and a polish and it can join all the other strange contraptions in my 'man cave'.
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  44. Hi Dave, I guess the problem is broken tubing/crown tread? If so, only the tube and eventually – the crown need to be replaced. Here, in Bulgaria, I am the one that will make new tube. If needed, I will do the crown tread a little bigger in order to rectify it and will make custom size tubing to fit the new crown tread size. I will usually charge 50 euro for all this. I usually refuse to deal with modern watches of clients, as I consider this a waste of time and only exhausting my eyes (I only work with antique watches), but there are my friends watchmakers, that I can’t refuse to them, so practically do this when they ask me to… I know that tis days it is a problem to find someone who is able to do this kind of work. Modern watchmakers don’t, they only replace parts. As it is not possible to find such parts, they will say the only way it to send watch to manufacturer… And the Manufacturer can do whatever he decide and charge as much as he decide.
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  45. A wooden watch. I bet its a bugger having to creosote it every few years.
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  46. hi,i had the same problem with an Avenger 2 .breitling say the crown tube cannot be replaced and a whole new case is required,not so.Simon 2 did an excellent job of fitting a generic crown and tube for a fraction of the price of replacing the case..
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  47. Legend diver solid gold drivers watch to be worn on the side of the wrist its a very curved case just beautiful
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