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  1. Well, I tried the in-and-out method a few times and today the watch hasn't stopped. Hooray! From your posts it looks like I couldn't manage anything more complicated than that so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I now have a long-term solution. I'm grateful to all who posted. Give yourselves pats on the back.
  2. Okay, I'm grateful for your replies. I'll try the 'in and out' method first, obviously. I don't suppose that a spot of fine oil on the stem spindle would help? If this doesn't work I'll look up how to change quartz movements on the internet.
  3. Hi, I have recently acquired this watch which has a calibre 1N12. It runs for a few hours then stops. If I shake it, nothing happens. But if I press the stem winder, firmly, it starts again. Any ideas about what the fault might be? And whether it might be expensive to repair? The watch supposedly has had a new battery fitted. Best doubler
  4. Well, I certainly don't have much luck with watches. The posted suggestion that I go for a pocket watch intrigued me and I scoured the Web looking for one. I ordered a suspension watch, made of pewter, which hung from a belt loop via a sprung clip. A full hunter watch it looked nice and tough and other people found it intriguing. I thought I'd cracked it. Three days later the watch stopped. I then printed off the company's returns form and, as usual, you have to jump through hoops to comply with their demands. The watch will have to be in its original packaging, the returns form will have to have the part number, the invoice number, the full amount paid, the order number, and, a copy of their original invoice. In other words, you do the work for them. And, of course, I shall have to pay the postage return costs as well. I emailed the firm and they said 'its the battery. Go to a jeweller and we'll pay up to £5 for a replacement'. Umm. The last time my wife did that it cost £7. And there's no guarantee that it is the battery. I'm in two minds but I think I'll send it back. I feel better now I've let off steam.
  5. The toughest watch I ever had was a Seiko Sports, about 25 years ago. It had a steel fold over bracelet which at the time was a bit loose because I working on a tree in the cold. I slipped and, somehow, the bracelet caught on something and nearly broke my arm before it gave way. I tried to get a new bracelet but they were only made to fit that particular watch which was obsolete. Seiko offered me a discount on a range of discontinued watches instead but they all looked pretty horrible. Ever since then I try to buy watches with straps that can be renewed anytime. My present watch is an Orient automatic which keeps perfect time until you take it off. Leave it off for a day and it gains quite considerably. This annoys me but if the glass wasn't so badly scratched I'd buy more strap rods and a leather strap with a cover. I know I should take watches off when I go into the mess I call a garden but I forget or then can't find them afterwards. Suppose I should persevere with that in the lack of a reasonable alternative. I might try the Casio DW-290 you recommend. But if I find that I have to get out the manual to change a date or time, then it's a no-no. The others mentioned are more than I want to spend on something I'm likely to mess up. But a cheap pocket watch is an idea.... I'll dwell on that. Many thanks for your replies.
  6. Hi, I frequently ruin watches, usually when doing vigorous gardening. My last episode was last week when I managed to catch my nylon leather strap on a twig, or something, which dislodged the strap cross bar. The face has been quite well scratched, too. I have tried a Casio which was a dual analogue/digital thing but that was completely user unfriendly. 'Press this button six times to get to hand setting mode' sort of thing. So what I need is a watch which will stand up to thumping work like tree root axing, have a scratch proof glass, have a quartz movement, and a stout comfortable band of some sort. And if it only cost a tenner or so that would be grand, too.
  7. Well, those old Vostoks look better than the modern ones, to my eye anyway. I imagine that the marketing men would say otherwise......
  8. Thanks guys. I thought I'd get the answers here. Your quick replies are appreciated.
  9. Hi, I was getting interested in Russian watches but have just read a description of a Vostok Amphibia. It says that the average length of service of this automatic model should be ten years if given good attention. This doesn't seem very long for supposedly one of the better, more robust Russians. Am I missing something here?
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