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  1. This for me today - have a good weekend all
  2. Probably Tazmo but that would mean the movement has been sitting around since 2007 when Molnija closed .....maybe that's not unusual? Anyway it's irrelevant really as Aristo obviously had some available to them around 2012. I woke up a 2.30 this morning so had chance to check the lume which I'm happy to say seems pretty bright & clear. This watch ticks many boxes for me
  3. Detroit for me - I like that it's a divers watch with an extra GMT function instead of being a dedicated GMT watch. As such the bezel can be used for timing things - should the need arise - unlike the other two that have GMT bezels. I've never heard of the make either which adds a certain bit of exclusivity (to my mind at least) & I like he styling. I'm not keen on compressor cases/internal bezels so that rules the Tsao out (I do like the sandwich dial though). The Yema's looks nice but also a bit generic/bland (nothing new) they're supposed to be great quality though so that would probabl
  4. That's good to know Tazmo, thanks for the info The instruction booklet/warranty card is dated 2012 so a bit later than the 90's you suggest. My wife likes it - not that it'd matter particularly if she didn't - so that's good
  5. Thank you One of the reasons I went for the watch is the plain uncluttered dial, my last purchase (before this one) was a Citizen Nighthawk which has one of the most cluttered dial's going (I still like that watch but didn't want another cluttered dial). Interestingly the watch says Swiss made on the back, made in Germany on the dial & has a Russian movement - who knows what's going on?! The instructions are in German (& English) so I'm going with the dial. No clue how good the lume is yet but I'll let you know once it gets dark. If you want a manual wind watch you could do
  6. Glad you like the watch I think the Molnija movement originally started out as pocket watch movement, much like the Unitas 6497/6498 movements I mentioned above. I've had a couple of Molnija powered pocket watches in the past but never, I think, a wristwatch. This is, I think, the main reason that wristwatches (which use a pocket watch derived movement) are often - not always - large watches. The movement itself is big so you have to have a large case to accommodate it.
  7. This is the latest addition to my collection - as recently advertised on this very site by pc_magician. Price was excellent & the postage (RMSD) was swift - many, many thanks to Jon for the excellent deal. It's on my wrist as I type this & it's quite a bit smaller than I was expecting. I've had a few Panny clones in the past, with Chinese Unitas (6497 & 6498) movements, these have been big watches & too big for my skin & bone 6.75" wrist really I like the style though so I've put up with the size & worn them before eventually selling or trading them. The Aristo
  8. I really like winding a watch & I have a 3 manual winders in my collection (as of tomorrow that will/should increase to 4). In that figure I'm including a JW Benson pocket watch which is a glorious if not slightly battered thing which keeps fantastic time for something that's well over 100 years old. If I ever get sick of automatic divers (can't see that happening) then manual wind watches would probably be the next branch on my collecting tree
  9. You could try Martu Straps. I've bought from her a few time before & her straps are pretty good. She's based in Argentina (I think) but ships all over the world & makes custom straps so you could maybe talk to her with your specific requirements. I also have a Toshi strap which is a phenomenal bit of kit - so I'd definitely recommend them as well
  10. I have this vintage Ellesse which I wear occasionally. They turn up on Ebay pretty regularly. I bought it for my wife some years ago but she's now a slave to her smart watch (some of Samsung which leaves me utterly cold) & a Tag Heuer for posh occasions. It's a well built watch & keeps good enough time for me (ETA auto - hacks, hand winds & quickest date), has a unidirectional bezel which lines up fine, screw down crown, display back etc. It's 39mm including the crown so not a bad size, crystal is 26mm across & it's a slim 7mm thick. Downside is non-existant lume (no
  11. My step daughter & her wife are in the Army & both wear Suunto Ambit Peak 3's. These are about 20+mm thick & well over 55/60mm in length (due to the sensor positioned at 6). I have one & it's surprisingly comfortable to wear - it's a plastic case case so pretty light. They both wear theirs all the time as they do a lot of activity, so like to keep track of steps, distance etc. It's definitely a tool watch though & it doesn't half look daft with a dress uniform
  12. Ventus gets my vote - I likes a bit of brass I do
  13. This one forme - rubbish photo of a fine watch Have a good weekend all
  14. Thanks. The dial is fantastic - my photo really doesn't do it any sort of justice - it's a quality watch & definitely up there with much more expensive makes
  15. My other GMT watch is this Edox World Timer. It's pretty much a divers watch with a GMT function. Superb build quality, ETA auto movement & very much an underrated make. Absolutely & definitely a keeper & for the price I paid an utter steal. Not sure if Edox make this one now but it's definitely worth searching or one. I paid £350 (not new but in immaculate condition with all boxes & papers) so if you can find one it should be well under your budget - not sure how much they are new but the brand is often heavily discounted. Let us know what you end up with
  16. Just taken delivery of this which is well under your budget even new (this one wasn't). Independent GMT hand, solar powered, 200m/20 bar water resistance, slide rule bezel (not sureif that's a good or bad thing ), it's a solid well made watch - I'm very much in the honeymoon period at the moment
  17. Looks a great buy for the money It's maybe a bit shiny for me but it looks to have the same case as my Dagaz Aurora (which is a quality watch). If it is the same case, then the size is deceiving as it's not really a big watch at all (by todays standards) & wears extremely well. Enjoy the watch - my Dagaz is a keeper too
  18. Ellesse mid-size (38mm inc crown) 200m diver for me today, bit small but I like it, hate the bracelet although it is comfortable. I doubt if anything else can be made to fit due to the weird lug design. Quite a well spec'd watch - ETA movement (I think) that hacks & hand winds, sapphire crystal, screw down crown, display back. Timekeeping's good enough for me & after being my wife's watch for a while I've nabbed it & have started wearing it occasionally (I bought it for her a good few years ago off eBay & I'd rather see it used/worn than sitting in a drawer). As I said I like i
  19. Having a mini lathe means making things -& the photo shows a few of these things. Some have been successful & some not so successful. Successes include the Guardian's of the Galaxy stereo knobs & the pool ball screwdrivers. Less successful are the spirit lamp (the blue thing) & the pool ball pots. I have to say that I do like the pots but I still haven't really found a use for them. I've used one to keep mains fuses in but thats about it really. Not included in the photo are the various gear knobs I've made (& scrapped) & the things I've given away as presents (pots &am
  20. Custom Seiko 6309 diver fitted with a 6306 movement (this hacks & has a Japanese/kanji day wheel). I put it together myself - all parts are Seiko - & I've had it years now. All finished off with a beautiful chestnut Toshi strap. It's gained 30 seconds over the last 3 days & it's a keeper
  21. Hi Roger - it's not the best but hopefully not the worst either. There's a bit of play but it has gib strips & adjusting screws/locknuts so most of the play can be adjusted out. Some of the castings are a bit rough but the clamping faces are flat. I paid £40ish for it (from Amazon) & think it's good(ish) value. You can obviously pay much more than this & for a greater outlay I hope you'd get something significantly better. For my needs though it's fine. I'm probably not going to be using it much & if it does go wrong/break then it's not too much money to lose. Having said
  22. Here's the lathe in all its glory + assorted bits of metal (brass, aluminium, steel, stainless steel & copper) & tools .......lots & lots of tools
  23. It's a Warco mini-lathe with 80mm chuck. Not sure it's made anymore but it seems a decent little machine to me. My friend has a Myford ML7 lathe which I'd kill for
  24. That's going to be good - looking forward to seeing the finished article
  25. For the first time in ages I've gone digital with my Suunto Ambit 3 - very thick but it wears very well despite that - have a good day all
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