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  1. What diameter is the hole now & how big do you need it to be? Also what size is the case of the gauge (the bit with the 4 screw holes)?

    Best way, I think, to enlarge the existing hole would be to use a hole saw - I think ones for cutting/drilling metal are available. You'd need to use a pillar drill (NOT a hand drill) to keep things as square/vertical as possible. Depending on how big the hole needs to be you'd struggle to hold a hand drill steady enough I think. Also the torque generated by a large diameter drill bit/hole saw being asked to cut through comparatively tough material would likely cause unwanted damage to both you & the thing you're working on! Not good!

    Another option would be to use a milling machine & a range of end mills until the correct size hole is reached. This is getting quite specialist now though. Maybe a local machine shop could enlarge the hole for you?? Might be worth asking as I can't see it being a particularly big or complicated job with the right bit of kit.

    I'm wondering if it'll fit on my lathe but I'm not sure if it's possible to machine cast aluminium.

    I wish I could clear my loft out & find a box of submarine gauges! Closest I've come is finding a pair of Army boots & a small tub of screw in football boot studs :taz: 

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  2. Thanks Honour :thumbs_up: You might want to have a look at the raffle Roy has just started on my behalf (with all proceeds going towards the forum running costs) :notworthy:

    To Smiths Mad - I made them for a friend who intends to put them on a gaming PC which is in the style of a cassette player on a spaceship that's featured in The Guardians Of The Galaxy films (so they're sort of going on an amplifier). Having said all that they've been made for a while & I've nothing from my friend for a while either......... :huh:

  3. Have to say that I like Panerai's too, unfortunately I've no spare funds for one & have no wish to get into debt. As most have said I'd definitely try one on before buying & getting a cheap homage isn't a bad idea at all.

    My friend looked at them, he has similar sized wrists to me (6.75") & said the 42mm ones were fine but the 44 (& above) were just too big for him. I think he decided the outlay was just too much for one watch though & has bought himself a couple of Oris models instead ( basically two Oriseses for the price of one Panerai).

    Hope you find something soon & would be interested to hear what you think of it :thumbs_up:

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  4. It's my friend's 70th later this week - well he's 71 actually but he couldn't celebrate his 70th last year (with chums anyway) for obvious reasons - so he's missing out a year.

    Anyway I'm giving him this combination - a brass pen in a cigar case :huh: I've no idea what he'll make of it but he liked one of my pool ball screwdrivers, so hopefully he'll like it :thumbs_up:




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  5. Borealis Oceanaut for me today - definitely a favourite & beautiful lump of bronze/brass/steel. I've put it on a Nato as the leather strap it was on was too hot! The weather's looking good - understatement - so hope you all have a great weekend :thumbs_up:



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  6. My friend has one like that (has yours the heavily domed crystal?) & he loves it. It was his daily wearer but he's fairly recently treated himself to an Oris & put the Oris into semi-retirement.

    I also have an Armida but it's quite a bit different to yours - great watch & a favourite. They're excellent watches & I hope you get much enjoyment from yours :thumbs_up:


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  7. 8 hours ago, spinynorman said:

    Just lloking at the S&E website and struggling to reconcile the watches with the descriptions. For example, WTF does this have to do with the Small Faces?

    "As the Sixties swung and laid the groundwork for individuality and innovation, British guitar bands set the standard for what rock ’n’ roll should be. Founded in our great capital, The Small Faces were one of many bands setting the world alight, and the Limited Edition Swan & Edgar Hand Assembled Retro Automatic Blue men’s watch remembers them for their part in confirming a movement that still reverberates."


    What sort of movement? Bowel or watch? From that description I'm pretty sure I know which. Who write this :bullshitter:?

    I don't like the watch either :(

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  8. I got one of these to try out with the iPads at work. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work with them (yet) as I've not had chance to try it with the software yet. The iPads are locked down by the IT dept so I'm hoping they can install the software & get it to work. If they can't (or won't) get it to work then I guess I've got a USB microscope :biggrin:

    Quality looks good from the little video Roy posted - the subject matter isn't too shabby either :thumbs_up:



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  9. On 06/07/2021 at 07:38, Duncan U. said:

    I do quite like that apart from the scratched dial.

    Alternatively, you could buy a non-date Amphibia, and an extra 2409.01 movement and slim caseback to make it hand wound. About $110 should do it and it's a fun project :thumbsup:

    Could you not just buy an auto Amphibia & remove the rotor to make it manual wind? It would be less of a project but achieve the same results (a manual wind diver). Anyway I like the idea - time for a project perhaps - anyone got a cheap Amphibia for sale? :biggrin:

  10. 52 minutes ago, PaulBoy said:

    Bit of a late start this morning, so grabbed a pic of my new arrival on a Horween strap (sorry about the crap pic - taken upside down with my wrong hand!)

    phoibos eagle ray leather wrist


    Is that a Phoibos? Very nice whatever it is:thumbs_up:

    After a couple of days of wearing my black BFK, just to make sure it still works (it does) after months of in activity - bit like me really - I'll be going back to the Ventus. Have a good weekend all :thumbs_up:20210606_192341.thumb.jpg.9e0852d2b29d0378c0069bd9400dfadf.jpg

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  11. 19 minutes ago, bdalg1 said:

    I have slimmed my collection down recently (perhaps that is why I feel the need for more!!) and it sits at....

    The Ball, 2 x apple watch (I know, I know), a 1978 seamaster auto, a seiko presage 'old fashioned', a casio melody (was my grandads so sentimental), a 1970's seiko moonphase (again, grandads) and an Omega FOIS moonwatch sapphire sandwich.

    Recently sold a CW C65 sapphire, a Rolex OP non date, an oris beater and a few others!!

    Well that's only 6 (not including the Apple watches :cursed:) so plenty of room for at least one more. As you say no dedicated divers watch so you have my permission (not that you need it obviously) to start searching/buying :thumbs_up: Would be great if you could let us know what you end up with :)

  12. You ALWAYS need another watch - even my non-watch collecting friends invariably have more than one watch! Keeping the number to a reasonable/sensible level is the hard bit. I suppose a reasonable/sensible number depends on the individual. In my case it seems to be 20(ish) whilst for others it might be 200(ish).

    Apart from the Ball how many others do you own?


  13. 8 hours ago, bdalg1 said:

    So after a few posts about Bell & Ross, Muhle Glashutte and others I finally have my first new arrival for a while and it is from a totally new brand to me.....which is what I wanted!

    I decided that I wanted something kind of dressy, kind of sporty and kind of cool........I think I nailed it!!!


    Quite a nice box.....the colour gives away the brand even if the name wasnt on it!! I have to say overall I am very pleased with the quality of the watch 0 far exceeded my expectations to be honest and I think it may ignite an interest in Ball in general.

    I bought preowned and had a very pleasant transaction via the dreaded bay...!! Even at retail the quality is great and having owned Oris, Longines and a few other price point competitors....I would say the Ball comes out on top.


    Quality with a capital "KW" - very nice :notworthy:

  14. 2 hours ago, chas g said:

    I like the John Rocha watch and the second hand disappearing is weird but doesnt detract from the fine appearance of the watch.

    I couldn't live with the Bulova appendage.

    Thankfully I have not a clue who John Rocha is or was. 

    Hate the Bulova but also like the John Rocha. Reminds me - a bit - of the Japy divers watch I used to own which also had raised indices the hands passed under. In a similar vein I used to have a customised Seiko 6309 which had a plain dial with the indices printed to the underside of the crystal. So all the hands passed under the indices. It looked good & worked well but like most of the watches I owned back then I sold it in order to buy something else :(

    Helium valves are pretty pointless for most of us & what's the point of a compass bezel? Use a ruddy compass if want/need to know where North is! If you're in a situation where you need to know where North is (or South, East or West) then hopefully you'll have a compass on you anyway!

    I didn't reckon much to the screw down crown/ bezel lock on the Yema diver I owned aeons ago. It was quite good looking & subtle even if it didn't work very well. 

    None of the "Panerai's" I've had had very effective crown guards - I dare say the real article is though. I've never owned or even handled a real Panerai so can't comment.



    1 hour ago, SolaVeritate said:

    This is the Xeric Invertor automatic. Yes, that is the rotor and most of the movement on the front of the watch. 


    Gimmick.. yes. 

    Do I want one? You bet I do!

    Absolutely hideous :jawdrop1::swoon:

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  15. Thanks chaps for all the suggestions/ links - especially Bricey who is the link king :laugh: - I have decided that quartz is probably the way to go. My Dad doesn't give a stuff if a watch is quartz or mechanical (unlike me:jawdrop1:). I think he'll like the French cake watch & Tissot so I may well have a punt on those. Thanks chaps - all your help is greatly appreciated :thumbs_up:

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