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  1. Drop an email to https://www.michaelswift.co.uk/ and see if he can help, for info the movement is a F6922 Caliber Automatic
  2. Looks OK to me, it would look better once the bracelet is adjusted correctly
  3. I don't really have a problem with their conditions. A, B, C and F seem quite straight forward D = Rolex watches can have a higher value when unmolested, so if a service changes the hands or dial for example it might be worth less after the service, I think that's where they are coming from on this one. E = is just a catchall just in case someone evaluating the watch misses something, unlikely to happen I know but lawyers tend to consider every possibility no matter how unlikely. Another possibility is that a watch is altered with non-original parts after a Rolex service and sold as original with service records. My personal experience of Rolex UK has been first rate to date - except having to take a gulp at service prices My Sea Dweller, RG's Lady Yachtmaster and a Tudor are due to go in so I hope the good service continues
  4. CWC T20 GS with removable shroud
  5. For me it very much depends on the watch and how much I can afford at the time rather than an arbitrary limit
  6. @T3heli the Benson looks like a nice clean example As Karusel mentioned the company stopped making their own watches during WW1 Post 1914 watches were typically branded Benson and assembled using Swiss movements, the cases and dials would also be from third party manufacturers, nothing wrong with that of course many watch brands still do this today!
  7. As Roy said it is best to get it checked out, however a bezel is usually mounted outside of the sealed watch so should not affect water resistance if it is loose or "wobbly" Older watches do tend to get compromised over time, did they say at what meters it failed? You could try posting a picture, instructions are here
  8. Lightweight today Breitling Aerospace E7936210-B962
  9. Much better on the eye without the Invicta wings, uncluttered dial, what's not to like?
  10. I really like bronze watches but can't see me ever getting one because I don't like wearing leather or rubber straps Your trio look great
  11. I have to disagree with you again, while the Grylls watches do have a bit of extra branding and you obviously don't like them but they are not garbage. By the way I used to use fire starters every week when I worked in Africa and the Gerber knife is fine for its price point for a weekend camper. You are being far too polemic today!
  12. I don't like the hands but other than that I think it is a good looking timepiece, I like the bracelet and the dual use bezel
  13. Nope They are very well made durable watches, CA based company with the watches made in Switzerland, popular with US armed forces and law enforcement. I had an earlier version of this
  14. As Bricey said having the chronograph / stop watch second hand as a full size hand reading off the main dial allows for easier and more accurate reading of elapsed seconds. However the configuration of a chronograph isn't always as you describe such as my Speedmaster Automatic which has a Lemania 5100 base movement - minute register is a fourth hand, lower sub-dial is hours register, left hand sub-dial is continuous seconds and top sub-dial is a 24 hour indicator.
  15. Pretty much sums up my position as well, I have never had a new car and am cheap to expensive when it comes to watches, Iike them all! One good thing about watches is that for the most part they keep or appreciate in value and if you need to sell them they are reasonably liquid
  16. I had a GMT-Master II that I sold cheap
  17. OK, bronze case and bronze bracelet, it will oxidise and gain a copper oxide / copper carbonate patina over time - I think both the blue and the green would then be wearable What I do like is that Oris have made the effort to make a bronze bracelet - other brands take note! Here are the official colours and range name Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’ Ref: 01 733 7771 3155 (Sky Blue) Ref: 01 733 7771 3157 (Wild Green) Ref: 01 733 7771 3158 ( Lipstick Pink)
  18. Not keen on precious stones in a dial or bezel
  19. More likely that the name and trade mark was defunct rather than it being bought, the original company stopped making watches in 1961 and started importing watches marketed under various brand names, they were also importers of Breitling, Cyma, Swatch and others. What was left of the watch business went into receivership in 1995.
  20. Here's mine, I fitted shoulderless spring-bars which makes the strap more secure
  21. The current Newmark is a rebirth of an old brand and has no connection to the original company - first watches were released in 2018 I have a Field Watch with the gilt dial, very pleased with it
  22. Good advice from @rhaythorne You probably noticed as you were getting closer to the stop point that the winding became a little stiffer, you will get to "feel" that point after a few winds
  23. Little watches in the 50's aimed towards women became ridiculous for women after women realised they don't need to wear tiny watches anymore. They can wear the same watches as men and quite rightly too. "Little" watches are still commonly worn by women of all ages, it wasn't a case of not needing to wear tiny watches it was a personal choice, my mum wore a 32mm man's watch for everyday during the 1960's and a little decorative thing for "best", not sure where you are coming from with the "quite rightly too" comment, fashion is what it is, there's no "equality" angle here and many women who wear larger watches wear those styled specifically for women. Let's consider some tiny watches, these "ridiculous" watches are still made - Omega make women's watches in 24mm 25mm 27mm 28mm 29mm sizes, Breitling make women's watches in 29mm and 32mm, Rolex make women's watches in 28mm 31mm I could go on but do you see my point? So at that point we begin to see the the watch industry make 40mm+ watches for men (in place of 34mm) because having more room for movements reduces the cost of production and replaces their production industry of smaller movements. We had larger men's watches available in the 50's and 60's in the 36 to 40mm range, we had even larger watches in the 70's 38mm to 44mm being common, in the 80's and 90's many watches were smaller than the 70's and in the early 2000's we had watches of 46mm and 48mm and larger which became fashionable. Again it is fashion and the drift towards diver and tool watches not to mention the larger size of the average man. If you look at a movement database you will see most movements in men's watches in the 50's and 60's are no different in size to a modern ETA2824 for example. Many large watches such as those from the early 2000's had a movement such as the ETA2824 which is about 25mm in diameter in a case with an internal diameter of 40mm or more. When we look towards the sociological aspects of the industry v social popularity we can see the industry begin to ballance watchmaking into a centralised industry, losing the "sexual driven" requirements of size being replaced by the wrist/arm size of the buyer. There are many other factors such as styling, also unisex (mid size) watches have been around for decades it's not new, "sexual driven requirements" as you curiously call them are alive and well. then there is this - "we can see the industry begin to ballance watchmaking into a centralised industry" We have had consolidation of Swiss brands into groups but this process is not new it has been going on for decades hastened by the need to adapt to the quartz challenge. At the same time we have had many new producers come on the scene.
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