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  1. On 01/12/2021 at 20:59, JoT said:

    I have three in at Rolex St James's - minimum £1800 - my 2022 budget blown already :sadwalk: 

    Got a surprise when they sent me the Tudor Black Bay quote - £240 inc VAT for the service and £120 if I want the case and bracelet refurbishing.

    Sadly the other quotes were not a surprise :laugh:

    RG's Ladies' Yacht Master £600 for service inc VAT and £107 for a new sapphire crystal

    Sea Dweller £600 for service inc VAT plus an optional £128 for a crystal

  2. 36 minutes ago, Rotundus said:

    running consistently slow and heading inevitably out of spec (bit annoyed as its only a 2017 watch worn in rotation)

    obviously could go to the seiko service uk centre in maidenhead for a service/regulation but who else do we know and or like for this kind of work ?

    thoughts and or recommendations please 



    Hmmm, tricky one, I know with the SBDX001 version Seiko UK used to send them to Japan to get serviced, not sure this is still the case. There are so few MM around in the UK I don't know if there are good independents (of which there aren't many) who have experience of this watch. More to do with the specialised monocoque case and the fact that everything comes out of the front of the watch. I would give the Seiko service centre a call or email first

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  3. 1 hour ago, Karrusel said:

    Some additional info (Elgin register) on this particular timepiece, which may be useful?

    Model 3, Class 4.

    Run quantity: 3000, 

    Grade/model run: number 63 of 65 produced.

    Hunting, full plate, going barrel movement.

    17 jewel with screw set chatons.

    Charles F. Moseley patented (1874) regulator (travelling nut).

    The G. M. Wheeler signature is reference to when the company was reorganised in 1874, Wheeler was one of the first appointed officers, as was B. W. Raymond & H. Z. Culver.


    Nice piece!


    Tremendous! Thank you

  4. 13 minutes ago, RTM Boy said:

    But interestingly the advertising works well enough for you to know which 'self-satisfied actor, or washed-up ex-tennis-player/footballer' Z-list celebrity gets free watches from the brands in question in return for doing the sales dance...er, sorry, I mean acting as a 'key brand ambassador'. :laugh:

    Since the whole idea of ambassadors is to create an association with the brand, I think Tudor, Rolex and Breitling would consider that they have marketed successfully to you albeit subconsciously...

    ...Watch my eyes, looking into my eyes, don't look anywhere else, just look into my eyes, now close your eyes and listen to my words, just my words, no-one else's words...when I say 'moonwatch' you will feel craving and desire...you will think you are Buzz Aldrin...you will believe....you will believe...and you will buy a Sekonda...


    Well I am an admin on a watch forum so am supposed to know what's going on :laugh:

    Still won't make me buy a watch though!

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  5. Owned by a UK company, nothing to do with Russia these days, I think the same company also own Accurist and Limit. Made in Hong Kong they sell around 2 million watches a year most of which probably end up in landfill in pretty short order.  Pre-1990 Sekonda are worth owning as most are rebadged Poljot, Slava, Raketa etc.

    Most watch advertising campaigns are pretty bad IMO be they on a yacht or in Sekonda's "real life amigo". Did David Beckham inspire me to buy a Tudor? Nope. Did Michael Bublé inspire me to buy a Rolex? Nope. Did Breitling's cinema squad inspire me to buy a Chronomat? Nope. Will Sekonda's "real life amigo" inspire me to buy a Sekonda? Nope, I would rather have a cheap GShock or a Vostok

    8 minutes ago, Perlative Cernometer said:

    Reprise of the advertising they used in the 80s, "beware of expensive imitations" I think. You can see their point, they do everything a pricier brand would do and look good enough on wrist. Just not got that reassuring feel in hand you get from a "proper" watch but then not everyone wants or needs that from a watch.

    Except in the 80's they were decent Soviet made watches not the Hong Kong stuff they sell now

  6. Best Picture (Best Watch) Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600


    Best Director (Best Brand) Rolex



    Best Actor (Best Dial) Omega Speedmaster Automatic 176.0012



    Best Actress (Best Finishing) Tudor Heritage Black Bay 79220R


    Best Supporting Actor (Best Bracelet or Strap) Doxa Sub 600T Divingstar



    Best Special Effects (Best Complication) Rolex Explorer II 16570





    Best Animated Feature (Best Digital Watch) Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 3291.50.00


    Best Original Screenplay (Best Microbrand Watch) Wilson Watch Works



    Best Live Action Short (Best Budget / Sub £500 Watch) Vostok Amphibia 110650



    Best Costume (Best Box) Omega X-33 Space Suit fabric box



    Best Make Up (Best Lume) Marathon Navigator 



    Finally an award for Lifetime Achievement


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  7. 52 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

    A few years ago I was in a prestigious "flagship" jewellers and had a long chat with the sales manager, he said with a glint in his eye "I sell derams, all anyone needs to tell the time is a Seiko 5, and we don't sell them". But then a collector is a strange animal.

    The other thing I remember on another visit to the same establishment, was a customer asking to see their most expensive watch. :laughing2dw:

    A sales manager at a flagship store who knows what a Seiko 5 is, well I never! :hmmm9uh:

  8. I have this >



    and this >



    I enjoy wearing both

    Unlike some I try not to judge people who buy expensive watches, the number of posts I have seen on here in the last 20 years dripping with inverse snobbery and barely disguised resentment has been an eye-opener at times.

    I don't care why someone buys a Breitling or a Rolex or a Hublot or a Jacob & Co etc - if they can afford and it gives them pleasure good luck to them

    We should have more horological live and let live 

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  9. IWC Ingenieur 322701

    A sad tale, I loved this watch, the textured dial, ridiculously high magnetic resistance, the heft of the case, the quality of build, the new in-house movement ... so why did it go?

    The bracelet kept coming undone, the clasp only had one catch and had the habit of popping open when the wrist was flexed to a certain position, I tried wearing it looser and wearing it tighter, made no difference. I concluded that a heavy watch with a badly designed bracelet catch was not a keeper. Of course it might be OK on a different wrist but it was no good for me.  



  10. 11 hours ago, Fitz666 said:

    I have had my Speedmaster day/date for about 8 years now and the time has been getting less accurate for a while, oh and the day inticator sticks.

    Time for a service. Appoitment booked with Martins of Glasgow. next week, might get it back by February....lol

    The service will cost slightly less than Omega, still more that my hydraulic bike lift though.

    Wish me luck!!

    I have three in at Rolex St James's - minimum £1800 - my 2022 budget blown already :sadwalk: 

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