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  1. On 14/04/2012 at 19:16, JoT said:

    Left school and drifted doing jobs such as window cleaning, sewer labourer, chemical plant floor cleaning. Joined the fire brigade and after a couple of years the damn strike happened which coincided with me getting married and buying a house. Resigned as a full time fireman and went retained (part time) and got a job at Boulby Potash mine, did a number of jobs in geology and mining, learnt to operate Eimco 915 Load-Haul-Dump machine, Joy RU-15 cutter, Secoma and Eimco rock bolters and face drills. Got a staff job in the geology department after one of the lads was killed which meant I worked days and only had to go underground for 5 hours a day. Started studying with the Open University in the days when you had to stay up late to watch a bearded guy in a sweater on TV. Got my OU degree and went to another university full-time. Graduated and worked on the deep gold mines in South Africa for a couple of years, then had a go at exploration in the African bush, got bored and went back to my mining roots and got an operations manager job at a small gold mine in Zimbabwe. Went from that to a business development role with a large company working on copper and zinc projects in Africa and some work in Kazakhstan. Then went coal mining in South Africa as operations manager for two underground collieries and three opencast coal mines. Did a couple of financial diplomas and also qualified as a Chartered Engineer. Back to the UK after 12 years or so in Africa worked for an industrial minerals group as MD of their Scottish company, then moved into business development in East Europe, former Soviet Union countries and western Asia and then as an operations director in the UK responsible for production at 7 sites and engineering for all 13 sites. Was offered job in mining investment which I am doing now. All in all an interesting working life for the most part during tough times in the mining industry and earning poor money, with the exception of the last 7 years which have been a boom time with the growth of China and other Asian economies.


    Potash Mine 1978


    Gold mine 1990


    African bush 1992


    Zimbabwe gold mine 1994


    Kazakhstan late 1990's


    Gold mine in South America a couple of years ago


    Time for a thread resurrection - Over 40 years in mining still working although Covid makes things difficult, left the investment company after more travails in South America and Africa, after a spell with an Australian company have been involved with several junior mining companies in north America with projects in the Americas.

    Gold South America




    Working on converting this US real estate into a mine




    Gold in Canada




    Older and non the wiser :laughing2dw:


  2. On 01/07/2020 at 18:13, JoT said:

    The Weights and Measures of England by R.D. Connor

    Surprisingly interesting - didn't know that grains of barley were so important in the history of measurement of weight and length!


    This has been really interesting so far, a lot more respect for traditional measures and the logic behind them, reading about the rod/perch/pole and the acre. Lots of local variations in Anglo Saxon times

  3. 14 minutes ago, Roger said:

    Me too!!

    Also think 30 minute and 60 minute chronographs are far less useful than a 12H.

    Also agree with the OP about extended date windows.


    Even big names do it, this Zenith El Primero has 30 minute register subdial and continuous seconds subdial with a big chunk bitten out of them by the 12 hour register subdial. Function has been compromised by form


  4. This arrived today, bespoke lamp made from a Noble firefighting branch from the 1970's. The branch has been polished and repainted and set on a block of pine which has been wire brushed and then burnt with a blow-torch, nice finishing touches include red felt under the base, red twin cord wire. As a bonus it has got the seal of approval from rolexgirl :laugh:

    Nice practical addition to my small collection of fire service memorabilia, seen here in its temporary spot (maybe permanent) in my home office


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  5. If it is the same as mine you will need a small watchmaker's screwdriver

    Try a screw, if they are tight don't force it, run the bracelet under hot water or use a hair dryer and try again

    Be careful you don't slip with the screwdriver and scratch the polished edge

    If the pin screws out easily it's a 5 minute job

    If you are taking out an odd number you will need to decide which side to take the most from, personally I always take more out of the 6 side

    When you put the screws back in make sure they screw in easily, if not you might be in danger of crossing the thread

    Don't overtighten


    Good luck!

    A slotted watch bracelet block would help keep it in position while you tinker

    Just an explanation about the hair dryer, there's a bit of loctite or similar on the thread and warming softens it

  6. I have 20+ watches and no watch winder, I wind manually when I need to and if a watch hasn't been worn for a few weeks I give it a wind or shake and let it run for a while.

    Some argue that a winder allows them to grab and go, it takes me about 30 to 90 seconds to wind and set a watch, I am never in that much of a hurry I can't afford that time.

    Does a watch winder wear a watch movement, I suppose it must do, the movement is running after all, but I suspect the effects are negligible so as to not be of any consequence. So my view is if you are happy to have your Seamaster tumbling away on a winder carry on!



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  7. On 22/06/2020 at 08:57, johnny3star said:

    Thanks for your suggestion, I’ll add the brand to my ‘possibles’ list which is expanding.

    From my research so far, I’m astonished how many 24 hr’ watches are available.

    As for budget, I’m still undecided whether to get an ‘occasional use cheapy’ or push the boat out for something like a Glycine?

    @johnny3star Glycine true-24 hour watches have good heritage

    Here's my 40mm "vintage" from the current lineup



    And there's always a Vostok


  8. 5 hours ago, Jason89 said:

    Thanks for all the replies, I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered the Caribbean dial version. As much as I like the other versions I think they are possibly a little too vibrant for me. Now I have to play the waiting game until it arrives! 

    The Caribbean blue is really nice, good choice


  9. 6 hours ago, Roger the Dodger said:

    Changing a cracked pane of laminated glass in my garage rear door. It's been cracked for nearly 15 years...just got round to fixing it. :laughing2dw:

    Retirement isn't good for you - looking for things to do indeed!

    I finished decorating the bedroom, even though I say it myself, made a pretty good job of it, better than the decorator that did it last time.

    Now I am dismantling a 25 year old wall mounted storage heater (yes, I am all electric), hardly ever use it and it takes up a lot of room. I have a big pile of bricks in the lounge now :laugh: 

    Not sure what to replace it with, a radiator or a convector :hmmm9uh:

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  10. 3 minutes ago, Rotundus said:

    yeah - looks rubbish :thumbsup:

    so what difference does the 'T' make ??? :hmmm9uh:

    The Sub300 was a "vintage" lookalike, It's a couple of mm smaller and thinner, there's a domed crystal to make it look like plexiglass and I think the 300T has a 1200m water resistance

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