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  • Birthday 15/01/1952

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  1. I still have mine, which I bought in 2016 from here courtesy of Royalwitcheese. Excellent watch, and one of my most accurate at +2 secs/week.
  2. That's what the lower crown is for - unlike the winding crown it's not a screw down one, so any slight movement of that crown against the wrist will cause the inner compass ring to move slightly. It's not a bug, it's a feature!
  3. For the past few years, my watch collection has remained static. It numbered five – two Breitlings (Shark & SO autos), a Sinn 856, Damasko DA36 and a Speedbird III. They seemed an elegant sufficiency, fulfilling all my horological needs. I didn’t want for any more, nor was I tempted to flip. Then, last September, I managed to bag the last Bulova Military UHF in stock at Argos Kingston for £57 in their clearance sale. It was an impulse buy, having seen the “heads up” thread that very morning . At that price, how could I resist? It remains my only quartz watch, but is phenomenally accurate having gained just 1 second in the 3 months up to Christmas. All well & good. No more incomings planned. That was until the Saturday before last. What happened? Quite by accident I happened across a report suggesting that Seiko were discontinuing their SARB line amongst others. Now I had always had a vague hankering for the 017 Alpinist, but never a strong enough reason to commit. All my watches have black dials, but green is my favourite colour, and I’ll never own an LV… Out of mild curiosity, I monitored sales of the two main “Irish” based sellers’ on eBay during the course of that evening. They were both still showing “more than 10 available”, when I turned in at 11:30pm, but the number each had sold that day was getting on for 100. Clearly the news had got around fast. Next morning, I looked again. With some alarm, I discovered that the first of the “Irish” sellers had now completely sold out. The second had just 7 left… I hit the BIN button. Well, it seems I got in just in time. Since then, although their stock has been replenished, the price has been going up and up (although there’s been some stabilisation over the last day or so). I decided to order a Strapcode Angus Jubilee bracelet with submariner clasp to replace the stock strap of ill-repute. The watch arrived yesterday – stunning! The bracelet, today – superb! Together, a truly wonderful combination. No regrets. If you're wavering, don't. Bag one now while you still can!
  4. We all need a bit of festive bling. Have a cool Yule, everyone.
  5. Just received some straps from Andy (Iceblue). Thought it might look good on the orange.
  6. I bought mine on the bracelet - it's superb quality Then I got the Pro 2 rubber strap for it Wore it on that for just 1 day, then swapped it back for the bracelet which has remained on it ever since.
  7. Many happy returns Mach. I'd have given you this for your birthday as I know how much you like them, but sadly I sold it years ago... Have a good one!
  8. I've just got back from Kingston-on-Thames, where I managed to get what must have been the last one (just checked and there are none left in stock there now). Great watch, excellent value. Many thanks for the heads up.
  9. I have a black-dialled A17360 with the skeletonised indices which dates from 2008. It was the last iteration of the Superocean before the Mk2 (rubberised bezel) version came out in 2010. I can confirm that the 12, 9, 6 indices are not lumed and, like yourself, would have preferred it if they were. However, I do find the overall dial layout is less cluttered than the previous version with the all-lumed indices, because the minute markers have been moved from the dial onto the chapter ring, replacing the rather superfluous 2.5 minute markers that were there. I also prefer the handset on this version. If you do want the all-lumed version, then I would go for the previous transitional model shown in ONG's post. There are a couple of subtle differences/improvements over the earlier one shown in mcb2007's post which I think makes it the more desirable - namely the arrow-tipped second hand, a less-cluttered chapter ring, and the slightly wider, less tapered, minute/hour hands which accommodate more lume.
  10. My best - and only - purchase of 2016
  11. My last 3 watches, in order last acquired: All were bought from this forum.
  12. You want one of these Easily within your budget when I bought mine S/H from this forum in 2006. It could still be now - if you are prepared to wait, and can find one.
  13. A new arrival, just in this morning. It's still on a black Condor aviator, which suits it very well. I'll try it out on the bracelet tomorrow, and also see what it can do for my DA36.
  14. Gotta have a bit of bling at Christmas!
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