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  • Birthday 04/05/1954

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  1. I have always thought that even if I won the lottery I wouldn't buy a Grand Seiko. I have no doubt that they are excellent quality watches but somehow the thought of spending multiple thousands on a Seiko doesn't gel with me. Watch snob? Moi?? Mais non, mon brave.
  2. Over the years I have had dozens (literally) of Seikos and always had five or six kept in the watch box. It's a brand that has always been interesting, reliable and affordable. The VW of the watch world, if you like. Unfortunately their quality control is not what it was and over the last five years or so the prices have risen quite dramatically and it's now quite common to see Seiko divers well over a grand - and I'm not talking Grand Seiko here either! This drive to push the brand upmarket has persuaded me to look elsewhere for my 'flip fix' and explore other marques - there are some very interesting micro brands that have appeared at reasonable prices that have started to attract my attention and I might well be changing the style of the collection over the forthcoming months.
  3. Both are quality pieces from respected brands, but have you considered depreciation? I stand to be corrected here but I rather think that if you should ever want to flip or trade the watch then the Tudor would lose less of its value than the Ball. Rob
  4. Don't worry - I'm sure he will be very pleased with it - I would be! Rob
  5. I rather suspect that it will be England. Unfortunately.....
  6. I've always had trouble with the winder/crown/thread on cheap watches. One Elysee, one Parnis, one Alpha and a couple of no-names all sit in the box with the same sort of issue. Rob
  7. Welcome to our world! That's pretty much how most of us got hooked I would imagine, and there's no need to spend thousands to compile an interesting collection, as you have shown here. That's quite a varied selection you've got there - I particularly like the Christopher Ward that is similar to one of the Tudors and the watch to the left of the Alpha 'planet ocean'. An Orient, perhaps? Rob
  8. Hi Karl. You'll spot a lot of familiar names. In truth things are not too different here but there are far fewer self-appointed moderators and a lot less vitriol. Which IMHO is a good thing. Rob
  9. Ah, Robti. You can consider yourself a proud member of the 8 inch club. This is considered XL or even XXL by watch strap manufacturers who often charge more for the bigger sizes. This is bad enough but even worse is the bracelet situation.... very often bracelets are resized down to 6.5 or 7 inches and the links go astray, or sometimes Japanese watches seem to braceleted for the much smaller Oriental wrists. You buy or trade in the watch and can find that you need 2 or 3 links to get it to fit. And then you find that these links are either unavailable or only available at a stupid, stupid price. I speak from bitter experience and caution you to ensure that the darn thing will fit you before you ever buy a watch fitted with a bracelet. Rob
  10. Here's my latest bike, which I bought about a year ago. The colour looks a bit 'washed out' in the picture - it's really much brighter. Despite Honda's legendary quality I've had a couple of issues. Firstly the famous Blackbird earth problems..... solved after much swearing and most recently the famous Blackbird oil cooler pipe problems...... solved after £360 worth of fitting and helicoiling work in the local bike shop.... However it's a fifteen year old bike so I should be grateful that the problems aren't too bad. In truth the damn thing frightens me when I am a bit over-enthusiastic with the right hand so I'm thinking of changing to something a little bit more 'sit-up straight' and a little less powerful. Possibly a Vstrom, but I do rather like the look of the Triumph Tiger 800. Rob
  11. Not truly the worst, but the most disappointing was the elderly Rolex Airking. This was my first ever Rolex and I naively expected something far better. The bracelet was absolute rubbish - the oyster bracelet on my Seiko 5 was better, Whilst it kept reasonable time (not COSC, but acceptable) and could no doubt have been bettered by a service I just wasn't impressed with the watch as a whole and quickly moved it on. I guess I'm the only person on the site who's lost money on a used Rolex!! Rob
  12. If you're picky you might find that plastic tubs and the like can make the light balance a little bit blue - easily corrected in PS or LR it's true, but not everyone has that level of software. However if you're not too picky then no problem. Rob
  13. Here's my recent acquisition 2001 Triumph Adventurer. Not the fastest, newest or shiniest but very comfortable to ride Rob
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