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  1. Good heads up. Weird stock item for TK Maxx, I didn't think they sold the T-Navigator auto in the UK, I've never seen it in an AD here, only on Joma and Creation. Good discount but it looks like that is about the going rate on it, they don't seem to have taken much market share away from the Couturier model unfortunately. Just be aware that while the 3-hander uses a tried and trusted ETA 2836 calibre, the chronograph runs the C01.211 movement. It's still an ETA in name but it was designed from the very old Lemania 5100 for use in Swatch watches and "appropriated" for some Tissot models to save having to fit the more expensive Valjoux 7750. It's a superb movement, my Couturier ran one and I believe the Seastar chrono's all run it too, but it's not a patch on the Valjoux. I'm not sure how you would go on with servicing, it's probably a throw-away module.
  2. It really isn't worth it. @Nigelp and myself have had serious problems with this stuff, it's honestly not worth the time and effort trying to find a running t32 to butcher to fix a none-running t32.
  3. It's not so much that Seiko "agreed" sadly. Anyone can arrange to buy movements in bulk from SeikoEpson. The danger therein is that people see "seiko" stamped into a movement and presume that the watch they are holding is of equivalent quality to a higher end Seiko when really it's probably closer to an entry level lorus.
  4. They are rubbish. I often end up stuck with them if I buy a job lot of Seiko stuff. Made in China but pushing the Japanese angle because they (sort of) use Seiko movements. Sadly the movements they use are the crap ones, usually reserved for lorus or alba, occasionally pulsar. They are dirt cheap, low quality and maybe others have had more luck but I literally struggle to give them away.
  5. That was a cracking buy, looked in really nice condition that one. If you need links I have a few spare for this bi-metal model (not sure I have any plain steel ones).
  6. Another look at a relatively obscure Seiko range today, the Executive Chronograph. This is a massively under-appreciated range of chronographs built to exceptional standards. They look amazing, they weigh a ton and they were (are) constructed using the very best materials, yet they never took off in the UK the way they should have done. There have been two generations of the Executive (coincidentally I have never heard the name of the range outside of the Seiko catalogue), and only the first gen made it to the UK. First issued in 2005, the Executive is a heavy (close to 200 grams with all the links fitted) dress chronograph. Immediately of course we have an oxymoron. Chrono's aren't dressy, they are traditionally big sporty lumps, generally designed for sports and racing. Still, Seiko went their own way with this one and touted it more as a dress watch with chronograph feature, and priced it way above the standard fare. When I worked in a Seiko shop in 2009 they stocked these, and while a basic 7t62 was around the £160-£180 price point these were in a league of their own, retailing at almost double. Only two watches in this early range, both model 7t62-0EW0 SNA525. Stainless steel case and bracelet. Sapphire Crystal glass. Black dial with silver Roman Numerals and thick silver minute tracks around the deeply recessed sub-dials. SNA526. Steel case and bracelet with gold tracks in the bracelet and gold ring around the bezel. Sapphire Crystal glass. Silver dial, heavily textured. As above but gold details rather than silver. Identical dimensions, they are heavy watches and look imposing on the wrist too, with a case diameter of 42mm, stretching to 46mm when taking into account the chunky tapered crown, and sitting 10mm deep. The bracelets are not joined directly to the case, instead being pinned to a slightly longer hinged section allowing the watch to sit flat even on a large wrist. Bracelet links are not folded steel or hollow metal, instead they are solid steel, drilled for a split-pin. They look, feel and are top quality for the time. As mentioned, the glass is scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal. (although check out my black one - scratched over the 4 numeral... don't ask!). In short, with an RRP of £299 in steel and £325 in bi-metal this was a lot of watch for the money. Better still, you can find them second hand for under £100 all day long! Sadly they weren't a "best seller" over here in the UK, so while they were made from 2005 to 2009, the range was then pulled and we weren't treated to the even better second generation.... The second gen is much harder to come by, again they weren't cheap new and they were import only. As much as I hate to say it, there are a lot of more tempting choices with £300 to spend on a foreign market Seiko. This time there were four watches in the range, released in 2010 and (I believe) discontinued two years later. All bracelet models as far as I can tell, though the 21mm lugs allow a strap to be fitted as with mine. They were; SNAE29 - Steel case. Sapphire glass. Textured silver dial. Glossy black Roman numerals. Recessed sub-dials. SNAE31 - Steel case. Sapphire glass. Textured black dial. Polished steel Roman numerals. Recessed sub-dials. SNAE32 - Steel case with gold bezel. Sapphire glass. Textured silver dial. Polished gold Roman numerals. Recessed sub-dials. SNAE51 - Steel case. Sapphire glass. Textured brown/burgundy dial. Polished steel Roman numerals. Recessed sub-dials. Now, it's only after stumbling across that '51 model on WatchSleuth that I knew it existed, it had totally eluded me until then! Not only that, there are a couple of "Old Stock" models still available from Amazon (£200-ish). The watch has very similar dimensions to the original range, with a 42.5mm case diameter and the same 46mm total width. The bracelet is a nice change, with a 7 bar "gate" style instead of the heavier 5 bar from the original. Once again it's a solid steel piece, and again the model uses a Sapphire glass (watchsleuth have it wrong, stating Hardlex). Sadly, because this range didn't make it to the UK I can't quote RRP, but a couple of the import sites have it at £260-ish, so it appears to be a step below the first gen. All in all this is an affordable but undeniably high end Seiko chronograph. They make a perfect "go-to" for any occasion and on the second hand market they won't break the bank. Six watches make up the "set" and with patience, I think you could build the entire collection for £500, the price of a low-end Swiss alternative. Here are some pictures of my three (both first gen models and the SNAE29), and stock images of the remainder.
  7. It changes daily, but the "Pink" version of the Greatest Showman song (I don't know what it's called...sorry). Heart Radio play it 16 times a day. I was forced into watching the above movie and despite wanting to hate it I really enjoyed it, Hugh Jackman knows his way around a musical (His Les Miserables was an exceptional version too). However the following album of songs by obnoxious famous tw@s, which that Pink song was taken from, was just appalling to the point of being offensive to my ears.
  8. Not bad, I reckon 150 is a bargain for a rare 7t32 calibre myself. I'm selling my auto relay on there which was the very top of the line model... so far, nothing but time wasters...
  9. Is that white one the "spares or repair" listing from ebay about 3 weeks back? I wanted that one so badly but was terrified I was bidding on a knackered paper-weight!
  10. No idea Nigel, but the only watch I have ever had with discolouration like that was a brass one. It was very cool the way it "degraded" into a weathered looking case. I've had lots of gold plated, lots of gold PVD and a few solid gold watches - none have done that, certainly no Seiko.
  11. Well, this was an interesting read on Hodinkee - Omega have successfully trialed a new 15,000m dive watch, the UltraDeep. Ambiently tested to 15,000m and actually taken to a depth of almost 11,000m this is the deepest registered dive for any wristwatch in history. Check out the Omega website for the specs, but the watch is absolutely bonkers at over an inch thick. https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/omega-seamaster-planet-ocean-ultra-deep-professional-deepest-diving-watch Totally useless in the real world, hence being a prototype made just to show that Omega can "keep up with the Joneses" as it were, but if it rolls into production I am going to be at the front of the queue!! It looks amazing!
  12. Nice watch Scott, I've had the Tabarly before - they used to be pretty much the entry level Breitling, along with the "Shark" quartz. To weigh in on the "scarce v's rare" argument, as @Nigelp pointed out I use the word "RARE" on a good few of my eBay listings whether they are rare, uncommon, lesser seen or just an unusual variant of a common watch. I do try to justify that in my descriptions, giving rough production dates (only made for a couple of years for example) and trying to give details of other watches in the range, i.e. the 7t32-7F70 which came in three colours with black the most common, blue with silver subs not far behind and the yellow dial the least common of the three. They were very popular chronographs but I'll still call them rare now. No justification needed, but it's silly not to optimise the letter count to maximise sales, and RARE doesn't take up much space. Also, who searches "uncommon Seiko" when they are browsing? Maybe someone, but not me. "Rare Seiko" is another story, I google that pretty much daily and turn up gems on a very very regular basis. I'm not bothered that half the stuff isn't truly rare, I'm happy to skip through the rubbish to find the gems... I'm very happy if no-one else is.
  13. Bugger, I sold my all steel one a few weeks back, I suspect I sent any spare links with it. Just on the off-chance, what's the width please bud? Full link width and the width of the centre section (both gold tracks plus the centre bar). It's a slim hope, and even if I have one it'll be the all steel one, but I don't see much other chance of you finding a spare bi-metal for such an unusual watch.
  14. Hmmmm, funnily enough I wrote a review here... I would happily be using it but most of mine are big chunky sports watches, this is only really suitable for slim ones. Perfect for a vintage collection or a dress collection but rubbish for my sports chronographs that sit about half an inch high. I wasn't kidding, it's for sale. Ignore everything I said - it's actually a very very good watch box.
  15. Honestly I've no idea, it seems to vary from sale to sale. I usually leave myself 20% again and that won't be far off. I bought an Alpina from there (priced in USD) which shipped from Germany, so I presume the watches are sourced worldwide. EDIT! Nope, it was Jura that I bought the Alpina through, not Joma.
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