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  1. All quartz - that one is the bog standard 7n42 calibre. Great movements, but just a three hand analogue, no bells or whistles.
  2. I thought about selling all my watches to spend time at home with the kids. What do you prefer; watches or family? Same thing and directly related, I presume... I thought about selling a pretty rare Seiko recently to take the family away. What do you prefer; watches or holidays? Using your logic it is, again, exactly the same thing. Sorry Nigel. I hate being pedantic but try joining a car forum and telling everyone how much better watches are than cars. Or joining a truck forum and telling everyone how good caravans are. Or a steak forum and telling everyone how good it is to eat vegetarian. It's fricking ridiculous, and while cars are absolutely a valid topic for discussion and a massively popular topic on a "blokey" forum, it's quite insulting to suggest that they are more popular that watches on a watch forum. You're an intelligent chap, you sure my must see that?????? I am getting myself wound up now so I'm gonna log off but am I alone in this opinion? This isn't a car forum... as much as Nigel wants it to be.
  3. No, he's been voted the Manchester United fans "players player" of the season, probably because he finally went a year without injury. even so, means slightly less than fk all in this United squad sadly, I would struggle to pick a player scoring in the top half of the premier league. I wouldn't trust most of this United squad to tie their own shoelaces, Let alone vote for player of the season. :D :D :D
  4. Who is going to go? They should get some decent money for Pogba, and he simply HAS to go - his work rate in that Cardiff game was shocking, even as a City fan I was cursing him. Quite a lot more players are going to get their marching orders too, sadly. Seems a shame that such giants can fall so quickly. I still stand by the fact United had/have a great squad but they were totally ruined by Mourinho and his very negative tactics. MU have always been an attacking side, it's criminal to see them sit back and defend and it looked like Ole was the man to turn that back around. Unless there is another miracle "class of 90" coming through the youth squad, I think MUFC will be pretty tame opposition for two or three seasons.
  5. You don't ever have to apologise to me Nigel. By the way, which do you prefer; vital organs or watches? I suspect hearts and brains and kidneys might "win" that one as well. Now then... Cats, or cheese? By the way which side of Colwyn are you? I'm visiting my auntie in a few weeks, she's about a two minute walk from The Marine pub/hotel.
  6. We all have a favourite brand, and I know that a good many of us focus on specific names with our buying. Personally, I'll try anything once (twice on Sundays) but I always have been and probably always will be drawn to Seiko watches. Over the last 15-odd years of buying Seiko watches there isn't much I haven't seen, but there are maybe half a dozen ranges which frankly are a collection all by themselves, a collector could quite happily spend years trying to track them all down. The Great Blue. One of my favourites. Not a lot is known about this series to tell the truth but it's a very short lived range from the early 2000's which flew right under the radar for years before recently gaining traction with the quartz collectors. I have had examples from 2001 and 2002 and nothing either side, so it appears to have been a 12 month run then axed. The USP of this range was the holographic dial which looked like you were looking into water. it has a shimmery texture and a "depth" to it which is absolutely beautiful, I don't know how they did it or why it has never been copied because it is completely captivating. What throws many people though is the fact they aren't all blue... The vast majority do seem to be blue, but maybe a quarter of the ones I have seen have had an opalescent white dial instead. The white have the same holographic texture but I really don't see the connection. Given the timing of this range they cross over quite a few movements. The chronograph models for example caught the very end of the 7T32 "5 button chrono" production so there is one of those in the range, then as the 7t32 was phased out, the 7t62 took its place and there is one of those in the range too. I'm happy to report it's not a dial out of the parts-bin squashed onto the new movement as so often is the case, but a total redesign. While producing both of those, Seiko also launched a 7t92 calibre version (no alarm) in a couple of different case designs, including a snazzy TV case model. Of course as the Auto Relay technology was brand new and exciting, they produced a Kinetic Auto Relay model (both colours) plus a couple of classic three-hand analogue versions (a 7N42 which is the simplest movement but maybe the best looking watch, and a Perpetual Calendar model with the 8F32 calibre). To cap it all, the Great Blue became the release model for the 8F56 calibre, a Perpetual Calendar quartz with GMT function! Seiko were getting carried away with themselves... I am assuming that prices for The Great Blue back in 2001 must have been pretty steep, partly because the range appears to have sold very badly (or else they would have been rolled out for longer than a year) and partly because, looking at the movements these were all released with the cutting edge technology of the time. These days you're lucky to find one at all, but given how scarce they are they are not phenomenally priced. They are creeping though - they make up a very rare, very interesting collection which fit into a collection of any value. I don't have images of all the ones I've owned as Photobucked chewed them all up, but here are some from various places around the web. No copyright infringement intended here, these are some of the best images I could find from the public domain of Google Images. If you do find any of these they are well worth picking up. Apart from the dial they are no different to the basic quartz watches of the time but as a set these are just going to climb and climb in value.
  7. I think that you desperately want that to be the case Nigel, but at the end of the day it's still a watch forum. I like you very much Nige but you're sounding like a stuck record now. Still, at least the car ***** stuff isn't spilling over into Watch Talk these days so small mercies. Are the two topics really that comparable anyway? I mean, what do we like best, our watches or our houses? Probably houses...the two aren't the same category though.
  8. Interesting fact; I am a member of four or five watch forums and no car forums. Yes I love my cars but that's just for me, I don't feel the need to read up, learn, help others - I'm happy just to drive them. To be honest I am getting less and less enjoyment from driving now, too many idiots on the roads and ridiculously overcrowded. I see my car the same way I see my phone - a necessary tool. If I can get away with catching the train now then I leave the car at home (I'll drive the few miles to Bolton or Wigan, but not to Manchester. Cheaper and quicker on the train). I bought a Merc C180 a couple of weeks ago for less than a grand and it's fitting the bill nicely.
  9. I list watches with the exact wrist size and state whether it has and spare links. I'll also try and help with sizing the watch before posting. There are some pretty unscrupulous sellers will sell off as many spare links as they can and then sell a tiny watch - there's a citizen dealer on eBay I've noticed doing that. If I get a watch with an enormous bracelet I might save a link for a rainy day, but generally speaking there is no point separating anything that should come with the watch.
  10. More Seiko watches than I can count. I hate the Pogue so pretty much anytime I was offered one (and there was a time they were everywhere) I politely but firmly declined. Pocket money prices too, certainly under 100 quid. Ditto for most of the 60's and 70's automatics - Helmet cases, original Speedtimers - basically anything that wasn't a Bullhead which I do quite like. In the shop, lots of stuff. I've said no to. Memorably, a Rolex Oysterquartz and some very early Omega 33.3 calibre chronographs which weren't functioning - I didn't want to get burned with multi-thousand pound repair bills, last time I sent an OQ to Rolex it was £1400 with all the "extras" they found needed doing. Thieves. Biggest regret was perhaps not taking a "wear watch" when I worked at a Rolex AD ten or so years ago. The owner encouraged me to choose any watch at cost price to pay off monthly out of my salary, but I declined (wedding and honeymoon to pay for, I'd already spent £3k on rings). Anyway at the time I was half tempted by the green Milgauss which was brand new out, as was the Submariner LV. Both of those retailed just over the £4,000 mark and I could have had for £2500-ish. Life choices. I also missed out on a NOS Seiko Caesar from Timepiece (the watch battery kiosk place). They aren't Seiko dealers but used to use a firm who imported grey market watches, so not UK pieces more the stuff you see on Creation and Skywatches. When it sold I did ask the owner about another but he said the Caesar had been there for years and the supplier had long sold out. He did, however, produce a NOS Seiko BFK in yellow! That time I didn't hang about.
  11. Haaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha. Oh my, you're serious. I have bought at least a dozen watches in the last month (and sold some too - space is still limited). If you see one you like just buy it. eBay will always be there to shift it again if the 710 gets on one.
  12. Afternoon DM. You need to post this in the WTB sub-forum, which you might not have access to yet. I know the sale forum requires 50 posts, so I presume wanted ad's are the same. Regards. Kev
  13. I'm not sure. What is the RRP of the watch? If it's a good deal I may be tempted at that sort of price point. However if it's a ridiculously good deal then I would pass (backwards, I know). Usually silly low ebay prices are too good to be true. Personally I'll only buy new watches on eBay from watch sellers. I wouldn't even consider that one as watches appear to be a side-line for someone who deals in electrical dead-stock. Yep, that. However this individual is quite clearly a business seller. Maybe even with more than one account to keep volume looking low. They have multiples of items and most is new so they should 100% be registered as a business and I would feel quite safe buying from them. Except I wouldn't buy a watch from them. If the worst happened (knackered or fake), then even if eBay weren't interested in hearing about their trading habits, the tax man surely would.
  14. Honour is he just a watch battery kiosk or a proper shop? They are not very difficult to obtain... I can order one now and have it in my hand by 9 o'clock tomorrow morning. Although, as for the second part I've highlighted, I do carry almost all of them in stock. Seiko charge £100 for a capacitor upgrade, I charge £30 as I have dozens of kinetic collectors as customers. Great thread as always, but I feel the urge to add a bit, I hope it's not taken as a thread-hijack. You say this was "apparently" called the Arctura. Well yes, it was, but it was the first generation (of three). The later models weren't any less part of the Arctura range so no confusion necessary - just that this was the earliest incarnation. While the Arctura was popular, originally touted as a skiing and sports watch, it never quite reached the audience of the Sportura and Velatura (aimed at racing and yachting/watersports enthusiasts respectively). The dimensions were a bit on the small side to make it hugely popular in the Western markets as the back end of the 90's saw the growth in popularity of "dinner plates", where 44mm diameters became the norm and 36mm dress watches were "ladies size". . Coupled with that, the rubber straps with the steel armour plating were notoriously poor quality and expensive to replace. Annoyingly, Seiko sold out of rubber replacements in the mid 2000's and have never produced more, which is why original strap models command so much money and most second hand ones you see have been transferred to leather. What went in its favour was the technology it inspired. This humble little 3m22 powered sports watch was the inspiration behind the development of the 9T82 calibre - the words first kinetic chronograph. The watch was phenomenally expensive, launched under the SLQ model reference, and while model number SLQ001 actually went to a limited edition Sportura, the Arctura SLQ003 was the first commercially available kinetic chronograph. It's worth a read up on google but the 9T82 was yet another immense breakthrough for Seiko in quartz technology, and yet there are hardly any surviving - It's so rare that even I haven't had one. Here's a stock image. This is the watch that shaped the Arctura line for the next decade; Following on from this the Arctura took a bit of a back-seat for a few years while Seiko messed about with the kinetic Auto-Relay technology, but alongside that other forgotten breakthrough they had developed a much more advanced version of the 9T82 with a longer power reserve; the 7L22. This has become an iconic looking Seiko watch, with a huge display but almost all for the chronograph display - the time is tucked away on the 6 o'clock sub-dial. The centre hand is the chrono second counter and there is a cool looking retrograde dial at the 2 position to time 45 minutes. It became the "go-to" sports chronograph, but with a much more appealing price tag (£449 for the all steel version). Of course they have "borrowed" the 7L22 for other watches since (it has been in a Seiko Premier, a Coutura, a couple of Sporturas and even a few plain Seiko models not tied to a specific range) but this is the definitive Arctura model. Released in 2004 and produced for about 4 years, these were the SNL models. Again, a stock image of the SNL001; Of course the range ran its course and once again they "rested" the Arctura name (pulled it coz' it wasn't selling!) but then in about 2010 they redesigned the case in a much chunkier style, with thicker bracelet and in my opinion a more legible dial. These kicked off where the second generation left, using the same movement and dial layout, starting at SNL055. Once again, stock image; While the enormous chronographs are what the Arctura became known for they did present some more sedate offerings, such as a classic 3 hand kinetic analogue (SKA255) aimed more towards the divers market, with the third-gen 5M62 calibre movement, and even an absolutely stunning GMT version of the same watch with the rarely seen 5M65 calibre, (SUN001 & SUN003).
  15. My apologies, I always just assume members are UK based, I should have looked. I think it's unlikely you'll find much advice on here, we only have a handful of US members, it's primarily a UK based watch forum. WatchUSeek (WUS) might be a good place to ask.
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