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  1. Stunning watch, and quite rare these days. I hunted for an Apnea full set for a long time but came up blank, but in my digging about I came across an even rarer model, the NZL-32. Back then they were the same sort of money, but the NZL has come up enormously since I sold mine.
  2. That dial is goosed Nigel, but otherwise a nice watch. I get these all the time but they always (always!) end up back on ebay, they just don't feel reliable enough to me the 7000 series models. Nice addition, but personally I would want a dial in much better condition. That one looks to be a combination of heat and humidity which has stained it.
  3. Nigel that was very much tongue in cheek, I was laughing with you rather than at you! Haha.
  4. Very common sadly... almost all from Ukraine or (90%) India. Utter crap pretending to be vintage SQ models. The worst of the bunch are the 'slim' branded ones... the range never even existed! I have lost count of how many I've reported, ebay don't care. Messaged sellers to be met with a mouthful of abuse. The thing to realise is that the "dealers" for these are very rarely watch dealers... Just profiteers who have seen these things going for a tenner shipped from India and think they can double up on them. Watch collectors should never ever be getting caught out with them (Nigel!), as it's basically "buyer beware". I have bought a couple through my secondary eBay account for no other reason than to leave negative feedback. Anything we can do to discourage the sale and distribution of these is a great thing.
  5. What a great looking watch. A little small for me, but it's a beautiful dress watch Nigel. As far as info... Nada. I've had two of the Dolce models but honestly I have never soaked up any useful nuggets of information that I could share, just what you've already said. The Tungsten Carbide case was a popular material to play with in the 1980's, not long before that Omega were experimenting with the "Hard Metal" ceramic type cases, and may well have produced models in this too, but it was their messing about that seemed to push the rest of the watch world to try new materials. Great catch.
  6. I have sold three 7t32-7C60 "Panda" models in the past year. One was spares/repairs (£80) and the other two fully working unrestored honest examples with original full length bracelets. One was boxed (£275) and one was loose (£220). I just don't see these as £300+ watches, whetever eBay sellers ask for them.
  7. Are you local to me LG? I've got in my head you're in the North West? Anyway don't buy a battery, I'll give you one. Cousins sell a pack of ten for about £3 (plus related postage) and I buy 100 at a time. I'll pop one in the post for you, or if you are around Bolton just come and get one. Kev P.S. the movement is probably going to be either a Miyota or (fingers crossed) a Ronda. The movement number will be stamped somewhere on it, worth just googling to find out which cell it takes. P.P.S. If you do decide to just order some yourself, stick with Renata. They are one of the best battery brands out there. Worth ordering a pack of 5 or 10 if you do a few battery swaps - 371, 377 and 364 are the three most common sizes so you'll likely use more in the future.
  8. I can't recall a single watch I have lusted after and then been disappointed with. Maybe the Seiko "Pogue", but that wasn't one I particularly desired, I just felt like it was an iconic model I should try. FUGLY though. I have similar experiences with customers though. The Speedmaster tops the list but the most surprising was at the Rolex place I worked at - a chap waited 6 years for a Daytona and then brought it straight back the day after! Weird story that one - the paperwork was already stamped and signed so we couldn't offer it to the next buyer on the list as a new watch, so we had to put it in the second-hand window. At the time RRP was £6100, but market value was around £7500. Trouble is, as a Rolex AD we weren't allowed to sell it above list! Broke my heart to let it go for RRP but that's what happened, it didn't last the day.
  9. Chris, as you suspected there is no way to alter the hands on this model other than remove the movement from the case and physically move them. The only way for the hour and minute hand to be out of sync is if the "watchmaker" (I suspect Timpsons or Debenhams given the mention of a ten year guarantee?) have removed the entire movement to change the battery. That is simply unnecessary - it's the easiest job in the world to take the back off, clean, remove the battery, insert a new one and seal the watch back up again... it's a ten minute job even for a watch bodger from one of the above establishments. My guess; they have taken out the movement (either intentionally or, more likely, accidentally by dropping it), placed it face down on a hard surface and changed the battery with pressure on the hands. This ten year warranty stuff is all well and good, but only if you've got someone proficient and reliable to carry out the battery change. I dread to think how much they charge, I offer a new battery for a fiver or a "battery for life" for a tenner. Find a decent local independent if you can Chris it'll save you money in the long run.
  10. At home I'm chewing through Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Nike founder). At work I'm halfway through The Bourne Enigma (about number ten or eleven in the series, but Ludlum pegged it years ago and Eric Van Lustbader is hit-and-miss at writing Bourne). I've shelved that for the week though because the other day I unearthed a first edition copy of One Shot by Lee Child. That was the only Reacher book I hadn't read because quite stupidly I watched the movie first. Glad I gave it a go because there are some huge alterations to the main story.
  11. I've had quite a bit of Henry Lloyd and Ralph Lauren stuff from mine which is certainly the read deal, but a few weeks ago I picked up a Ted Baker shirt (only £35) which looks like Stevie Wonder did the finishing on. When I took it back they said there was no chance whatsoever it could be fake, but often with the high end clobber it's either catalogue returns or end of line (last season) stuff. Could be mine was a wonky one from the catalogue, but I buy a lot of Ted Baker and I highly doubt one left the factory/sweat-shop like that. More likely someone bought a proper one from the catalogue and sent an iffy one back... no way to prove it though. They had a few of the classic B42 Flieger models in my local one too. The discounts looked healthy, but then I noticed the RRP had been quite vastly inflated. It still ended up to about 25% off if I recall. It wasn't long after the brand went into administration (since saved) so maybe a quick stock dump. The one on Middlebrook retail park currently has a couple of Frederique Constant models, including the limited edition auto which comes with a model Austin Healey rally car. Again, it's a silly price, they want about a grand for it after the discount.
  12. Cheers for the heads up but fake Seikos (Feiko's?) are becoming more prominent everywhere. I had been looking for a NEMO Turtle for a few months when a friend put me onto the "Wish" website. Obviously thye use mainly stock images but they look frighteningly real... and £55!! Not just those either, you name it and you can buy it... It's come to something when they are knocking out replica 7T92 chrono's!
  13. Pretty amazed at this. Rolex might have gained a bit of a bad rep amongst collectors but they look after their AD's with stuff like this, they wouldn't let them lose a sale over a link. I worked with the brand for a little while years ago and the only links they charged us for were the precious metal ones - gold and platinum. Those came at cost price, just shy of £200 let's say. More surprising were the buyers who weren't interested in taking their spares! More common with the older chaps, the ones who've wanted a Rolex for years and decided to splurge, but it happened with all sorts of buyers. Buy the watch, have it fitted, put it on and piss off without the box, paperwork or links! I sold a Daytona to England goalkeeper Joe Hart for his Mrs and he left everything - just took the watch loose! No complaints, those leftover links paid for the Christmas knees up most years.
  14. Thanks @Roger the Dodger but I'm absolutely skint for a while. Having a bloody awful time of it after a diamond faux-pas in the shop! That's a great example of a rare watch, but I've had a couple of those mustard yellow ones - it's the white one I have had real trouble tracking down!
  15. 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.
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