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Everything posted by kevkojak

  1. Not bad, but 70 quid goes a long way in Seiko Chronographs. Is this a 7t32-7c60 model? Probably not actually because I don't think any of those ones had text on the bezel. Worth googling that one though, they made about 8 variations of that model and it's a pretty fun one to "collect the set". Hardest to get these days are the black and white "panda" and the metallic blue dial with red sub-dials (very scarce). There is also a plain pale blue model, a bi-metal (similar to the one you've posted but solid sub-dials rather than just ringed in gold), an all silver one, an all black one... a couple more that I can't recall. Still a funny market. I've just bought one of the above Panda dials for under 100 quid - they had been doing double that until recently. I've also got a rare 200m rated 7t32 model which I've had up on ebay for about 6 months with no interest at £99. Insane, I remember those fetching close to £300! I certainly paid more than a ton for it. Perhaps the 7t32 bubble has burst.
  2. Simple answer; Yes. The "SQ" range was pretty much their flagship throughout the 1980's while quartz technology was still new and exciting (and valuable...). The 7T32 calibre was rolled out in about 1990 and ceased production in 2002 (when the three button 7T62 movement took over). For the early years, certainly until 1995/6 they were still proudly branding their quartz range with the SQ badge, but obviously the 1990's was when the churning started, and by the time you could pick up a cheap Casio or Timex for twenty quid it seemed a bit silly to have to announce the fact that this is a "Seiko Quartz" and something to aspire to. So yes, a good number of early 7t32 models, say 1991 to 1995, have the SQ badge. It varies from country to country though, I've bought a lot from America where almost none bear the SQ logo and from Japan where almost all do. Here's my fave 7t32 calibre SQ100. It's rare as rocking horse poo and probably one to include in your "weird Seiko" thread @Nigelp. Released in about 1992 if I recall, with a nice pale orange dial. Original ones are out there, but on a lot of the American ones I've seen the dial has faded to a Salmon pink, I guess due to the sun?
  3. Gucci watches (sorry, I meant Gucci watches - you have to whisper that name on here) are cracking second hand buys IMO. I've had a Pantheon automatic chrono for £500 (rrp close to 2 grand!) which was an absolute pleasure to own. On the quartz front I've had the 111m and the 5500m, both exceptional watches for a couple of hundred notes. More recently I flipped my "Gucci Dive". A little bit underwhelmed with that one for what I paid, it felt a bit rattly and cheaply made, I actually pegged it as a fake but it wasn't - that shows the quality I think. Not to say I wouldn't have another one, but not a quartz.
  4. Right now with 500 notes to burn I would buy either the Seiko Dawn Grey or Nemo turtle. Both limited editions, both pretty much sold out and both should hold their value nicely. Mind you, that's just me. Sensible bet would be a nice second hand Oris, Longines, Hamilton or Tag. Any of those four manufacturers have good value watches in your price range, and second hand they tend to drop a ton of value early (12 months old) then level out so you shouldn't be taking a bath when it comes time to flip.
  5. A Levante Slow Hand - one of a very very few true 24 hour Seiko movements. Class! I'm jealous.
  6. kevkojak


    When I was at school, bubble gum was the order of the day. The classic go-to were strawberry Jawbreakers (15p a pack) and Eye Poppers (10p a pack). Those eye poppers were the most sour, face-twisting things I've ever come across, so of course we bought them by the schoolbag load. Here's a bit of a challenge - same era (mid 1990's, so only a quarter of a century ago...) there was another of these weird fads in bubble gum. They were the same as Jawbreakers but they came in a black packet. 5 balls of gum, all hollow of course, but four were fruit flavoured and the fifth was packed full of pepper or chilli powder or some such thing. They might have been called Shockers, certainly something similar to that. Can anyone else remember them?? Elsewhere in the tuck shop was the daily struggle between a Mars bar at 25p or a Snicker at at eye-watering 27p! That 2 pence difference for those of us on a 50p budget meant a can of coke at 25p, or a couple of "Kwenchy Kups" at ten pence each.
  7. Do it! The SMP is about as good as it gets for a "do everything" watch, but as good as they are, they ain't rare. Worst case scenario, you sell it then have a bit of buyers remorse and take a bath for a couple of hundred quid when you decide to replace it with another one. Best case scenario, you find an absolute treasure while shopping around with the money from the SMP, which you might not have tried otherwise.
  8. I did start a Great Blue collection @Roger the Dodger but it was ill-fated, I found about three and stalled. So I sold them. Then I found three more for sale. I've never been good at "collection collecting". In an ideal world with bottomless pockets I'd have a full set of these, along with the Age of Discovery line. I've got an Auto Relay version (white dial). Bought as a project on ebay but all I did was fix it up and relist it, really no point getting started on that again!
  9. I would buy; *insert generic Rolex, Insert generic Omega, insert "left field" but ultimately quite boring third choice* Interesting thread. What if you had £1,000,000 to spend? And now £10,000,000 to spend? I'm very interested. It's interesting. Sorry, I'll remove my facetious head and play nicely. I dunno, it probably changes daily. Breitling Avenger II Seawolf (yellow). I quite like the new Omega PO "Big Blue", so one of those. The new Omega Railmaster, I'm not hating that so yeah chuck it in the bag. Not the "denim inspired" one though - that can die a slow, painful death. Have I spent up? Sorry, I don't take these very seriously.
  10. Seiko Streamline, Nigel. North American market. It was a pretty unpopular range in the mid 2000's, running either the 7t62 chronograph or the 5M62 kinetic. I've had quite a few of these, but oddly I've never found a "good" one of the big triangle shaped kinetics - the glass is always knackered! Here you go pal;
  11. Dagaz do a superb mod-kit for the Seiko 007 that turns it into a decent looking Planet Ocean knock-off. It's not a route I've explored much (modding watches) but that's probably what I would do if I was after a Planet-Ocean-A-Like.
  12. Nowt wrong with a bit of Bling chaps. A few years back Omega knocked out a Planet Ocean (the Orange Mechanique) with a black mother-of-pearl dial and an orange sapphire bezel. It's a gents watch (no, really, it is!) but maybe just for "Sunday Best". Sadly it cost about a bazillion pounds and my budget was only half a bazillion pounds, so a no-go. Edit - just a quick look on Chrono24 shows one for 95,000 Swedish Kroner - about £8,000. To be absolutely fair I think that's a bit of a bargain, if the taxman hadn't taken all my dough I would be all over that one.
  13. I'll probably buy the Hulk one - just because it's Marvel. Sad eh? I never thought I would say this, but the Invicta ones look better. Ok maybe not better, but more suited to the comic book theme - they are way more "out there".
  14. I would run a mile from another Proximity. I bought one of the first generation black and green models last year second hand, downloaded all the App nonsense to my Android phone and it still wouldn't work. A lot of digging showed that the Proximity tech has a limited shelf life - the model I bought was compatible ONLY with the i-Phone 4 and 4S. Nothing else. If it was a dedicated Smart-Watch like a Samsung Gear or something then I wouldn't be bothered, but as a watch fan I don't really expect my tech to have such a limited shelf life. Of course the watch worked perfectly well as "just a watch", but it seems silly to have one that can't make full use of its functions. They may well have sorted that now, but I would be very careful to check compatibility before purchase.
  15. Oris today. Not my usual cup of tea, I've tried the Pointer Date before with no joy, but the hands on this one turned my head!
  16. What is this "customs" you speak of?? Joking apart I suppose it depends on the watch. There are loads of Seiko and Citizen models that they get over there which we just don't see in the UK, so in that case it'll be well worth buying "in the flesh" to avoid astronomical import fees and postage. Same for Victorinox, which is a brand I've been a fan of for ages. They are always heavily discounted over there (I bought one in Macy's reduced from $699 to $299). That said, it's only worth buying if you actually want the watch - you'd never "make" on one, but you might save a few beer tokens on something you want yourself.
  17. It was, one of my best mates works for Timpsons and is pretty good on watches - only 'coz I'm at the end of the phone though.
  18. It's just the name of the range that one - the Seiko Lord is an old 70's (?) range which they resurrected the name for, much like the Presage.
  19. Gold watches? Hellz yes! I've just sold my Rose Gold JLC Reverso, but I now have my eye on a rose gold Day Date II which looks utter class! Oddly enough I've steered clear of the yellow gold one, it looks a bit "Tony Soprano", but the rose one looks amazing. Ditto with the Omega Conny, I quite fancy a red gold one but when I bought a yellow one I was totally underwhelmed. On the hit list is a Rolex Cellini Prince in white gold (does that count?) and another Constellation in Red Gold (rose gold, really). In yellow gold I don't have much of a hankering for anything. I do fancy the bronze Oris though - can I count that one??
  20. As above, either buy it second hand or buy it in a sale (they have more sales than DFS - you'll struggle to find a more heavily diluted brand unless you buy an Invicta). This is something of a paradox; I love Christopher Ward watches, but I hate the brand with a passion. They are a totally new brand but trying to create a faux history. It's unnecessary and it turns me right off the brand. They also continually discount and therefore de-value their own watches. I've had a few (second hand, usually in swaps and trades) and enjoyed them, but I would never give the brand a penny of my money.
  21. Apologies Johnny, I read the first page on this thread and had to quit - some utterly absurd suggestions, I presume no-one read your actual post? Boutique brands and no-names. Sweet Jesus I need a beer. Hard to say which brands are there competing in the mid/high range at the moment. £5k+ is easy, and £2k- is easy, but that middle ground is weird. I guess Breitling and Omega are the big two, it's who takes third place though. Omega are by a long margin the winners here, they have some outstanding watches in that price range. Given your spec, the classic "Bond" Seamaster (and related variants) and the classic Speedmaster (and related variants) are iconic, available and in budget. There really is no need to shop any other brand. I love Grand Seiko, but to suggest they are in the "top three" brands in the UK... well, I want some of what that guy is drinking please.
  22. Holy thread resurrection Batman! (although as the OP from 15 years ago, I guess it's allowed). Question, do you regret any of the watches you shifted? I do. Daily!
  23. I have bought maybe a dozen watches from Cash Converters, and been happy with maybe one or two of them - most have gone straight back. Prices are keen, but for good reason. Usually very poor condition, running badly and usually with teeny tiny bracelets or very badly worn straps. I've returned more than I've kept. There is a thread on TZUK about a Rolex purchased from there, supposedly fully serviced and "checked out". It was a fake. When returned they were full of apologies... It was back up for sale on their website within 24 hours. AVOID. Sweet Jesus, never trust a cobbler to repair a watch. Next time you're passing, ask why they are using an image of an automatic watch (Seiko SKX007) to promote their battery replacement service *snigger*. (honest, look at their sign when you're passing). My biggest regret of 2019 is that I can only like this post once.
  24. Yes, get logged into Cousins UK (supposed to be trade only but just say you're a watchmaker and give your home address as your business address). They sell Renata batteries, this one probably takes a 371 (pack of ten is less than a fiver) but do check that. You'll also get a new glass on there, along with all the tools required to fit it, but I would recommend buying a load of crap watches off ebay to practice on first! The glasses are very cheap, between £1 and £4 generally for a flat mineral glass. You'll need a decent set of calipers so you can accurately measure the damaged one that's in there, then it's all straight forward (ish!) hahaha.
  25. The serial number can be used to date the watch - much like any Seiko. 700479 means it was made in 1997, October, number 0479 off the production line. Nice looking watch, but a diver only in style as it's just a 100m rated model. A new generic mineral glass and a decent battery (no reseal required) should stand you about £20 from a sensible independent. Don't be conned into a reseal and pressure test, it's not waterproof.
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