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  1. This is my area of interest too. Word of warning though. The market place has cottoned onto the desireability of these watches and the following they have, and so prices are starting to reflect this. Nice 6138's ain't cheap anymore, especially the Bullheads which are percieved by many to be Seiko's definitive 70's design.
  2. Nothing wrong with the Divvy, provided it's the 900. I just sold mine. I bought it used with 50,000 miles for £900, ran it as a daily commuter for nearly three years and racked up a further 25,000 miles before selling it for £500. I totally neglected it. If it was lucky it had a wet sponge thrown at it, and an oil change once a year, and despite this, that bike never let me down. Tough as old boots. Bland to look at it may be, but I maintain that as a workaday bike with long distance two up ability, few bikes can equal it for the money. The Diversion 900 is the Seiko 5 of motorbikes. Tough, functional, long lasting and cheap. Just not desireable. (Cue incoming wrath from Seiko 5 aficionados)
  3. Hey Eric How ya doing Yep, the 80's were deffo the days of pointless innovations. Remember anti dive forks
  4. TBH Mark the fairing is more aesthetic than functional. I had a similarly proportioned one on my old 900 Diversion hack that offered quite a lot of protection, but this is like riding a naked bike. For all it's blandness, the Beemers fairing was absolutely supreme in bad weather. In the rain you'd stay more or less dry as long as you were moving.
  5. Yes "them were the days" Rocket Ron was my hero and the Honda was the dog's. Yesterday I was passed by a gaggle of original road going CB1100R's on their way to the post TT at Mallory. The wife could not understand my excitement If I remember rightly, did you not have to warm the engine up for five minuets before you could set off for a ride on it even though it was a road bike. Enjoy your bike Mike As I was never fortunate enough to actually own one I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me. Those early Japanese multi's were a bit tempremental. A few years back I bought a mint CBX1000, and if you left it for more than a few days, starting it required a lot of patience but they were like that when new.
  6. Mark The fairing is intentionally 80's in appearance and is supposed to be evocative of the CB1100R. Here's a pic. Make up your own mind.
  7. BMW's..........? Great bikes. I'll never knock em. Thing is, teutonic efficiency can become, how shall I put it.......BLAND So I bought a new bike. Back to what I know best. Stonkingly powerful Japanese in line fours. This is a clever bit of marketing by Honda, basically dressing up their CB1300 in 80's race colours and a retro fairing to make it look like the original CB1100R that Rocket Ron Haslam and Phil Reed used to race. Spotty teenagers on FS1E's at the time. (like me), used to drool over those big red and white Honda's and I'm in no doubt that I'm exactly the target customer this bike was aimed at. It's awsome
  8. Get yourself over to Japan out of peak season on a courier ticket (about £350), for a week, have a Japanese watch extravaganza in Tokyo, (remembering to visit the Seiko institute of horology), buy the watch, post the box back to the UK and wear it home so you don't have probs with customs, and you'll have a brilliant holiday to boot I'd recommend this to any Japanese watch enthusiast.
  9. Andy

    Oh Dear

    Pugster Chrono pushers are correct but what do you think of that crown. Bit suspect ? The crystal also doesn't even look close to original. OK fair enough crystals could be considered "consumables" in watch speak but a proper dealer who knows his onions would never have put that on. It's not even close. Bit of a lash up ?
  10. Andy

    Oh Dear

    Can't believe no one has spotted the other glaring fault with this watch, described as in "perfect working order"
  11. Andy

    Oh Dear

    Note also that the chronograph appears to be running with 25 minutes elapsed and yet this is not registering on the hour sub dial. Either the chronograph is not functioning correctly or the hands are not re-setting. Whatever, the seller claims to have been in the vintage watch trade for 20 years, claims the watch is in perfect running order, and then posts this. Un f%^$&*ng believable
  12. Come on guys, this is Neil. Spotted it a mile off Actually thinking on it. It also has the familiar smell of Eric to it
  13. A very big thankyou for sending me the dial I needed for my Seiko 6138-0011 that I posted a wants add for. Wanted to say it publically because it was such a nice gesture giving it to me and I hope I get the chance to return the favour sometime. Once I get the hands I need for it I can crack on and have a lovely mint example.
  14. Some will cringe at this (as I did) but it really does work. I had a nasty deep scratch on polished part of the case I wanted to remove. Friend of mine used a very fine grade abrasive paper and carefully rubbed the scratch out. Then he polished it back up with Solvol Autosol and I swear, you could not see where that scratch had been. Amazing. One things for sure though. Unless you really know what you're doing, always do it by hand. Tempting though that Dremel you got for Christmas may be to use, keep it well away from your watches.
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