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  1. Just buy a quartz! I quite like the fact that my 7750 collection vary slightly. It adds character to the watch. I've always adjusted to as near as poss, always erring on gaining slightly, as it is easier to just pull the crown to stop and zero, then push to start! So long as they are within manufacturers tolerances, I'm happy. Mechanical watches will always vary, face up/down, crown up/down etc.
  2. I've always found it cheaper to buy a full set of those cheapies from ebay to get the size. The trouble is, the family keep stealing them for toys etc!
  3. I remember borrowing a Range Rover to move a fridge. I couldn't believe how much roll it had, having only driven Land Rovers prior to that. Once I got used to it, I loved it but never felt the need to own one. Nice to hire one occasionally, then hand it back! Mike
  4. If you think pigeons are bad, try living near the coast. I've just finished cleaning my patio and conservatory and I can confirm that seagull poop is stronger than concrete and stinks of dead fish! Yuk!
  5. We just returned from Majorca which is suffering from a bout of pickpockets. There are whole families of them roaming the tourist hotspots. They have set routines, to identify what pocket you have your wallets or purses in (asking for change for a large note or car parking - one asks, the others observe). Asking what the time is, to look at your watch. Shaking hands, with the two handed shake to remove the strap or bracelet. Dropping small change to distract you etc. These people appear like normal tourists, well dressed and smart, so that they can mingle with the crowds at tourist sites, bus parks, taxi ranks etc. Take care.
  6. .............................. and of course my RLT8 :-
  7. This is one I built for myself some time ago and it does what it says on the tin. Easy to read. Chrono is there to use if I need it along with day and dat, which was handy when I was working. Apologies for phone pic! Mike
  8. I have several chronos with busy-ish dials for obvious reasons. I'm seeing a lot of modern dials which are "busier" than ever. As the first requirement of a watch is to tell the time, I'm finding it difficult on some makes to distinguish the hands from the backgrounds. It's not my eyes as I can clearly see everything on my "old" chronos. Breitling comes to mind, with white hands on a white background. ??? https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=Breitling+white+dial
  9. Austin Princess 1700cc. When it ran it was very comfortable but it had periods of misfiring and non-starting from cold. It was returned to the dealer and they called to say it was ready. Guess what? It wouldn't start! They said that I had flooded it, so asked me to come back the following morning. I did but they couldn't start it! Eventually they got it so that it would start but then it misfired a lot. After several months of backwards and forwards, they offered a trade in of what I paid against any car on the forecourt. It was swapped for a Granada which was superb. Thirsty but superb!
  10. You can get a car with a free clock but will struggle to get a watch with a free car!
  11. I had the same watch and have regretted selling it ever since! Enjoy. Gorgeous watch. Mike
  12. I never attempt to change the date manually from 9 pm to 3 am because it can damage the auto change mechanism. If you can imagine the auto gear engaged (or starting to) and then somebody tries to manually change the date, something has got to give and it's usually the weakest point (thin plastic date wheel!). Do it early or leave until into the following day. When initially setting a date, make sure that the watch is in am or pm mode and adjust accordingly, or it will change 12 hours out of synch.
  13. Update:- Did a bit of Googling and used the winding position and all is well now. I also managed to remove, reposition and tighten the large chrono hand which was about 1/2 a second off the mark (OCD I know!) before reassembly. Not bad for a 68 year old with shakey hands and poor eyesight! Glad it was the large hand as the small hands are way past my abilities now!
  14. I bought a Citizen Eco Drive Chronograph from a friend, who had fallen off his bike and broken the bracelet, as I needed a "holiday watch". I fitted a strap extender to replace the broken links (perfect fit) and wore it for my holiday. I liked it so much that it became my daily wearer. It is so accurate that I use it to set my other watches! It seems that it is called a "Redline" WR200 due to the red line around the crown (long since worn away!). I can see the time all night (excellent lume) clearly, without my specs! Enjoy your Citizen! Mike
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