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  1. I have several watches which are "too nice" to wear! I built one for myself from brand new swiss parts, 7750 movement, sapphire crystals front and rear, surgical steel case and very solid stainless bracelet. I wear it most days and love it. It has day,date and chrono so does everything I could ask for. It gains a couple of seconds a day, so after a few days I just pull the crown and push it when time catches me up! I doubt that I could adjust it so finely to eliminate the gain! It's your money and your choice I'm afraid!
  2. A friend of mine had a Colt Auto. It started losing accuracy, so he sent it for a service at an AD. It came back looking super but lost a few minutes a day. It went back again and seemed fine but started losing time again a short while after. He swapped it for an Omega! After spending so much money, I was amazed that he just let it go but he was just fed up with it! My old Breitling Top Time ran perfectly for the ten years that I had it and the new owner was also very pleased with it. You win some, you lose some!
  3. Had one of Roy's finest on today. My grandson loves to listen to the ticking:-
  4. There seems to have been a few like that, originating in India. Genuine Omega movements but a bit of a Frankenwatch. Shame that the sellers can't be more honest as the watches would no doubt sell anyway.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. .............................. and of course my RLT8 :-
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 supe
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