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  1. Worse still - just Googled Gnomon Watches and their shop is 1 minutes walk from my hotel - danger! Good job they are closed Sundays...
  2. Well I'm here just now - they are obviously watch / luxury brand crazy. Walked up Orchard Road tonight and I've never seen so many Rolex stockists. Most interesting find so far is a G-Shock boutique in the Marina Bay Sands - no doubt top line prices there though. More exploring tomorrow!
  3. Sounds fair to me Dave - market forces and all that. If people don't like it they shouldn't buy it!
  4. 1. Not too hard. Slow and steady, nice clean work area with an edge - work on a tea tray or such like. It's a case of not rushing and not forcing anything - hands and dial are not difficult. Have the patience to let the movement run flat and move the hands to an obvious position (such as 9 O'clock) so that you can put them back on in the right place. If you get it wrong the date roll will be wrong and the hands won't hit the right marks on the hour etc. 2. Some people will tell you to only buy premium tools to last a lifetime but if like me you are just trying your hand then some cheapies will do to get you started. I've got a case back remover (tri point), a case back pry too (good for bezels), a springbar tool, a hand puller / fittting tool and some Seiko seal grease - all sourced from Cousins or eBay. I also have a cheap pin vice that I have used to hold stems whilst I wind stems onto them. Most will cringe but I have removed (without damage) the crystal from several Seiko divers by putting the watch on top of a beer bottle, placing a large socket set socket on the front of the watch where the bezel goes and giving it a quick tap with a hammer. Equally I have put crystals back in with soft wood and my vice! Also a cheap movement holder is handy - changing dial and hands is almost impossible otherwise. 3. 10watches, Yobokies, Cousins, eBay. 4. Depends on condition - grease them proper Seiko grease and stick them back in if they look ok. If they are mishapen or look swollen or decayed chuck them. If you're spending a few quid getting the rest of it right then don't skimp on this last bit! Watch out for using an aftermarket crown - I used on my SKX007 and it looks cool but does not take a gasket so obviously can't be trusted as water tight. 5. Search Youtube - almost everything is on there somewhere! One of my first efforts (not much left is original, I've since change to a patriot bezel): Good luck! :cheers: Rich. That's one nice looking watch! :D Thanks - it now has one of these fitted: :cheers: Rich.
  5. 1. Not too hard. Slow and steady, nice clean work area with an edge - work on a tea tray or such like. It's a case of not rushing and not forcing anything - hands and dial are not difficult. Have the patience to let the movement run flat and move the hands to an obvious position (such as 9 O'clock) so that you can put them back on in the right place. If you get it wrong the date roll will be wrong and the hands won't hit the right marks on the hour etc. 2. Some people will tell you to only buy premium tools to last a lifetime but if like me you are just trying your hand then some cheapies will do to get you started. I've got a case back remover (tri point), a case back pry too (good for bezels), a springbar tool, a hand puller / fittting tool and some Seiko seal grease - all sourced from Cousins or eBay. I also have a cheap pin vice that I have used to hold stems whilst I wind stems onto them. Most will cringe but I have removed (without damage) the crystal from several Seiko divers by putting the watch on top of a beer bottle, placing a large socket set socket on the front of the watch where the bezel goes and giving it a quick tap with a hammer. Equally I have put crystals back in with soft wood and my vice! Also a cheap movement holder is handy - changing dial and hands is almost impossible otherwise. 3. 10watches, Yobokies, Cousins, eBay. 4. Depends on condition - grease them proper Seiko grease and stick them back in if they look ok. If they are mishapen or look swollen or decayed chuck them. If you're spending a few quid getting the rest of it right then don't skimp on this last bit! Watch out for using an aftermarket crown - I used on my SKX007 and it looks cool but does not take a gasket so obviously can't be trusted as water tight. 5. Search Youtube - almost everything is on there somewhere! One of my first efforts (not much left is original, I've since change to a patriot bezel): Good luck! :cheers: Rich.
  6. Don't forget when told by a garage about the fail items only accept them on the official VOSA form. If they have to enter them into the system they run the risk of you appealing against dodgy items and them getting in hot water so tend to be more careful. I recently helped a workmate with her car and using that route the fix list went down from a pi$$ taking £600 to just needing a new horn to pass. :cheers: RIch.
  7. I've always threatened this and the British F1 and so far managed neither - maybe 2014 will be the one! :D
  8. No idea - unusual looking one but nice! G-shocks are relatively easy to strip down so you could polish the metal front quite easily (photos probably make it look worse than it is in the flesh though) and break out the Humbrol paints to refresh the red in the G-shock logo. Enjoy! :thumbsup: Rich
  9. Oh no... now you've encouraged Roger... :lol: LOL
  10. Repost of a pic used for Saturday thread but what the hell - about time this thread got a bump up :)
  11. Great review and looks like an excellent watch - onto my wish list it goes! :thumbsup:
  12. Still wearing my latest arrival (the watch not ducky.....) :)
  13. Tapatalk on my iPhone doesn't work for this forum currently - other forums still work fine though. Anyone else had problems?
  14. Knocked up another one today as requested by a mate - proper size whistle buckle this time. (and yes, you can always tell cat owners by the state of their sofa arms..... :bag: ) :cheers: Rich.
  15. Mad looking (in good way) - is it new / old / NOS?
  16. Just to come back to this thread - I picked up a Gerber Suspension tool for a very reasonable £23. It has all locking tools incuding blades. I've mounted it on the tailgate of my Jeep where I can get handy access without leaving the vaguaries of potentially being deemed to have a 'weapon' to hand in the cabin. So far it's been useful as expected for quick opening / cutting tasks to save pulling the tooboxes out. :cheers: Rich.
  17. Any tips for titanium refinishing please? I've seen pens for sale but assume they are essentially fairly coarse erasers to wear down scratches - best with these or graded sand paper / scotch block for overall tart up? :cheers: Rich
  18. Thanks - probably stay near Orchard somewhere, city centre anyway. Certainly not near work which is in a business park out near the airport and stone dead after 6pm!!!
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