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Posts posted by TONY M

  1. My first automatic diver was the original Blue Mako with the day pusher from 2010.  It had an absolutely beautiful dial and punched well above its weight in the looks department.  The only issue was that the bezel was quite tight on mine and I would have liked a domed sapphire crystal fitted which going by memory is the same as the Sumo crystal but other than that it was an excellent piece.  I’ll see if I can get a photo or two of it later on. :)



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  2. I have bought straps from Pavel before and have been extremely pleased with his work. I also dabble a little bit in leatherwork myself (without having miterants expertise or patience) and find making watch straps is vastly more difficult, painstaking, stressful and frustrating than belt making. Did anyone hear about the time I cut the end of my thumb off skiving a Panerai type strap? Anyway I got my fingerprint back in the end.

    The point I make is even if the material needed is much less for a watch strap compared to a belt the stress, sweat and fingertips are costly.


    On 28/06/2016 at 05:34, Jdp said:

    Same reason divorces are so expensive...  because they're worth it! 

    Best answer yet!

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  3. I had never seen a SPORK in the wild until recently when I ran into the father of a friend of mine who happened to be wearing one. I asked him about it and he was very happy with the purchase off Amazon a while back, I quickly gathered that he was no WIS when he had stated that it was a pity the watch kept terrible time... he did not know what an automatic movement was and to make matters worse he was unwilling to sell it to me.



  4. The Watchadoo would have to be a 20mm on the BFK which would perhaps look a little bit undersized on it. The bracelet is similar to the Strapcode Super Engineer which I have, but if you go with the 22mm version SE and file down the endlinks (as I did) the endlinks will not fit into the BFK as the lugs are too far recessed. Works fine with a Monster with 20mm lugs but not the deeply recessed lugs of the BFK, just something to think about.


  5. I have owned 3 G-Shocks and currently own one which I have had for 4 years and worn at least every other day for a few hours. It has stood up very well to the abuse thrown at it and I can not complain in any way. It is the MTG-930 Solar and has become my go-to watch unless I'm after something more formal.


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  6. 16 hours ago, Damo516 said:

    Thanks for the read, was about to post asking about J or K seiko's seeing as I've just had a nosey for prices on the bay.

    What would people suggest given the price difference?

    Given the price difference I would buy the K version for no reason other than it is cheaper.


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  7. 3 minutes ago, Bruce said:

    ...thats interesting, i wonder if there would be any noticeable differences in a group of J marked ones?

    the plot thickens :yes:

    No idea, differences in the monster cases are also noticeable with the K versions as well as minor differences in the dial (lettering, lume colour etc).


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  8. I saw the video last week comparing the K and J SKX009s. Worth watching however I have owned several SKX007/9s all of them the K version and with a close inspection there were many significant minor differences in the fit and finish between them. You could not tell from a distance and I was hesitant to say which one I preferred but the differences were there.


  9. Some people prefer the Monster Bracelet on the Sawtooth, personally I like both the stock and the Monster bracelet a lot. The Monster bracelet goes well and is even more comfortable if anything but it is narrower where it meets the case as it flares out less than the Sawtooth bracelet. Just depends what look you prefer really.


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  10. From two years ago now, a black Sawtooth with Monster bracelet (good combo). SBBN015 Tuna and Citizen Bn0085 in background.


    RSa TUNA TONY 5230b


    It thanks Davey, the blue is a nice model indeed. I must get around to getting sapphire crystals installed to these watches some day. I'm on a mobile device right now so pasting images and editing is more difficult.

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  11. Sorry about the delay in replying to this. I am using a very cheap press which is not super but has always done the job in the past.

    The crystal is fitted flat but tends to become wonky, this is not usually an issue as I just move the die a little bit to try to straighten it out again.

    I will try it again when I have a bit of time after the Christmas week.



    I haven't fitted a crystal to an SKX, but I have fitted well over 100 crystals and bar a couple of breakages (domed crystal with a flat die - dohh!!!, wrong sized crystal - too big!!!, pressing too hard - one more turn won't hurt!!) I've never had a problem.

    What type of press are you using?

    I think the only bit of advice is to ensure that the crystal is lying completely flat as you apply pressure. If you start it wonky, you might have the problems you're experiencing.

  12. I have unfortunately had more issues fitting a crystal back to this SKX007. I should never have removed the previous sapphire that I fitted which was fine... :wallbash:

    I thought I was accomplished to sail through this job as I have done before several times before but I have just wrecked two more crystal gasket rings in the attempt to install my previous crystal which went in fine before. Luckily I still have one final spare gasket remaining but I'm reluctant to rush ahead with attempt number 4 without doing something different this time. Does anyone have any tips?

    Many thanks


  13. I think that the Seiko part number is: 86600630 if I'm correct, then Cousins list this as in stock and £2.35 (+VAT and delivery)

    Indeed I think you are correct Lord Sugar, I googled that part number earlier but it showed as a bezel gasket however after a more thorough search it appears to be correct. Thank you very much for the response!


  14. Well there is only so much tinkering you can do without something going wrong :wallbash:. In this case I crushed the Crystal gasket attempting to install a Sapphire crystal in a SKX007. It is a plastic gasket which is flat but as of yet I have had no luck finding the correct version at reasonable prices in the usual places (Cousins etc) and $20 + shipping is a bit steep from Dagaz, I have just emailed Harold to see if he has any reasonably priced.



  15. Almost. Some were fitted with Sapphire. I'm in the US and mine does not have sapphire. Citizen will convert it for apx $180. But you can purchase a generic that will fit perfectly for about $25. Now if I could only find a green tinted sapphire 😗

    It's a great watch and I have had two of them, I would be very interested in DIY modding mine to a sapphire crystal, where on earth did you find the replacement?


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