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Everything posted by kanab22

  1. Yes they are an absolute steal at that price.
  2. I asked politely for a discount on my Black Bay a couple of months ago and was told there was no chance of any discounts on Tudor. That was from a grey market dealer. Other folks on here have had similar experiences.
  3. If I can stay disciplined enough to save up then a Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 38mm black dial brown leather strap. Other cheaper contenders, couple of which should make my birthday or Christmas list: Seastern 62MAS copy red dial and red rubber strap; Casio Duro blue dial or perhaps a black dial with a Pepsi or Batman bezel; Casioak, current fave is the grey version. Longer term, Christopher Ward Trident with the sea through dial, Longines Conquest VHP white dial on brown leather strap.
  4. I've noticed that there are a lot of folk driving at night with just their side lights on. They probably think it's cool because they're in a city which is reasonably well lit but why wouldn't you want to be as visible as possible. Other thing that annoys me is drivers parked up safely at the side of the road with their hazards on or their left indicator. You're not a hazard and you're not turning left
  5. It's called a Dragster chrono because there's no chrono minute register as drag races are very short. The centre chrono seconds hand runs continuously though once started. It's a quirky design that I haven't seen anywhere else but don't take my word for it. Give dragster chrono a Google.
  6. I second that. I have this one Decent quality for the money. Sub second hand doesn't line up with the indices which is a typical quartz problem that doesn't bother me. Strap a little thin but nice design. Can't speak for the ordering process because I bought it on here. I love the quirky design and always enjoy wearing it.
  7. Thanks. Had totally forgotten about this. Good luck.
  8. Yes, Camden watches have some great and some quirky designs. The detailing on their more expensive watches is good but overall they are way overpriced. I generally pick them up from ebay for a third of retail. Brand new I would say 50% off is about right.
  9. Forgot to post this yesterday but still wearing it. This is the Negroni variant.
  10. Panic over. The markings are so small I didn't realise it jumps 2 indices every revolution. Strange design but no need to return it.
  11. Cancel my comments above. Has anyone spotted the flaw yet? Was timing my dinner cooking when I realised that the minute register digits run up to 30 but it's a 60 minute register. D'oh! It's going back but I've already put extra holes in the strap. I'll let you know how I get on re a full refund.
  12. My Geckota has arrived. It's a lovely little thing. Running at +8 secs according to my phone app. The chrono second hand does lurch a bit when activating and the strap could be better but suits the watch well enough. Domed acrylic crystal, gorgeous dial, blue hands and overall cracking vintage aesthetic which suits the movement perfectly IMO. If you can grab one on the sale then I would highly recommend doing so. Just a few quid more than from China but with next day delivery, a nicer design ( although that's subjective) and no worrying that you might get a dud.
  13. Have just bought the Geckota rose gold version for £160 in their sale. 37mm, domed acrylic, with display back. Looks fantastic. From a UK based, well respected company so should be no issues with quality control. If there are then it's easy enough to return. Will post some pics and first impressions when it arrives.
  14. My other "luxury" watches are a TAG Heuer Se/l which cost me £875 20 odd years ago and is a quartz; an Oris Big Crown Propilot which was about half the price of the BB; an Oris Aquis bought second hand on the forum for a great price, would be about £1500 new; a Rado Captain Cook which I got a great deal on but retails at about £1900 so closest in price; I should also include my Seiko Cocktail Time Negroni which was £320 and my Smith's Everest which was about the same. In terms of style the Smith's is the closest although I bought the 40mm one. I bought this about the same time as my Propilot and I published a thread comparing them as I was surprised at how well finished and accurate the Smith's was. The Oris edged it at the time but the Smiths was clearly better value. Almost 3 years later I would say that I much prefer the Oris now. It has a better bracelet, is more comfortable and (now that I fully wind it before wearing) is more accurate and it's a more original design. The Rado is closest in price but too dissimilar a watch for a direct comparison. There are things that I love about the designs like the Rado's sloping bezel and the BBs high polished bezel but can't really compare them as they are different styles. The BB is such a simple design but the hands and the indices just seem really crisp. There is a lovely chamfered edge running down the length of the case which catches the light. Haven't noticed anything like that on the others. The detailing on the clasp is by far the best with the Tudor crown appearing in the overall shape and also under the fold over. It simply exudes class and luxury. Is it worth twice the price of the Propilot perhaps not in strictly objective sense. However, I am by no means an expert but the folks who are on various forums, magazines and YouTube reviews all say that BBs are great value. Take your time and think of where it will fit in with your collection. Next big one for me is swiss chronograph probably an auto but who knows as it won't be for another 5 years or so. In the meantime I hope to save for a Longines Conquest VHP and a Hamilton Khaki Auto.
  15. That's not a bad idea, thanks. My wife is a keen cyclist
  16. I bought one of my grails last week and it mostly hits the mark. It's the 36mm version of a watch that needs no introduction. I tried on a black dialled version in an AD the day before I pulled the plug and was so happy with the size that I didn't even bother to try on the BB58 that was also available. I wanted the blue dial so bought it from AMJ Watches on 5 years 0% with no deposit and a free watch winder (currently on eBay). The dial, hands, case finishing are all superb. The dial can change from a medium to very dark shade of blue depending on the light and angle. The Tudor rose on the crown is lovely. The bracelet and clasp are of a very high quality and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the caseback was not entirely sterile. It is keeping fantastic time at -1sec per day. So why does it not entirely hit the mark? It's the bracelet sizing issue. There are no half links and only 3 micro adjust positions which is one too few to cover the size of the links. So there's a 25% chance that it doesn't fit the way you'd like and guess what, that's what happened to me. I did find a workaround however, but it's still disappointing for my most expensive watch to have such an easily fixable flaw. There's definitely space on the clasp for another hole so why are Tudor being so stubborn. Anyway, with the links even on each side the bracelet was perfectly flat against the back of my wrist but was sadly a little bit too loose. I discovered that by moving a link from the 12 o'clock side to the 6 that it raises up the clasp on one side, pushing it down on the other and giving a perfect fit. Doesn't look that good though. I love everything else about it.
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