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  1. My Pulsar Kinetic PAR087X1 beater has the same Japanese-made YT57-X022 movement as Seikos costing three times what I paid for it new. The original strap was not up to much and the finish might be a bit less fancy, but TBH it's my favourite watch.
  2. @Rotundus GS Spring Drive Calibre 9R01 has a 192 hour reserve (ie 8 days). Talking of Panerai, Baume & Mercier Baumatic movements have 120 hours (5 day) reserve - don't think these movements have found their way into any other Richemont brands eg JLC, IWC.
  3. It's a question of brand confusion. If you sell watches with RRPs ranging from £90 to £900 all branded Rotary any problems with the cheapies risks devaluing the higher end offerings in the eyes of the general public. A £90 Rotary must be inferior in some way to a £900 Rotary. What does a £900 Rotary watch say about you, if the chap or chapessse next to you has a £90 Rotary on their wrist? It's hard to be all things to all people. Seiko just about gets away with it, but even they have to become GS at the high end and have Lorus and Pulsar at the low end, so that they can segment the market.
  4. Alas, I had to pay my gas/electric and broadband today, so sadly I'm skint. Again. It's one way of keeping purchases to a minimum
  5. I'd suggest videoing the watch thoroughly as you pack it up and the packaging and label too. I've heard of even those having taken photos being accused of Photoshopping them. A video is rather more difficult to argue with if you get a dodgy buyer, and sadly there are plenty of those on ebay. 99 times out of 100 there's no issue, but just in case...
  6. As I recall 40-50 years ago Rotary was quite a desirable brand with solid gold (albeit 9ct) cases and the like with decent Swiss movements (for the time). The then still family-owned business (the Dreyfuss Group) was sold to China Haidian (now called Citychamp) about 5 years ago. I understand that the cheaper and mid-range market is now under particular pressure from 'connected' watches. From a brand perspective, I'm not sure that mixing cheap Chinese-made stuff with better and rather more expensive Swiss-made output, all under the Rotary name, makes good business sense, because the former devalues the latter in my view and can confuse buyers.
  7. Apparently there is going to be an investigation into what happened and why. Whether this is a 'Sir Humphrey' inquiry, or a proper one, only time will tell...
  8. Personally, I like automatics in part because of ability to use the kinetic energy of movement to wind the mechanism - no batteries, no fuss, and with care and maintenance they'll last you a lifetime - you can't get greener than that well, apart form a manual wind, but you get my drift. If you are going to go for electric, Citizen EcoDrives A-Ts give you solar power with ultimate precision time. What's not to like? I only have literally a handful of watches now, nothing expensive, just what I (still) find interesting. Bought nothing this year. But also I don't pray at the alter of the brand. Rolex, Omega, etc., hold no attraction for me. It's just my thing, we're all different, and there are no right or wrongs. You can pick up some very tasty, classy and attractive watches for a few hundred, even brand new (eg many of the Seiko Pressage offerings). If you buy used, buy from a reputable source eg TWF or an established local jewellers, for instance. Sale prices can be very attractive at certain times of year. In the end, as ever, you must buy what you like and ignore our ramblings.
  9. On the day that Thomas Cook joins the lengthening list of companies to go under, I am starting to wonder if the business world has lost touch with reality to such an extent that they can't see what's staring them in the face; Debt. Unserviceable, colossal, obscene quantities of debt that the genius accountants of this world (well, living in their own world) think is a great idea to load onto the balance sheets of their businesses. Why? Because, they say, debt is cheap and it makes your business "efficient". This twilight zone thinking has sunk retailer after retailer because the debts are so huge that there is no way they can ever be paid back and keep growing until they can't cover the interest payments anymore. Thomas Cook has (had) £1.7 billion (yes, billion, not million) of debt. Let me write that out in full £1,700,000,000 it owed to the banks. How in the name of all that's holy can that be a good idea? A look at its last published accounts for y/e 30/9/18 (a year ago) showed; £4.2 billion current liabilities £2.1 billion in non-current liabilities £6.3 billion total liabilities Net assets of just £291 million Accumulated losses of £1.965 billion. (Source: Thomas Gook Group Annual Report and Accounts 2018) All these figures must have been far worse 12 months on. And what did Thomas Cook blame for its parlous situation? Yes, you guessed it, that go-to excuse for c*cking up your business; just blame BREXIT. Easy. Great job Peter Fankhauser (the CEO) . Apart from holiday makers affected, you might wonder why this matters to the rest of us? Well, that's simple; the banks have had to write off this debt (Thomas Cook has virtually no assets - everything was leased or rented), which means that we all pay more in interest to make up for the lost capital. Hurrah! And we, the taxpayer will stump up for the repatriation of all the TC holidaymakers. Every major UK bankruptcy has seen businesses with huge debts go under. When will this debt madness end? Those of you who remember the old Opal Fruits jingle (Made to Make Your Mouth Water) can sing the title of this thread to the tune.
  10. My local long-established jewellers charges £5 all-in, which is useful when you can't get the back off without slicing your hand open, or can't get the back on without smashing the crystal in the attempt.
  11. Even brand new batteries can be faulty and anything lying around for any time will lose charge...and if a 'cheap' battery, all the more so.
  12. Just saw it - the moon watch - Speedy Ultraman model to be precise bought in 1968 - ie pre-moon - in HK from the local distributor. In poor condition - they didn't say if it runs, but the owner last wore it regularly in 1983. Valued at £30-40k despite the condition, or possibly because of it @Mart he said it cost £45, which with inflation since 1968 would be £770 today, so cheap compared to today's RRP.
  13. The new Discovery Defender is far too expensive (it's made in Slovakia ffs), far too complex (electronics!!!), too gadgety, too shiny (ie too blingy and easy to damage) and just isn't a replacement for the Defender, however capable it is off road, because it simply isn't a workhorse. I guarantee it won't last as long as an original (even if others will have to prove that long after I'm pushing up daisies ) The point of the original was it was simple, practical, rugged, could take a rough life, easy to fix (yourself), parts were cheap, there was very little to go wrong (even if it did do so alot ). The new one isn't any of those things, apart from the going wrong alot perhaps . But there is hope with 'Projekt Grenadier'; https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/ineos-bridgend-factory-talks-very-advanced-minister-claims
  14. No. Anything I had to force myself to wear has long since gone to a better home . I'll put my Pulsar beater on for gardening or DIY...just in case...but that very much a conscious decision...unless I've had a drinkie or two...in which case it's more likely to be unconscious
  15. Coincidentally, just came across this; https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-ironic-elegance-of-trench-watches
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