Jump to content

Will Fly

  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Feedback


Recent Profile Visitors

2,831 profile views

Will Fly's Achievements


Proficient (10/14)

  • First Post
  • Collaborator
  • Posting Machine Rare
  • Conversation Starter
  • Week One Done

Recent Badges



  1. Just bought an £85 Huawei smartphone - does everything I need - and I have unlimited calls and texts from BT Mobile for £7 a month. So, a nice, pre-war mechanical watch for me. Perhaps another Hamilton RR grade pocket watch - a thing of great beauty and precision engineering.
  2. If you have a case back remover, it's a relatively simple matter to take the back off and inspect the inner surfaces. If there's dust, scales, or other loose matter, a lens/watch puffer might blow it away. Don't blow on it - breath contains moisture and you don't want that on your movement. If you can't do this yourself, it should be no problem for a reliable jeweller/watch repairer to sort out.
  3. This scam is years old. I'm surprised that it's still being revived - oh well, there's always a sucker somewhere...
  4. The straps for the Hamilton X-Wind are not actually made by Hamilton but by independent strap makers who make it to the Hamilton specification. The original, worn strap was made in Germany. That maker has none in stock at the moment - hence the purchase from a Spanish maker in Barcelona. I could, of course, have got any good quality 22mm strap, but I wanted to preserve the overall look of the Hamilton marque should I ever decide to move it on. Unlikely - but you never know...
  5. The leather strap on my Hamilton X-Wind chronometer is giving up the ghost and starting to crack around the catch holes - they're double holes for a two-toothed buckle - so I've bought myself a new one. The watch, even second-hand, was quite expensive, so I decided to buy the right strap, with the Hamilton name on the buckle. They're also not easy to come by - certainly not in the UK - and suppliers are usually in Germany, Italy or Spain. Oddly enough, not Switzerland. So I got mine from Spain. Cost? £120 plus p&p. I think I'll have it framed...
  6. I think I'll join you...
  7. Good advice from forum members above. As far as materials suppliers are concerned, you might get some more detailed answers from the Watch Repair Talk Forum members in Canada and the US. Watch Repair Talk Forum Regards, Will
  8. My 9ct gold cased Longines from 1964. Cal. 19.4 - case by Baume.
  9. It's not unusual for a watch case to enclose a movement shape/size which doesn't match the case dimensions. Many square Hamiltons, for example, house a circular movement, which is why one movement can serve many designs. It cuts down on the number of movements to be manufactured for a product range. In the end, what you really pay for is the quality of the movement. So, ignore the plastic - I've seen it many times - and concentrate on the quality or otherwise of the movement, regardless of size or shape.
  10. I haven't been on the Forum for a long time - other things having intervened - but I thought I'd just post a couple of pics of my latest acquisition: a Bulova 8-AH from 1944. Sweet little watch in a 14k gold-filled case. American watch engineering - along with Hamilton, Elgin and Waltham - at its best and before they cosied up to the Swiss industry.
  11. Hi Honour - long time no see! I happened to catch this essay on the Mido and noted your comment on the difficulty of dating the various marques at various times. Below is my Commander - face and monocoque back - which has an ETA 2834-2 movement inside. A look at the Ranfft database tells me that the 2836 movement (2834-2 is unlisted in Ranfft's database), which is probably an update on 2834-2, was manufactured around 1975. So the date of the movement may, in some part, contribute towards bracketing the date of the watch. Just a thought... Will
  12. Interestingly, I bought my wife a smart phone for Christmas - £100 Samsung Galaxy job, not flashy or very expensive, but OK for her needs - from Carphone Warehouse. I was served by a young chap in his mid-20s. The service? Absolutely excellent. Couldn't do enough for me. The only thing he couldn't do was to provide a new, smaller-sized chip with her existing number on it, as it was an O2 chip. But he pointed me across the road to an O2 shop. The very similar young chap in the O2 shop was also very helpful. Did the rechipping straight away - no charge. The experience was so good, I bought one for myself! 'Tain't all bad out there... I'm getting on for nearly 50 years older than these lads, but there was no condescension, or getting "cool" or smart on their part - just good, polite, straightforward service. Will
  13. Just to emphasise my point of view, Rob - my comments were not aimed at your criticism of the watchmaker's technique. As far as that goes, you're perfectly entitled to hold your opinions, and I would defend your right to hold them absolutely, whether I agreed with them or not. I was really talking about the way we express opinions on an internet forum and I know, from years of seeing these things, that flame wars, passions and bitter arguments can arise very easily when opinions are posted in public. To me, it's all a question of style and approach. One doesn't have to be "in your face" to express an opinion and, in fact, to be so, can often lose you the higher ground - even when you're right! I think that's three penn'orth from me now, and probably enough! Regards, Will
  • Create New...