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  1. Personally I think it's great when cyclists cycle two-abreast. Double point score. Back to pet hates and watches: Not keen on those date windows that tell you not only today's date, but yesterday and tomorrows. I know what date it was yesterday. You see, I was there. As for tomorrow, I'm not there yet, nobody is (unless, say, they're in Australia). Look just don't produce a watch that tells you the time, but splays you over 72 hours. Tachymetres: Why? You have never used one; you have never known anyone who has used one; you don't know how to use one. Useful for 0000000000000000.1% of the population. Probably as large as that group that need to use helium release valves on watches. Why??? To make you think you're........ you see, you can't even think of anyone who fits the category can you. They are that rare! Pet hates (without watches): People with no 'mobile phone manners.' Do not interrupt our conversation to tell me that you have got a text from you wife to tell you that it has started raining where she is. Do not talk loudly into your phone when sitting by yourself on the train. I do not want to hear about your life (honestly!) Do not have a ring tone that is 'The Birdy Song.' Just stop it. Come to think about it, cyclists - all is forgiven. In comparison, you are not irritating at all.
  2. Meatloaf (the 'music' produced by the singer/band,.....not the foodstuff). Anyone who likes listening to Meatloaf. Should not be allowed to vote.)
  3. Certainly an interesting watch. Why do they have to do dates like that? Most irritating in my opinion. Momentum are made by St. Moritz. They have produced some interesting watches over the years. As this called 'Steelis' it is presumably made from 316L stainless. St. Moritz have frequently used titanium in their dive watches and used it with great effect. They tend to use Miyota movements, as I imagine this one does ('Japan Movement'). They do vary considerably in quality over the range they make. You will note that they - as a make - are highly thought of on diving forums.
  4. With BondandMrBig on this one. Wrinkles add character. A MAN'S watch which looks perfect after a year suggests either (1). he lives with his arm in a safe or (2) he is a beautician. I would only take it off in such circumstances if the watch in question had zero water resistance. Watches, like knives, are made to be used, not dusted.
  5. Yes style. You are right Trigger. Without the style it is nothing but violence + fantasy and does not hold together. No one recognised this better then Fleming himself. If I could have any item from the films? Lazenby's Aston Martin in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service.' One should never suffer the 'lust of the eye' for material objects. Quite wrong. However, I come pretty near with that one.
  6. "God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." Ecclesiastes Ch. 7 vs. 29 Given your problem - which clearly is a shared problem - I was inspired to descend to my crepuscular laboratory. I am ever eager to give aid and assistance to marriedkind such as myself. In amongst the hissing limbecs, retorts and buzziing Scheidt globes and five picnic baskets that were wedding presents (none of which we have used), I have been working all night long. Now (holds up test tube of fizzing frothy liquid) I have finally got it. My gift the to world (represses hysterical manic laughter). I give you gentleman: Rohypnochron! The solution to all your problems. Now for some fresh air upstairs mythinks. The wife will wonder where I've got to. "Care for er...a drop of tea dear?"
  7. Great bit of kit Trigger! Dead jel. By the way. it's not Saudi Arabian. It's United Arab Emirates (ian).
  8. Hi artistmike, You write: "As to having only one watch, don't be silly, that's exactly like telling a woman she only needs one pair of shoes, try that and see how "grounded" they are,,, ... :D" I read that and laughed. You are quite right of course. I once once married to a women who had so many shoes that the shelf holding them in our (US) apartment collapsed. "Go sort it out" she ordered. I did. The black 'service engineer' who came round took one look at the huge (EImelda Marcos-like) mountain of shoes and splintered shelf and exclaimed "hey man, that just ain't natural. How many feet do your wife have??"[sic] So yes, I take your point. However, when it comes to watches, in my experience women don't give a damn, as long as it is deemed (1) expensive and (2) works. None of this 'engineering on the wrist' palaver.
  9. Just some thoughts.... (1). If you buy a watch as an investment (why??) then, of course, mechanical would be the way to go. If you have a manual wind Patek Phillippe then it will - in all likelihood - increase in value. However, consider the following (a). You can't just keep it in a draw wrapped in plastic. As any watch aficionado will tell you, if a watch is not a working watch, it will soon go into a sorry decline. That being the case, you will need to wind it. (B). If you wind it you will need to get it serviced every five years or so. (2). Servicing 'high-end' watches. As mentioned above, this can be exorbitant. I went to get a Speedmaster serviced and, alas, I cannot tell you exactly how much they were going to charge me. I think that I blacked out and went into a swoon at the mention of the figure. Fortunately, the owners of the emporium managed to revive me with smelling salts. (3). How many watches do you need? This may have me banned from this site, but I have come to the view that it is better to have one watch which you love (never mind the price, it's the value to you that matters), and wear it all the time. This was based on two factors. Firstly, I like to think that 'I was wearing this watch' when so-and-so happened in my life. You can still do this with a variety of watches, but it is not quite the same. Secondly, a guy I know who was an avid collector has just had his watches half-hinched. The collection of a life-time gone. This put things in perspective for me. (4). One of the comments above interested me. Women have a different view of watches. One reason why there is a massive price differential between vintage women's watches and vintage men's watches. Let's be honest, women are always far more 'grounded' on issues of technology. Forgive me for generalising, but their policy seems to be 'all I ask of a watch is that it looks shiny and tells the time.' Please don't throw rocks at me! I write this as a complement to women and not an indictment. Perhaps we should follow their good example. (5). If you want a vintage 'something' as an investment, don't choose watches. I suggest vintage electric guitars instead.
  10. I think that Dave makes a very interesting point here. Cards on the table: I like ceramic as a material. I welcome the other improvements. However, when I glance at my ceramic bezel I am eternally grateful that the numberals or not etched in gold. The reason being that if they were they would remind me of those ghastly modern tombstone. You know the ones: Polished black 'marble' with gold edged lettering. They are clearly designed to last to the day of judgment. This is something I find disturbing. There is even a touch of arrogance about it. So no (or little) Wabi-sabi. Maybe. Yet even those gold gravestones have their gold letterering fade away. As 'on my watch' rightly points out, you might slow decay down, but you cannot stop it. One last point. To me the appeal of vintage watches (rather like pre-loved 'anything'), is not just the fact that it is no longer commercially produced. Rather, it is the very fact that it has been 'pre-loved' before me. If it could speak, what story would it tell? This will not change whether the bezel is ceramic or aluminium, whether the crystal is plastic, mineral or sapphire.
  11. Positively brings back your faith in human nature doesn't it. Good on'ya Toff. Jolly good to know that there are still gentleman around. In point of fact that what my new room mate Max Clifford was saying to me only yesterday as he looked at a picture of my daughter. She's not that butch mind.
  12. Thanks Will. Very true. I don't know about you, but every time I pass an old jewellers and I see the inscription 'watchmaker' on the shingle outside, it always fills me with a touch of sadness. That, and 'Not dead, only resting.' Lionel, are you trying to tell us that Chelmsford is aiming to be a new European capital? Personally, I am all for Essex becoming independent. Why? Because it means at least somebody will vote for us in the European Song Contest.
  13. Hi Woody, This is a sore point. I wish - I WISH - I had bought one of these years ago. They are a classic in every sense. If you get mugged for your watch,.... it just might be me. But then, that's why they call my Captain Black.
  14. So this is the proposition. Design a watch - a good watch. Give it a cult name (say 'The Ark Royal'). Give is a standard ETA 2824 movement BUT a body built by a respected German maker. Most important of all, make it a limited edition. Then watch what happens. I am sure that Eddie Platt is as bemused as everybody else. Personally, I think that this watch is the dogs danglies. However, that aside, what I love about the watch is that it has acquired a published owners register. Wow! Forget Rolex and Patek Phillipe.... how exclusive can you get!?! Why not put one of Roy's in the same category. Which one would you suggest??
  15. Polite, well informed discussion. That is when this forum is at its best. If I might just move the discussion a little bit away from fashion watches, we also might consider, not so much the 'fashion' watch, but the 'fashionable' watch category. In this category you might include inter alia Bell & Ross, Chase Durer, Tag Heuer (not Heuer - the 'Tag' is vital), Raymond Weil, Chopard, Rado, Bulgari, Hublot. Nothing wrong with the product. In my view there are some lovely Bell & Ross watches. However, with all of the above, fashion seems to come above watch-making. This is reflected in the price. When you look 'under the bonnet' of most of these watches there is nothing sub-standard. That, however, is the point. It is just standard (unlike the price, my life!) So can you get a cigarette paper - given the price - between a 'fashion' watch and a 'fashionable' watch? Footnote. I read with interest the beautifully produced Bell & Ross brochure. At absolutely no point does it make mention of the type of movements used (other, that is, to say whether they are quartz or automatic).
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