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Everything posted by richy176

  1. With Lexus, they found it difficult to sell them under the Toyota brand whereas Seiko are not struggling to sell their GS models. At first they did have Seiko on the dial at the 12 position and GS near the 6 but now just have Grand Seiko and GS on the dial. With the GS range, Seiko are not trying to compete with mass produced brands like Rolex. Initially they sold the GS to the home market and have expanded because the demand has been there. If you are a brand snob then I could understand that you would not want any association with Seiko on your GS but as the company is not meeting resistance in the market why should they rebrand?
  2. How can you be down the road if you are up a drain pipe? That is no way to talk about your wife - buy her some flowers and apologise.
  3. These would be my three Audermars Royal Oak 14790st auto Seiko snowflake springdrive Rolex Polar explorer II 16570 auto If these are not your chosen three then I will PM you my address as they deserve a more loving home.
  4. Not many buy them as an investment but they can give many years of pleasure. They will probably lose money over a number of years but you can lose money faster by buying a new car every 2 - 3 years. You could spend the equivalent of a Rolex on a family holiday but you could sell the Rolex - can't sell your holiday memories.
  5. Nothing wrong with the brand and if you like that watch then go for it. Does not seem to be much love for them on here but it would be on your wrist so only your opinion really matters. I would imagine that anyone with OCD might find the screws on the bezel annoying as they are all at different angles.
  6. I have solar panels and could top up during the day from those. I do wonder though if there are enough raw materials available to produce the EVs when sales of new petrol and diesels are banned.
  7. sounds like a good place for solar panels and batteries. I live in an area with no bus service and so a vehicle is essential. If the plan was to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles then I would be very concerned but as we can continue to run these then by the time they need renewing there should be a decent supply of used EVs available. I think concerns about the pressure on the grid are over pessimistic. The average daily mileage for car drivers is only 20 miles a day and they would only need to charge once a week or so.. Obviously a bigger problem for high mileage drivers but with improved battery technology the range should improve.
  8. Probably a new idea but apart from the novelty, would anyone want it. Just putting a little air into a buoyancy vest.
  9. Sounds as if you are close to getting your telegram from the Queen. I still have 26 years before I get mine (probably from a King) so far too young to stop wearing my watches.
  10. Prefer the white but trying to work out what time the 24 hour hand is showing.
  11. There are supposed to be lots of these materials in Afghanistan - maybe why Russia is so keen to keep an embassy there?
  12. You are not really looking at a watch so much as a fitness/health tracker that also shows the time. You really need to look at what activities your wife wants to monitor and go from there.
  13. The Air King has a rrp of £5150 but a long waiting list. The alternative is to buy one pre owned for £6k to £7k. Why on earth would I want to pay more? I would not want an Air King anyway but would be very wary of a 2021 model that was not in pristine condition and with box, papers and original receipt. Tell you what - I will say that I would pay up to £15k. Now you can rush to buy one at £6k to £7k and offer to sell it to me for £15k. At that point I will tell you I have changed my mind. On the forum, members often say there is no such thing as a stupid question but I think you have proved them wrong.
  14. Have you seen many GS limited editions that have dropped that much?
  15. They may have a far lower cost base in wages, working conditions, cost of land for premises, utility costs etc. Why does Nike issue statements about child labour, forced labour etc - https://purpose.nike.com/nike-statement-on-forced-labor? Maybe goods made by Chinese companies do not apply such standards? When I first worked in the Middle East in the late 1970's, British construction companies were finding it increasingly difficult to compete against Korean companies. At that time Koreans leaving education had to serve 2 years in the armed forces or 2 years overseas with a construction company (living in barracks, doing PE on a parade ground every morning). British workers wanted smaller living quarters and `management' often had wives/family with them. A few years later the Koreans were concerned about competition from Indian, Thai and Philippine companies and finally Chinese ones. As Korea became wealthier wages increased and workers expected better working conditions. In 2010 the average annual wage in a Chinese manufacturing factory was about £3450 but by 2020 this had risen to £9330 - fair bit lower than in the western world. Chine is also reputed to offer subsidies to companies producing goods for export.
  16. Have many batteries been sent to these countries for recycling? They can last for many years and all that happens is that they lose capacity to hold the charge meaning the range falls. If you have an EV with a range of 200 miles then after 15 years it should still be at 80% capacity and would have a range of 160 miles. Alternatively the battery in the car could be replaced and the old battery used at home where it could be charged at night at a cheaper rate and the stored energy used during the day.
  17. I'd send it back for a refund - there is a hand missing if you look closely.
  18. Best price would probably be from a private sale but you may not always be dealing with buyers who are trustworthy. Selling to the dealers mentioned by @odyseus10 you would be safe but not achieve the best price. The model and age will affect the price and having the box, papers and service history would help.
  19. The Rado looks more dress watch than diver to me. Have you looked at Steinhart? They do some good looking divers and seem to be well regarded on the forum.
  20. Of course you need one. You know it makes sense and you only asked the question so that your fellow forum members could agree that this is a serious NEED. Ignore the forum jokers who will invent spurious reasons why you do not need an Air King - YOU NEED ONE.
  21. How often do you experience long power cuts? Maybe the answer is to keep the battery charged rather than run it flat. Solar power and batteries are getting cheaper so many house with a drive could avoid the need to use public charging facilities. There may be problems for people travelling to very popular holiday spots e.g. Lake District, Cornwall, parts of Scotland where demand for charging points far exceeds availability at peak hol;iday times. Many motorway service stations have fast chargers which will get most batteries to 80% in less that an hour and on that journey you would probably stop at least once and maybe twice. One answer might be to buy a smaller ev for everyday use and then hire one with a greater range for the occasional long trip.
  22. I agree that 100m should be perfectly adequate for most of is but it just feels wrong on a watch called Explorer - 200m would be ideal even though I don't ned it. It also seems wrong to have 600m pr 1000m in a watch made for general sale rather than for specialists. Just me?
  23. A special edition for the 1994 Lillehammer winter Olympics where Omega were not the official timekeepers. My winter Olympics model for the 2010 Vancouver games.
  24. Aaaagh - @Always"watching"I really enjoy your articles but that white face Explorer II is just about the only Rolex that I would buy and you have revived my desire for one. I got lots of strange stares when I was walking around Sainsbury chanting "I do not need another watch".
  25. Have you not mentioned this to him before? He may have been pretending to be asleep when he did all this.
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