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Everything posted by richy176

  1. As I got older, my watches got bigger but that was mainly because watches generally got bigger. About to hit the mid 70's and no desire to wear smaller watches - 39mm seems too small.
  2. As they are still in business I think you have your answer.
  3. If you were buying a new watch from a business based in the EU then the final price would not be much different if we were in or out of the EU. When we were in the EU VAT would have been in cluded in the price and the VAT paid to revenue in that country e.g. Germany. Now the price would exclude VAT and that would be collected by customs on import to the UK. You would pay a handling fee to the courier and that would be the same regardless of the cost of the watch. Buying pre owned watches from the EU is another matter as you pay VAT on the price despite the fact that VAT was paid in the home country.
  4. I am lucky - my arms are normal length.
  5. Send it to me Roy and just call when you want to know the time.
  6. I would guess the strap will be between £1k and £1.5k
  7. I was thinking more about buying new where only one lot of VAT is charged. About the only way to avoid double VAT on used items from EU countries would be for the seller to mark the customs declaration as a gift and maybe include a birthday card to make it look good.
  8. Most food is zero rated or you could buy children's clothes, books and magazines or buy from charity shops (items must have been donated by the public). If you want a pre-owned watch then best to buy from a UK dealer as they will probably only charge VAT on their mark up whereas an imported one will suffer the full 20%. Why is it that we only complain about being hit by VAT on watches we import. Can't recall seeing a thread on here saying "got clobbered with £1k of VAT on the Rolex I bought from a UK AD"
  9. I suppose if you have a yellow gold Rolex then you are showing that you have some wealth and adding diamonds is just adding bling. If you go for white gold or platinum then many people might take it for the stainless steel version and you could argue that you are concealing the true cost and that is maybe stealth wealth.
  10. The OP is looking for a vintage watch to remember the relative that left the money and birthyear watches may well have something to fit the bill. Generally, any watch that is 20 years old is classified as vintage (at 100 years they become antique).
  11. Have a look at www.birthyearwatches.com. Run by a respected member of this forum.
  12. I just look to see if it is a post from you
  13. For the nespresso machine try some Jamaican Blue Mountain or Hawaii Kona - not cheap but really tasty.
  14. Of the three I would go for the Ball but would ignore them all and go for the Steinhart.
  15. On that basis you should only buy the cheapest available. Spend money on a car and you could have an accident, have some low life key it so best only buy an old banger. New pair of jeans - tesco etc rather than Levi just in case you snag them on a nail and rip them. If you can afford the watch whilst still putting food on the table, going on a family holiday etc then go for it. Otherwise wait until you are in that position.
  16. Now you have lost the love for Man U at least Liverpool would have the same shirt colour.
  17. No point buying a Rolex if you don't want to know you are spending a bit of a wedge on your watch. If you ask 100 people `what watch is expensive' then top answer would be Rolex. Of course, if you asked 100 forum members you might get 100 different answers.
  18. Must admit I do not like the dial and it is too small for me. Over the last few years watches have been getting bigger and 36mm has tended to be listed in the women's watch section of catalogues. That just makes me wonder how easy it will be to sell this later = sure it would sell be maybe take a while.
  19. With AXA (and probably all companies) you ned to check the policy and the policy booklet they issue - this can be 30+ pages. Although a single item may be covered up to £10k they may say you have to list any individual item over £X.. I am with them via the AA and last last year reported damage to a laptop and they said `no problem, get it repaired'. Sent the repair receipt and had an email asking if I wanted a cheque or payment direct to my bank account. Few minutes later another email saying claim rejected as a laptop is considered a `valuable' and not covered for accidental damage. Lodged a complain on basis that there is no clear description of what are considered valuables in the section of the policy booklet relating to accidental cover and the face that the claims department did not pick up on that when I first lodged the claim - not expecting them to change their mind.
  20. Hi Steve - welcome to the forum. I have an Astron it also took a few days to charge. It would be worth posting again in the main discussion section using a less specific heading - maybe `how to keep a solar watch powered in winter' as quite a few members own a solar powered watch. This is mine. Just had a look in my handbook and from flat it would take 3.5 hours under fluorescent light in an office to charge enough for 1 day. To go from flat to fully charged would take 420 hours under fluorescent light; 115 hours of light on a cloudy day and 50 hours of sunlight.
  21. That will not be on my wish list - hurts my eyes looking at them.
  22. Hi, welcome to the forum. This is probably not the best section to ask your question - maybe try the `watchmaking and repairs' section. Maybe one of the forum moderators could move your post @WRENCH, @JoT?
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