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  1. My dear @Georg, I believe that this is generally speaking the case, as you will have seen from my above post. Regards, Honour
  2. This is an interesting question and one I have myself pondered on. Often, the vintage mechanical watches seem to be amazingly slim for their period when compared to the thickness of so many modern mechanical watches. When it comes to watch case diameter, my preference - when it comes down a watch for personal long-term wearing - is for a larger watch with 45 mm being ideal. Considering the slimness of my wrists, this might seem an odd preference, but I have found that smaller cases tend to cause the watch to move or slide around the wrist rather than sit firmly on top, which is a bit irritating.
  3. Lovely pics, @Roger the Dodger, and thanks for that explanation of hoar frost.
  4. I ended up with zero! The few I accumulated at the start of the issue ended up going to a charity shop although I did keep the booklets for them.
  5. May I just also thank those illustrious Forum members who have ably assisted in the search for the 1950s Timex for @jackteet. This "needle in a haystack" search was worth it just to see those old Timex adverts and watches, and it's nice to see a new member who appreciates the work that Forum members often do to answer queries.
  6. Many thanks for the guide to polishing glass, dear @Roger the Dodger. I will see what I can do. We had thought about buying a Dremel but wondered how much use it would get; however, I may be able to borrow one from a friend just to polish the paperweight.
  7. (Above pic from Veronica Law - see text and link towards the end of this topic) My latest watch purchase is a bit of fun; not to be taken too seriously. In 2012 Clicloc watches came on the scene, and I have just bought one of the Clicloc models pre-owned and working but with a couple of minor issues that could do with fixing. When Clicloc watches were launched there was quite a bit of positive publicity in the fashion media, but they seem to be no longer a current brand and may be difficult to buy new. As far as I can make out, there were basically two Clicloc collections or “flavours”. The common features of these two collections are interchangeable colourful straps and dials very similar in style and pattern, flat mineral glass crystal, and Japanese quartz movement. The first series of watches - Clicloc Classic - have pop-out 33 mm steel cases which, when in situ, are contained in a silicon outer cover integral to the strap that covers the sides and outer bezel of the watch,diameter 41 mm. Water resistance is at 30 metres. The Clicloc Classic collection is so similar to Clicloc Fusion and Clicloc Couture watches so-named in certain fashion media sources that I cannot distinguish between them, and have myself designated all watches in this group as Clicloc Classic items. The other group of watches, called “ni”and “MINI ni” have open visible stainless steel outer case sides, bezel and back, which slide as a unit along the strap when being swapped to another strap. A key feature of all the Clicloc watches is the clever use of a "bistable memory steel spring encased in surgical grade hypoallergenic siliconpolymer" such that when off the wrist, the strap is curled up. There is no buckle or fixing required; instead, the wearer relies on the tension of the coiled spring strap to hold the watch on the wrist. Two pics of a Clicloc Classic (also described elsewhere as a Clicloc Couture) watch in its original packaging and, below, on the wrist (pics from Sparklyvodka). The bottom pic also shows this model and colourway (pic from Cuff & Neck): This Clicloc Classic watch is listed on Amazon as a Clicloc Fusion piece (pic from Amazon UK): A pyramid of Clicloc Classic watches - listed in this source as "Clicloc Couture" watches (pic from Union Los Angeles): Picture of the pink-strap/pink-dial Clicloc watch identical to the bottom left watch in the above pictured pile of Clicloc watches (pic from the Evening Standard); My own Clicloc watch is apparently one of the second group of Clicloc watches, a ni, with a fully visible steel case and bezel that can be removed from the strap by sliding it off. The steel back of the watch reads as follows: “CLICLOC / LONDON / STAINLESS STEEL STRUCTURE. HARDENED / MINERAL GLASS. WATER RESISTANT 50M. / EQUIPMENT FOR SUPERHEROES”. Access to the movement/battery is obtained via a small slot on the side of the watch between the case and the back, although as my watch is working, I have not attempted to open the watch up. Interestingly, my particular Clicloc watch is not one I have seen illustrated as it has a date feature at 3 o’clock. It also has a strange fault in that the dial is slightly misaligned such that the 3 o’clock dial marker and dial pattern doesn’t accurately line up with the crown, which is a bit visually disconcerting. Case diameter on my watch is 42 mm (not incl. crown) and the watch is a not inconsiderable 17 mm thick. In use, the strap does seem to hold the watch quite comfortably, though the curve produced by the steel in the strap doesn’t hug the shape of the wrist and I don’t know if that would irritate me over a long period of wearing the watch. Blue-strap Clicloc ni wristwatch very similar to my own including the optional combination of hour markers and numbers on the dial (pic from The Independent): Pale pink-strap Clicloc ni wristwatch without markers/numbers on the dial (pic from Amazon UK): Clicloc watches represent a novel approach to the problem of attaching a wrist watch to the wrist, and the watches as a whole provide a lively and playful, if repetitive, design concept. They sit neatly in the "unisex" category and I haven't allocated gender designations which appear in some listings. In price, the watches were not particularly expensive when new, ranging from about £25 to £45 with a single strap. I paid £5 for mine, from a local collectibles shop, and apart from the dial misalignment it is in good condition and working. Before ending this topic, I must just say that Clicloc watches are discussed and illustrated in a short online article by Veronica Law, the design consultant for Clicloc watches who was responsible for “Clicloc’s creative concepts, overall look and feel, in 2012”. This article can be found online at: https://www.veronicalaw.co.uk/clicloc and it is well worth a look. Finally, I must apologise for the poor quality of the photos shown in this topic; there just don't seem to be many decent images now available for me to download, although I do recommend that the reader visit the online Veronica Law piece mentioned here above if sufficiently interested in Clicloc watches. Two pictures showing a pink-strap Clicloc MINI ni wristwatch and the larger ni wristwatch (pics from Life in a Break Down):
  8. I recently purchased a shaped millefiori paperweight from a friendly acquaintance after noting a small amount of damage to the edge. There had been a small chip which someone had attempted to polish out; they had managed to smooth it quite nicely but were obviously unable to bring the repair to a high polish. The seller of the paperweight mentioned that a friend of his had a set of hand tools that could be used to polish small areas of glass to a high shineattached . Apparently the ends of these tools had some sort of stone or mineral attached to them which was used on the glass to polish it out. I wonder if anyone has come across such tools and can give me more information about them. I would also be interested to know if they can be used on glass watch crystals; also, where can I buy these tools if it is worth acquiring a set.
  9. What a great parade of watches. Just too many to place individual reactiopns to. I must confess that I do usually wear a watch with a date function. The only date feature I must have on a long-term wearer is the day of the month. I am not in need (yet) of a day of the week feature, and I am really not into moonphases or the state of the tide; I only have to walk down the road to the river estuary to guauge the latter.
  10. Thanks for those responses. I shall certainly keep an eye on the battery in case of leakage. Although my thread-head isn't really a "topic" or an article as such, I shall move it to my topics column for safe keeping, ready to hopefully draw some conclusions at a later date.
  11. Great watch; the sort of chronograph that can be worn anywhere and I do like to see one of the lesser known quality brands highlighted here on the Forum. Thanks also to JoT and Roy for dating the watch - I always like to have an approximate date of manufacture to fit the watch into my internal mental watch dating system.
  12. I thought I would just show you my latest bargain purchase - a Swatch Rose Rebel plastic quartz watch with silicon strap, in very good cosmetic condition - and mention that I am testing out an inexpensive Hyundi alkaline battery in the watch. So far, the watch is keeping good time and I wonder how long this battery will last when compared with a silver oxide example. I also wonder how an inexpensive alkaline watch battery compares to one of the more expensive brands. Using a Swatch watch to run this test is sensible because the battery can easily be removed or swapped by a quick coin twist to the small battery compartment lid on the back of the watch; I find that the twenty pence piece fits the slot very well. I bought my example for a mere 75 pence in a charity shop and was well pleased. I believe Swatch designates my watch as being a gents example, although it is also listed elsewhere as being unisex. The pastel pink dial has a nice metallic sheen and the dial markers and sweep hand are dark purple. The plastic case is 40 mm across (not incl. crown) and the crystal is also plastic, as is the strap buckle; stated water resistance is 30 metres. On my example, the day and date cannot be changed by a "quick set" process and I presume that this is a fault with my particular watch. Going back to the battery matter, I have a feeling that those charity shops which always put new batteries in quartz watches they sell are using alkaline batteries rather than the more expensive silver oxide examples. One thing I do worry about with alkaline watch batteries is the potential for battery leakage; I wonder if alkaline watch batteries - especially cheaper examples - are prone to leakage or at least are more likely to leak at an earlier stage in their life than silver oxide examples. I would be most interested to hear other Forum members' experience of alkaline watch batteries, and their recommendations. Anyway, I leave you with a picture from Swatch of the Rose Rebel gents watch, which costs £66 from the company itself.
  13. This is a fascinating puzzle, and looking in depth online reveals some rather good mechanical watches, including chronographs, branded "Mikado" (usually with the fan logo), especially in the 1970s. It seems that at least some of these watches were manufactured by Swiss/German companies, or at the least kitted out with Swiss movements. I had a look at the American "Mikado Precision Industries Limited" registration, you mention dear @spinynorman, on alter.com, and it does seem that watches were a product of the firm. I do hope that more information comes to light about Mikado watches.
  14. Dear @Georg and @Balaton1109, just to clarify, there is a difference between the spelter used for clock cases, figures, and other ornamental items, in the mid and late 19th century, and Zamac/Zamak alloys. Although the term "spelter" has been used for brass alloys containing zinc, and even for zinc itself, the alloy as generally understood comprises mainly zinc and lead. Unlike Zamak alloys, which contain a small but vital amount of aluminium and no lead, zinc-lead spelter is too soft to possess any meaningful mechanical properties. Zamak itself is widely used in the die-casting process to form all sorts of useful items and components, and a useful explanation of Zamak and its uses can be found online at https://www.diecasting-mould.com/news/what-is-zamak-zamak-properties-types-of-zamak-alloys-diecasting-mould
  15. Thank you so much @PrivateCustard for that look at your collection. The series of photographs are excellent and showcase your thoughtful choice of watches; a collection that includes something for everyone yet somehow forms a cohesive whole.
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