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  1. I am less worried about the lack of protective stickers than I am about shop staff handling and setting the time and date on an automatic watch. I bought a Seiko automatic some time ago from a well-known bricks & mortar store, and I did wonder whether the young assistant realized that she needed to be careful when setting the date so as not to damage the watch mechanism. Everything was OK fortunately. At least when the protective gumph has been removed from the watch by the seller, you can give the item a thorough visual examination before actually deciding to buy.
  2. Dear @WEXFORD63 and @nevenbekriev, I have had a look at my copy of "Collectible Clocks 1840-1940" by Alan & Rita Shenton and the authors show a number of dial clocks including a few that are very close to your own example even down to the typeface used for the maker's/retailer's surname and address. It would appear that the use of the fusee in these clocks was a hangover from an English tradition and continued well into the twentieth century in British-made office, railway and factory clocks. With regard to the typeface used on the dial of your clock and the use of a fusee in what may well
  3. Dear @WEXFORD63I have also taken a look at this query and, like @spinynorman, I have been unable to connect the name "Mash" with any known clockmaker or retailer of clocks. It is very difficult to accurately date your clock from its style and external construction, although I believe that the font used in the lettering on the dial probably places it in the 1920-1950 period. If, as seems likely, your clock was used by a school - possibly one sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church - it raises the question as to what type of organization supplied the clock to the school: was it bought in on
  4. Thanks for showing that watch, @BondandBigM. I haven't been following the fortunes of watchmaking at Louis Vuitton in great detail, but I am aware that over recent years the company has made great strides, horologically, even if its watches have perhaps a rather Marmite-like appeal and are unabashed luxury products not available to us lesser mortals. After a considerable investment in the acquisition of specialist watch component companies, Louis Vuitton is now a fully fledged integrated vertical watch manufacturer, building its own movements, cases, dials, and other components within its dif
  5. I believe that we have "met" before on the Forum in your interesting post about military watches. Welcome to the Forum.
  6. Thanks for acknowledging my contribution to this thread, @Herold. I think my confusion was justifiable, and I hope you find the information you are seeking. I would presume that most major military organizations past and present that sponsor or provide watches for servicemen would apply criteria or standards for those watches, and this subject could turn out to be pretty big when considering it on an international scale.
  7. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with going for a collection of known and admired classics, but I would hope that you will eventually feel able to be a bit more adventurous in your choices. There's a wonderful world of watches out there to explore!
  8. I am very careful when writing reviews of current watches, and I endeavour to give opinions only when I have sufficient material on which to base them. I am not in the privileged position of having access to watches for review, but feel that it would be a shame not to keep Forum members abreast of those new watches which may be of particular interest. You did not deeply offend me by your remarks about my "guesswork", Kevin (kevkojak), but I do think that you have milked to death that point about my assumption for the purposes of my topic that the Slipstream and Locksley London watches are of r
  9. What an interesting initial post, @Herold, and welcome to the Forum. I am sure your knowledge of Zenith will prove to be helpful in Future Forum posts. I am not quite sure what you mean by "military standards of time" as opposed to the standardization of time generally in the UK based on GMT. Until the middle of the 19th century, almost every town kept its own time based on the position of the sun. However, with the expansion of the railways in the UK, and the use of railway timetables, it became necessary for some form of standardization of time to be laid down across the country, rememb
  10. In response to what does seem to be a somewhat unwarranted and overly vehement attack that verges on the personal, Kev @kevkojak, I would say the following: I made it absolutely clear that my article was only an INTRODUCTION to these two brands, and because of that, I felt able to make the assumption of a certain degree of quality in the watches and, more importantly, I had the honesty to state that this was an assumption and not based on handling the watches. The tenor of my topic was that the topic was a first look at the watches prior to anyone interested in them pursuing this for them
  11. I thought I would just give a heads-up introduction to a couple of WatchShop own brands in this topic. WatchShop sometimes sells watches from certain companies on an “exclusive” basis, and their own brand items are really an extension of this policy, with some of these own brand watches being sold elsewhere other than by WatchShop. The two brands I am looking at here are Slipstream and Locksley London, both of which comprise watches designed by/for WatchShop and powered by (probably all Japanese) quartz movements. Please note that because this is an introductory topic, I have provided an assor
  12. I hadn't heard of A-13A prior to spotting your picture of their Pilot Watch, dear @Bonzodog, and I presume that this watch is their first and currently only model. I agree with @Biker about the watch and I do rather like it. The company website is at a-13a.com, and the Pilot Watch, which is powered by a quartz ETA caliber 251.264 chronograph movement, is priced at 650 euros. The watch has a 42 mm steel case and double anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal; water resistance is at 100 metres. (Above two pics from a-13a.com)
  13. In connection with Leica watches, you might like to read the article dated 13 June 2018 on Hodinkee by Stephen Pulvirent entitled, "Introducing the Leica L1 and L2 Watches (Live Pics & Details)", online at hodinkee.com/articles/leica-watch-l1-l2-introducing
  14. Are you trying to put me off green watches? First the pistachio ice cream watch and then that ugly green tourbillon Breitling for Bentley model. On safer ground with blue, perhaps, with that gorgeous Duograph; thanks for showing that watch John.
  15. I do like green watches generally speaking but that pistachio ice-cream colour just doesn't seem right for that watch. I'd go for the copper dial on the Datora - very nice. But very pricey.
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