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  1. Sometimes, one enters a surreal world when it comes to watch collecting. The name, "Baby Monster" is just so brilliantly whacky and the watches are pretty good as well.
  2. I say, go for it! Given my lack of prowess in actually trying to fix watches, I thought the most suitable tool would be this one - and it even comes with all the accessories: £123.40 on the Bay with Free postage. What's not to like?
  3. Thanks for that nice reply. I like your way of supporting charity by means of your active interest in watches - everyone's a winner.
  4. Thanks @jmm1 for providing that interesting video. I enjoyed it very much, in a "gruesome" sort of way. Actually, I was relieved to see that at least he didn't go too far in renewing/restoring the watch dial and avoided cleaning the numeral markers; I did wonder where he disposed of the old lume from the hands. One other thing that struck me was his wearing of gloves throughout the restoration work. I find that gloves get in the way of fine manipulation of things but then I am not very good at fine craft work at the best of times.
  5. My feeling is that the watch dates to about 1955-60. Other than that, I can only agree with everything that AVO has said here above.
  6. When you gave the date of your watch, my internal design library buzzed an alarm in my head and suggested that your watch is later than 1955. I checked on a few similar watches online and reckon that the mid 1960s is nearer the mark. Nothing wrong with that, I hasten to add, just a small correction of position on the timeline.
  7. Interesting Casio that and the Hotbiz name was used for a number of Casio models such as the example I show here below. It would be interesting to know exactly when the Hotbiz series of watches began and ended. (Pic from i.pinimg.com/originals) As far as the original strap for your watch is concerned, Danny, the original would have been as in the picture I show here below and given the small lug size (presumably on the underside where the strap is fixed to the watch) it might be difficult to source. Have you contacted Casio themselves... You never know your luck.
  8. Check this out! Kristina came upon the following calendar conundrum the other day, and I thought it would interest Forum members: If you add your age to the year of your birth, the result will be the current year, 2020. This should hold for anyone and everyone, and the event only occurs one year in every millennium. I thought about this mathematically and can see some logic behind it; for a full explanation, I await a mathematical Forum member to explain. Also, any other interesting calendar conundrums or coincidences would be gratefully received to expand this thread.
  9. Dear @Gaucho, I have moved this thread from the vintage watches section to "Watchmaking & Repairs", which I feel is a more appropriate part of the Forum and more likely to provide you with the information you are looking for.
  10. Many thanks for the help and the positive reactions. It warms the cockles of my heart.
  11. I have just splashed out £30 in a local charity shop on a rather beautiful pre-owned Skagen Viggo in titanium with a steel mesh bracelet (Model number 234XXLT). I believe that this particular model is just about no longer current but I did manage find it still advertized on the Skagen website for £84.99, down from RRP of £135. I fell in love with the watch as soon as I picked it up; the quality of the watch itself seems to be impeccable and in addition to the fine aesthetics, the watch feels gorgeous in the hand with the case moving smoothly into the slinky mesh bracelet. The watch has a 42mm
  12. I have looked at Panerai over the years and have loved them from a distance - they are a bit of a Marmite brand or an acquired taste but the Panerai name is in the pantheon of the classics. There have been some very helpful remarks made on this thread and WRENCH, JoT , and scottswatches have, in their combined posts, basically said what I myself would have said about buying a Panerai. Good luck with your search, and always tread with caution on this one, @Andrew456.
  13. Dear @DurhamG, I don't know if you have had a look at the history of Stockwell & Co. and their relationship with watches but if you haven't then you might like to read the considerable amount of material provided at the following web address: vintagewatchstraps.com/blogstockwell.php
  14. Dear @Sridharvc, and @johnbaz, you might be interested to read a useful article about the Cyma Navystar wristwatch; in particular a 1950s example with a caliber R.459 caliber movement with Cymaflex shock resistance marked, "TAVANNES". The web address for this is as follows: thewatchbloke.co.uk/2015/04/15/cyma-navystar/
  15. Dear Sulie, I can't make up my mind as to whether I like the large 6 and 12 numerals impinging on the upper and lower chronograph registers. It is a bit confusing visually but is quite a striking aesthetic.
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