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  1. Thanks for thee feedback Kutusov, I'll have a search for the other thread.
  2. Thanks for the feedback everyone - blue is my favourite colour!
  3. Wear a watch to bed - you mean as in singular? :eek: :)
  4. Can anyone explain why Vostok Europe was created - doesn't it just cause confusion?
  5. The reverse casing and strap The leather strap and clasp On the wrist!
  6. Thanks for the comments weaselid. Right, here are some photo's, starting with the snazzy bag and outer presentation box. The weighty and very sturdy main presentation box, user guide, cleaning cloth and personal letter As the watch is presented The crown and pushers
  7. As I was heading into Town (SW London) for a meet up with some friends last Friday, and had to pass Maidenhead in any case, I kept a long held promise to myself and arranged a visit to the Christopher Ward showroom en route. I say ‘long held’, but in reality, up to a few months ago, I’d never even heard of them! But such has been my interest in watches since having the time to make it much more of an interest, albeit with limited knowledge, I’d pretty much made up my mind to buy a CW, the question was, which one? I was also fortunate that I had some money set aside for a purchase, as I’d recently returned and received a full refund on a Mont Blanc I’d brought on New Year’s Eve, but which I found, sadly, that I couldn’t get by with. I’ve yet to buy a watch on-line and as I’m just off of J14 of the M4 and the CW office at Maidenhead is just off J8/9, it seemed an ideal opportunity to see 1st hand the various models I was interested in. But as usual for me these days, leaving things late, I only contacted them on the Wednesday before my trip and was eventually put through to Declan, but there were no problems and an 11am appointment was made. So on the Friday, after a quick 40 minute scoot along the M4, I found myself in Maidenhead, which if you don’t know it, is only a small town, meaning it was quick and easy to find where I needed to be. I parked up the car at a nearby pay and display (there is no visitor parking) and presented myself at their discreet, unmarked office in Park Street. Inside I was shown into the comfortable showroom, which is immediately to the left of the main entrance and kindly offered refreshments! I had a list. And after much deliberation, I’d already decided on choosing between the following: C8 Pilot Mk2 vintage C11 MSL Automatic vintage C11 Titanium Elite chronometer The new C1000 Typhoon chronometer Limited edition Bluebird Well, the 1st thing I spotted was the Typhoon and it’s a beautifully designed watch, with the lower sub-dial using a discreet type of RAF roundel to lift it above an otherwise all black finish. The case is ceramic and what struck me was how physically light it was, which isn’t what’s normally expected in a watch costing £1500 - but what a thing of beauty and it looked so good on the wrist. But there is an all black version, which hasn’t been released yet and although I was swayed by what was on my wrist, I decided to check out the all black version first before deciding whether to go ahead and buy. There’s actually a 19 minute independent review of this watch on you tube, which is well worth checking out. It turned out that the C8 Pilot didn’t do it for me in vintage, I found I preferred the white hands and numerals with the black dial. It just felt ‘cleaner’ to me (excuse technical terms –lol), but having tried it on, I didn’t find the brown leather strap too appealing, but no problem, as in a nano-second, Declan had fitted the strap that was originally with the vintage and I much preferred this combination of strap and watch. The vintage strap is quite light, almost with an orange hue, but I was assured it would darken and as that would a natural process, it should end up as very attractive. My willpower to stick to my list was slowly being eroded with all the goodies laid out in front of me in 2/3 display boxes and Declan, who was incredibly patient and helpful throughout, was dutifully identifying various watches for me! But next up was the Bluebird. I’d loved the design of this as presented on the ‘net, but in person, it truly is a thing of beauty! The version I was interested in has a black leather strap, with white stitching and matching blue inlays within the strap. It fitted like a dream at the 1st attempt and the weight and balance felt perfect. It felt like the watch just belonged to me. It is however, a quartz watch, which wouldn’t normally be my first choice (any more). And never having owned a chronograph before or even having much interest in them, I initially thought what turned out to be the large chrono stop-watch was the second hand - and was pleased to learn it wasn’t, thus avoiding that ‘jarring’ movement. I knew immediately this was the watch I was going to buy. But onwards and upwards and next on the wrist was the C11 titanium elite chronometer, another limited edition, with yellow numbers with yellow and black hands and quite a long black rubber strap. Again, what struck me was the lightness, especially compared with the normal version of this watch and to compare, I tried on the C11 Makaira pro 500, which is essentially the base model for the elite, minus Titanium and chronometer. I actually think I preferred the heavier pro 500, with white hands and numerals. And so it went on – and on – I also belatedly took a shine to the C11 MSL Automatic, but again rejecting the vintage, I found I preferred the white hand and numerals of the ‘Brown’ version. I love the simple design and again this watch just felt a natural for me. The final watch that caught my attention was the C60 Trident GMT, with bracelet. I want a GMT and this is certainly an option. I had arrived at just after 11am and asked Declan how long I had, he suggested midday and I suspect he probably had a Friday lunch with colleagues planned! But he was very kind and patient and it had turned 12.25 by the time I left - £499 lighter - with my newly purchased Bluebird, which is the new love of my life! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CW’s and it was left that I would email Declan for another viewing once the all-black Typhoon is available. He also kindly wrote out an amended wish list for my next visit, which is actually longer than my original! But I’m pretty certain about what I’m going back for. Generally, I have found this forum to be an absolute treasure trove of information, not only by learning more about the different types of collectors there are, but as a source of knowledge about everything watches. I now have on my wish list, watches from companies across the globe, that I had never previously heard of. I’m also beginning to realise, that I’m not so much of a collector, but rather, I see myself as an ‘acquirer’, as I can’t imagine ever ‘flipping’ anything I buy, well that’s what I think at the moment in any case! I’ve also learnt that I have to be true to myself and go for what I want, for the reasons I want them, which will, being honest, be based mainly on design and of course, price - again that's as things stand! The ‘authenticity’ of a company as a watch producer is not an issue, nor is whether they are seen as prestigious or not. For example, I’m aware that CW has it ‘naysayers’, and that many of their designs are interpretations of the classics, which are oft-copied in any case, but they are great value for money and many are, to me, fabulous to look at. It will be interesting to see how they develop in future? Photos of my Bluebird to follow.
  8. That's fantastic, but this was a new model, updated version, I guess? Ernest Jones has it on their site.
  9. Top of my list to start with, if some kind soul could lend me £5.4k, is the Omega Seamaster blue dial titanium watch. I tried it on today and positively drooled at the thought of having one.
  10. That's appreciated, thanks. I accept the price is OTT I suspect Rotary have not tried to distinguish it from a speedmaster! Opinion appreciated. I'll probably go for it, it'll go well with the clubs polo shirts! :lol:
  11. Don't pull any punches mate, say what you really mean... :lol: Obviously a spud! :D
  12. All it say's is: Stainless Steel 5 Link Adjustable Bracelet Deployment Clasp with Chelsea Crest But looking at a blow up of the photos I don't think they are solid. Nor sure when I can find out more? I knew a premium would be loaded, as stated in my OP. I'm sure what I'm paying extra for is the Chelsea connection and the finish. Am I happy with that - hmmmm? Thanks for the feedback, I'll let you know what I do!
  13. Apologies, the link went awol, prices posted above your post. I actually think its different to the players version, which all appear personalised. Having trouble adding a photo (format), hope this helps
  14. The link has disappeared, are they not allowed? Prices are £395 for the bracelet and £295 for the black leather strap.
  15. I'm a lifelong fan, which will probably upset some on here, lol! Anyway, as a club member, I've just had the details of this watch, made by Rotary, sent to me. Now I know it's going to have an inflated price and I really expected to hate it, but, ahem, I actually quite like what I see. It's a chronograph, which I don't normally go for, but as a 'club watch', it's not exactly OTT, with some nice touches. The case is 40mm and comes with either a bracelet or black leather strap, which is growing on me. The movement is described as 'Swiss made quartz chronograph'. What do you guy's think, club loyalties / views aside (well at least try :D), okay at the price or a complete rip-off? Watch details here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xhiuh5m50I
  16. thanks' Woody, those photo's are helpful. In that they show that whilst the logo is different to my watch and is what I regard as being associated with victorinox, the brand name isn't used and it's simply known as 'swiss army', confirming what others have posted. Nice watch as well! And I promise the watch will get some much needed TLC!
  17. Okay, thanks for the above replies. It does appear that there has been a tidying up of the brand, which makes sense I guess, although it meant my wee fella suffered as a result. First stop will be the watch specialist, re: the crystal and who knows, he may just know about the strap?
  18. Hi everyone, at 13.47 on 21.12.96 (I know as I have the receipt :D), I bought a Swiss Army Brand Delta watch from Mappin & Webb in Kingston. It set me back the princely sum of £305, but I was a happy bunny as I really liked the watch. Years go by and it took a few knocks and it eventually played 2nd fiddle to others. Mappin & Webb stopped selling them and couldn't help me with a replacement strap. Likewise the Domed, supposedly hardened crystal acquired a few noticeable scratches. I now want to put it back to it's original glory. I thought I'd have no trouble getting info from the net, but it appears that the brand has completely disappeared almost as if it had never existed. My only clue is that in the warranty, it lists under Switzerland, 'The Forschner Group' under the heading, 'Swiss Army Brand Worldwide Service Centre' From a search on the net, it appears that Victorinox once had connections to Forschner (licensing?), but this has now ended. I also learnt that Wenger, who also produced Swiss Army knives and watches, were taken over by Victorinox in 2005. So, if I'm correct, that meant that at one stage, there were three separate companies all producing Swiss Army Watches?! All three have slightly differing logos, whilst maintaining a white cross in a red shield of sorts. So, my questions are, does anyone know anything more about my 'Swiss Army watch' and is the above reasonably correct? I can only find a replacement strap that looks legit (it was a light brown originally) on ebay, with the seller in the US, would I be safe in assuming this would be genuine? Lastly, the domed crystal is quite pronounced, if I took it to a reputable watch specialist, would they be able to source a replacement crystal, even if not from the Brand? I would also be seeking a thorough service as well. Some photo's below, not very good as my current camera is not really geared towards 'macro' shots. I've tried to show the package the watch came in, the domed crystal (and flexible lugs, which I really like) and a general photo of the watch. The dial is fine, the marks are on the crystal. I think that's all - many thanks for any help.
  19. I used to wear a watch on both wrists when I was a referee! :yes:
  20. Hello always watching. Right, finally got my brain into gear. Everything works fine in Chrome, but that reminded me of IE's compatibility function. It's often the norm that this option appears in the address bar when needed and you click on it and everything's fine. But when that option doesn't appear, go to tools (the cog top right of screen), click on it then scroll down to 'compatibility view settings', when you click on that a new window appears that basically asks if you want to add the forum to 'compatibility view', do so, after which I would imagine you would be able to attach photos okay (but I'm no expert and you've probably tried all this, if so I apologise)?
  21. I find reading this forum okay in IE11, but posting is a pain and I can't get the 'quote' option when replying to work (unless that's denied me as a newbie?). I think I'll use Chrome for this forum in future.
  22. Thanks for the responses to my question - I like the CW I mentioned - plus so many others!!!!!
  23. Can I ask a question about GMT watches? Am I right in assuming that to be classified as 'GMT', it has to do more than provide a simple 24 hour clock (for want of a better word)? I looked at the CW Harrison GMT automatic and note that has the ability to tell the time in different time zones at the same time - is that the definition of a GMT? Sorry to be a pain asking so many questions!
  24. Hmm, wonder how I missed the banner? I know - I didn't notice the connection between the two! :yes: (But feel a bit silly for not checking)
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