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  1. Yes, I like the Zeno too. We will go back and see the dealer together about the Omega and just see what can be achieved. Thanks for all your help.
  2. The problem being that, based on the very helpful information you sent me, that it's unlikely to be an original. The movement is a 1002, which was from the first batch, whereas the 1012 was used on the later commercially released models. And whilst from what else he has said, it appears I have the correct dial, hands and bezel and probably bracelet, the lugs are not of the type used on an original and at the rear, where the bracelet was fitted, the original 'cut away' was square, whereas on the one I saw, they are rounded, as can be seen in my pic of the rear of the watch. These 'copies' are the work of watchmakers using surplus parts issued by Omega (how times change) and based on the report provided can still fetch about 5k. Originals from 8-10k. Also, watch dealers over here aren't mugs and will be aware of the rarer pieces. The dealer in conversation with Pam said he was looking for more than 200,000 baht, but was prepared to negotiate, which is now (pound on the up) just under 5k pounds, which suggests he is well aware of what he has. Interestingly, the Zeno above is on sale for 1800 euros via Zeno, but all the Zeno's were reduced in store and I could get the Bullhorn for 1200 euro (about 1000 pounds). The economy is really beginning to hurt here.
  3. Goodness! Thanks very much Mike. That guide has already enabled me to identify the dial, crown type and worryingly, that the bracelet, which probably is original after all, is on a copy case back. But I need to read the guide again to fully understand what that actually means. I was a little taken aback by the price I was quoted, which was a hell of a lot more than expected. But before getting too excited, I need to go and have another look, especially at any paperwork. Thanks again.
  4. Went into a pre-owned watch shop in Bangkok earlier that I've been meaning to have a look at for some time. It had some interesting Heuers available, a his and hers Omega Dynamic and some older Breitlings and others - and Zeno - plenty of them! Turns out he's a stockist and he had a bullhead chrono LE in stock as well, which is very tempting. It's this one - But the main watch that caught my eye was the seamaster. The condition was excellent. A big bull of a watch with a 1000 metre / 3300 foot depth rating. Just as well that was on the dial, otherwise I'd have never known! The dial is blue / navy and the dial is dominated by the oversized orange minute hand. The bezel worked well, but when I turned over to look at the case back, there wasn't one! Unfortunately, neither of us spoke the others language, but even I could see what had replaced the case back was to grip a diving suit, as the depth this thing is meant to dive at, considering it's age, would probably blow a normal watch apart for all I know! The mesh bracelet, isn't as far as I could tell, an original. I know I have seen this watch on the Web before, but I know little about it. I'm sure it must have fetched a high price and I doubt they were produced for very long, but I have no idea of It's age. Any further info would be appreciated, especially whether it looks legit! I have a price, pre-haggling, and that's where I left it. I have two pics -
  5. Tried those first. The 40mm is 3 hander only. I still found the lugs too long. But it was mainly the chrono I was interested in.
  6. Right, no pics, but I have now ruled out buying this watch. The blue dial is stunning and I tried it with both the bracelet and leather strap. Even the squeezed in date window is not intrusive in any way. I had already commented above on the height of this watch, which is very high, including the lugs - and they were the negative deciding factor. The height I can live with, but not their length. The case size is 42mm. My sweet spot is 42-43mm and usually I am confident of a perfect fit at that size, but not with the spirit chrono. I have a 7.25 inch wrist. The lugs went to the very edge of my wrists, before they fall away. Any movement saw the watch drop 'off-centre'. I have bigger watches with smaller lugs that fit me better. I would say the lugs are disproportionately long. The aesthetics of the dial works a treat, sadly for me, the case size / lug ratio doesn't and not only did it mean, that for me, the watch didn't fit, it meant I couldn't 'unsee' the over long lugs and for. me, it detracted from the overall design. I was very disappointed, as I had really intended to buy this warch. Ah well, back to plan B. Obviously, this is just my own personal experience. It may well work fine for others. Good luck.
  7. I think there is a huge range of watches offering something different. Whether from the cheap seats, the rattle yer jewellery seats, or somewhere in between! Seven Friday have been mentioned, though not for me, but what about Deitrich? Sadly, also not for me. Take a look at the CW Apex watches. Then there is Ulysee Nardin, who do something different at various price points. Some of the new Carl F Bucherer divers are great and a little different. Hoping to see some this week. The Montblanc Geosphere range is being heavily discounted over here and it's a great design. But I guess its when you get to the higher level, that the largest choice of 'different' is available - from Bvlgari to Urwerk and all letters in-between!
  8. Looks great! Bremont do blue dials so very well. I have the U2 blue and the play of light on the dial is always a source of pleasure.
  9. Not sure if your taking the p or not!
  10. Shhhh! But at the price point... She just told me that she has ordered two handbags from England, as a treat to herself for all the hard work she has been doing, so I have some armoury! I like that!
  11. At a cost of approx. 267 quid, I thought, why not? I have been on the lookout for a yellow dial that appeals to me for some time and this one certainly does. And as it comes with a hardened titanium case and bracelet, which will be a first for me, a spare rubber strap and free shipping to Thailand, I thought to myself, just treat yourself! Other dial colours are white, gray and navy. The latter being very tempting. Delivery scheduled for May/June 21. Further details here: https://www.rzewatches.com/collections/endeavour-collection/products/endeavour-medallion-yellow
  12. Two of my favourites are missing - Bremont & Schofield - and I can think of a few more.
  13. I watched it with interest. Is there a full list of UK Watch manufacturers that are members available? They scrolled through what I assumed was the website to show some, but clearly not all and mentioned there could still be other, perhaps small brands out there. But that's what most of the British industry is - small and niche. I spotted Pinion, Garrick and Wessex amongst others, two of whom are in effect one man bands. But all are niche. I liked the idea of a possible future pooling of resources to manufacture cases for example, which was mentioned. Maybe they can lure CW away from the Chinese! Maybe Bremonts facilities could be utilised in this way? As an aside. I thought Roger Smith provided detail and apart from his last contribution, Mike France provided mainly waffle. In the longer term if it weans British companies off being so reliant on parts from abroad, then I would say that is a good thing.
  14. I'm not so sure. But happy to be corrected. I'm a long time out of the game. That's revenues data and if needing to check a random NiNo on a watch being imported, I doubt they could just press a button and have instant access to that data. I know how difficult it was when the computerised system was first developed and then introduced in about 1990. Where I worked was okay, we could literally press a button and had unrestricted access to various security levels, although all our actions were automatically recorded. Bit over the years, controls got tougher and tougher.
  15. It also raises the question of whether customs have access to the system that manages NiNo's, which I very much doubt, so it's a pointless exercise in any case. Worth remembering that your NiNo is a lifelong identifier and a defacto 'identity card', that your whole life history is recorded against. From when first issued, all the addresses you have ever lived at, who you have worked for, tax paid, benefits claimed and so on, until the day you die.
  16. They're no longer produced but pop up from time to time on the sales forum. Our esteemed leader and owner of the forum made them.
  17. This is a brand new release from Bremont as part of their relationship with English Rugby - a new dive watch - lol! But it is stunning - and blue.
  18. Most of mine aren't black and white! 3 green & 1 blue
  19. It's up and down with me. Sometimes she will actually help me secure a bigger discount than already offered by the stores here (she always succeeds), but other times when I'm in Bangkok, the last thing she will say before leaving for work is 'don't buy any more watches!' But some she never notices. When I got my recent CW I initially wore it all the time and she never noticed at all! So I never mentioned it either - lol! Other days she will say of another watch, 'I haven't seen that before' even with old watches! But she did buy me a new watch box when I needed one and she buy's watches herself. Her last two purchases were an all white Anna Klein (yuk) and more recently a G-shock. But she only buy's in a sale. She has about 8/9 watches and most commonly worn are a ladies Orient Diver and Wise (Thai brand), both of which she bought herself. For any work functions she has to attend, the small Omega I bought her comes out.
  20. I'm an art lover, I'm a lover of colour, a watch is a small surface, some sort of order is needed. but I always get the impression with Farer that someone raids the spare parts bin and says, 'we've got a blue seconds hands here, any good' and the reply is, 'yeah, that'll do' and that's how they colour their watches!
  21. I love colour. I love coloured dials. I just don't like the mix and match approach taken by Farer. Always at least one colour too many for me.
  22. As an aside, my 22 consist of: 9 from Asia 7 Swiss made 3 British 2 British / Swiss 1 from NZ
  23. I'll play. 1 Aerowatch 1 Ancon 1 Armida 2 Bremont + 1 for the missus 1 Boldr 1 Chopard 2 Chris Ward 1 Magrette I Mido 3 Omega + 1 for the missus 1 RLT 1 Scuro 4 Seiko 1 Victorianox 1 Wise (Thai brand) That makes 22. I thought I had more.
  24. Enjoy your new watch - I have one as well, in Green.
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