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Everything posted by mrbarry

  1. Well I have a couple of rotary watches but neither is a diver. However they have a life time warranty on the movement apparently, God knows how you'd claim etc. pop a battery in and they seem to run forever. On the down side that one looks like both of mine in the respect that the spring bars are terribly right to the case due to lug design. It causes the spring bars to flex and bend and makes strap fitting a pita on anything but the thinnest of straps. Fit a shark mesh and you're in trouble. I had a shark mesh on mine and it went on with some swearing, but a few months later popped off in the shower and the watch landed on the tiles crystal down. Now I'm awaiting a 38.5mm crystal from cousins lmao. On the up side I had chipped it on a vice so I guess it will freshen it up. I also found the crowns became difficult to tighten down and felt right and notchy when adjusting the time, easy cure was to pop the stem out and lube it with a very light smear of Vaseline. Didn't have any silicone grease. was only a dry o ring.
  2. Not at all no. It doesn't lay out the threads how I would normally view them. I'm sure others love it but I've never liked the 'view all new content' option on forums, and I'm a very old hand at wasting my life on forums I'm afraid :p Ah, I may have just found the answer to this little issue. It seems if I click the 'x'min on the right hand side of the thread it does exactly as I want. I'm yet to try it fully but it seems to work. Just off to make an omelet .......
  3. For me it's the fact that I can't go to the first unread post In a thread, instead I have to trawl thru pages of old posts and try to find where I left off. Faaaaaaar too much trouble. I only have a quick browse most of the time now and check the sales forum to feed my habit lol. For anything else I use 'another forum' where they have a button that takes me to the first unread post of a thread
  4. Definitely my sort of watch anyway
  5. I was looking at watches on eBay last night (as we do) and spotted a longines grand vitesse that struck me as a bit of a bargain. It's a chrono auto with GMT for £850 from a reputable maker, not bad. Condition is described as immaculate and it appeals to my sense of taste! The watch is 4 years old and had a receipt of sale etc, however it's from Barbados aparently, that doesn't bother me one bit, so long as it's genuine. The number of fakes I found of this model number after a 60 second Google search was shocking, as was the quality of them. Soooooo, any thoughts on this specific item re authenticity? The movement shot is none too clear but looks exactly like the fake movements and I'm no expert. Tia http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/262234225957
  6. St202 with later spec rest lights. JDM spec by the look of it but not the biggest photos. Very good cars, Mine was reliable even at 500bhp until the block cracked. 2mpg and £30 a gallon wasn't ideal tho!
  7. The ceramic bezel swung it for me. There is a price step when they went over to ceramic and savings are hard to find, the gmt on here is the cheapest I've seen by a mile. Stunning quality in the flesh.
  8. My mistake it's a S not an R. The info I read at the time suggested the etching was 2010 on, unless I misinterpreted something.
  9. I wanted a second hand rolex but the number and quality of fakes is scary. They even come with fake service receipts and etched crowns now. Talking of etched crowns, they started in 2010. If a pre 2010 watch has one it is a replacement crystal or counterfeit watch. If it's a replacement crystal the coronet has a letter R etched inside the coronet too. Also, fake laser etching has straight image at all angles, genuine roles etching is straight dead on but wobbly at an angle as each bubble is at a different depth in the glass to avoid weakening the crystal. I handled a gmt2 and sub date side by side and chose the gmt, I like the touch of green and finer graduations on the ceramic Bezel. For the price I'd buy the one for sale on her personally. :) And the movement in the ceramic gmt is regarded as or of the finest rolex have ever produced. Mine keeps time to within 2-3 seconds a week now it's 'run in'.
  10. Built and raced this for a few years. Cost me £65k to build but the spec was spot on. Used to pull sub 3 seconds 0-60, 2.8 being as good as it gets. Topped out at 187mph due to gear ratio and rev limit. Custom everything and all built by my own hand. Stripped and sold the parts and scrapped it 2 years ago. Sent the log book in to the dvla this week. :'(
  11. My 2p. Don't buy a cheap home brand, you get what you pay for. Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, toshiba. All good. Viewing angle is a big issue with cheaper sets and the black tones look juddery and false. The processor speed in the set effects the menu and pictures motion control and colour etc. There is a fair bit to it. But stick to a decent brand and you'll not be disappointed. As for smart features. Waste of time if you ask me, very poor. I use a laptop, desktop and mobile phone and all can connect to my network to display on any TV in the house. Far better way to do it. Just look online for TV reviews. John Lewis price match and offer a free 5 hear no quibble guarantee btw, I never shop a where else. The 5 year guarantee alone would be £100+ from curries or argos.
  12. Another fan here. and yes the mesh looks best.
  13. Arrived a few days ago thank you :-D I did try to post but the forum was having it's upgrade so couldn't. Many many thanks. You are a top bloke :)
  14. A friend asked me to look at his Skagen watch this week, he tried to change the battery and snapped the clamp. The movement has Ronda 785 on it. Cousins do a spare clip number 3601101 Does anyone know if this would fit?
  15. I drive a new jag xfr and get that serviced at a small garage I trust. The main stealer isn't trustworthy IMHO. I would only get an AD to service my rolex tho.
  16. It was good to take to pub back in the day and change the TV over. The staff used to change it back and had no idea what was going on. You can imagine it...
  17. Forgot all about this. I've found 5 old watches I'd forgot around the house this week (good clear out this week after my mrs left me a couple if weeks ago) I'm going to pop a new battery in and see if it works :)
  18. One other thing I forgot to add, pressing the crystal firmly against my ear the movement sounds very busy indeed. A light weight but high tempo tick. I prefer the lower tempo ring of my rolex or Titus etc, I'm not sure what this means regarding movement quality but I enjoy the sound of a watch as much as it's look, feel or time keeping. I do know the Rolex has a higher BPM so that doesn't explain why it has a much lower tempo 'tick/ring' to the ear. No idea the BPM of the Titus 25 jewel Incabloc auto but it's 'tick/ring' is so rich and warm I've never heard a nicer sound from a watch. My seiko, citizen, rotory, HMT, other watches just tick once per second in a boring mechanical click sound. Yawn. Lol. Back to the longines, I'm liking the way it looks and has a real air of quality, yet I'm comfortable wearing it more of the time than a rolex, I think it's at that price point for me, if I damage it id be annoyed but it wouldn't be a big deal. If I, no, when I eventually scratch my rolex I'll be p1&&£d!
  19. I do like Longines as a brand. Not sure why but I just do. Also like IWC and Bulova but no idea what makes me like them. I think it's a logo of Bulova I like. I also like rolex, Breitling and omega, but I know why I like those watches. My favourite brand is Titus et Solvil tho, because of sentimental reasons.
  20. Well I am the proud new owner of a Longines GMT Comander. It arrived Wednesday after quite a RMSD saga and has been on the wrist from yesterday morning and will remain on until Sunday morning. First impressions are very good! Beautiful watch, the photos simply do it no justice at all, can't seem to find or take one that does it justice. It sits on leather but is accompanied by the origional stainless item should I ever want to swap them, IMHO steel does not work on a dress watch tho and the leather strap is lovely quality. Sits nicely on my wrist, quite impressive size and weight. Clear crystal, and the dial is glossy/satin and catches the light well. It's also one of the few watches I've seen that manages to put the date wheel so far out on the dial rather than using a smaller movement in a large case resulting in the date looking out of position. Time keeping was +2 seconds the first day but leaving it on it's crown last night put it within less than a second. Can't moan at that!! Thanks again to Watchdude49, his description was spot on, in fact the marks he mentioned are ONLY visible under my loope, so if you ask me irrelevant!
  21. Double post. Please delete. Sorry.
  22. It's longines Friday for me. I wasn't 100% about this watch from the pictures but in the metal and leather it's a beauty. Many thanks to Watchdude49 for what turned out to be a better than expected watch and super quick delivery. :)
  23. I once dated a girl who was into 'group hugs'. Good times.
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