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  1. 2 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

    If you have a look at the Bremont video that @Caller. posted they take you to their machine shop which show you some kit that machines their watch cases are machined in all the while commenting on the F1 connection.

    Fair play but I've worked on a few machines that had bar feeds, could turn, mill and drill and could knock out  in a shift oparts in any material, to tolerances of a couple of microns, hundreds of parts as small as watch cases. 

    Random comment but hey ho I have a feeling that Jim the Jap Gin is a bit stronger than they advertise 

    :laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

    Massive profit obviously in these things, your ordinary people know that....problem is the ones who think they know tend to be, how can i put it? A bit daft? A bit blinded by self superiority? A bit posh? Not worldly wise? Not street wise. Id like to take half of the lot on here down Burnley Miners Club...again same answer "more money than sense". GUILE thats the word. 

  2. 8 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

    Don't believe everything you read on the tinternet


    My Beamer is twenty years old on the original motor, starts up on the button and not the slightest hint or murmur of cam chain issues but those AP's have that dodgy hex head screwdriver slot fastening thing going on

    As the yanks say "Go Figure" 

    :laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:


    Now come on give the man a chance, dont be so harsh. For the price of the AP we can buy 10 bmws like yours and 5 like mine. And when you crawl under all the fixings are high tensile steel. And will still spin off with a 10 mil socket after 16years. And its just a BMW.. 

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  3. 7 hours ago, BondandBigM said:

    For some inexplicable reason I can't stand listening to that Pritchard bloke. He just comes across as a pretentious t@sser.

    Anyways antiques, not really that interested just the latest grossly financially inflated fad that every man and his dog is into and on briefly watching a few of the programs looks to me like most of it should have been left in the skips where it was probably found.

    On the other hand I don't mind some of the restoration programs, it's nice to see some old skills being retained and passed down to a younger generation. 

    Im not into them either my mum is so i just wanted to expose some forum old fossils see. Yeh hes a nob but my mum likes him. He does cars too now. 

    6 hours ago, Karrusel said:

    Me too.

    Another I find to suffer from the little man syndrome.

    His ban from every licensed premises in his home town (Conwy) has only recently been lifted.  Banned for affray, giving it large to the husband of the woman he was having an illicit affair with.  Although both were banned, the husband did have the pleasure of giving Drew a jolly good slapping!

    The woman, & Pritchard’s wife, both dumped him.

    Tells you a lot about the little man.

    Hes done ok for himself though eh. Conman then is he eh? Glorified second hand shops to me Alan lad. 

    4 hours ago, Karrusel said:

    I’m deeply offended, Sir.  :(




    You once supported my choice to buy blue shoes. :tumbleweed:suede ones. 

    4 hours ago, Karrusel said:

    I’m deeply offended, Sir.  :(




    To be fair and quote you twice i do like their rowing blazers. 

    2 hours ago, WRENCH said:

    You shouldn't be. :thumbsup:


    Just shows what nonsense these telly programs are. If that man had appeared in my yard it would have been a case of "all right lads, it's that *****r off the telly, everything 's double price", and I wonder how many times they've had to pull someone off Gordon Ramsay off camera ?

    Blimey you on my wave length!!!!:laugh:

    i could not agree more steve. 

    What about that tall ****** on wheeler dealers finger nails like a surgeon and reckons he does all the work...my arse.

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  4. I think there is only one bubble back and thats the old rolex. If you mean deep case backs or bevelled. Then no problem to me at all my wrist is flat hard and with no fat but only 6 inch so they do sit a bit off the lugs. Unless the lugs curve well. 

    I will call in expert rolex help...ok i wont i will make do with the best weve got @BondandBigM can you confirm for the audiance the answer to the question? Is there only 1 bubble back and is it a very old rolex? Video evidence known source.


    14 hours ago, JayDeep said:

    Your terminology and descriptions make little sense to me, but I think you're talking about a watch's thickness in specific regards to the case back. If that's correct, then I'm good with it. I have several watches in which the lugs do not touch my wrist, just the back and I love it!

    Im with Jay a bit confused. Thats the British understatement Jay. 


  5. 5 minutes ago, antjrice said:

    Confirmation bias is no stranger to these shores :thumbsup:

    Not at all, only really confirmation that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You are not at all biased just happy with what you have which is the best way to be. 

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  6. 4 minutes ago, antjrice said:

    This is a very relevant point as if you want a decent SPB, this is an excellent example for 25% less.

    However if you really dig the  60's diver vibe and what it think is a slighter feel, you'll pay a bit more.

    Glad you are happy with your watch:)

  7. 1 hour ago, deano1956 said:

    evening , been rocking this for last couple of days ( dont change daily now i am retired) just for fun, dug it put new battery in, and i think i said this before its very accurate for a cheapy,:biggrin:



    and will be collecting & consuming one of theses later , :yes:


    It reminds me of being taken to the costa del sol as a kid in 1979:laugh:

    9 hours ago, Jet Jetski said:

    A lovely check shirt.



    And the seconds hand is on the seconds marker spot on it!

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  8. On 24/03/2021 at 16:06, Jason89 said:

    Hi everyone,

    What are your thoughts on the Seiko SPB147J1?  Of the 1965 reinterpretations it's the one with a brownish dial on a rubber strap.

    To cut to the chase I'm after a sub 1k everyday watch suitable for most occasions. That means work, gym, socialising and holidays (when we're eventually allowed again).

    I already have several watches including a breitling colt, doxa sub 200, a Vostok amphibia, two gshocks etc. You'll notice that I don't have a Seiko yet so hence why I'm considering the SPB147.

    I did debate about getting a nice rubber strap for the doxa but I love the beads of rice bracelet so have decided against that idea. The Colt is my "best watch" and tends to be what I reach for at weekends and meals out etc. The gshocks are great as is the Vostok but I'm after something a little more sophisticated.

    Does anyone have the SPB147 that can attest to its quality? I seem to be a little unsure about dropping £900 on a Seiko and I don't know why. 

    Any other suggestions or opinions will be welcome.

    Thabks in advance!

    I think I know why because its not a 900 quid watch the hands alone tell you that. There are much better seiko divers for that money especially used. 

    Search for one of these 



  9. 17 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

    Back then I had a girlfriend who worked in a car hire office, the main yard was a five minute drive away from Edinburgh Airport and they had a desk in the airport terminal. All the usual Ford/VX/BL stuff of the day but due to their location they also had a small fleet of BMW/Merc/Jags/Range Rover on offer for the more well heeled tourist, usually Americans. 

    She was allowed to take a car from the yard at night so we got to flash around in new cars although the main contributing factor on choosing one was a decent amount of petrol in the tank so as likely to be an Escort as a Beamer. I remember her having a couple of those E30's nice motors and quick but even for the time brutal fuel consumption and dodgy handling, if you got it wrong they were well scary. 

    As I've previously mentioned my old wide boy boss managed to write off an E30 M3 by putting it on its roof. 

    That being said if you can find a good one I can still see the attraction of them today especially a convertible. 


    I can well believe the scary handling, my dad gave me a 1980 BMW 635csi a in 1990. When I passed my test. I took it to uni in 1991 to 1994 and it was powerful for its time infact i rarely had anything beat me, but the handling was lethal even in the dry on the back end. It was too light i think on the rear. It taught me over steer opposite lock. I will find an old pic of it. Dad bought it in 89 for 5 grand and i sold it in 1995 when i started work infact i part exd it for a v12 87 xjs and got 2500 quid against the jag at 4. To be honest i was not happy after the novelty wore off. Loved that 6 even if it was a pain in the arse for trx tyres exhausts and rust. Id just got it looking good and sold it. Kashmir gold with brown velour very 70s:biggrin:

    27 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:




    Thats me with it in summer 1995 when i went back up to Leeds uni for the graduation ceremony. By that time id put new front wings on it and sprayed them myself in the garage at home, done the cylinder head and just got it the best i could... 12 months later after law school i let it go...go figure as the yanks say. 

  10. There are a lot of nutters asking silly prices for old seiko. Take a look at old king quartz and grand quartz, sarb 33 and 35 and ks hi beats and gs hi beats. So even if it doesnt become collectable if it gets hyped on yt it will get people asking fantasy prices. Like 800 for the sarb 500 for an ordinary 0853 kq or gq or a grand for a 56ks. Its been getting daft recently. 

    Whether they are selling at the hyped prices i suspect not. Most sellers either have them in stock for years or end up sending them to bids. For eg most sarb 033 035 seem to stick at 400 ish despite the askings. Dont be conned by the asking check the sale prices. 

    As for will the humble skx make higher and higher money? It might do 30 year from now, but i think recent memory of rrp will keep it grounded like the sarb at maybe a ton over original rrp. I think it sticks in peoples throats to be paying higher than rrp so soon in the day. 

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  11. 1 minute ago, yokel said:

    Agreed, as you well know Sir :yes:


    In all fairness thats a bit more clinical than most power reserves. Its sort of the fuel gauge on a yacht as opposed to the fuel gauge on a 1979 Ford Capri approach. Typically German. When I was an Auditor in the NHS, I used to spend a lot of time around old Hospitals. And I once found a device called a Maxwell box. It looked victorian and had a dial on the side of a cylinder attached to a rubber tube and a glass tube. The dial was a lot like that. 

  12. 33 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

    I told you I'd change my mind.

    :laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

    The earlier original black and gold Bandit 77/78 Trans Ams always takes the glory but I have a soft spot for the slightly later 79's. I had three a white one, a nice blue one and a gold one all were T-Top cars. 

    This looks a bit nice, a modern update on a rarer hard top. 







    Thats a very nice looking engine. 

    I actually fancy an e30 325i chrome bumper. Its a car that has stuck in my mind from my early teenage years. 

    Long story short, my dad was being made redundant in 1987, so accepted a transfer to Birmingham and he and mum bought a home in Sutton Coldfield. The couple selling it wanted the contracts signing asap and because we were 120 miles away he drove up with them.

    My dad had a 1979 Daimler Sov 4.2 at the time and it used to be at least a 2 hr drive.

    I always remember the story as dad couldnt believe it. 

    The bloke rang up and said he was on his way. Just over an hour later he was parked outside my grans in Nelson about 120 miles in about an hour that was going some in 87.

    He had a brand new D reg champagne 325i saloon. And it made the old jag look a hundred years old. 


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  13. I think these have only been touched on once on the forum and even so only very briefly and some years ago. 

    Basically I was looking for something after I stupidly sold my Sarb033 and despite a run of vintage incomings i was unmoved (i think my enthusiasm for old watches is gone).

    I came across a video on youtube which compared 3 seiko watches.

    Sarb033 v SDGM v SARX

    I had watched it when I had my Sarb, and thought next to these the sarb looked like a 5.

    So with £500 burning a hole in my pocket from the sale of the ks i was in a position to get any of these.

    The amazing thing is that all the hype around the sarb meant it was as expensive almost as the others in 2021!

    So I narrowed the choice down to either a sarx or a sdgm. The sarx was the one that would have been easiest to buy as if you glance its a mirror image of a better sarb.

    But...watching the videos the discontinued cindrella the overlooked Brightz seemed a lot nicer a lot more little details. 

    A bit of back ground. The SDGM retailed at 90,000 yen in 2014 and was made from 2013 to 2018. So about twice price of the sarb33 and 35. About £700 in todays gbp.

    One thing that makes the sdgm a bit special are the dials they are cocktail dials, but the script for Automatic etc is taken from the GS font and looks great modern and a lot nicer than the scrawl on the sarb.

    (I will post a separate link explaining the coctail time origins)

    The watch has earned itself the nickname of "Grand Coctail". Due to the virtual GS case and bracelet quality and design. 

    The movement is the same as sarb a 6r15, ok not as exotic as a gs movement, but it is the basis and a good in house solid reliable one that wont cost a fortune to service. And to be honest when I had the 28800bph of the ks I struggled to notice a great deal of smoother sweep over the 21,800. Maybe just my eyes.

    The watch arrived this week and the quality for the price took me aback. The sarb was good but the sdgm makes the sarb feel like a 5

    The case is sharp and zaratsu polished on the edges.

    The bracelet is light years above the sarb, comes with half links and is very comfortable and with much better drape.

    The sapphire crystal has AR inside and out. Which prevents 90% of refractions. It feels like you can touch the dial.

    The dial is a lacqured sunburst in a champagne colour.

    There is no lume and even under a loop the polished steel batons are perfect.

    The dauphine hands are mirror polished and sharp.

    The lugs are drilled...

    Size wise its a 40mm by 48mm lug to lug so a nice modern size really.

    WR is 10 bar.

    On the wrist and in the flesh, its the best made watch ive had so far and by a long long way. The only one that was about the same was the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon...but that was £1800.

    Some pictures there is only one way to go up from this really and thats GS if i am to stick with Seiko that is. If not And i go back Swiss I would imagine a newer Rolex DJ or Omega AT would also be the next step up a fair few rungs maybe? But Im thinking either way there im going to be the wrong side of 3 grand...which 1 i cant afford for a watch and 2 i dont want to spend anyway.

    This will do me fine...though i still might need another sarb033 aswell ;)

    Some pictures.

    Mines the sdgm001 and a 2014 never worn full set with hang tags. 















    The seconds hand has a is blued with a gloss. One detail you will either love or hate is the onyx in the crown. Its one of the things i liked, signed crowns kick off my ocd...im forever lining them up. 

    On the wrist even my 6 inch flat wrist, it feels fine. I had thought it would feel large, but that is tempered by the fact my 36mm ks felt too small. 


    The clasp is a world apart from the sarb...smooth and flush.




    The lugs are nicely curved and the case back nice and shallow so it hugs the wrist.

    In conclusion one of the members on WUS commented that when side by side with his entry level GS a 9f quartz Grand Seiko. That the SDGM felt better. And went on that even against his higher GS ranged Automatic, he had "reached the point of dimishing returns".

    Whether thats true or not or just subjective? Then I will let you know when a salesman finally persuades me to part with the cash....

    Oh one more thing the diashield coating on the 316L is said to be 3 times harder than steel. Something the GS doesnt always have....its a bit like the old days if rivalry between Daini and Suwa and the ks and gs...it looks like a relatively expensive seiko, might have 'done a seiko' on its bigger sisters over at GS at least in lower range.

    ....The sdgm was quietly dropped in 2018 as it was apparantly "canabalising sales" 

    One thing i have not worked out is why they hid it in the jdm Brightz range? Seems odd that. 

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