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  1. Thanks Davey, You may be right that this forum isn't for me! I joined almost two years because I thought someone on this forum might be able to recommend a place or person to repair a vintage pocket watch that my father once gave me. Last week I finally had another member offer to help, but the Forum "rules" is preventing us get each other's contact details. Kind of weird, don't you think? All best, Tom PS: The reason I can't clock up more posts is because whenI tired posting a couple of other vintage watches I have, there was ZERO response. And now I bet this PS is going to be "merged" with my previous 1 or 2 posts, so they only count as one. An uphill struggle....!
  2. Thanks for the advice. Have to say, this isn't the most newbie-friendly forum I belong to. With the exception of 3-4 members there has been so little response to topics I've posted, that I've struggled to reach 20 posts in 2 years. I might get to 50 posts by 2022...! Tom in Bangkok So tell me, PC Magician, how am I supposed to get a message to Simon2...?
  3. The forum is blocking me from sending a personal message (something about not having 50 posts). So would appreciate getting your contact details by some other method. many thanks, Tom
  4. Hi Simon, Thanks for the offer. Whereabouts in the UK are you based? You can reply to me by private message, if this forum has such a facility. Cheers, Tom
  5. Hi Hartley, Nice timepiece. I have a similar one given me by my father 40 years ago. Any idea where I can get it professionally cleaned and replace a worn spring? I live in Bangkok, but visit UK regularly. THanks, Tom
  6. Thanks Tim, I know nothing about repairs! What I am looking for is someone who can open it up, clean the inner workings, and probably replace the spring. A full wind used to last 7-8 hours, but since it was 'cleaned' by a local watch repairer in Bangkok the spring is jammed on full wind and it no longer runs at all. Additionally, they managed to dislodge the crystal (glass face), and I can't get it back on. Was hoping there was a repair service available.... Best regards, Tom Hi Simon2, I posted some photos of it a couple of years ago, but got zero response, so didn't take it any further. I have never opened up the inner workings. It was a gift from my father over 40 years ago, and since I know nothing about watches I may do more damage than good. Tom
  7. Hi, Can anyone recommend a pocket watch repair service in the London area? I had a watch repair shop in Bangkok clean up a vintage Elgin full hunter, and they managed to make it worse! Any recommendations welcome, as I will be in UK for a few weeks this September. Thanks
  8. Hi All, I'm new to collecting wrist watches. I have an old MIDO Multifort passed down to me. It appears to be from the early 1950s. On the back it says that it is automatic, anti-choc, anti-magnetic, waterproof. The dial is smaller than normal, as if it's a child's or a lady's watch. Can anyone tell me anything more about these watches? Are they collectible? Thanks
  9. Hi Pete, That sounds like an ambitious start to your new collecting hobby. And the cats add an interesting handicap factor! Wish I could help you, but I can't. I have an old Elgin full hunter, which I asked a local watch repair shop to 'clean up', as there was dust behind the crystal, on the face and hands. It was running OK for 40 years, just wanted the dust removed. They managed to remove the crystal from the front (I always imagined it needed to be removed 'from behind', if you know what I mean. And were unable to re-insert it. Then they wound up the spring so tight it's stuck fully wound, and the inner workings have siezed up. Maybe I should have sent it to you to fix..... Tom Bangkok
  10. Must have walked past this place dozens of times, and embarrassed to say I have never noticed it before !!! Almost opposite Thonglor Police Station - I wonder if there's a connection there....? The website doesn't look too bad - I've seen worse.
  11. Can anyone recommend a place which services pocket watches? (Either in London or Bangkok.....if possible) Thanks!
  12. Hi again, Can anyone recommend a place in or near London where I can get this old Elgin pocket watch cleaned up? I gave it to a watch repair shop in Bangkok, and all they succeeded in doing was make the crystal fall out (I have no idea how to get it in again), and wind the spring up so tight it doesn't run any longer (used to get 7-8 hours out of it by NOT fully winding). Thanks, Tom
  13. Hi Everyone, Thanks for the warm welcome. I am still feeling my way around this forum. On another I belong to there is an option to be notified when a reply to one's own posts pops up. I've only just found and ticked it here. Graham from Berkshire asked what I do in Bangkok. I'm in the construction business. But what brought me here is a much longer story. I don't know Caller, but Thonglor is my back yard. there most evenings. So if there is a private message area on this forum, send me one, and we can meet up sometime.
  14. Still not getting the Photobucket image to upload. And I'll be darned if I can find the "edit" button you mentioned in the bottom left corner... OK, third time lucky...!
  15. Here goes... http://i1271.photobucket.com/albums/jj626/nobleora/Watches/RIMG0572-lo.jpg
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