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  1. If the High Street is dead it must die a natural death. We could revive any industry by imposing taxes on its superior competitor. With the internet the world should be one global marketplace. That's why on an international level tariff dinosaurs like Trump will eventually lose all their wars, there's no way to make people pay high prices for inferior products other than pure force (i.e. robbery). The actual image of the "High Street" will always keep changing. Perhaps in a few years it will disappear entirely as retail and go all residential, or perhaps there will be a small business revival. Whatever happens I will be very disappointed if social engineering is used... the organic way society evolves is best.
  2. I understand a sundial Beyond that everything is a stream of endless questions...
  3. I forgot to ad to my last post - the fact stuff like this is being reported might very well mean the actual opposite of what it actually says. Sometimes when brands have very poor sales they will come out with marketing saying the sales are amazing, just so they can get people to buy in the moment. I know this from experience (although not Rolex obviously). Good luck to Rolex, I bought gold Krugerrands as an investment and I think that will have a better return. But I am still looking for an Explorer if anyone wishes to sell theirs
  4. I am a bit of an Omega maniac and I haven't seen much from them "with angles". All their watches are rounded. So the Grima range was a real puff of fresh air. I first discovered it when I was at a charity award congregation event (for lack of a better word) and there was a lady sitting next to me wearing one. I have no balls to talk to women (probably why I am single) but I found my confidence just this once to see and handle her watch She actually had a different variety which was less long and more wide (similar watch but the rectangle was the other way around). Following that I did a lot of searching online and after a few months I found one that I really wanted to buy. It's amazing how watch collecting sometimes comes from completely random occasions... Thanks Chromejob, I have really come to appreciate your opinions over the past few years so a compliment from you feels very special I think the lack of a second hand just says "gentleman" - after all who cares about time when they are out with a purpose? It's kind of like saying pounds matter but pennies don't. Obviously I don't think anyone has ever noticed it when I wore it but it is just a personal opinion and I feel great wearing it.
  5. Hi everyone. I thought I would make a little comeback to the forums by posting an interesting thread. Tonight I had an occasion and opportunity (and privilege) to wear my Omega De Ville from the Andrew Grima design range. I don't wear it often, so it felt really amazing to have it on. Great Omega quality in stainless steel, comfortable leather strap - but it is the finish on the crystal that makes this watch (I am posting an image I found on the web below because I can't take one as high quality of mine, but it is the same model). It is clearly not designed for accurate time keeping or ease of time reading, being asymmetrical and lacking a second hand, but somehow it just looks like a real gem. It is very small (23.5mm by 31.5mm), but on my 6 inch wrist it is not diminutive. I do think it was a little silly me wearing a polo, but if I had full sleeves on it would have worked well peaking out from under my cuff. I think from up close it is as good as anything I have seen from Omega pre-2000, and that includes my Seamaster Pro (year 1999). And it did prevent me for running late for my train tonight - so it is a good servant. Is there anyone else who appreciates this style? I know it uncommon and often unfitting, especially as most watch enthusiasts are men and the Andrew Grima range even now is being sold as a women's range... as time has gone on watches have gotten bigger and bigger and this one was definitely behind the curb even at the time it was produced. I have seen different varieties of these and they are mesmerising. It took me a long time to source the once I have in this perfect condition and I am so happy with it. Hope ya'll can appreciate me sharing my experience.
  6. I second this. I have worked in retail for a little while and I don't know anyone who would do this - why would you pass on money in the bank now??? With today's market volatility and impossibility of knowing what will happen 6 months (let alone a year or two...) ahead surely you cash out and count your profits now in case you lose out in the future. People who count on paper profits may well wake up to no profits at all and serious dealers wouldn't be caught dead stockpiling inventory.
  7. Love the Longines - pure class. Such an underrated brand. I am still waiting for the Heritage Legend Diver to come out in the smaller size and I will snap that up as soon as it is available. There's just something about Longines, they have that classic simple style and yet it feels like a heavy duty dependable "crash-proof" watch when on the wrist. For an every day wear beater I believe it can't be beaten by anything other than the Seamaster.
  8. This thread is dangerous (to my account balance)!
  9. @WRENCH I'm only 28 years old but I have the heart (and appearance ) of a hippy so all I can say is that if you don't enjoy it you should ditch it. At the end of the day this hobby is not about money, it is about passion. My first Omega Speedmaster purchase was a huge disappointment and I struggled with it for far too long, then a few years later I bought my current one and it is a watch I cannot get enough of. They're different models and feel completely different on my wrist, but to anyone who was buying the watch for just "the name" they would be the same or similar. You did make me chuckle so don't worry - it wasn't quite a Christmas cracker joke.
  10. I am very happy with what I have right now. I still am waiting for one more to make my collection complete, but I will take my time and wait as long as it takes to get the right watch at the right price (Rolex Explorer, 36mm). The money is set aside and if I had my heart in it I would have probably bought one by now but I don't mind hanging on a bit longer. To answer the question honestly though I think I was always very happy at every point in my collection journey. Watches are such a joy, I love to see them ticking away. Today I had a rare occasion to have an evening meal out with some work colleagues and I wore my little discreet Andrew Grima Omega De Ville; it felt like I was going out on a date with an old love I hadn't seen in years (tiny little watch, thin strap, beautiful crystal). Great feeling and I appreciated every minute of it. I feel lucky to own the time pieces I have. PS. Sorry for being away from the forums for such a long time. I have missed you guys just been busy with other things.
  11. Yes you have the dream job!
  12. By GDX I mean the index which buys or comprises mining stocks. Again I know that might not be everyone's cup of tea but my question was more about brokers than actual stocks.
  13. Premium bonds are something I have considered because of another friend I know, but I really just want to own GDX stock at the moment. It might be a total fail but I believe at this time it will serve me well and I am a single guy so I do not have a family or anything on the line. I am looking for a broker who offers GDX with low premiums basically...
  14. What got me interested in watches... I think it was a combination of my nerdy and obsessive nature (I needed some new niche interest which was linked to collecting) and a sort of transition from being a Peter Pan to being more of an adult man. I wanted something that was as cool and interesting as vintage Nintendo games and yet was acceptable and useful in the professional world among "adults" (I consider myself a big kid even now). And somehow without consciously looking I wound up getting really into watches! My first really headhunted watch was a vintage Sicura and now my collection has grown to be basically a lovely set of various Omega models for every occasion.
  15. Hi everyone, This is a total shot in the dark, but I was wondering if anyone on the forums will be able to give some good advice. I have managed to save up quite a decent sum of money (apart from my Rolex Explorer fund of course ) and I was thinking of investing it in a particular kind of stock but I know nothing about how investing works! In my past life as a libertarian nerd I made a lot of easy money on the Bitcoin trade, but now I actually want to get into something that's mainstream. I don't need advice on which stocks to buy (I already have a specific plan) but I was wondering if anyone know which brokers (especially online ones) have the best deals and such. I'm specifically looking for options to buy GDX. Any help would be appreciated!
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