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  1. Panic! My everyday wear watch for the past 5 years or so has been a vintage Omega with bumper automatic movement and recently I realised it has started to stop! This is my favourite watch and I love wearing it, can anyone recommend one or two possible places where I could have it looked at? I know in this area it's usually good to go with recommendations as I have had a few disastrous experiences with watch servicing in the past (all my modern pieces go to the official Omega service centre). Any advice would be appreciated. Matt
  2. 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.
  3. I understand a sundial Beyond that everything is a stream of endless questions...
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This thread is dangerous (to my account balance)!
  10. @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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Back of my wardrobe on the bottom shelves (where normal people keep their shoes) I also have one of those huge Speedmaster boxes.
  14. I don't know how interesting these are because they're fairly classic designs so everyone has seen them, but they are my favourite three watches at the moment. 1990's Seamaster 300 Pro Speedmaster Moonwatch (Apollo XVII LE) And Sicura Globetrotter
  15. Thank you! I agree the Omega is a fantastic watch and it has been with me through thick and thin. I love that watch. You're right watch obsession doesn't work like that though. I estimate I wear the Seamaster 9 days out of 10 with my Speedmaster being the alternative for days out or occasions. I will be buying a 36mm Explorer to top up the collection. I am also thinking of the Longines Heritage Legend when the smaller 36mm version comes out to have an alternative diver option. Watches drive me mad Thanks for the feedback. Having worn it a little bit today as well I think I can't in good conscience keep it because I think I will feel silly wearing it in public. It's a stunning watch and I recommend it for anyone else though. It's another lesson for me to stick to my own self-imposed 40mm limit (once in a while I feel cocky and buy a watch that's too big...). It is a beauty but like I wrote above I most likely won't be keeping it (too large). The calibre is actually 6T63 quartz, which is a new one for me. Most of my previous Seikos have been automatics. It seems to really be a nice dress chronograph; it would certainly do the job better than all that Armani stuff that's I see on people's wrists all the time. There just aren't any chronos out there these days under 40mm unfortunately. I am part of a niche market...
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