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  1. I have a lot of HAQs. I wouldn't say I have any HEQs, though, as my focus is on supreme accuracy rather than precious metals and five-figure price tags. That being said, the finishing on Grand Seikos is legendary and when I put my GS quartz (SBGV009) under a 30x loupe beside a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the difference between the Japanese model and the mass-produced Swiss watch is truly extraordinary. A lot of time and craftsmanship goes into watches like that. My 'The Citizen' (AQ1000-58B) is almost as good. And the movements inside are every bit as impressive as the external finishing. These movements are largely hand made with hundreds of parts and undergo the most stringent testing. Some might even call such watches 'high end', though over on my more regular forum there seems to be an understanding that 'high end' starts at £10k. And besides the accuracy of better than 10 SPY, HAQs often also offer other advantages over mechanical watches in the same price bracket, including perpetual calendars and such like. For me, accuracy is everything. It is, after all, the original horological promise - a true and dependable time-keeper. That the pursuit of accuracy was largely abandoned by the mechanical makers when quartz hit the scene, and that so much of the Swiss industry's marketing efforts have since been focused on selling the dream of Man Jewellery, does not mean we have all lost sight of what a watch is meant to do. That's why quartz, at all levels from cheap beater to high accuracy super chronometer, has by far the larger market share. The resurgence of the more expensive quartz lines perhaps shows a growing confidence amongst mechanical manufacturers who now see their decades-long marketing campaign bearing fruit in the form of all the myths surrounding mechanical watches and Swiss provenance being firmly established as fact in watch-buying lore. Perhaps now they feel it is time to have another serious stab at breaking into the hugely valuable quartz market that has largely been the preserve of lower end brands in recent times. As for serviceability, I have an Omega HAQ from 1975 for which no spare parts exist. STS are still happy to work on it whenever I send it in for service or repair. If a critical part should fail then of course the watch will be consigned to the dustbin, but for the most part things that go wrong are mechanical in nature and these always seem to be easy enough for STS to fix.
  2. I find Mark's YouTube videos to be quite inspiring. They keep on making me think about getting more involved in the maintenance of my watches. In fact, just a couple of weeks back I dug out an old cal. 8F Seiko and one of Mark's videos took me step-by-step through how to reset the perpetual calendar.
  3. I keep a few watches in my desk drawer at work. Don't really need all of them, but it's useful to keep new acquisitions away from the critical eye of my better half. For work purposes I don't normally need a watch but today the battery in my wall clock failed and I was grateful for the watch on my wrist then.
  4. I have a few watches that have been steadily performing at under five seconds per year for a while now. The one that is currently leading the pack is an old 1979 Citizen that has been consistently turning in 3 seconds per year accuracy ever since its last battery change.
  5. One of my rarest : To the very observant Omega WIS, it would appear to be a case from a tuning fork model with the dial from an automatic Seamaster. What lurks inside is actually far rarer than either of the mismatched external components. This watch houses an Omega prototype quartz movement from 1975. It runs a 4.19 MHz oscillator and was given the designation of cal. 1522 (though, again, the particularly attentive Omega WIS will know that that calibre number was later reused for another movement after this extraordinary attempt at the ultimate high accuracy watch failed to make it into regular production). In the end, only two of these prototypes were made. That's just about as rare as anything I have ever owned.
  6. I picked up a complete set of super rare Casios with the practically unheard of Module 75. All in NOS condition and complete with paperwork. Thought I had hit the jackpot and had the Best Digital Watches ever. Within a year, however, every single one of them was playing up. I have to agree with the G-Shock supporters. My GW-5000-1JF has been absolutely dependable and always spot-on accurate. It is pretty much the only watch I would bother grabbing come the apocalypse.
  7. For those using DAB, be aware that there is a delay in the broadcast vs FM. In fact there are delays in every method of transmitting the time and for those of us mad enough to track the accuracy of our watches to within a fraction of a second a year, the trick is knowing the latency of each method. Stratum 1 time servers are pretty good but you have to think about the various network delays. I have GPS disciplined 10 MHz TCXO reference for technical performance measurements (e.g. seeing how much variance there is in the length of a second as I change the temperature of the watch) and I use the average of twenty timings against two different Stratum 1 servers for my daily measurements of drift from Standard Time.
  8. For the sake of clarity, whilst Rolex does indeed test every watch it makes (and quite possibly that is north of 800,000 p.a.), the article relates specifically to the extreme water resistance testing of those particular Rolexes popular with desk divers (and the occasional actual scuba enthusiast). And here things get a tad misleading. There are reasons why the Rolex Submariner, Deepsea and Sea-Dweller are not technically described as 'dive watches'. And one of those reasons is that, to comply with ISO 6425, every single watch has to be individually tested. Rolex test only a limited representative sample from each batch. So yes, every watch is tested (in Geneva). For compliance to chronometric standards and so on. But there aren't 800,000 watches being put through the deep dive tests. And not even all of the Subs, Deepseas and Sea-Dwellers. Doesn't mean they aren't fantastic watches for diving. Just felt the need to quash yet another myth about watches that seem so easy to get going on the Webs.
  9. I am a sucker for long odds and would probably take a punt at either price point, but I tend to agree that it may be difficult to sell enough tickets without casting a somewhat wider net. It may be easier, through established platforms, to sell 9 or 10,000 tickets at £1. WhenI have run charitable raffles in the past I have always found that plenty of companies are willing to chip in with lower tier prizes in return for a little free advertising. Psychologically it really just helps gamblers to justify to themselves the risk they're taking for hope of the top prize. A one-prize raffle with a £50 buy-in is going to appeal to relatively few.
  10. I had a browse of LED watches at the rather informative below and I couldn't see this exact model (though it seems most similar in shape to the 'Saturn' watch). From what I gather, it seems that plenty of companies were turning out LED watches at the time and records are sadly somewhat incomplete. http://www.crazywatches.pl/led,1,3
  11. Some very special pieces sadly gone. I trust he was insured and so won't be totally sunk by this theft.
  12. Gosh. I was looking at a watch of their's on eBay, recently. I sincerely hope it is not one of those that had been stolen as it was an absolutely irreplaceable prototype. In the mid 1970s Omega launched their famous 2.4 MHz marine chronometer. This particular watch that they had was a unique prototype of that watch and it would have fitted into my collection perfectly. The thing I found strange was that for a watch that was repeatedly relisted due to a failure to sell, instead of lowering the asking price they increased it by about £3,000. Just going by the values of other MHz-range Omega prototypes from the same era that have sold in recent years, I would have to say that the original asking price of roughly £7,000 was already about £5,000 too high. Still, if someone in this crazy, overheated market ever would pay that much then I guess thewatchcollector.co.uk would be laughing all the way to the bank. And in that case I might look to sell my prototype Omega 4.2 MHz watch (which was due to be the sequel to the 2.4 MHz watch until the project was cancelled).
  13. When I got to my fourth Grand Seiko I just left the box at the AD's and took the watch home in my rucksack. If there's a chance I might flip a watch then I will hang on to the box (and keep the spare links there). Otherwise they're clutter and if they get in the way then I will chuck them. (I still keep the links, though. I have bought enough second hand watches to have built up a personal pet hatred for people who lose links)
  14. The cyclops can be replaced. It's just stuck on.
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