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  1. This was advertised in yesterday's Sun newspaper... a full page ad for the Aurora Crystal Watch, available exclusively from Danbury Mint. The advert uses words like gorgeous, elegant, stunning. Mmmm, not sure about that. "Once seen, never forgotten", says the banner headline above the full page advert. Yes, I'd certainly agree with that. It's yours for £69 plus £3 p&P. Some of that £69 will surely go towards paying for a full page ad in the UK's best selling daily paper. https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/110055669501444994025/6478866548001957986?icm=false&iso=true https://plus.google.com/photos/photo/110055669501444994025/6478866355385362658?icm=false&iso=true Personally I think it's overpriced and utterly hideous but maybe others will think differently. I'm guessing there are generic quartz movements available relatively cheaply, and the manufacturers put their own design around it. Would this watch be an example of such a thing?
  2. I have a couple of these. They do exactly what they say on the tin and I haven't needed to change the battery in the 10 years since I bought them. In both cases, the straps split and the watches are no longer worn. So now, one is a "pocket watch" that I use as a portable calibrator when setting clocks or checking their accuracy. The other one sits in a suitcase and is set permanently to UTC, which can prove useful when holidaying in another time zone. One bizarre problem I had with them both is that the clear perspex used to pick up scratches easily, because it was slightly convex. I can't remember how I ever ended up with two. I have a feeling that the original one I bought developed a problem whilst still under warranty. Any such problems are very unusual for a Casio. I seem to remember being posted two replacements from Casio UK instead of one - but maybe my memory is playing tricks on me.
  3. These replies inspire me with some confidence, Longplay and others. I am still at the stage where I'm looking at YouTube videos and reading peoples' posts on sites like this, rather than actually doing anything "hands-on". But what's clear is that once I have gained more of a theoretical grounding, it can be both possible and satisfying for me to do my own servicing and repairs. I am envious of people who can buy a malfunctioning mechanical watch and turn it into a fully functioning well oiled precision machine. I'd like to be able to do that myself, one day.
  4. I've watched locksmiths getting into houses in a matter of minutes. Essentially what they are doing is spraying a special lubricant (not, repeat, not, WD40!!) into the lock, then using a powered picker to agitate the pins in the lock so rapidly that it will unlock itself. (Squirt WD40 into a keyhole and it will eventually gum the lock up altogether, once the solvent has evaporated.)
  5. Try this link instead https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNFqddDGy4vQWnE1Fnbw15QM9-hbU7oQAu1H9Wb3szkQnN_k-tiWhWr8pClkUQsRw/photo/AF1QipOTRCZByIowt5ShdK0-aXs-mCX9ft6pOxknUHRC?key=dWlYaXJaT05PN3oxZUxJMDJFU2k3bEg4bkRWdUl3
  6. Here's my take on a slightly different timepiece to the usual ones on this forum. It's not a thing of beauty, but in its own way it is still amazing. This digital pocket watch has an alarm and a stopwatch feature, as well as a lanyard. It is water resistant. Photo here... https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipPVBK_JJ5GQnvzPnnkNR0XP2Y_W9h4UJRSxvbhB I bought it for work and leisure use. I am frequently in wet / dirty / dusty environments where there could also be paint splatters. Or there can be heavy undergrowth, with thorns to scratch or tear. So I dress accordingly, and my "work" watches are generally cheap and cheerful Casios.These pocket watches are a generic "no-name" design. Mine's a ZSD-808 but there are numerous other brands -- almost identical items are sold by different manufacturers under varying model numbers. They are sold worldwide. But even allowing for economies of scale the margins are small -- and this is the amazing thing, how does anybody actually make any money at all from these? Everywhere along the line, everyone involved needs to make a profit, but there's not a lot of money in there to begin with.Consider this... I bought it for £2.99 including postage. Subtract 56p for 2nd class postage and (let's say) 3p for the wrapper, which means the price of the item itself is £2.40 including VAT. Take off the 40p VAT, and so the price excluding VAT and postage is £2.00. Then take off eBay seller fees, shipping costs (these came here from the other side of the world!), and remember there are also road journeys either end of the sea journey. I wonder what it actually cost when it left the factory.The factory (probably in China) collates parts made elsewhere by other factories, and it assembles them to an acceptable quality standard. Cheap as it is, it still has to work.So it's not smart but it's still an amazing example of coordination and engineering.
  7. How many people with a diver's watch actually use the rotating bezel? So far in this discussion there have been several participants who have commented on diver's watches being well made and able to cope in adverse conditions... but there are plenty of non-diver watches that can do this too.
  8. Hi Nick, You are indeed quite close to me! I live near to Teston Bridge, in West Farleigh. I'm therefore on the "Man of Kent" side. Danny
  9. Thanks for your replies. It's good to find out more about the history of the watch I wear.
  10. I might be starting to get the "watch bug", I was warned this could happen. It's also something that runs in the family. I'm an inexperienced newbie when it comes to repairs and servicing though. Is it actually going to be realistic for me to buy a set of watch repair tools designed to tackle the more common tasks, then buy watches for spares/repairs (or those that need a service) and then get them back into full working order? I've got no intention of ever working on anyone else's watches, only on ones I've bought for myself. And I don't intend to sell them at a profit after I've fixed them. It would simply be done as a hobby and as a learning experience. I've got no doubt there's some excellent advice available here on the forum, but is that really going to be enough when it's being given at a distance? If you reckon it's worth me going ahead with, what sort of money am I looking at to buy the essential tools? And are there any makes and models of watch to concentrate on, or to avoid? That "simply be" link shouldn't be there, I don't know how it got into the post and I can't work out how to get rid. Don't click it, it just directs to an online clothing retailer called Simply Be.
  11. Hi Everyone, I have long had a superficial interest in watches and clocks. I have my father to thank for this! I have just been given a Seiko 5 and came across this forum because I wanted to find out more about it. My usual preference for watches is for something that is tough and practical, with a clear display. Over the years my default brand has tended to be Casio. I used to like digital watches for their unambiguous accuracy but nowadays my 55 year old eyes cannot cope with a digital display unless I am wearing reading glasses. My main watch for the last few years has been a Deutsche Bahn German Railway Station watch (it looks a bit like the Swiss Mondaine designs but it was somewhat cheaper) I live near Maidstone, Kent. Danny
  12. My father has given me his old Seiko 5 Automatic watch, and I like it! The Seiko is definitely a step upwards in quality from what I usually wear and is going to become another of my day-to-day watches.I have some queries, though.The dial code is 6309-7425 R, but the code on the rear is 6309-7330. Do the final four digits differ because one is the case code and the other is the dial code? Also, what do the EP and the A6 mean, on the back? (see photos).I have tried to find images online for this particular watch, but I do not find many. The design seems quite unusual. The hour markers for 1,2,4,5,7,8,10 and 11 are circular, not linear. Almost all the images you see online feature linear markings. Is there a reason why there are so few images of this type of watch?It could have been purchased in the UK, in the USA, in Germany or in the Far East. I believe the serial number ( 5D3148 ) shows a December build, from a year ending in 5. My father has had it from new and it has had to work as hard as him -- so it's had a pretty hard life.My usual day-to-day watches are either a Deutsche Bahn watch that resembles a German Railway Station clock (a common design in Germany, and known as a bahnhofsuhr), or a very basic Casio analog for rough dirty work. Photos here https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNFqddDGy4vQWnE1Fnbw15QM9-hbU7oQAu1H9Wb3szkQnN_k-tiWhWr8pClkUQsRw?key=dWlYaXJaT05PN3oxZUxJMDJFU2k3bEg4bkRWdUl3
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