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  1. I have booked a £140 maintenance service which, among other things, will replace all the seals. Lesson learned - I should have dealt with Breitling directly, as pointed out by JoT. The member of staff that I spoke with at the boutique made it appear that I had no choice in the matter and would have to get the full service, or go elsewhere. This should keep things going for a couple of years at least, after which I will get a full service done. Thank you all again for the advice.
  2. I've used it once or twice to keep track of the parking meter, but that was only because I was determined to prove to myself that the bezel was useful. I gave up because it's so much easier to use one's smartphone.
  3. I get that, but at the boutique I wasn't even given the option of a simple battery change. So the customer who wanted a battery change is told that they will need to pay for a full service. However, I am seeing things from both sides now. That the seals may need replacing before potential damage ensues is not something I'd considered. In Breitling's defence, the written quote did include the option of a cheaper maintenance service, but since this is not the recommended option they will not guarantee the correct functioning of the watch until a full service is done. I will most likely take this option for now and get a full service done in a year or two. I am grateful for the input from everyone, it's been very helpful.
  4. Well that's the point, it is tip top. It simply needs a new battery. I have no objection to paying for a full service if it needed one. I'm happy to cough up the cash to service my Omega, because I can see that the timekeeping is not as it should be and needs a service. What I don't like is going in for a battery change and being told that it'll cost £495. That's taking the mickey.
  5. Thanks everybody for the replies. I'll need to have a think before I decide what to do. I'm leaning toward not having the service done because - a) The watch is running fine and is easily the best timekeeper I own (even when compared to my other other quartz watches) b) Although the idea of it coming back shiny and new does have its attraction, the light scuffs and marks it does currently have adds some character to it. On the other hand, I did buy it at a steal of a price and always had it in mind that I would get it serviced by Breitling at some point as it's never had a service before.
  6. I recently took my Breitling Colt Chrono quartz in to my local Breitling boutique for a battery change. It's over 10 years old but I've only had it for a year. I had assumed they would simply charge me somewhere around £25 to £50 to change the battery - the very slightly pompous member of staff informed me that they do not simply change the battery. The watch would need to be sent to their horologist to be inspected, after which they would email me with a repair quote. Low and behold, the quote arrived today and it says that due to its age it will require a full service costing £395. I can of course decline and have the watch sent back to the boutique. I can get the battery replaced somewhere else at a fraction of the cost. On the other hand, the watch will come back looking new, with the added peace of mind that it's had a full service and should give me many more years of trouble free service. But £395 is a heck of a lot of money for a service. Is it worth it? I was also under the impression that quartz mechanisms did not need expensive servicing. Was I wrong? Any advice would be much appreciated.
  7. Haven't posted in a while because I got bored of posting pictures of the same little collection of watches over and over. I'm wearing my Hamilton Air Race today. I swapped out the bracelet for the leather strap.
  8. That's a fabulous collection. I think CW offer fantastic value for money, especially when bought at sale prices. I have 2 Trident Pros in 38mm - the build quality is amazing, and although I wasn't too sure in the beginning, I've grown to appreciate the wavy dials. I like that CW have not simply copied the Rolex Sub, unlike a lot of other brands.
  9. I'm loving my new Hamilton:
  10. Happy New Year! I sincerely hope 2019 is a great year for everyone, no matter what uncertainty we are facing as a nation.
  11. Interesting article about Japanese whaling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35397749 "But Junko Sakuma thinks the answer lies in the fact that Japan's whaling is government-run, a large bureaucracy with research budgets, annual plans, promotions and pensions. "If the number of staff in a bureaucrat's office decreases while they are in charge, they feel tremendous shame," she says. "Which means most of the bureaucrats will fight to keep the whaling section in their ministry at all costs. And that is true with the politicians as well. If the issue is closely related to their constituency, they will promise to bring back commercial whaling. It is a way of keeping their seats." It may seem incredibly banal. But Japan's determination to continue whaling may come down to a handful of MPs from whaling constituencies and a few hundred bureaucrats who don't want to see their budgets cut."
  12. I picked up a Hamilton Khaki Air Race on my brief trip to the USA last week. I've been wanting to try one of these for a while now but couldn't find it on display anywhere in London. Luckily I found one at a shopping mall just outside Washington DC. The staff were very friendly and helpful too. My rubbish pictures don't do it justice so here's one from the Hamilton website:
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