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  1. Hello there. Do you want a full restoration of the watch including the case, crystal and dial or do you want a service and repair? That is your choice. Personally I have 2 Cyma WWW worn by my father, one of which he was issued with. Both have been serviced and repaired but both still carry the scars of everyday use, bruised and scratched and one with the original strap. I could not bring myself to have them ''restored'' because all those scratches are part of the watch's history. Once gone that patina cannot be brought back. If you were to sell it a collector would know it has been restored. I don't know any specialist repairers as they all seem to be retired now, but I'm sure someone will have a recommendation.
  2. Not seen that but had many a one run off the rails and get stuck in the middle of the ramps. Those 2 posters with 2 arms used to fill me with dread. Press the button and wait for the chassis/floor to start crunching
  3. I worked on the very first V12's as an apprentice at the Jaguar factory. Some of the older apprentices were allowed to help load the transporters. One lad was loading an E type and the throttle stuck. He hit the loading ramp and leapt up the back of the trailer just stopping at the top. The throttle linkage had a sort of round swivel plate with an arm going to each bank of the 'V'. The swivel had gone too far and the arms went over centre and locked. He always kept a clean pair of pants in his locker after that........
  4. 0552 marking on the back of the watch denotes Royal Navy issue. The number on the bottom line is the RN serial number of the watch. The other marks are 'Nato' ID and no use in dating the watch other than they were not used I think, until 1974. The serial number is unlikely to be connected to the manufacturer. Military watches were generally marked up when they went into stock and not when they were issued.
  5. Movement is Ronda 1217/21 cal. Parts listed at Cousins UK
  6. Talking of Transits did anybody hear the story of the fleet that used to work in the Cheshire salt mines? I have not bothered looking it up but from memory these Transits started life by being cut in half so that they could be lowered into the mine and were then put back together down below. It was said they survived well, reasonably unaffected by the salt because of the environment underground. They were subject to the same inspections and maintenance programmes as other mine equipment so remained in good order.
  7. Thanks. Slow progress at the minute, mainly due to the fact my workshop is like an icebox. Also I spent a day changing the toilet flush valve which was antique and a nightmare to pull apart. The wood I'm using is meranti hardwood generously donated by my brother who is a building contractor and does a lot of school and local authority work. He salvaged this from one of the schools.
  8. My boss had a new Lagonda around 1980. I had the pleasure of driving it since no-one else dared to go within yards of it because of it's value and it had to be specially insured for me because I was under 30. What I remember is it had a tiny steering wheel and steering was so light but direct, and it could easily make you look silly. It also added new meaning to the term ''lockin''. If you didn't get the door open within 30 seconds of stopping you were locked in. There was a tiny override switch hidden in the door upholstery roll, about the size of a matchstick if you could find it. Otherwise you were stuck. Strangely enough it never raised a second glance and was easy to blend in with the background. Much nicer though than the Bulldog to look at. Another ''wedge'' I had frequent use of was a Lotus Esprit turbo. Now that was one fast car and nicely finished.
  9. I tend to think logic is one of my stronger points but that hurts my head
  10. eezy

    Kuoe.

    A new brand with a Seiko NH35A and stainless steel case of only 35mm. More suitable for those who like small watches. Takes it's inspiration from black dial military watches. Could have been a bit more imaginative with the model name though. KUOE OLD SMITH 90-002 Japan Made Black Dial Automatic with Hand-wound | KUOE / ENGLISH (kuoe-en.com)
  11. Will it become a rocking horse for my grandson or........maybe the Loch Ness monster . I reckon if I sailed that across a boating pond it would scare most of the kids off the water.
  12. Typically indicates low battery. I would check batt voltage with a meter. I only use Renata but have still had duff batteries lately. Now I check voltage before inserting and only buy from Cousins or HS Walsh.
  13. Apparently so. There are over 100 kit car manufacturers listed including the likes of Dutton and Gentry who are still going. Gentry will still make you a kit for the replica MG TF for £8k. It looks like it comes with pretty much everything from chassis to dashboard and all body parts. I would imagine all the electrics now come with multi plug harnesses rather than having to sort where each individual wire goes.
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