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  1. 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.
  2. Movement is Ronda 1217/21 cal. Parts listed at Cousins UK
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I tend to think logic is one of my stronger points but that hurts my head
  7. eezy


    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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Once fitted a brand new bodyshell on a Mini, does that count? Car in question was about 4 years old and severely bent. Was a nice car when done, until that is, a few weeks later, my niece met a bus head on in the lanes and wrote it off again. Gave up then
  12. Missing the point really which was how much would new import taxes bump up the price
  13. From the Invicta EU shop. Wonder what the import tax/vat would be? https://www.invictastores.eu/deals/super-storage-sale/?fbclid=IwAR2_06-OXy40f22oW1ZghJuIoz9Az8Rk8XpCAtRXIHGnt_I44aeXsuxYeXE
  14. Hopefully I might see it coming and flog the watches for enough to cover the funeral! I only have one son and since the day he was born he has never attached any sentiment to anything. So if I don't sell them, he will. I gave him my gold jewellery last year and he gave it to his mother (my ex). That hurt....
  15. Apart from laptops crashing, I've had flash drives, hard drives and SD cards all go down on me and not be able to recover the data. I mean reputable brands as well. I'm thinking the safest way is on a cloud based storage. Much as I hate anything Google, Google Drive has been reliable so far and makes large files reasonably easy to share
  16. My first car was a Jaguar 1.5 litre 1947. I was 15 at the time and the car was in running order. I paid £15 for it. When my Dad found out he towed it down the scrapyard to teach me a lesson (it was a better car than his). (Library photo)
  17. According to Ranfft the height of the calibre is different on them all so measure the calibre and check against the list. bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements: AM 490 (ranfft.de)
  18. I tend to forget regional variations in labour prices. I wouldn't expect to pay that much up here in the Midlands.
  19. Would it not be easier to put in a complete new system, ignoring the old system and just disconnecting it? I had a new system fitted in a couple of days in a house which had no heating and while we were living in it. Once you take out the cost of the boiler, which it sounds like you would have to replace anyway, the rest of the system is not that expensive. Plus with new HE boilers you'll save money on gas.
  20. Possibly balance staff end float which would allow it to move when the watch is flipped over one way or the other. Others are more qualified than me though to advise.
  21. Not had much time to play with the Titan bandsaw other than to unbox it and put it together. Done a couple of test cuts and definitely needs some time put aside to set it up. The blade is all over the place. Needs tensioning, tracking up and the blade guides setting. On a plus note I discovered it is a rebadged Ryobi BS904G which seems to be only available in the States at around $200
  22. Inspired by the birth of a grandson. I make my projects from an idea and any old bits of timber lying around. Hence I don't use plans or drawings because I don't have the materials. This one used bits of my old front door and frame, wooden bed and a coffee table. I did have to buy the dowels though.
  23. Depends if you look at them as an investment or if you simply enjoy having them. I don't look at my watches as an investment. That market is fraught with danger and if you want to cash them in it is a matter of predicting when they will be at the top of the market before (and if) they fall in value. Also are the asking prices being achieved? It is not a dilemna I have with my two because they are family heirlooms. One is my Dad's service issue and the other he bought in the 60's as a backup. So they cannot be sold with any good conscience. One thing is for sure - if you sell they will leave a void and you are unlikely to be able to replace them without a blank cheque.
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