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  1. 11 hours ago, al_kaholik said:

    H Stains is small but tends to have an interesting selection of 'higher end' watches at what I would consider to be quite good prices. Tend to be undesirable smaller models. They are on the corner of Victoria St. and Buckingham Palace Road (That's just out of the District/Circle line ticket hall at Victoria station and turn right)

    Turn left... Long day yesterday! 


  2. H Stains is small but tends to have an interesting selection of 'higher end' watches at what I would consider to be quite good prices. Tend to be undesirable smaller models. They are on the corner of Victoria St. and Buckingham Palace Road (That's just out of the District/Circle line ticket hall at Victoria station and turn right)


  3. I want to learn a little more about movements, and having more than a few pieces on the 'healing bench' that I need to get around to doing something with, I'm looking to take the plunge. I only want to perform a basic service on the watches, generally they are 70s/80s era Russian and of very little value. I just want to satisfy myself that I can do this and in turn learn a little more.

    After a fair bit of research, I've come down to 9010 as a general purpose on everything and KT22 for heavier applications, is there any reason that I should be getting anything else, understanding that I'm not into working miracles here but merely a learning exercise.

     

    Thanks in advance and sorry if this has been covered a million times. There seems to be lots of people recommending dropping large bundles of cash on oils etc when really for my purpose simple is best


  4. 9 hours ago, Rotundus said:

    heating in oil seems to be something I remember from years back.

    I think old engine oil was used but if memory serves and you don't fancy a lungful of carcinogens then food grade oils should produce a similar affect.

    Traditional blacking like this means heating the part to almost red hot before dunking it in oil, I'd be cautious doing this

     


  5. Some frustration, knackered the crown trying to straighten it, so a new one is on the way along with a back gasket for this and a couple of others I've been holding off on.

    Also Flickr no longer plays with Photos. Not sure if that is a new thing with Smugmug or just a Mojave issue. Either way, the ability to 'share to' Flickr is a convenience that is gone. Annoying.

    But here we go, stripped and then re-assembled. Working fine. I've reversed the clasp as I've done in the past to make it sit better on my wrist :) (apologies for poor photos...)

    45668429852_7abdd29b67_b.jpgSeiko 6309-5350 by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

    44994185164_2f6c16b897_b.jpgSeiko 6309-5450 by Alex Bennett, on Flickr

    Once the crown arrives it'll get some wrist time. It doesn't have the presence of the 5150 but its a nice piece all the same. 

    Plenty of nice Seiko's out there to find!

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  6. It's another 5...

    It's another slightly odd one...

    It's green...

    s-l1600.jpg

    (sorry for poor photo, this is from the listing as I don't have time to get the camera out tonight)

    It's a 6309-5450 from February 1982, a younger sibling to my 6309-5110. There are a number of design touches that are common but the dial on this one is very nice. Brushed in quarters, the light picks it up. Interestingly printed on the dial is 'Hong Kong cased'. I feel a little research coming on.

    The crown appears either to have been installed on wonkey onto the stem or the stem itself is slightly bent. And there is the usual gunk throughout from a watch of this age. Progress over the weekend - clean and inspection :)

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  7. 7 hours ago, Wowbagger said:

    QLT13VNDXYTGq_tAmXTjELEWPv03Ctdmk80KNqyM

    Seen better days...

    Respect sir. Specially with hose hairy arms! 

     

    6 hours ago, Davey P said:

    No problemo mate :thumbsup:  That's the good thing about this place, everyone has got their own opinions and we all like different things without being too judgemental.  I think TW Steel are definitely an acquired taste, and thanks to their sheer size they clearly won't be for everyone.  I like the Maverick as well, which is why I bought two :laughing2dw:

    Too big for these child like hands and wrists. But nice all the same :)

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