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John_D last won the day on May 28 2020

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  1. Pity that the request wasn't for hexagonal, much bigger choice...... Though I suppose this classes as octagonal..........
  2. Looking at that picture more closely and I realise that he is not digging but pushing an antique lawn mower, my dad had one just like it, the handle is very distinctive, about the same time, and yes they did make you sweat
  3. Not watch related, but this rather smart tiny (for the time) Art Deco styled battery valve radio.... As seen in the 1948 film 'Red Shoes'........ And before anyone asks, yes I bought it...........(complements it's slightly younger sister, the P20B, that I've had for about 25 years and only just restored...)
  4. Can't play, I don't buy new watches. The last time I bought a 'new' watch was just under 20 years ago, this Seiko chronograph, cost me about £75 ......
  5. This watch is so like one that I found with a metal detector and dug up, buried right next to a tree, in Epping Forest about 40 years ago. It originally would have had a very heavy silver outer case, like the one that I found....The Hallmarks date mine to 1815 London. Now this one is beyond saving...
  6. When I recently fitted a new Varta re-chargeable cell to my vintage (1977) Citizen Crystron solar watch it took two days under a circular fluorescent bench light to get a solid charge into it. That was a couple of weeks ago. I have been wearing it since then, rarely leaving the house and it has kept going perfectly since. My other Citizen solar watch, bought as a working wreck about 5 or 6 years ago for £15, hasn't missed a beat since I got it, despite rarely getting any direct sunlight, and has mostly just sat around on the bench, often covered up with 'things', though a new crystal has probably helped......
  7. HSS or 'Hard Stainless Steel' as used by Seiko in the 1970's for some of their first Grand Quartz models, takes a fantastic surface polish and sharp edge profiles, which are still not marked after 44 years....
  8. In the meantime I have restored this Ferranti Bakelite clock, initially only bought for bits, but when I realised it was one of Ferranti's first, being their Model No1 and the narrow spade hands and long second hand with the large counter balance, appears to date it to the first months of production in 1931, I decided that it needed saving. Interim stage of case repair... And the finished article.... And an advert from 1932, .... Also now completed another two early valve radio restorations, this very basic Champion Model 830, Before...... And after......(cosmetically and electrically restored) And this rather nice, upmarket Philips 141U, from 1956, after an extensive restoration.....
  9. Vintage Seiko Grand Quartz? Something like this would fit the bill perhaps? (no it's not for sale )...... Or even one of these Citizen Solar Quartz analogue watches from the same year (1977), the worlds first solar analogue watch......
  10. Very nice, no fox cubs here, just squirrels..
  11. Sorry, 'GQ' only means one thing to me, 'Seiko Grand Quartz'....................
  12. Not seen the last couple of episodes yet (have it recording on a series link on my TV) so will look forward to that. The content and skill level is generally very good, but I was disappointed when they restored a wooden propeller hub with a Ferranti synchronous clock in it and junked the Ferranti movement and replaced it with a cheap quartz battery one.
  13. Fortunately never had to buy a CAD system, but I initially started using one 32 years ago, when the multi-national company I worked for, as a design engineer, decided to 'go CAD'. There were just three of us using it, a Linux based system (MCS Anvil 5000), on Sun workstations, I doubt that each station cost less than a Ferrari at the time! Rendering was not even an option then!
  14. The green Art Deco look is evocative of the late1930's but the Smiths Sectric ones were actually manufactured in the 1950's. My green alarm version here.... It would be quite easy to remake the setting button, if it is totally missing, any piece of rigid plastic rod, suitably drilled to fit over the existing spindle, Araldited in place, as long as it doesn't stop you getting the back off.
  15. I'm going to add another rabbit hole entrance......... Having now restored 11 of these vintage synchronous clocks I felt that I 'needed' a small Bakelite radio to complement them.... I initially bought this rather 'tatty' Ultra U 405, post-war radio (1947), and restored it, Then one thing led to another and this second slightly earlier offering, ( Ultra T401,1945), was acquired and also restored to working order, and then there were two....... I have since replaced the knobs on the upper radio with a more suitable set..... I then remembered that 30 or 35 years ago I picked up a Marconiphone P20B midget battery valve portable, also from 1947, so while I was on a roll I retrieved it from the cupboard that it has been hiding in for longer than I care to remember... It had a couple of valves missing, but surprisingly these were sourced on eBay very cheaply, the whole set of 4 costing less than a fiver! The battery connector was in a bit of a state, but that was easily fixed..... As this set was designed to run on a combined HT (69v) and LT(1.5v) battery, which is no longer manufactured, the choice is to either make a mains driven battery eliminator pack or reconstruct a 'correct' battery, populating it with eight, series connected, PP3 9v batteries, giving a nominal 72volts, for the HT, and a single alkaline 1.5v 'C' cell for the valve heaters. I chose the latter option....... The set now lives again...... 'Cover girl' in 1949...
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