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  1. I had it - at one point 2 years ago it was so cramped I had to use crutches for 3-4 days. When to specialist to film me walking, do gait analysis etc. Told me I had flat feet and weak back which may have contributed. Had custom made insoles which I still use. Had 6 session with physio who gave me exercises to strengthen my calf muscles (various form of single leg raise). I do think after a year my feet in general feels better, I definitely can tell that I'm able to put more weight on my toes which previously I didn't realise was normal. I've also started gym and had a few session with personal trainer to correct my mobility. Strengthen back muscle and stretch out the front thigh muscle which apparently affects my standing and walking form. But my foot arches still aches from time to time. Had no cramp episodes yet...
  2. I do gyms in the morning so I need stopwatch function. Usually I wear my G-Shock for it. Occasionally I wear an auto with stopwatch function but it doesn't feel right. Then I usually switch to a diver for work like SMP, Steinhart Vintage, Citizen Panda etc. They are usually Nato straps - if I'm wearing Jeans/tee shirt or full steel bracelet if I'm in a shirt. If I go out in evening and I happen to drop by home I do tend to switch for something more classier. Such as my blue hand paint enamel Seiko, Steinhart Regulator, or retro Smiths Everest. The all have good quality blue or leather straps.
  3. Good to know someone has tried them. I completely forgot customs when I ordered my headphones! We’ll see what happens
  4. So I got targeted by a Facebook ad - normally I'd ignore it but this caught my attention some how. The company is called Massdrop, they basically lurk in forums and pick out old, discontinued but very well rated products. Then they goto the manufacturer to make a bulk purchase deal on behalf of the community and takes a cut (kinda mix of crowdfunding + broker business). I bought a pair of headphones from them (paying £12 to ship to UK), we'll see if I receive it. The and watches section looks very interesting though. Some examples: Glycine for $500+$5 delivery to UK. Without extensive research this seems to be a good deal money wise. New seems to retail at £1200 and used goes for about £800 on chono24. Not my type of watch, but definitely nice. Oris Audi GMT for $800+$19 delivery to UK. This is my style of watch and I would have taken the plunge if it wasn't for the Audi sponsor (I drive a Nissan, can't get away with this haha). The retail price here is about the same as used, so not quite a great deal but a good one nevertheless. Seiko turtle (SRPB1X) for $130 anyone? It's about the same price as those on Singapore grey market website so not quite what you call a saving, but the warranty thing is interesting here. You are technically buying directly from the manufacturer, but because it is part of a bulk buy you are not covered like you would via an authorised dealer. Instead, Massdrop would honour the anything that the manufacturer guarantee would cover, so you need to contact them and they'll act as proxy to the manufacturer. This sounds slightly better than grey market but no experience yet obviously.
  5. My strategy was one in per month. Then 2 out 1 in. Repeat until you get the watch you really want without incurring the wrath from the missus! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Is this the one where they take you to Germany in a country hotel for 2 weeks? I saw this in BHI and I thought it’s a good man cave holiday and away from ahem household management for 2 weeks. I was really tempted. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. In the end I went for this: Classic, sensible, cheapish, hoping that she'll grow into it rather than growing out of it if I bought her anything too fancy. I did look at baby-g but they were all huge, like 43-45mm which would be too big for me as a grown man. I remember wearing these when I was an early teen but I suppose we didn't mind massive bulk on or wrist back then.
  8. Knew I can depend on you people, great list for research. I’ll probably go for a plain Casio or Timex. She’s kinda grown out of the mad colours and unicorn phase so I’m hoping to get something grown up.
  9. My daughter is 9 and I've been saying that I'd get her a watch for over a year and the truth is I'm probably applying my watch buying categories into it. But I simply can't bring myself to buy those no-name plasticky things in department stores. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  10. I was happy at first when I thought I was near the end. Sold my Steinhart, Orient, Stowa and got my Omega. Surely a phase 7 now. Then I realized I was saving up for a Grand Seiko and Rolex. Is phase 5-7 an infinite loop [emoji23]? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. That sounds normal. I’m not an expert but I’ve done a little research when I was buying buy 1966 Smiths Everest. Gold plated case back are generally reserved for special engraved messages like employee length of service gift etc. Otherwise standard issue is plain steel case back. Serial numbering was not a thing back then, model number and production line code is usually engraved on the movement itself. Most gold watches are 9k purity back then so it is pretty sturdy and can be kept quite well if not abused. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. https://www.timepiecechronicle.com/features/2017/5/29/a-brief-history-of-the-rolex-turn-o-graph https://www.bobswatches.com/rolex-blog/watch-review/6-things-didnt-know-rolex-turn-o-graph.html 2 great articles giving you the history of turn o graphs. IMO great looking watch, and I disagree with Rolex’s decision to discontinue it, I think the styling was probably ahead of its time. The hipster movement makes it alright to be dressy and sporty at the same time, personally I love it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Just like ‘supercar’ in the car world. Needs to be a bit unnecessarily bonkers in price, style and craftsmanship. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I was shopping yesterday and was naturally distracted by a watch boutiques window, whilst I was browsing a bunch of 'bling' watches I came across one that was moving and to my horror ticking And the price tag: £3000 But to your point though, if you think about it what is that great about automatics? Rolexes for example charges £8000+ for a sub but the gut is still a mass produced movement which is why Rolexes don't have a display case-back, they don't want you to look at it. So at that price point, what is the difference in swapping out a (supposedly) £200 worth of mass produced movement for a £50 good quartz that can: Keep time better (high frequency ones can be within 10 second off a year) No servicing cost other than battery change Less scary hand over to a well off customer like 'don't set the date if the time hand is any near 8pm to midnight or it'll break!' So only issue in reality is the ticking second hand which many people don't mind. I think if you're a watch manufacturer you have to have quartz at the higher end of the range, simply because people who splash out on watches are not necessarily WIS. They want a fashion/money statement, not a piece of machinery that needs care and wastes your time setting it when you want to wear it. Looking at it from a different angle, it is much harder to apply 'craft' to a mechanical movement than the dial. And people generally appreciate craft to the dial more so we tend to see expensive watches to have beautiful crafted dials with mass produced movement. I cannot think of a watch with hand crafted movement but a generic dial. To have both elements crafted, we're heading straight to Patek territory and we're talking £10000+.
  15. I just bought a b5600bc-1ber, partly because of nostalgic and partly because it really fitted my need for a gym watch. Initially I thought I wouldn't like the inverted display too, but the only choice I had was a version that had a horrible yellow accent so I thought 'well I haven't had one for 20 years so let's give it a chance'. Initial impression of the inverted is 'good-ish'. Under bright light it is no problem at all and I think inverted display is actually better. The problem is indoors where the viewing angle becomes horrid and looking at it straight up isn't the easiest to read if you have eyesight problem. The only saving grace is that new g-shock nowadays have auto-light up feature (like smartphones) where it detects wrist moving above certain angles and put the light on for you, this makes it readable and it does work most of the time. I'd still prefer it in non-negative display though! But I do love the simplicity and that includes the accompanying app which is very useful btw.
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