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  1. Got a few things from them before.  The item is shipped by the manufacturer and not Drop themselves.  The headphone and watch I bought got charged customs without fail, it might be still worth it but do add that cost into account (+20%VAT + £8-12 processing fee + 2-3weeks shipping).

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  2. Automatic 

    39mm-42mm diameter

    max 13mm depth

    ETA, Seiko in house or in house movement

    Dive, Racer or GMT (I tend to love watch with bezel ring of sorts)

    No chronograph function (chrono tend to be too fat, and also I don't like second hand not moving at 12)

    I love good quality, super clean finishing raised marker and logo on the dial, like on Omega Seamaster or De Ville watches.  I tend to stay away from painted dials with exceptions like Max Bill or Speedmaster.

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  3. Someone I know bought a watch in Switzerland and said about claiming back the VAT but several months later got hit for the full 20% UK VAT plus penalty for not declaring the import. Not sure how he got caught but he thought there was an EU agreement that Switzerland sent details every few months showing EU based customers who had received VAT refunds.

    Not a problem for most, Swiss watches in Switzerland tend to have higher RRP than UK so it’s simply not worth buying it there. It’s annoying really when you consider that they have lower VAT.

    Steinhart is the only exception there and since it’s Steinhart it is probably just under the £390 duty free limit.

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  4. I just came back from a holiday to Switzerland and visited the official dealer in Bern called watch lounge who actually had stock of every Steinhart model so I had a field day in there (wife and daughter not impressed).  Eventually bought an Ocean One 39 GMT - was torn between that and Ocean 2 but I really wanted 39mm.  Swiss VAT (7.7%) gets refunded too so extra bonus.

    From memory all the watches came with steel bracelet except for the rose gold Ocean One which came with leather strap and that did look really nice.  A little too 'special occasion shazam' but nice nevertheless.  So no doubt Ocean 2 would be good too.

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  5. Thanks for all the responses, really appreciate it.

    I'd actually wish it was like selling/buying car - because at least you have we buy any crap dot com that gives you an immediate price so you don't need to play funny games.   So you immediately know what the cost of 'upgrade' is.  Same with buying/selling camera gear.  Shame watches are not the same.

  6. I thinking about trading in my 36mm Omega SMP for something else like a 41mm or Aqua Terra.

    Obviously my usual route is sell and buy off second hand market but I'm also a lazy git.  What is your experience with trading in at AD?  Do they take a fat cut or is it reasonable for the effort saved?

  7. Hate to raise an alarm - on the warranty card it has the reference 3523.30.00 - that is not for this watch!  So it smells off already.  Maybe the watch is real, but with a fake card the resell value really bad if you can actually sell it on at all.

    You didn't specify what size, this model comes in 28cm which is for kids.  

    Either way for the quartz <£1000 is the standard price (check on chrono24) for 28cm.  £1200 from dealers for 41cm, so you'd have to sell for less and considering you'd have to pay Paypal fee etc you won't be making any money if you manage to sell it on.  Quartz model are not be most sought after one.

    If there's no way out then I'd keep it, it is still a good looking watch.

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    Once in a while the bay will have a Junghan with scratched or broken glass. It’s because they use acrylic so they tend to break easily.

    All you need to change it is a ten quid clamp and the glass is fifty quid genuine or a tenner for generic brand (I went for latter).

    The one above I paid slightly over the price for at £300 with slightly damaged dial, but considering new is £900 and used is well over £600 I think I did alright [emoji2]


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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.


  11. I've done three courses at the BHI, where i have learnt a lot (mainly my own limitations!)
    13 days cost a combined £1,800, so it is not cheap.  Plus to equip a workshop to say Omega's standards you will need to invest circa £100k in equipment

    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.

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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  14. https://www.timepiecechronicle.com/features/2017/5/29/a-brief-history-of-the-rolex-turn-o-graph


    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.

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  15. 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 :scared:  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+.

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  16. 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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    1. Steinhart Marine Regulator - classy, extremely well made, intricate details like the slightly indented second dial.  Very underrated watch, definitely recommend.



    2. Steinhart Ocean One 39mm.  I would recommend this watch to any of my friends.  Seriously ignore the homage haters - this thing oozes quality, the metal smoothness on this thing is the nicest thing I've ever worn, this includes the Omega SMP.  I can't describe the weight of this thing to do it justice, but I'd say it is weighty and very well balanced, not a single thing on this watch feels cheap.  I love the little no nonsense things  - like you can buy a replace bracelet for £50, or that the bracelet pin is a one piece screw (you know how lucky you are if you've owned an Omega haha).  Most important of all - for me - 39mm is the perfect size for an every day watch and there are not many alternative out there.



    3. Hamilton QNE - quirky, flight themed watch.  It has the 'pilots alphabet' engraved on the back.  Respectable mention.



    4. Junghan Max Bill (Quartz) - I don't own this anymore but would recommend to anyone.  The design is so clean, can clearly feel the 'German' minimalist thing going on here.  Love Junghan for refusing to budge on not using Sapphire on the watch and kept the domed acrylic glass.  As a result the dial is so clear because there are so little reflection issues.  Also I can replace the damn acrylic for a fiver when if I scratch it by accident.  I've sold the Quartz in hope that I can get the Automatic version on the cheap one day.


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