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Jet Jetski last won the day on May 11

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  1. One of my favourite 'space' watches - it has no AR so when I look at it I see a little study in rapture beaming back at me, too. Strapsco one piece strap. Because when you are in zero G you need lots of keepers and a really big buckle.
  2. Sorry, I do take my time about getting round to the more boring tasks, but to elaborate, I think that is an unforgivable example of prolepsis, since I have plenty of years left before my 60th birthday, and even 60 years is not long at all, therefore the correct tense to use would have been the future perfect, on the reasonable assumption that I will continue, in this vein, for at least another sixty seven years, which would qualify as a long time (for a human - giant tortoises can talk nonsense for much longer). Hence "If you carry on like this for another fifty odd years, then you will have made very little sense for a long time.", would have been more accurate. Good effort though, A minus. I am joking, of course, the thrust of my comment was perfectly understood by @spinynorman. Literacy is only partly defined by the functional ability to read and write. Comprehension, inference, assimilation, are all part of literacy. A person may be able to decode and understand the campaign slogan 'Children should be seen and heard.' It does not make them literate. A literate person would develop meaning from this, by hearing, in parallel, in their head, the well known saying 'Children should be seen and not heard.' Otherwise the point of the slogan - to call out and change outdated attitudes - would be lost on the reader. Moving on, to folk who do like this guff! Did I mention as to how I thought the making of Harwood watches could have carried on after the demise of the company? Apparently the manufacturing stations were bought - along with the Autorist stations - at a liquidation sale in Bienne, Nov 1933, that included 200 dozen ebauches. So the patent having expired, and the machinery and property having been legally passed to someone else, the manufacturing story of the first automatic wristwatch could have reputably continued for some time via another watchmaker. Perhaps by Harwood's chum Victor at Selza SA - wonder who bought the gear? I have also read in several places now that Harwood had 'inventory' by Q4 1926, finished by Harwood himself, before the Fortis line was churning them out - perhaps 'pre-production' but again important to defenders of the first 'mass production wristwatch' because the Driva Watch Company, who requested a patent for their own automatic wristwatch in Switzerland in July 1925 (114947CH issued in May 1926), were hot on his heels, with their automatic watches sold under 'Novix' and 'Driva' brands. Have a good day, guff lovers and haters one and all! Yours sincerely, Jet 'Marmite' Jetski
  3. I am sure I speak for everyone on the forum when I say how grateful I am that you are so conscientious, because despite the terrible demands placed upon you by all that golden sand, brilliant sunshine, and clear blue water, you never forget your forum friends, who are too busy enjoying leaden skies, gales, and endless dried pasta. There should be a medal! Bracelet does look great!
  4. Poljot 64/65 'Strela'. Guest appearance by Alexey Leonov! Have a VERY good day!
  5. Just in from Belarus - the printing on the dial is my main concern - really faded and some letters have disappeared completely, others are about to follow, not sure if that can be stabilised without a hermetic case - this is a snap back 15j - the crown is very worn down but each scar tells a story. The second hand (hacking) has been fully lumed, and it is starting to flake like the main hands. Not over concerned if that was done in the factory or by the user - sending your watch away for better lume is standard in my book!
  6. I joined facebook quite early, one winter as a project, not because I had any friends to keep in touch with, or wanted to trace, or, in fact, any friends at all, but I noticed there was a game on it called WW2 - the more friends you got to play, the bigger your army, the more successful you were - it was an exercise in boosting the platform's connectivity I guess. Farmville was another. Mafia wars too. Anyway, I decided over winter to become Numero Uno in WW2, with my 7" netbook and dial-up modem via an old flip-phone, which irritated the 'serious' players calling themselves Canaris, Rommel, Monty, Guderian etc. because I did become the top player, my Nom-de-Guerre was General Sheikh Ba-Nane, and my team was called Milkshake, and I only invited women. They did not have to play, they just had to join my team, and I in turn accepted their invites to play whatever they played. I maxed out at 4000 'friends'. GET TO THE POINT! I kept in touch with one player in the US, I am now friends with her friends, and she would be friends with mine if I had any, and when any travel to the UK we meet up for a drink or dinner or both. One lady comes over with her hubby who starts telling me over dinner about the NASA pension he is not yet taking, he still works, and he has this private income etc. and I say "My retirement plan is to marry a rich widow" and as soon as I said it coloured spots started swimming in front of my eyes like the Ipcress file and I knew in that instant this was her second marriage ... I hardly heard him say "I already did that." and after I waved them off I paced around Victoria Station for a good twenty minutes clutching my head and muttering aloud "Feck feck feck feck feck". They have been good enough to laugh about it since. What is your worst foot-in-mouth moment? I won't tell ANYONE, promise!
  7. Jet Jetski


    I have put all my watch fettling tools away prior to drinking any beer. I am sitting in the sun out of the wind, I am keeping my Italian beer out of the sun, and after my beer I may cut the grass (which has not been cut for a while because I have seeded); and I may re-pot the peppers in the grow house. Ah, breaking news, the beer says stuff the peppers (and the lawn, too)! I put a lot of sphagnum moss on a little water level 'shelf' I created next to the pond, ready to plant carnivorous plants, and the ruddy birds nicked the lot for their nests - there's a song thrush hereabouts with a nest that could give honeymoon suite at The Hilton a run for its money!
  8. I like a bit of reverse LCD. Meanwhile, a bit of Sunday best for what is left of it, Have a VERY good day!
  9. @WRENCHsaid I might start wearing my Harwood upside down on my left wrist to compare the regulation Vs isochronism with the results from my right wrist - the watch is shown in adverts from the time being worn on the right wrist, presumably to keep it wound. While I think of a plausible excuse to explain to anyone why my watch is upside down, I'll wear this for a bit, from Lebem, France. It has a semi-perpetual calendar because you can, erm, turn the bezel by hand to show the right day of the week!
  10. I am starting with my Harwood, and when John Harwood went to Switzerland to get someone to make automatic watches (and pay him for the idea), he stayed with a chap called Victor Gisiger, a very forward thinking type, ran in the family, and indeed 30 years later the Gisigers submitted a patent application - which was awarded - for putting a radio - Dick Tracy style - in a wristwatch! Anyway, Victor (who had his own company, Selza SA) tried to hawk the idea of automatic watches on John's behalf, got fully rebuffed, so John went back to England to raise cash to manufacture the things himself - paid Schild for Ebauches and Fortis to make the movements for the Harwood Self-Winding Watch Company, ably aided and abetted by Gisiger of Selza SA who is listed in several sources as a re-seller in Switzerland (Harwood had his own eponymous distribution outlet in the UK), to the extent that The Horological Journal, in 1964, reported that Luxor (a Selza brand) actually 'produced' the first self-winding wrist-watch, John Harwood's invention (and you will find early ones with Luxor and Solix on the dial - both Selza brands): Exhibit A - Luxor Harwood. Note 'Automatic' on the dial - exciting times! Mine (another Selza brand, Organa) was cased in the forties apparently, maybe after a deal with the liquidators when the Harwood company - with Vogt of Fortis on board since July '29 - went bump? Don't know. Unsurprising that these watches might not emerge till the forties, since no-one was buying watches in the 30s depression much - hence the bankruptcies. The last Gisiger named watch / watch parts company I can see went bump themselves in 2003, in Selzach (hence Selza SA). So, last of the hold-outs - if it was a Panini sticker, it would be Josey Wales. If there was a book of Clint Eastwood characters. Have a VERY good day!
  11. Now I want one of these ... https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/9c/77/3f/509e12654bed77/US3032651.pdf
  12. Since I have been WFH, and desk-bound most of the day (typically I walk around a huge production facility, or 'campus') my Harwood has stopped a couple of times, always after wearing it on my left wrist, then I noticed from the adverts .... I have been wearing it on the wrong wrist! And I need to play tennis, and start smoking. Wait, wha?
  13. so the German translates as the fact that Selza were involved at the start, and later - the Organa brand, launched in 1942 takes care of the 'later', and another Selza brand - Solix - launched in 1926, takes care of the 'at the start'. IMHO until Vogt joined the company owning the IP in '29, Harwood retained rights to license who he wanted, or if not license, at least ask who he wanted to case and sell HIS movements - he made nearly 4 times as many watches as Rolex in the same period (34k vs 9k), that is a lot of stock to shift. There was a big court case near the end also between the various legal entities - which get confusing - e.g. 'Harwatch' - but anyway, here are a few Solix (Selza) watches from the 20s, and I believe Wyler may have been hawking them in Italy too - well, I and some other researchers think that. The last one is an identical case I think to mine - Swiss Selza style, but possibly cased a decade or two earlier? Bear in mind that Zeno are still casing Unitas movements made 50 years ago. Is it starting to make sense? Swiss business dealings are famously opaque, and the history that belongs to the victors is not necessarily as nuanced as it might have been at the time. But the idea of Selza distributing John Harwood's watches - made for him in the Fortis factory - is not ridiculous - I am not saying it is true, I am saying that it is reported by established horological commentators, and anyone is free to dispute my sources - indeed I have invited them too. And submit any evidence to the contrary - I love evidence - I am a validation engineer amongst other things. This is just a bit of fun for me, but I have brought all my digging skills that I would use at work to bear, and I am not necessarily done yet, since I had another thunk last night. The curation of the Blancpain museum or the Fortis museum is not free of editorial bias. The court case was not free of partisan bias. Dogma is not evidence. Although it may precipitate the end of the world ...
  14. if you need to keep your losses down stick to brands with good marketing - the person buying might be thinking to flip too, and is more likely to buy something with good market leverage
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