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Jet Jetski

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  1. invicta I prefer watches with a story. To bore people with. And a nice bracelet or strap, so it's comfy or looks cool.
  2. as it looks in the photo. but I am reading that I must change it because it gasses off nitric compounds that combine with atmospheric moisture to create nitric acid that rots the watch. It's keeping time to 4 mins per day dirty as it is, and I like saying my watch has a celluloid crystal. I know I have to decide myself, but any points of view or info might help me along! Should I replace it with new plexiglass? p.s. it's 1918 (that's a fancy 'c' on the hallmark lol) p.s. the crystal is tough to polish, and polywatch will melt it!
  3. I wouldn't put a cheap battery in my watch obvs.
  4. What I am thinking, but still ticking just now so fingers crossed it will do a year or two.
  5. Just in, not even cleaned yet, signed on mvmnt and case for Dimier Freres & Cie. Silver trench watch c1910 - not had the loupe on the hallmark yet, could be 'l' , 'f' , or 't' (1914). Super - but new unbreakable glass required? I know the perils, of gassing off nitric, from these old celluloid crystals, but I like it yellow ...
  6. Morning, Time to swing those lugs out of bed! HAGD
  7. The battery is under suspicion - no idea how long my dad had them in his drawer, the voltage was OK, but they were the cheapest of the cheap.
  8. You may have noticed I changed a watch battery yesterday, I wasn't paying attention to the movement but I think it said 7 jewels. A couple of times after closing the case I thought it had stopped working, but now I believe it may just suffer from ;backlash' - I have to set my Eta 7750 about 20 secs in front of time for the movement to 'catch up', is it possible for a quartz watch to suffer backlash too?
  9. The first time I changed my own battery was after they quoted me 90 quid for my Squale ...
  10. But you have so many real G-Shocks, no need for a homage. I overslept after my marathon battery changing session, so had to grab and go. Not such a hard life when you have to grab this stalwart! Having grabbed, let's go! HAGD!
  11. I use a little but very bright rechargeable LED work lamp to illuminate the area, and as the tiny screw landed it just glinted in the light and I caught the glint from the corner of my eye! So I didn't even have to search.
  12. My mum's Mappin and Webb 9ct gold cocktail watch - open the back and it has one of those stupid retaining springs right across the battery held by two microscopic screws. Not to worry, turn the first screw loose and *ping* - there is so much tension in the retaining spring it launches the screw, but would you believe I saw it land? Whew! Anyway, turns out one of the two prong forks that terminate each end of the spring has been damaged by the previous incumbent battery changer (my dad prolly lol) and only has one prong, so after changing the battery I have to nip that end up a bit to grip, rather than retain, the spring, being careful not to break the screw (I watched a video a while back before doing my Squale). I SAID BEING CAREFUL NOT TO SNAP THE SCREW! Half the head came off the screw anyway, it was one of those 'bit more, bit more, Ooops!' moments. So then the battery retaining spring breaks free and IT launched into the air, orbits the earth three times and lands six inches in front of me on some bubble wrap - Whew! After a couple of attempts, during which I had remembered to use my tweezers to short the battery against the little shorting terminal, I eventually got the watch re-assembled, except the last attempt I had forgotten to short the battery so had to uncase it all over again. Then the watch stopped every time I snapped the back shut - so I changed the battery again, OMG like 3 hours later IT'S DONE! I have half a fork one end of the retaining spring and a half headed screw the other and quite a big slot to get the bench knife in now but it's working. And it's going to Timpsons next time.
  13. I will ask my watch man when he strips it - I hope it could be, I understand A Schild got a prize for his work on component standardisation (which Bulova later made their mantra), so it would be great to find that this is indeed from the AS 'kit of parts', but just as interesting if it is not. That is why I chose this watch over another I was looking at ... Hey - there's my watch!
  14. No it's a great help, and I can add click-spring to my watch works vocabulary, thereby increasing it by 25% I do appreciate the detective work, and I will carry on. I know how time consuming it can be too - I was up till 5 am the other day! p.s. there was a curious note on the listing about the movement being 'a little lost' . It is currently losing 10 mins per day, I thought that is what he meant by lost, but maybe he meant he could not find it in any books! I will have it serviced around Xmas, maybe there will be clues in the keyless works.
  15. There's a lovely Bulova in sales corner ...
  16. Morning, I'm dashing this morning, so forgive the library pic, but I am suitably attired for спееды вторник HAGD! HAGD
  17. Here is an AS137 for comparison - see the long springy thing touching the ratchet wheel? Mine looks a bit more fountainmelons just there.
  18. Erm ... I sent him the pics .... I was young!
  19. But you have to be careful - I almost bought this watch : before I noticed the word 'Nickel', purportedly on the back of the same watch, in this pic - but assayed watches have to be all silver ... Now this is an AS 137 however.
  20. His RAF style NATOs are the best, no floppy spare bit, and you can wear the buckle on the side (as Citizen above) so the buckle doesn't get scratched on your desk, nor vice versa. I am pretty sure he will forgive me, as I have now bought the actual watch on the drawing for Dimier Brothers' design registration of the wristwatch concept, also showing the means by which it is secured to the wrist (forerunner of the G10) Credit for the pic to https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/earlywristwatches.php Here is my watch, signed on the movement Dimier Freres, and on the case Dimier Bros (for assay purposes). OK not THE watch, but it has roman numerals and everything lol p.s. @Always"watching" - this is the watch I bought instead of the sus piece.
  21. I was going to say about centre seconds, but didn't want to be a clever clogs lol and besides I probably read it on DB's website anyway, but pulsometer watches of course must have centre seconds. David Boettcher can put you in touch with someone who makes splendid leather straps too! (I have 3 - he is a fine chap, he continued to supply me even though I put one on a quartz watch! OK, two)
  22. The only marks on this watch I recognise are for Dimier Freres (inside bottom left) and Dimier Bros (sponsor's mark for assaying the case) - but I believe they were mainly importers rather than manufacturers by this time, so who made the movement? There is a 'B' - which could B anyone ha ha ha ha, but it looks somewhat like an Adolf Schild 137 to the untrained eye (as in, me) - all finger bridges and perlage - except for the detail on the ratchet wheel - there should be - and forgive the technical terminology - a long curved springy thing running clockwise from the ratchet wheel around the perimeter of the case if it was the AS 137. looks like AS 137 lite, lol. I have trawled vintagewatchstraps and trawled DB himself already about something else so maybe someone here can give me a steer? p.s. I think it is between 1904 and 1914 - I cannot, from the photographs, make out the year letter - could be an i, or l, or f - it is a bit worn, I might make it out when I get the watch IRL. Definitely London
  23. As above, and ladies watches could have red or blue twelves too, just helps orientate the watch quickly. Hadn't thought about medical watch.
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