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Jet Jetski

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  1. There are times when I should be awake at 2.00am, and times when I shouldn't. This is one of the latter. Apparently these watches are a fit companion in any circumstances, let's see how this one copes with a long snooze. HAGD
  2. Worth keeping an eye out on eBay, although they don't often come up, but a bronze Holton auto did go for £350 a month or so ago, although the bezel was a bit scratched. This is no bad thing, of course - I read recently on here about a watch manufacturer refusing to do a warranty repair because of a dinged case, EB only get upset if they get a watch in for service that ISN'T dinged! They don't make drawer queens.
  3. 'Unapologetically fit for purpose' I think they put it. But they do care, Brown turned down a position at Cartier to plough, or engineer, his own furrow. So although the crystals may be sapphire, I beg you to spot the tell-tale white ring around the edge of the 'glass' - it's been engineered out. Date wheels are custom printed to match the dials. Every watch is pressure tested three times before it leaves the factory, the final time underwater at 20 bar; whereas most other dive watches 'should' be capable, but the reality is the buyer will probably be the first tester of its performance under water So subtle touches, but substance over style, generally speaking. And they have their own brand of loyalty. Maybe I need to move to the next hole ...
  4. Good. They're not for looking at. Well, unless you want to know the time obvs. I have taken one to pieces and they are well made. The shock protection system is like a DS2 on steroids. When lockdown banned expeditioning I sold my first Holton, only watch I regretted selling, as soon as we opened up I bought another one. Erm... another four.
  5. I think wearing a smart watch or Fitbit, and an ordinary watch simultaneously is quite common. I don't think twice about wearing two watches when I go hiking, I'm a 'Two is one and one is nothing.' sort of person when on the hill. But whenever I wear two watches around town or the office, which I might if I have a vintage or serviced watch 'on test' - as in I have to give it some solid running and wear time to check it's ok before a warranty runs out - then I do feel like I may have to explain myself Obviously with modern watches, with a five year warranty, it's not so critical to shake it down within a month or so.
  6. Really thorough article, sorry you didn't gel with the watch, but good contribution, thanks.
  7. Updated stats. What's all this nonsense about variety? You are not properly OCD until you like your watches increasingly similar!
  8. Well I read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything!
  9. Really very nice design, and solidly engineered.
  10. I have four Holton Professionals (two quartz and two automatic) and a Kimmeridge which I modified to make more manly, and I call a Himmeridge. Alex Brown was very gracious about it. Alex and Ian are both watch users, for outdoor sports, and started together at Animal making watches, and straps in particular, to withstand the rigours of being bashed by hundreds of tons of surf. They started their own business EB to make watches for testing environments and pursuits. Their Cranford was a popular choice, amongst other popular choices of course, for service personnel, and eventually they developed a watch specifically for the military (Holton Professional) which has a NATO stock number and carries the pheon. It is popular with other people who also want a very tough watch, and one survived a trip down the gulf of Mexico to a depth of 1.9km strapped to a submersible. The crown seals whether screwed in or not. The crystals are all strength tested before fitting. Etc.
  11. Change for the evening into my Omega bumper. And a bonus pic of my Ball Chronometer from last week when I was on holiday. HAGD
  12. Morning, home again, and work again. HAGD Very nice!
  13. It's already stretched across the staircase.
  14. I shall be more gentle from now on! To be fair I am not the first owner of said watch, and it had demonstrated a few weird things around the date change, but always 'normalised' leaving me thinking I was just imagining it. Given that I only wear it to functions and such, provided nobody invites me to a midnight feast, I would not even notice it no longer changed at midnight, since it is all hunky dory by normal waking hours. But I know ....
  15. Can this happen even when setting with the crown fully out? I think I may have done this to one of my better watches, even though I did not use the quick set. The date is currently working when setting 'crown fully out' and also works on the quick set, but now changes several hours after midnight - I have a price for a strip-down service .... (I would normally, if compos mentis, have wound the watch and let it run for a couple of hours to clear midnight before setting it, but having noticed it was near twelve, I thought only at the time 'don't use the quick set'. The date seemed to overshoot slightly, then would not change at all until I set it backwards, and now it changes, but just not at midnight lol. It is a 2824-2 with big date module on top, so sounds expensive. Pretty sure it pulled this trick as I was wondering whether to sell it (having no need these days for a 'going out' watch). Irritatingly, it keeps great time and would not otherwise be due a service.
  16. That is true, but of course watches worn every day do need servicing to stay running, and servicing one watch every five to ten years is fine, servicing forty plus gets a bit like the painting the Forth bridge. I always have three away at any one time.
  17. Definitely misaligned. Similar problem I had with my watches. All seemed very deliberate -one watch needed a jewel replacing would you believe, another had one of the indices floating about under the crystal, and the last 'lost' a jewel when I replaced the seconds hand, presumably dislodged in transit ready to fail. FWIW the Russian watches I am talking about can take quite a lot of pressure when replacing the seconds hand (and need to sometimes) but this one just popped out easy as pie. Cannot help but wonder at deliberate sabotage.
  18. If there is a quickset then I agree, but my old Seiko 5 Mk 1 has no quick-set on the day, and only a semi-quick-set on the date (I think they introduced a pusher the version after mine), so it stays on the winder as I do like to grab it and go.
  19. Thanks for the reminder. And yes, days do somehow seem all alike and I have, especially over the holidays, had to remind myself what day it is. I only have two day complication watches apart from a couple of digitals - my '64 Seiko 5 and a GPS watch by Citizen, currently on the bay, but would be a shame if someone bought it.
  20. Now I am feeling bad about only needing another two Elliot Brown Holton Professionals. And taking nine watches on holiday. NOT! Anyway, nine is a good number, it's like a full set of something, you know, things famously come in nines, like the full nine yards, and, you know, the nine Muses, and whatever, like, nine, erm, Nazgul!
  21. Just bought a Marine Nationale in that colourway, plus another 4 Perlon straps. Thinking it may be an option on my Ball, but never tried an MN before.
  22. Looks OK though. So nearly bought one of these for my son getting out of med school and into work, but of course he's always bare up to the elbows.
  23. I like doing this, but it runs in the family, my parents have display cases full of china tea cups and tea pots from all over the place as souvenirs of their travels, and when they appeared to think I had more watches than was sensible, I had to point out they didn't need so much unused china lol. But apart from my book case, and all the maps, they are the only thing in my home, well apart from the canvas prints of photos I took of steam trains, and the last flying Vulcan, they are the only thing in my home that really says who I am, except for all the degree and diploma and institute membership certificates. And my model railway. But apart from that, you know, the watches are that bit of my life at the top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Except that I sometimes neglect the bits lower down, to pursue them. But my little box of technology from the early part of the 20th century triggers my further internet investigations, my boxes of Russian chronographs and three handers from the latter part are a bit like a stamp collection, and my 'scales of time' box are just interesting movements, from split-seconds stop watch through to a watch with a week pointer, taking a year to sweep the dial - they just express my interest in what makes tracking time such a fundamental part of human nature. I guess the understanding of those time periods first allowed us to plan with nature in a proactive way, rather than be beholden, and reactive. The only watches I keep in 'safe places' are the ones I am sentimentally attached to. I am not really worried about any visitors casing the joint, as I have no friends. Or valuable watches.
  24. I do think this watch forum is mercifully free from many of the commercial aspects prevailing on other sites - there is a nice base of vintage enthusiasts - enthusiastic about old watches just as marvels, not as jewels - and to be honest it is pretty bad form to harp on about the 'value' (monetarily) of a piece. This: Of course, we all like to get a bargain now and again, and I don't think there's any harm in wanting to share a bit of good news, which most others on here would appreciate anyway and think 'good work'! (Provided the next line is not that it will be in sales corner next week, ha ha ha) But most people posting their watches on here love their watch, rather than love what they paid for it versus what they might hawk it for; and likewise people like that a watch is worn enthusiastically, rather than avariciously. I remember a Lorus retro chronograph getting as many likes as an Omega mechanical chronometer. When we like a watch, we just like 'em, great or small.
  25. It has to have been smacked around quite a lot - I have had considerable repair work done to a watch that should have arrived back fully serviced but arrived back broken - it was intimated that the watch may have been lightly packaged, but as can be seen from your experience- and these people send watches worldwide every day - there must be activities going on in the postal system that can easily damage the mechanism of a watch, even if the fabric or material of the watch case / crystal remains undamaged. My watch in question looked fine, but the damage became evident on winding. These have been subjected to very high forces, and force = mass x acceleration ergo some parts of that watch have wanted to a) accelerate real quick and b) had to decelerate equally instantaneously on hitting whatever restraint they come up against first, whether that is inside or outside the watch case. Seem like some folk seem to think it is a competition between them and the packaging. I don't think your complaint will go anywhere in terms of recompense from the carrier, only recourse is to return the watch. Pretty sure that is what happened to the watches I got back last from the watch repair man.
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