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  1. I totally get this. I have watches sitting past for my two boys for when they are a bit older only a couple of Tissots though no £10k watches here. If you can afford to put £20k past for them then thats great but without delving into your perosnal life that might be beer money to you or youve come from humble beginings have a small inheritance youve just recieved and you are putting the entire amount past for your daughters while you struggle to put food on the table! So only you can decide the 'risk' so to speak. To be very brief here my step father was a sat diver for comex, a s
  2. Hello, Can anyone suggest a tried method with products for leather watch strap care. I have a couple vintage ones I dont use but would like to feed protect enhance etc. I am also curious hot to look after my modern ones. Ive noticed one of my wifes newish ones has already started to crack and split on the inside. Im aware of leather care in general for shoes, sofas, bike seats etc but these are itmes you dont wear right on your skin. Thanks
  3. Looks perfect, I've never heard of O&W but make up some historical waffle about it and tell me how it will turn me into a war hero, astronaut or deep sea diver and ill give you £2k for it!
  4. Ive never looked at these, just had a squint on their website. I had myself looking at the 'inspired' by the marines video clip etc. Its all marketing like them all, this hobby is like a drug, we immerse ourselves in the heritage, and nostalgia and then find another watch we 'need'! I used to work in the Whisky industry they are the worse, I shouldn't fall for this stuff but I cant help it. Made I just need a humble good quality watch like a SINN.
  5. This actually is a big turn off. I like Tudor because of the quality of the watches they make and its a very relevant comment WRENCH about the endorsement fees adding to the cost. Maybe Tudor has become to current and trendy for me at the moment. Ball is my other lust but I think caution on the initial spend is important there as they wont hold their value as well I wouldn't think.
  6. Ive been into watches and clocks for about 20 years. I do some basic repairs, case refinishing, crystal replacement etc for friends and family and have built up a collection of just over 30 watches. If we forget about sentimental value the highlights of my collection are: Seiko Alpinist - CWC SBS Tritium - Glycine Combat Sub - Hamilton Khaki Mechanical - Yema Superman - RADO Hyperchrome. The RADO was the dearest watch I've ever purchased at £600 from Jomashop. Always fancied the Tudor Black Bay 36 but at £2k Im thinking can it be 4 times better than anything else I have
  7. John D, not sure of etiquette on here im relatively new but would it be rude of me to ask how much you were charged? If you are willing to share can you advise what you paid for ie service only or was there repairs, new parts, case refinishing etc. Thanks
  8. I see a couple of watches I like, Citizen promaster diver eco drive and one of the Seiko Recrafts I dont have on Zadodeal.com for very good prices but ive been stung before when buying a Casio Duro from a site that looked genuine. Anyone used the site and got what they paid for? Thanks
  9. JoT yes your definitely correct on the service front. I think it could quite easily have never been serviced. I note your points on pinion slipping etc though thanks. This is probably on another thread im sure but where do I start regarding servicing? I dont want to just look through the yellow pages and guess so to speak. Ive emailed some of the watchmakers who show watch services on you tube channels etc but no reply. Any recommendations? Thanks
  10. Hello, I have a Telda chronograph (similiar to link) left to me from my father, think it may have been my grand fathers. I have found limited pics on the net when looking before and believe Telda to be a small swiss company that doesnt exist any more like many. I was left a few watches in terrible condition which I have restored but this Telda appears the only one that was looked after so I have never touched it. I occasionally wind it up and let the chronograph and time run for a couple of days till it stops. My theory being it will keep the chronograph complication working as wel
  11. I have been given my parents table clock which I think is around 40 years old. Its very similar to the one in the link below. It has a makers mark that looks like 'Deju' on the dial which I cant find anything about? The clock has a Hermle ' FHS' 130-020 floating balance movement. It didn't work, hence I was given it! I work on watches on an amateur/fun basis so have a little knowledge. Ive dismantled the clock and cleaned the movement as a whole, I didnt tear down the movement. I have reoiled it and it works and chimes and is astonishingly accurate. Its temperamental to g
  12. Sorry to reseruct a post thats 10 years old! I have a Timex 1970s I think from my late father. It wouldnt wind up, or so I thought. I have dismantled it and the spring wizzed off so it must have been fully wound but stuck. Ive got the escapement side back together but struggling with the other face side of the movement. The first post 'mel' left a link to the TImex service manuals but I just get a blank page when I click it. Can someone put up a fresh link please? Much appreciated.
  13. I am interested in a Tudor black bay 36 mm. I'm talking about the Rolex Explorer type or in my normal price range Seiko sarb 033. I've noticed on Jomashop there appears to be an option for the Tudor where the crown sits right next to the case or the more familiar aluminium spacer where the crown noticibly sits away from the watch case. Is this old and new stock? I am also confused by the Heritage word. Are they all Black Bay 36mm Heritage or is the Heritage a different model? Thanks
  14. £200 from Goldsmiths, well Santa really but im sure he got it there. Strap is from a maker in Ukraine off Etsy the most comfortable Ive ever worn. https://www.flickr.com/photos/186173617@N03/49304057418/in/dateposted-public/
  15. I dropped one into my Jomashop basket for the wife before christmas for buttons, think it was about $60! Seems well made and finished and the strap is of good quality. Nice fun design story. Ive noticed this year specifically that a lot of the Swatch group lower to middle tier watches have been very heavily discounted, Certina, Tissot, RADO etc. I'd be careful you dont pay over the odds or near RRP.
  16. Hi, I have refinished the case of a 1970's Favre Leuba Automatic I was left by my father. It is a two piece case design. The bezel and acrylic pop on front of a single piece back. The inside was immaculate from a magnified visual point of view and I want to put it back together and use it. It worked previously and kept time. I have left the movement on the face. I have recently moved on from simple battery changes to crystal replacement but have never taken a movement apart. I plan to practice on a couple of broken watches I have before I break something that worked! Ive read a couple of
  17. Through Birthday and Christmas I've bought or received a lot of new watch straps recently. Just started using Cousins UK after a recommendation on here for some tools and other bits and pieces I've needed. Gutted to find they sell Nato straps at £2 to £4 and they are probably the wholesaler to Sniper Bay, George's Straps, Watch Gecko etc as the colour ways fabric type and thickness' are identical. I don't know what Cousins other straps are like leather etc but ill sure be making it my first port of call for anything I need in future. Gutted I've probably wasted £60. Watch gecko are
  18. My father was a saturation diver. When I was 10, 30 years ago he had 3 standard rolex submariners in his bedside drawer in plastic bags. He wore an extra thick case version that he used for diving in the north Sea but moaned it wore out shirt cuffs. These were tools to him completely. He wanted £500 for his tool watch 20 years ago. I got it serviced through Rolex and sold it for him on ebay for £2200. I've been a watch collector since being a kid but we are talking seiko cwc yema laco glycine etc £500 ish watches. Back then I would have had my dad's Rolex for £500 but wanted to do right by him
  19. Hello, I know this will get asked all the time and the experienced will get fed up and wish folk would follow the way they have suggested previously to determine what is the correct crystal but I havent been lazy I have tried. and failed! I want a new crystal for my sons Seiko 7S36-04J0 link below to the watch on watchsleuth. http://www.watchsleuth.com/seiko5finder/search/?MOD=SNZH69 I have found a crystal part no listing on boley.de as 340PA5HN02 (is this the Seiko no?) Item no 984340PA5HN0 (this may be their part no). Searching for 340PA5HN02 as a replacement Seiko c
  20. Sorry for the mess struggling with the picture uploading. Pic attached now I hope. Wrench. It's exactly like that. I was on that site yesterday. Unreal the movement is that small it's about 17mm across. Do you think this would have been a man's watch? It's about 30mm across the case. Thanks folks
  21. Hello, This is my first post. Ive been left a box from my late father that has a Timor watch in a condition that could only have been caused by being kept in a garage drawer with screws which is such a shame but ill try and do something with it. Also an Automatic Favre Leuba. Im looking for help with it. The movement is a 2670 which I believe would be a modified ETA, its tiny. Ive never seen a movement that small so very impressed. I think it may be a 1970s era watch? Also not sure if it would have been a mans or ladies. Ive tried to add an image but see I can only add from websites?
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