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  1. Please don't regret it because of anything I said. I thought your article was very interesting and it is always good to read about little known brands and their latest offerings. I would not hesitate to buy an AVI-8 if I liked any of their current watches and if I had not already spent too much recently on other brands, none of which are British. To do otherwise would be hypocritical. Of the Blakeslee Chronograph, the Command Pilot is probably my favourite. Of their other watches, the Hawker Hurricane White probably appeals the most, as I have recently been in the market for a Chronograph
  2. Now marketing has been mentioned, their web site is excellent for a “British” brand, even down to British English spelling - “colour” etc. They now have a Help for Heroes limited edition, this being a UK charity. A minimum of 5% of the sale price (£265) of each watch goes to the charity, so £13, at least, will be donated for each watch sold.
  3. I am not even sure that they can be characterised as British-based. On their web site they mention warehouses in the US, UK and Hong Kong from where they ship orders. But they do not make any claims at all, that I could see, about any design or manufacturing presence in the UK, or any British heritage.
  4. Thanks for introducing me to another British brand that I had not heard of. It is notable how many of these brands have, or purport to have, military links in their watches. It leaves me a little bit cold. I don’t have any military connections myself, and I am not sure I want something that celebrates or commemorates this strapped to my wrist.
  5. It is not pedantry when we would have to be mind readers to know what you meant.
  6. Do you mean an aluminium case? “Aluminium” and “alloy” are two totally different things.
  7. My first mechanical watch was a Seiko diver on a steel bracelet, and the weight of that thing has put me off bracelets forever. I am much happier with the watch now it is on a navy blue NATO.
  8. I don’t mind the clocks changing, it helps to mark the seasons. I would be OK with GMT all year too - in the summer, after a long day of sunlight, I don’t need even more daylight at the end of the day. But I would hate permanent BST - I need the daylight on a winter morning to get going.
  9. I like the 41 mm 360 because of the big date and it’s automatic with a later movement - the smaller Orion date is manual wind and an older movement. I wish would Nomos would bring out a smaller version of the 360, keeping everything else the same.
  10. Good advice. Apparently there is a 14 day refund window, whether it will be no quibble is another matter! I will be very careful with the watch when I get it - no removal of stickers etc. I would need to work out how to "try it" without voiding the refund.
  11. I am trying to make my mind up about buying a Nomos Orion neomatik 41 date 360; the only reason I am hesitating is concern about it being too big for my wrist. Here are the main points affecting my decision: From the Nomos web site the case diameter is 40.5 mm; from a review I saw somewhere I believe the lug to lug is 50.7 mm. My wrist size is: circumference 17.0 cm (6.69 ") and width 6.00 cm (2.36 "). I already have a slighter smaller watch that I happy with: it has case diameter of 40.0 mm and lug to lug of 47.0 mm. The size looks OK on my wrist. This will be an onli
  12. To get the discount, use the promo code DISCOVERY at check out on the CW web site.
  13. Thanks for the informative review of a brand I had never heard of, and British too. Just going by the pictures i would have guessed the prices to be 10 times higher. How do they make a profit?
  14. I really love the twins flags, and think it is a very clever design. But I hate the Christopher Ward mark at 9 o’clock - 12 o’clock is marginally better. In my opinion the word mark is too long, and the font colour is usually too bright. It is enough to prevent me buying a CW watch. The word marks for other brands tend to be much more subtle, which is my preference.
  15. My Panova Blau. Not the best time keeper, but I really like how it looks.
  16. I would post an image of my Panova Blau, but the forum won't let me insert an image from a URL - neither Dropbox or Google drive URLs seem to work. When I click "Insert into post" the URL field changes to red and nothing else happens. Oh well, I assume it is because I don't have sufficient posts yet. I am considering getting the 29er Zeigerdatum with the blue textile strap, but I can't find any dealers near me (Cheltenham, UK) where I could try it on; I am little concerned that it will be a bit big for me, at 42.4 mm. - the Panova is 40 mm, so the 29er is bigger, and heavier (104 g compar
  17. I am considering the Muhle Glashutte 29ER Zeigerdatum too. I recently bought a Panova Blau from them (online), which I like very much. I am hesitating about the 29er because it may be too big for me, but it is very difficult to judge this without trying it on before buying. However I don’t think there is anywhere near me I the UK where I could got to look at it.
  18. I chose the MING. Never heard of the brand before, now I have and they are producing some interesting designs. Pity they do such limited production runs.
  19. That AP Minute Repeater Supersonnerie must be one the most beautiful things I have ever seen. What do I need to do to own that?
  20. Wow...the height on that first one is amazing! I think the height adds to the feeling of the weight, because it will have a higher centre of balance. Congrats to you pulling that off. Isn’t it great how we all like different things? I quite like the fat face and Timex dials though. A lot of detail there to admire.
  21. A kilo is really heavy, so that is like a quarter of really heavy. I can’t imagine walking around with that strapped to my wrist. Maybe around my ankle, as some sort of law enforcement device.
  22. I have found it rare for a review to mention the weight, same as retailers. I assume watch enthusiasts are used to the relatively heavy weight and I don’t give it a second thought. A quick email to the retailer or manufacturer often gets the info though.
  23. I recently bought my first mechanical watch - a Seiko Prospex SPB149J1. One thing that surprised me, as I had not considered it before, was how heavy it was - 168g with the steel bracelet. For someone who was used to wearing smallish digital watches, the weight of the Seiko was a bit of a shock. I have got the weight down to a more acceptable 98g using a NATO strap, and generally I am happy with the watch. However I am now wary of buying any watch that might be too heavy for me. Watch retailers usually give a lot of information about watch dimensions, except for the weight. Christopher Wa
  24. I agree this is a rip off, but homage - no. A homage should make some respectful nods to the design of the original, with its own enhancements, and not try to be an almost exact copy.
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