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  1. Some gorgeous wrist wear today gentlemen. I can't join in, as I never quite got to putting one on today. Bad girl. But the winner hands down is Bob - he looks like a cat who really knows where his sh!t is at - even if he can't count. All they need to know is: one, more than one, ooh lots! Give Bob a tickle from me, I could do with a kitty cuddle just now.
  2. I thought of this one when I first saw your post, but it's a smidge bigger at 42mm and Quartz unfortunately. They have several that I like, but they're all quartz too. https://www.delma.ch/product/cambridge41601-598-6-014/ - but it has a Sapphire crystal and is around £430.
  3. Thank you @SolaVeritate - just the ticket. I think petrol driven is the way to go, as I don't have a power supply near the grass. Just need to find the other half of the partnership, to drive it.
  4. Ooooh, do they have those on eBay, my garden could certainly benefit. In so very many ways.
  5. I'm wearing my Grandad's Villard today - which I have really fallen in love with. I was going to be pottering about outside today and thought maybe I shouldn't wear it, then thought about how many hundreds of hours it probably already spent outside, tending his beautiful roses (I didn't inherit that particular skill), so figured it would be just fine - it's probably how it got most of its scratches. I'm going to invest in a custom strap for it at some time (and get it serviced), to fit the lugs better and be a bit shorter, so that I don't get the pointy tail showing from the front. Now I know that I'll wear it regularly. Might even have a go at making my own, I'm an experienced sewer and have some leather pieces. And whilst yesterday I said I had some standards - in respect of the correct date - they're not high enough to endure the blister I would gain trying to move this forward 18 days! I need some Rodico on that crown too - I didn't get it as clean as I thought that I did.
  6. As I'm pottering in the garden and doing chores, I grabbed one of my work day watches, a pre-owned Seiko 5 from 1991. I ended up (unintentionally) buying 2 of these the same, in lots on the bay - one a bit battered (this one) but with everything - box and papers and receipt etc. Another one in pristine un-worn condition, but with no history (that one cost much less too - and in my defence, the photo was so bad, I thought it was a different colour variant). This one gets worn for everyday, although it isn't quite as battered in wear as it looks. Photo not taken today - I do have the day/date correct - I do have some standards.
  7. Phwoar!!! I love a red second hand. Especially a nice long one and nice plain parallel, elegant hands. That's my favourite hand arrangement right there. The only down side to me is the slightly clunky lugs - it would be much more elegant with a little bit of roundness to them - less corner. I'm also unsure how I feel about when they put a date window in and foreshorten the 3 o'clock baton - would it be more elegant to just omit it completely and just leave the dot of lume? Now I'm being picky, it's very nice.
  8. Surely it depends on how deep your pockets are? Mine are actually empty, so specific numbers are irrelevant - I don't have anything to spend. And my pockets have never been full or deep enough to allow for 'if money were no object' thinking. I just spend a lot of time with my nose pressed against the glass, window shopping.
  9. I doubt it, but thank you for the thought. I'll be in and out a bit for a while. I'll pop in when I can. I miss the banter.
  10. I said exactly the same to my sister a couple of weeks ago - when I showed her how well I'd been able to revive some old leather items (handbags, wallets and writing cases) with saddle soap and leather balsam. We pondered whether slathering some on our own chops would bring about the same restorative effects.
  11. Nice work on the mod. I envy your lathe. My 2 favourite crowns (i.e. on a watches I own) are nut-like - so splitting the difference between smooth and fully knurled - something for grip, say 6 flats, but still keeping the smoothness of the new crown. Although I actually like the smoothness of it, as it is. What about leaving it smooth and putting something decorative on the flat surface instead, like a cross head screw head. I like engineering type features on watches. Or machine a little recess and fill it with a black stone or resin, to match the face. Sorry chaps, as you were . . .
  12. Good morning. I'm delighted to hear that you got it going again and that it was clearly only a bit of gunge still stopping good contact with the battery. Mine was one of my Grandmother's and she bought it for my wedding in 1982 and the dial number shows that it was made that year. I did a lot of cleaning on mine and ground down a slightly larger mesh strap to get a good fit and I do wear it regularly. I hope yours gives you as much pleasure as mine does.
  13. I've recently got going a very similar Timex Q. In mine, the battery had leaked and visibly so. Fortunately for me, it was pretty much contained in the battery compartment. My own method for cleaning it is to dip a cotton bud in some citric acid (pure form of lemon juice), squeeze it on some paper towel so that it's only damp and gently clean with that. If it extends beyond the battery area and into the works and parts there are corroded, it may be beyond direct help. It does suggest to me, that if the second hand twitches, that it's getting power, but something in the mechanism is seized to prevent further progress. Hopefully those with much more experience than me might have some ideas and may be able to see from looking at it, if anything obvious is amiss. I'm very new to this and learning by undertaking some projects like this for my own satisfaction. I've also just done another one where the damage clearly went further and the watch was dead (despite the movement looking visibly in good nick), but luckily I was able to identify the quartz movement and inexpensively buy a direct replacement and swap it over. I wanted to keep that watch for sentimental reasons, so was worth doing.
  14. Chance would be a fine thing of getting to bed early. And it won't be me wearing it either. After today, that is. I just decided that I wanted it properly right, so I took it apart and did it again. Who needs to breathe. No idea what I did wrong the first time, as I was meticulous. But it appears to be working right now and changes date within 15 minutes of midnight now, as it should have been doing. It's made me very happy to get it going again.
  15. Funny that there's already been a couple of Wengers posted today, as this has been my project today. It was my Mum's watch and she replaced it a few years ago with a Mondaine, in Switzerland, where they spent as much time each summer as possible. The Mondaine went missing when she was in hospital, but when checking the box we found, there was her previous Wenger, not working and in a very poor state. As I kept all of the other vintage watches we found and have progressively bringing them back to life, I offered to see if I could do this one for my sister, as it was the only one she was interested in. It didn't get going again after a clean and a new battery, so I've changed the movement to another one the same - quite a steep learning curve and I'm not sure it was good holding my breath for that long! It is now going again and in a much more presentable state. I should have done a before photo, but it was truly revolting and this doesn't even look like the same watch. One anomaly I'm perplexed about, maybe the Wenger owners can assist with - despite calibrating the hands at midnight, just after the date clicked over, the date now seems to click over at 10pm, not midnight. Is that how it works or have I got something wrong? Getting it wrong seems most likely. I'm reluctant to take the hands off and start over as I'm happy with their alignment and am unlikely to get it as good a second time.
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