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  1. I now feel a bit grubby - firstly, for spending so much money on getting these minor services on the watch for over 20 years and secondly for being such a pussy about having a go myself. I mentioned this to my son and his comment was "yes, but it's your Raymond Weil, it's special to you, so bound to add an additional level of nervousness about taking it apart". Anyway, it was stupidly easy. The screws weren't even tight - unscrewed, but stayed in place in the little recess, allowing me to pick them out carefully and into a screw top jar (I've ordered spares for future, that way I won't
  2. I'll play today. Seeing all the vintage lovelies, inspired me to put on my Grandfather's Villard. Yes, the date is wrong and will perpetually remain so, as there's no quick set and a stiff crown gave rise to a blister last time I moved it 20+ days. I have however decided that at 34mm, this is definitely my maximum limit on size. It looks okay in the photo, but it doesn't sit that neatly and once you get to 18mm+lugs, the straps are too long and I end up with excess leather. Buckles are also too cumbersome, as the more curved profile of my wrist don't allow it to sit as nicely would on
  3. Will do. I had a blitz a couple of months ago getting loads of watches re-going, cleaned etc., as I'm clearing my parents' house and lots of watches came to light in various states of disrepair, plus I too had gathered a lot of fashion watches with dead batteries. Many of those have since been cleaned, re-powered and sold, in favour of the vintage inherited numbers that I like wearing better. I also have a TAG that's flat, so might tackle them both tomorrow, as my husband is out for a bit, so I might get some peace.
  4. Thanks - I'm pretty much decided to do so. I just wanted to ensure there wasn't any reason why I was taking an unnecessary risk. I'm not even sure why it's making me so twitchy about doing so. It's not like I don't pop the backs off other watches for fun - I routinely change batteries for myself and family. As you say, there's nothing about that watch that would necessitate it being pressurised and I suspect going on about pressure testing during their 'minor service' is just a way to justify a nice fat fee and make you feel obligated to keep doing down that route by making it sound m
  5. I posted this as part of a discussion about Raymond Weil Watches, but think it best to put it here. This is the watch, front and back. My main concern, is whether it might be pressurised, as some models are said to be - and best left to experts. I'm thinking it's very unlikely, as it isn't a diver or one intended for wet use (only 'water resistant'/5ATM), so I expect that the back will simply remove with the 4 screws shown - I expect the back panel to lift right off and there to be an O ring inside, along with what is likely to be a disappointingly small quartz movement, with a big s
  6. Got my Parsifal out to see about the battery change, which I'll post in the repair forum. It's not going, but I just took a quick photo with my phone. I've been wearing this for over 20 years and have never tired of it. It's heavy and feels very solidly made and has a really nice butterfly deployment clasp, which hasn't loosened at all. It feels like a class act. I especially love the profile of it against my wrist - slim and perfectly contoured for me: This is the Chorus that I paid around 40 quid for recently from the bay, from a trade seller I've had others from.
  7. Thanks - the tiny screws are a worry. I make jewellery and am all too familiar with the concept of Mexican bean stylee small components. But I work fairly meticulously too, so hope I can apply enough care. It was the pressurised aspect that I wasn't sure about. It's a screwed down back (i.e flat back screwed on with individual screws), rather than a screw off back (i.e. the whole back plate is threaded), so I have absolutely no idea what that indicates, further than a design choice. I was going to find a nice screwdriver the right size - I have many to choose from, of varying quality.
  8. I was outbid on a gents Excalibur a couple of days ago - for not very much money - much less than Bricey's above. I was interested in it specifically because it was the same case size and very similar shape to a very much more expensive vintage gents Omega I'm looking at - and I thought it would allow me to wear it for a while and see if the size was appropriate for me. I'm after something special for sentimental reasons and am getting twitchy about the potential cost.
  9. I can't comment on your divers, as I'm just not familiar with them. But your comment "feels lovely on the wrist" is why I love my ladies Raymond Weil Parsifal, which I received a little over 20 years ago from my family for a big birthday - it was a total surprise and my husband could not have chosen better. If I could only keep one watch of all the ones I have, it would be that one. I've never tired of looking at it and for me the best feature is how it sits on my own wrist, Like it was fitted to me. It follows the contour of my arm and nothing sticks up or is awkward. It's also true to
  10. I can see one from where I'm sat too.
  11. That pretty much sums up my entire 'collection'. 'Collection' is in itself too grand a word for the watch oddities I own. I suppose having around 20 that I wear regularly does make it a collection of sorts. Watches are a fascination for me, but the ones I own and love most have little financial value, but masses of sentimental value. Like a little plain mechanical 'Elco' Swiss made 17 jewel Incabloc watch that was my Grandma's and I can see her wearing it over 50 years ago, whilst I was perched on a stool in her kitchen, baking with her. It still goes and keeps good time and I wear it
  12. I think I definitely fall into the vintage era preference-wise. Today I'm wearing my slightly odd 1976 Seiko Hi-Beat automatic. There a few things abut this watch that are slightly unusual (I've seen very few of this style, which uses a calibre 2205 movement, as used in the lady divers of that era), one being that it's a front loaded movement. I haven't actually tried looking at it, as I'm not sure what to expect - must be a smidge awkward, as watch repairers charge extra to service front-loaded movements. It also has a mechanism I've personally not encountered before to change the dat
  13. I'm really liking the look of that Excalibur @spinynorman - it looks to be the same era style-wise as my Grandma's little Excalibur automatic that I have developed a real fondness for and wear regularly. I feel guilty now that when I first found it and it was pretty grubby and beaten up, that I assigned it 'gardening watch' status. With more polishing of the acrylic crystal, case and a new bracelet, it's transformed into a lovely little vintage watch and I love wearing it. The red accents add to the look, but they're odd divisions too.
  14. It looks smart - I hope that you're going to enjoy wearing it. I'm a big fan of Victorinox products across the board - from the obvious army knives, kitchen knives, potato peeler, garden tools and I'm even sitting here wearing Victorinox perfume. And my husband loves his recent watch addition to his collection. He felt the same, that it seemed hefty initially, with a mahoosive bracelet, which he took about 2 inches out of, but whilst it is quite a hunk of metal, he doesn't feel that it wears heavy. It gets regular wear from him as he has really taken to it. I wish more watch designers
  15. That looks very nice - a lot of features that I'd go for in a watch - long straight hands, coloured second hand, clear indexes and minute markers - plus a lovely mesh strap. I hope that your wife enjoys wearing it.
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