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  1. Oysterquartz easily in my case which I don't wear very often. The curious thing is that if mentioned they seem to realise that it's not a fake. Past that I do sometimes notice people watching the smooth 2nd hand sweep - ;) even on a Bulova quartz. My daily wear is a Christopher Ward retro diver chronometer. I suspect the sweep is the only thing anyone will notice. When I look at it I see a cheap watch and suspect that the people who notice the oysterquartz would as well. All down to a mix of the design, finishes and colours etc. I suspect in this case it's mostly down to a poor choice of
  2. India seems to be famous for Seiko watches that are not original in some way. Comments on a Seiko forum don't suggest fakes just things like none original dials etc. It's tricky as I don't know where Seiko make all of their watches. China might be involved so parts could get anywhere legitimately or otherwise. I have one from India where the dial was probably knocked up on some sort of printer - inkjet etc. It wasn't sold as new. It uses one of the earlier lower jewel count movements so tried to see if there are any clones about. Doesn't seem to be. Other movements may be available from China
  3. I found that there were services and SERVICES when I bought an Oysterquartz from Singapore on ebay. It had a minor fault, didn't do what it should have when the crown was pulled right out. The seller told me that it needed a minor adjustment and agreed to contribute. So phoned a couple of local official Rolex service people. One said no the other the same but told me why. They had to offer a 2 year guarantee when they serviced a watch so wouldn't touch it due to the cost of a replacement movement if that happened to fail so he told me the best option was to send it to Rolex which I did. The s
  4. People are keen on papers with Rolex as there have been some very precise fakes around. There is a solution. Send them to Rolex for a service. Having done that with an Oysterquartz imported from Singapore without papers it's a worrying experience but when I bought it no one was interested in them so in real terms not that much money was involved. They even knew where it was originally sold. The receipt for the service in some ways is better than papers. It had a minor fault. No official Rolex service person would touch it due to the need to offer a 2year guarantee and the cost of the movement
  5. It tends to happen when relatively few are sold new. Even my Oysterquartz is an example of that. Bought used when people weren't very keen on them. I suspect that may happen on other quartz models long term but I'm too old to care now. John -
  6. I bought a short wheel based 4.2L E Type roadster just after an oil crisis. Didn't think I could afford it and made a very low offer. That series of E type would do 150mph just like the early ones and then emission controls hit them harder followed by type approval causing their demise. For reasonable economy I had to retune and balance the carbs every couple of months. My father in law had a Daimler double 6, he reckoned 4mpg but did drive rather hard. Cars were where all of his money went so eventually came and lived with us. I try and make everything I buy a lifetime supply. Buy once
  7. I'm intending to try servicing a watch. I have an ultrasonic machine from long ago, a cast off from work. I decided to use the same detergent as I used to clean carb jets and etc. Teepol L. It's a neutral industrial detergent that goes a long long way so just ordered 5L of it. Probably last for ever. Now I just need a cheap watch to wreck. One's on it's way. Then comes courage and time. John -
  8. Used cosc chronometers have a problem. All down to the expanding universe and the rate of time changing. Buy one 30 years old and it will loose 30sec a day. Buy one 15 years old and it will loose 15 secs a day. Those are good ones that have obviously been looked after and is purely down to the expanding universe. ;) John _
  9. Mine's intended for daily wear. Main reason for buying new was the hope of getting excellent time keeping from an automatic. That meant it had to a chronometer. If I bought used it might mean having it serviced to get it as it should be, might need new parts etc. Suppose it depends on how old the watch is and if it's for collection or use. I'm not a collector so am sitting here wondering why I have 3 automatics and another on the way here. I had none a few months ago, all a quartz that I have worn daily at one time or the other. John - Sorry about some of that - no edit so
  10. I had to make that decision recently. I usually wear quartz and tried a well use automatic chronometer for a while and decided to get a new replacement. Generally the price of those would put me off but found a maker with "rather" reasonable pricing and 5 year movement warrantee providing I have it serviced sometime between when it's 3 and 4 years old, Under £1000. Just wish I had waited until the black friday weekend had started. ;) I thought about returning it and buying it again. John -
  11. I had this happen on a Zenith. 1st time was a couple of months after the guarantee ran out but they fixed it. Same thing happened again a couple of years later. I didn't take it apart etc but a watch man told me that all it takes is a speck of dust. Several good puffs from a blower bulb fixed it and it's been fine ever since. Might be the same speck that Zenith provided me with or one that their UK repairers added. They mentioned a clean room but I have my doubts. Suppose it depends on how long the batteries last in them for watches that use the same size. This particular one was over 2
  12. You might find some clues about various aspects of restoration in these www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8lwLJwxzfrM5-fF2FYEoro0L7Vjpeqb I removed the http so that just a link is displayed - some one seems to have collected a number of related videos on this page. There are also video on refinishing bracelets. John -
  13. I've been playing with this lately and wonder if any one else has on here. One forum has plenty of partial information on it but from my use the microphone end is tricky. This is what I am using Bits of amazon. Preamp and a violin clip on piezo pickup. Results The software is call Tg. I run Linux and had a bit of a problem compiling it as the web page suggests but no problems with the usual ./config etc. Unlike most similar things it runs continuously so there is bound to be a bit of variation in readings but the time errors appear to be correct. Different watche
  14. Circa 1990 Omega Manhattan Constellation John -
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