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About messym

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  1. Hi all I've been a forum member for a while, but work and personal circumstances meant I have been absent without leave :-) I am now back and willing to add my five tuppence (no, not quite that old) view on all things horological. Best regards to all and hopefully I'll enjoy a warm stay here. Mel
  2. Affordable watches ! Order now at:


  3. Just received my Vostok-Europe "Mriya" from Roy. It's the blue version with leather. Love it, very chunky and I can see how they took the styling cues from the turbofan engines. My first Russian watch and I'm impressed!
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  5. I picked up an Allaine 30 jewel watch just like this in an antique shop in Romsey, Hampshire. It was in a basket with others marked "£1 working or not". I picked it up, gave it a shake from side to side and it started up. It has kept excellent time since. I had the heavily scratched crystal replaced (but kept the original). Given it a polish and its a beautiful little watch. It does have a second hand but no date. Considering I spent £16 on it in total, its a bargain and definitely a keeper. The only downside is that the micron gold plating has worn down next to the screw down case, so have to take extra care to keep it dry. The face is more or less identical with the "30 rubies" marking. I will try and take a pic of it.
  6. Apologies for the large pics and quality. I first saw the 6138 on a photo montage on another forum. There were two infront of a box for Gran Turismo 4 and I thought they looked fantastic. I'd always been a motorsport fan and this picture struck a chord with me. I had owned a Tissot PRS516 before, but it had been a quartz version and I was intrigued by the 6138 movement with the vertical clutch etc, as I'd owned automatic watches before and preferred them to battery powered. In fact the only battery powered watch I own is a Citizen Promaster Chrono that was a present from my wife when we went on our first holiday together. I saw this 6138-8039 for sale on RLT and ordered it together with a black sharkgrain leather strap. It is quite simply gorgeous and I will be keeping this one for certain. The 6138-8039 is the smaller version of the 6138, the larger being the 6138-0011 and then the huge bullhead versions. The dial is black with gold windows and the tachymeter scale is under the crystal as opposed to surrounding it on the larger 6138's. The case is in almost mint condition as is the crystal and caseback. The dial itself has a minute amount of fading on the gold coloured 1/5 second ring inside the tachymeter ring. The hands and datewheel are in excellent condition. Although I haven't checked the accuracy to any detail, it keeps time well and is a testament to Seiko considering this watch will be approximately 30 yrs old in 2007. I love the retro look and the leather strap really complements the black dial. Having fallen for this 6138, I am hoping to acquire another one very soon. This will be a 6138-0011 version, as in the GT4 montage. Also, the retro bug has truly bitten. I'm coming to the end of my legal training now and so have no longer the need to sell/trade watches on to fund my studying and my student debts. I've also just received a Zeno Explorer with the ETA movement, as I love the design and certainly could not afford the original version.
  7. I had to return a recently purchased Seiko 6138 to have some minor repair work done. I have today received the watch back and I'm very impressed with the work done. A very happy customer! regards Matt
  8. Now call me indecisive, but I have decided that I want to try and find one of these. Can anyone suggest where I can start looking for one? Roy, any chance of getting any of these in?
  9. I've been looking at these for the last week, anyone know how much I should expect to pay for one in good condition? Yes, I'm ashamed to say I've also been looking on an infamous online auction site, but am wary of bidding until I know what I could be letting myself in for, as I have a limited budget. anyone wants to part with an Orange Monster as well, please get in touch
  10. Is there an Alpinist for sale?? Am keen to get hold of one... Uk collector
  11. I've uploaded pics of my collection http://public.fotki.com/MattUKWatchCollector no passwords needed, feel free to add comments regards from the sunny UK Matt.
  12. At the current count, I own; Rotary 9ct Dress watch (18th Birthday present) Casio G-Shock Citizen Promaster Chronograph with white face, a 1/100 sec chrono in stainless steel. Invicta 9938, the one with the stunning blue face and 23ct gold plating. Omega Seamaster. This is a late 60's version, it is a NOS rebuild. I unscrewed the case to check the movement, an Omega 565 movement. It may not be 100% original but I just love the retro look and it keeps its accuracy amazingly well. Seiko 40th Anniversary, 7S36 movement, in titanium. Although I like this watch, I haven't bonded with it as well as the others. This is number 157/2005. It is also one of the rarer models to be made in Japan as opposed to Singapore. This may be offered for sale soon... There may be an update to this modest collection this week, will keep you all posted for what its worth
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