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  1. I've just bought an F1 Grande Date for the second time this year and after wearing and owning quite a few watches over the last 10 months I've come back to this because I really do love it! So to show my appreciation I thought I'd have a stab at a bit of a write up. It's my first one so here goes.... The Heuer Watch Company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer who opened a watchmaking workshop in St-Imier, a village in the Swiss Jura region. Heuer watches soon became recognised for a high level of accuracy and workmanship which were perfect for the timing of sporting events. Heuer soon found its niche. Fast forwards 120 years or so and the TAG Heuer Formula 1 was born. This model has a special place in the brand’s history, being the first watch released following the acquisition of Heuer by Techniques d’Avant Garde (“TAG”) in 1986. The Formula 1 was a watch of its time. It was the first analogue Heuer/ TAG Heuer series to be quartz only and to this day there has never been an automatic model. Reflecting its heritage, TAG Heuer has long been closely associated with the sporting world, providing official timing for the Olympic Games, FIS Ski World Cup, FIA Formula 1 and other major international sporting events since the early 1900's. Heuer was also the official timepiece of the Ferrari F1 team in the 1970s and McLaren from the 1980s up until 2015. Maybe this is what interested Steve McQueen when he wore a blue Monaco in the 1971 movie Le Mans? In 2008 the Series 4 Formula 1 was released which in my opinion is way too busy and not something you could wear every day. Maybe a bit too sporty? Again in my opinion, the more attractive and best looking F1 (ever?) is the Grande Date. This watch which was launched for the following year only and used the same 44mm case. The style of this Tag is best described as monochrome, its got large black bezel and an instrument inspired dial in black and white. The numbers on the bezel are silver-tone and not white - this matches the heavy 22/22mm solid bracelet nicely. The screw down crown is signed and made out of titanium carbide making it very light and easy to use. It's wider than the case edge so it’s simple to use and no pinching is needed. You get a sapphire crystal and a lovely light action bezel that is usable and very easy to read. No play in it at all and again, very precise. Let’s get this one out of the way first. The main gripe of the average Tag hater... The Grande Date uses a workhorse Ronda 6004B Quartz movement which can be bought for less than £50. The sub seconds tick away but because its displayed on a small dial you don't really notice and this feature really sets it apart. True, this isn't a high end movement but the last one I owned lost about two seconds in four months. The second hand ticks precisely with no bounce / rebound and hits the markers perfectly and with 40 months battery power it gets no complaints from me. At a 2009 rrp of £850 or so (compared to a 2008 Seamaster sword hands at £1395), where does the rest of the money go I hear you shout? Well, it's the fit and finish which is well above the going rate for pre-owned one. Even at the rrp asking price and its clear from the moment you pick it up you have something very nice in your hands. It just feels solid and tough - this thing could take a beating no probs. All functions are smooth, tight and easy to use and the bracelet quality is as good as any of the other usual suspects out there. The (200M WR) 12 mm tall case is easy to wear and sits very flat with hardly any movement on the wrist. All in all, the design is functional and sporty while still showing a bit of class. Maybe I'll get the white one too! Thanks all
  2. Hello everyone, I'm relatively new to watch collecting, and new to these forums, so I thought I would take advantage of the massive wealth of knowledge on this site. I have a decent collection going with some lovely Swiss pieces and a couple of excellent Japanese ones. What I really want to get into though is vintage pieces, as the stories they can tell and their character are unrivalled. I already have a rather fetching vintage Hamilton, but what I would love to add to my collection is a vintage omega. Omega is a watch brand with an incredibly rich history in horology, and I simply love their design, particularly on their watches from the 60s and 70s. However, it is so difficult to know where to start, what is a good investment and what is a quality watch. I have been looking at this 1967 sea master with a blue dial (though it is very difficult to find): https://www.omegawatches.com/planet-omega/heritage/vintage-details/14635/?no_cache=1&cHash=d1611797b8af6640e77b734e4151d6d2 So, I'd appreciate your thoughts and feelings on this watch, and are there any others you'd recommend? Also, feel free to share your vintage omegas, I'd love to see them! All the best, TKOG
  3. Here is my review of the new CT60 3-Hand from Tiffany and Co - <link removed> What do you all think ?
  4. What is this Leonidas watch worth ? It says Americ Metal on the closure ,on the back it says Leonidas St Imier Suiza Fundada en 1841, my dad bought this watch in Spain in the 60's .thank you
  5. I am so giddy, About time I bought a Swiss movement, will post pics if I learn how to do it when it comes Told the wife I bought a grass trimmer for our holiday home and btw bought a new watch..... "Will it cost more than a new washing machine?"...."no love it doesn't"......"ah that's ok then " Happy bunny!!!!!!!
  6. Hi I need some help deciding between new Rolex Daytona ceramic white face, new Santos 100 carbon and Jacob and co epic x, I love all of them but I can't make my mind, I already have previous Daytona black face, hublot black magic, Cartier calibre. Which one would you choose.
  7. Hi this watch was given to me from my grandfather. I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me anything they know about this watch (Age, model, fake/real, value, etc). Thank you http://imgur.com/a/Cgmyr
  8. My Mum just gave me this watch that was in Dad's things (he died a way a few years ago). It came from a friend of his who was in the RAF. The guy at the Omega shop thinks it might be an RAF watch, but the numerals look unusual. Anyone know what it is? Isn't it missing the second hand? I think it looks cool and will get it serviced and cleaned up, then buy a strap (thinking brown leather, but any other strap advice?). Thanks!
  9. I was looking at watches on amazon and i stumbled across a sturhling grand regetta for 60$ reg 695$ i thought its too good to be true and it claims to be a swiss made quartz movement. After some research it seems to be a good watch however i am still wondering if its a good deal also the company who is selling it on amazon is 100% legit and credited. Another reason why i am kinda debating on getting this watch is because i also like the seiko sna 411 and its flight master beauty, so should i wait and save for the seiko and get something i will really enjoy or get a steal on a quality sturhling. the seiko is 195$ on jomasshop which sells genuine watches. AMAZON LINKS TO BOTH https://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNA411-Flight-Alarm-Chronograph/dp/B00068TJM6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470866934&sr=8-1&keywords=seiko+sna411 https://www.amazon.com/Stuhrling-Original-Specialty-Professional-Dive/dp/B01BB8PZQI/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470866958&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=sturhling+grand+regetta
  10. Dear Forum good day Another newbie here, I have trawled some old posts and perhaps my quest may remain a forlorn hope, I seek replacement watch back removal tool for 1970's Omega Dynamic Geneve ( the red plastic thing) and possibly "coraform?" strap ( think think not available now) leather replacements are somewhere .....? I note from posts I have reviewed from quite some years past Roy from Brid suggested he may know of a source .......but chances are it's dried up now......strange thing is that my origins are Nth Yorks but now am close to Geneva ...and still here have not been successful in location these items....albeit have only recently started seeking, you would have thought so close to the epicentre of watch making some of my requirements would be about....but not so far. I have box, case & papers from 1974 plus watch on a genuine Omega st/st bracelet but would like to "complete the set" so to speak, as might move it on as it's been in it's box with my socks for 34 years & I need to acquire other timepieces...not that she who will be obeyed agrees. I realise their are a great number of similar models of the Geneve Dynamic of the era but believe all share the strap & tool design ...... ! Here's hoping.... Lindberg146
  11. Hi all I'm helping my father clear out the loft of a few possessions,, hoping to raise some cash for him. We came across this rotary ladies gold watch which he thinks with his cousins and would like me to sell it for him. It's 9 carat gold case and bracelet as well as the safety chain. It was assayed in Birmingham 1964, and that Is as much as we know. Not wanting to under sell it for him, could anybody tell me any more about it and it's possible value? many thanks regards Dee
  12. Folks, I have had my Carerra 1887 less than one year (Aug2015) and I have had to send it back twice. The first time the anti glare protection film totally deteriorated which they replaced but when it came it wouldn't tell the time!? To be exact it ran about 2 hours fast in the space of a 12 hour time period. I have now sent it back and they have had it coming up on 3/4 weeks. I have really lost confidence in the timepiece and they want nothing to do with it. Should they not do something extra??? Any of your thoughts would be great! Cheers Richard
  13. Hi there, first post so hope this is in the correct place! I'm a big watch fan and am looking to buy a striking chronograph as one of my more regular watches. I'm really torn between the Bremont ALT1-WT in BK and the Heuer 80th or 81 (silver or anthracite dial in each respectively). I know know bremont also is a world timer, but that's not really a particular driver for me, just torn between the styles. I have a couple of tags already but have not had any experience with the heuer. Also have never seen the Heuer 80th in the flesh! Both beautiful watches but any thoughts?
  14. I have had this Grana KF320 in a drawer since the 50s when I had a new balance staff fitted in it . I now want to service it but the dial is not good and I am wondering if anyone has a flat 27.44mm Dial maybe even for a Certina as it is possible that this watch has the wrong dial?
  15. http://www.ebay.com/itm/222124874496?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  16. Hi Everyone I just wanted to introduce Mulco watches to you, design to detail, and top quality, available on sundialwatches.co.uk/mulco twitter@sundialwatches FB fb.com/sundialwatchesuk Since its creation in 1958 by Mr. Muller (Muller and Co.), Mulco quickly became a prestigious brand that stood head to head with other competitive Swiss watches. With its suggestive designs and impeccable quality, this exclusive brand superseded the expectations of the demanding European, American and South American markets. Mulco maintained its place in the market until it was bought by one of its competitors in 1973, and for three decades the brand remained a sleeping giant only to be reawakened in 2006 by a group of visionary entrepreneurs. Never forgotten by its followers for its impressive product lines and distinguished quality, Mulco stood the test of time, mesmerizing customers once more with the brand's new look. Mulco Watches Inc. gathered a dynamic group of designers and watch manufactories creating a fashionable yet unique collection of bold new models with playful vibrant colors, original textures and solid materials. Most importantly, the new Mulco inherited the classic seal of quality that people have come to expect from the brand. Mulco is now committed to continue its legacy by constantly updating models and improving the brand; altogether creating the best piece of time you can wear. And forever...designing time.
  17. I am looking at buying my wife a watch. Criteria from her are two-tone and a metal strap. I know she would love an auto. Do you have an informed opinion on any of these three? I know some on here own the gents version of these watches. Build quality? value for money? My leaning is towards the Oris as it is slightly different and the pointer for the date is unusual. Last consideration - this watch is likely to lead a hard life! BR
  18. Hey everybody! I'm sure you are all you aware of how frustrating it can be when your TAG starts ticking every 4 seconds. You know its time to get the battery change. Then the ultimate question is, where to go? If you go to Jewellers they will quote you around 3 weeks and charge you around £70. If you go to the local shoe repairer they will more than likely charge you £5 but will damage your watch. Here at Ross Watch Repairs RWR our prices for a TAG Heuer watch battery replacement starts only at £29.99. This is including resealing, pressure testing, 12 month guarantee and return postage. And our turnaround is only 2-3 working days. Feel free to ask me any questions if you have a TAG Heuer watch which needs a battery replaced. Or even comment below just to share with others your TAG Heuer watch battery replacement experience. I know there must be a few of you out there with some stories to humour us and to educate the newbies!
  19. Hi all, I have acquired a J W Benson Pocket watch which I don't know a great deal about. I believe it is rose gold and is dated 1871. It is in pretty good condition and works fine. It has "swiss made" & "15 jewels" engraved on the inner mechanism. Any info on the watch would be greatly appreciated and any indication of what it might be worth also Thanks All Eric
  20. Haven't posted an incoming on here for a while (couldn't access the site) but here's today's: Tag Heuer Carrera 1887 bullhead. Completely unexpected as I had my heard set on a JLC Squadra but once I saw it in an AD and tried it, I was hooked. AD had it in for three years and it hadn't sold so I negotiatied a deal and slept on it. Then it came up in the sales and got an even better deal so it was a no brainer really. Wears extemely comfortably due to the lugs following the wrist and the case being angled upwards. The amount of detail in the dial is awesome too, lots going on when you look closely but relatively flat when you look at it from a distance. The 1887 movement is a talking point as it's controversial on the forums and the bullhead design makes it something different in the collection. You don't see many bullheads on the forum, regardless of brand. No love for them?
  21. How do you think watch sellers should collect and use customer data to achieve better sales and ensure the best customer experience? What would you, customers, like to see there?
  22. Hi. I have two vintage watches that I inherited a few years ago and I wanted to know if I should have them insured. The first one is a Fulgens 18 carat gents watch. It also states "17 rubis" on the face which I know means 17 rubies. The reverse has the hammer stamp with 158 stamped in it. It also ha "6 508" stamped on it and a small scroll with the letters "C G" in it. The second one is a Avia gents watch. It has a stainless steel back. It has "17 jewels" and "incabloc" on the face. The reverse states "10003" stamped on it. I know the first one is worth more, but that's all I know. Any help would be appreciated!
  23. Can anyone identify this watch? It is a Baylor heuer and is mechanical. I know the bracelet was made by JB champion although I don't know whether it came with the watch originally. I don't know anything about where this watch came from and would be very grateful if anyone can identify it and/or approximate a value Many thanks
  24. Hello everyone, Right, this will be a controversial one. Yes, I think Japan beats Switzerland. You may think I'm off my rocker but just hear me out. As far as I'm concerned, the Japanise market is where it is at right now, and I think it is far under appreciated. Japanise watch brands are producing higher quality products than ever for extreme affordability, with the workmanship previously held exclusively by Swiss watch brands. Ok, I understand the attraction of the heritage, history and pure class that comes with Swiss made watches, heck, I own a few myself. And yes, they do probably still come out on top on quality against their Japanise counterparts. But in terms of value for money, they simply cannot compete. For me, I get just as much enjoymant from my Japanise pieces as I do from some of my Swiss ones, even though they were just a fraction of the price. Take Seiko, a company I would argue being perhaps most under appreciated in the watch community. They are producing incredibly high quality, in house watches for only a few hundred pounds. Look at the SARB collection, simply fantastic, high quality time pieces that you can't go wrong with. So there you go, that's my view anyway. I know Switzerland will always be the home of horology, but Japan needs more recognition, I highly recommend you check them out. What are your thoughts on this matter? All the best, TKOG
  25. I have two watches that i'd like to sell but I don't know what models, I'd be grateful if anyone could let me know what they are. http://imgur.com/a/VLgrh
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