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  1. Good Morning All, First, you will note some supreme lurking - 7 years since my first (and only post)! The crown on my manual wind Heuer CS3110 Carrera re-edition sheared off last week. I have spoken to STS who have said that it will need a new stem and crown along with a full service! This confused me slightly: Why does it need a new crown, can the stem not be separated from the crown and a new one fixed? Is a full service really necessary? It was serviced by STS less than 3 years ago (£350+) Can you recommend anyone suitable to carry out a this repair and not a full service? Maybe i'm being mean, but the stem appears to be a £20 part and i'd like to avoid spending £400+ getting it changed. Many thanks, BlueRock
  2. Hello, I am completely new to the world of horology. This is a new hobby for me and I have just bought my first two watches. These are definitely not high end watches. I bought them very cheap as a starting/learning point. The first is a Andrew The Hatton - Automatic - Running...terribly The second is a Ingersoll - Missing crown, underneath the scratched crystal the dial looks in pretty good condition. http://s1070.photobucket.com/user/99Jewels/library/ I am wonder if anybody knows more about these watches and or manufactures? I believe there around the 1950's/60's period. I have been able to polish up the crystals to a better condition however the 'Andrew' would probably best be replaced. Which one would be best to get serviced? Thanks for any responses.
  3. Hello, i got in contact with kickstarter.com, there a watch is about to be produced. It is financed by crowdfunding. Can someone give me some advices about the quality of this watch? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2055557949/done-swiss-mechanical-watches?ref=discovery I thank you for all your advices.
  4. Hi, I'm looking for a little guidance please. I have a Montblanc sport Chronograph automatic which is about 5 years old. Something has happened to the stop watch, it is running constantly and the stop and reset buttons are not working at all. Other than that the watch itself seems to be working fine. I have taken it into an MB dealer and they could not tell me what was wrong, but offered to take an extortionate amount of money off me to send it off for a service and repair. I am just wondering if there is another option to get it serviced and repaired at a more reasonable cost without risking damage to the watch? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - FYI I live in Surrey but work in London. Thanks, Al
  5. Hi guys,We're starting a new collector's guide series for the Breguet Type 20, a watch which I think is one of the coolest military chronographs out there. The article below is the first (of the two) part of the collector's guide which focuses on the military issues, that will be followed by a guide on civilian models next week.With a really interesting story behind the production of this particular watch (and with Breguet being a highly regarded luxury watch brand), it's no wonder all surviving pieces are of high value.Please do check out the guide and enjoy! Breguet Type 20 Military Issue Collector's Guide
  6. Hi all and good to find you as I am new in the forum as well as the watch world in general. I recently was given as woman's watch that used to be worn by my mother's aunt (now 90years old) who had little to do with brands but she would just buy what she liked. Now she remembers very few things and nothing related to the watch she gave to me. So, as my knowledge is very limited to the horlogerie, I am posting here pics of her vintage Girard Perregaux ( I guess bought some time in the 60's perhaps in Switzerland as she used to travel a lot there and had Swiss friends - perhaps is a present given to her) hoping that you may be able to recognize the type. Perhaps you can estimate even its current price in the watch market? Thanks a lot for your help.
  7. Hi All, I'm new in the forum. I have been looking to purchase a new divers watch now i've caught the bug! I would live a submariner, unfortunately that looks a good few years off at the moment. I have been looking around at non homage alternatives and I have really taken a liking to the Tag heuer Aquaracer (Wan 2110) .. i was hoping to get some yhoughts or maybe some alternative ideas. Thanks, Gino
  8. https://goo.gl/photos/oN8v5bbPVEb28HieA Hi all, I originally started searching for this particular watch as I have one and wanted to find out about it and can I get it going again. Firstly I thought it was over wound but their is movement but then it stops. The posts I came across said it needs to be cleaned and it should be ok but they are rare. So I want to find out How to get it done and obviously how much will it cost. Then another thread I read implied this type of watch had a small run, sold for a lot of money and had a lot of returns due to it failing. The thread also mentioned a time period of the 60's and another thread brieflyy gave a quick overview of the Avia company. If more info required please let me know. Thanks
  9. I just wanted to share with everyone an interesting and thought provoking story I stumbled across on Instagram a couple of days ago. This guys home was completely destroyed by a bushfire back in 2013, it was one of the most ferocious bushfires to have hit Australia in 2013, and it literally destroyed everything in its path, reaching temperatures of 1600 degrees Celsius. Except for in this individuals case... His Speedy survived, obviously it doesn't work any more, but the owner took time to clean it up, and It now has incredible sentimental value, as it was the only thing which survived the blaze. Also with 5 of the hands still in tact... Much more of an extreme test, compared to anything NASA threw at it! Quote from the Speedmasters Owner: "Yes I have a deep attachment to my Moonwatch And from time to time I still wear it. After what it has been through I think that wearing it shows respect for my watch. I loved it from the day I obtained it and I still love it!"
  10. After a lot of toeing and throwing, I finally placed a deposit on a watch I have been pining for a long time... A Breitling Navitimer 01, 43mm with the bracelet. Definitely a Marmite watch (and brand) I know, but I am far too excited to get hold of it to care For me this is a big purchase, and not the sort of value watch I will be able to buy very often - which makes the wait feel all the more slow! They seemed to think it may be up to 2 weeks to get in.... How do you feel during the wait for a new watch, particularly if it is a special or grail watch for you? And is everyone as happy when it gets on their wrist as they hope to be? Was lucky to get a very good deal, and walked away with 26% of the MRRP and also got a deployant clasp free as part of the deal (but no strap) - so I can choose to tone the bling down in the office a bit too. I love the look of a black croc, but the cost does hurt over a calf... I didn't think that I would feel like a kid waiting for x-mas so much, so I hope it lives up to my expectations. I will try my best to do the obligatory pics on arrival, but I have exactly 0 clue what I am doing with a camera so don't expect a lot!
  11. Hi Guy i'm not going to profess knowing anything about watches. Recently my wife's granddad passed away and her granny asked me to have a look at some of his watches he had in his drawer. There was the regular assortment of casios but one watch caught my attention and this is it: On the silvery white face it has: Jaeger-LeCoultre - Memovox Automatic On the back it has: SNOWDROP Speed Beat, HF 28800 E877 SATU SerialNo 1229409 It isnt in Mint condition and can do with a little TLC. The watch was well used until a few years ago. My question is simple how would I go about getting this amazing old time peace some attention and secondly where would one go to have it valued. Ill post some pictures when I have acces to a computer (currently on my phone) thanks for your help Regards Jakes
  12. Can anyone tell me anything about this pocket watch. I have searched the Internet but with no joy. I believe the movement to be engraved Jn Frans et Bonnet from what I can make out. Any information is much appreciated.
  13. I'm thinking of buying a vintage gold Jaeger le Coultre Mastercontrol Geographic mainly because its a classic looking watch and Jaeger is an acclaimed Swiss brand. It is important to me however that a watch purchase be an investment. Any views on same?
  14. This watch belonged to my late father in law. I am fairly certain the strap is not the original. I am trying to indentify the model number and thus its likely value. I thin it's from the 1950's or early 60's. Any help appreciated. http://tinypic.com/r/200bdbl/9
  15. Morning all, I'm new to the forum after being recommended it by a watch collecting friend. I have a Breitling Colt A32350 as seen in the pictures. Unfortunately the pin and screw holding the links together unfortunately must have come loose and when I was at work one day realised it was balancing on my wrist! Can anyone please advise what it is I actually need to purchase and are there people online/auction sites that can do this (or provide equipment to do it) or does it really have to be sent back to Breitling like one non AD suggested. I seriously can't imagine this is the case! All assistance appreciated. Thanks, Sam [url=https://flic.kr/p/GbNEuj][img=https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1596/26376540306_8a22d60ad2_k.jpg][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/GbNEuj]20160412_174006[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/27620527@N06/]mymarktwogolf24[/url], on Flickr 20160412_174029 by mymarktwogolf24, on Flickr [url=https://flic.kr/p/FiDvtA][img=https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1570/25797612684_6929d891e6_k.jpg][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/FiDvtA]20160412_174029[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/27620527@N06/]mymarktwogolf24[/url], on Flickr [url=https://flic.kr/p/FiDvBb][img=https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1701/25797613124_ab2f3a010e_k.jpg][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/FiDvBb]20160412_174002[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/27620527@N06/]mymarktwogolf24[/url], on Flickr
  16. Hi all, I have recently purchased a Victorinox 241552 from Amazon, and would like some information from you kind people. I am concerned that this watch is counterfeit due to its low price, and from information I have gathered from the internet. I purchased the watch for under £200 and looking elsewhere, similar models are going for more than double. Can anyone advise on the best course of action as I'm yet to receive the watch. Thanks in advance
  17. Greetings All - I've been away from the forum for a few years now but a friend has asked me to sell the RLT 31 I originally sourced for him. To be frank I have no real idea of what constitutes a fair price for such a piece and I would rather offer it to forum members who have provided me with much of my current collection rather than offer it via the 'bay. That said, I don't want him to lose out so rather than embark on an unofficial auction I would appreciate opinions on a price of £750 ? It was treated to a full clean & service exactly a year ago (£250) by some chap called Richard Askham who seems fairly well respected in horological circles - photos of his work etc. available. What do you think - fair, unfair, give away? I try and spot those trying to take advantage in this regard Simon
  18. Here we have my Roamer 17 Jewel. i dont know much about it at all apart from its Swiss made. I found it when clearing out my fathers belongings after he passed away. Just wanting to see if anyone can put a rough date to it and maybe a model name/number as there is nothing on the watch to tell me. The case is 9crt Gold.# Any help will be much appreciated.
  19. Please bear with me as I am very new to watch repair as a hobby and this is my first post on the forum! I've recently got into this fascinating subject and have a number of movements - among them a nice MSR T44. This has no stem however and whilst I've been reliant on ebay for most of my purchases I've come up dry sourcing a stem for this movement. Despite being handy with google I've not found anywhere else to obtain one from. I did find the Ranfft site and information on the MSR T44 which cites stem W3237 and this as a 'Flume' reference number. If I go to the flume.de site and search for this reference it doesn't bring back a stem. Any advice gratefully received. For instance is there any cross reference 'stem X = stem Y' type information out there; I can't believe this MSR stem is unique ... or of course a place that, as a private buyer, I can source one from. Many thanks in advance.
  20. vintage automatic barrel spring and cannon pinion from waltham riverside size Q http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q690/vanjuxa/20160320_234247_zpspdupqaiu.jpg http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q690/vanjuxa/20160320_234247_zpspdupqaiu.jpg http://i1354.photobucket.com/albums/q690/vanjuxa/20160414_003115_zpstxwqorhh.jpg
  21. Investor Needed - Swiss Watch Brand - Turnaround Hello: For a Swiss Watch Brand with over 40 years tradition we look for an investor with minimum of 10 million $ to complete the turn-around (majority share sale can be considered). There's new management and owner, all liabilities paid back, new designs ready to be manufactured and distributors willing to buy. The only problem remains the lacking cash for working capital + some marketing. We have rich history. Please respond via private message if interested. THANKS!
  22. Does anyone know how much the breitling navitimer cosmonaut 806 in full working condition, recently serviced by breitling is worth?
  23. I have acquired an inexpensive pocket watch... inexpensive because it needs a bit of work, only a bit though. Can anyone help me with an idea of how much and how easy? The face is unbranded, the movement is labeled as Labrador and it needs a new minute hand, or a matching hour / minute set. It also has an old, yellowing, scratched crystal that needs replacing. How would I know which sets of hands will fit and how easy are they to swap? There seem to be a number of different crystal types, which one will I need? Any help gratefully received Now, let's see if I can attach the photos Packet watch album Forgot to say, it seems to keep very good time too. Oh, and the stem seems to have a silver coloured top, not gold, is that wrong? Seems to miss slightly when winding....
  24. I love when the mailman brings me presents! Don't mind the glare, it's just the trees in my yard.
  25. Hello, just joined in the hope someone can help me identify a watch of mine. I've had no luck in researching the brand logo and apart from the letter on its crown cannot find any other identifiable marks. The logo looks like either two interlocking A's with a crown on top or a M over an A with a crown on top. The letter on the crown is either a N or a Z. The watch itself is vintage, an automatic and has an electronic alarm in a stainless steel casing. Unfortunately it seems I cannot add a picture.
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