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  1. My clock had a habit that it would stop, this was because the gut would get snagged, so I had to un snag it and it would go. To prevent this I installed new gut of the recommended size,its gone for a month without probs, but it has decided to do it again. When I wind the drum I feed it on with a knitting needle so that it sits tidily on the drum. Is there anything that I am missing? any ideas how to overcome this, the drum looks OK. Thanks in advance
  2. I started collected G10's when my GMTII started increasing in value, I wanted to feel slightly less conscious when travelling on the underground, reaching up for the grab rail and exposing my watch. Whilst I wanted something 'every day' and less obvious, I still wanted something I enjoyed wearing and that had something about it, history and desirability etc. Anyway getting to the point, my life long friend wants to offload his GMTII and I am looking at purchasing from him. In order to get this past the Long Haired General, I will need to sell some or all of my CWC collection...
  3. Every so often i get them out and give them a light shine.
  4. Good evening all I have have had this watch since the late 1980s it no longer runs I have sent this to seiko who have stated spares are no longer available the watch has ran without missing a beat since I purchased it until recently Is there anyone else that can possibly help me please the watch has a 24hr face and only sweeps once each day ie 3am = 6am ie everything doubled Kind regards Pete
  5. Hi, I am relatively new to the world of watches and have acquired a Services pocket watch which seems to be the same as that in the picture but with the late 50's to early 70's Services brand logo on the dial. It has a Wotania 1 jewel unadjusted movement. The gold finish is thin and worn off. Can anyone tell me anything about this watch and what the gold finish was? I think it may have been a 'contract watch’ badge engineered for Services. Thanks in advance Services Logos https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cImqnnO_MlZSoOqkvhs-777kFtFqiGHY/view?usp=sharing
  6. Hi, I have found a Lever Sportsman’s wrist watch. It has a round face, in two different circular tones of colour. It ha a very small second hand at the bottom placed inside the bottom ring of colour. Either side is foreign made A huge winder with a very fine pin into the watch. It appears to be made in a dull brass coloured metal. Inside is a brass movement, a cover is missing and part of the moment beneath. It is not working. Question is it worth spending money on. Keith Lockwood.
  7. G’day guys, I’m new to the forum and I was wondering if anyone had advice on an alternative to the Bremont ALT1-ZT/51 (link at bottom). I’ve just earned my pilot’s wings and I’m looking to treat myself but there’s just no way I could afford it. I’m in love with the watch but if anyone can suggest similar watches for around $700 USD I would greatly appreciate it. Cheers https://www.bremont.com/collections/watches-mens-alt1-z/products/alt1-zt-51
  8. Now then... blimey it's taken me a year to make my first post! apologies for that. Well, I'm back because I've bough a replacement Grandfather clock. I've always been interested in clocks much to my wife's annoyance as her late Father was a watch and clock repairer, I guess the smells of clocks, parts lying around, which one is showing the reliable time etc has put her off. I have a habit of buying on impulse, cheap and often rubbishy things that I believe will sell on and make a bit too, often I keep things for years before letting them go. My first Grandfather clock which I reluctantly
  9. Hi, Just joined, well.... first post after joining a year ago! I wonder if anyone can recommend a touch up for a damaged Grandfather clock dial. The usual damage, the broken away enamel on face from the post attached behind to fix to movement (I dunno what these things are called) On the left of dial I tested using a permanent tyre wall pen, looks okay but it's a bit too white. The right damage was because someone had tried to solder the fixing leg to the dial and burnt the enamel.... When I got the clock a couple of weeks ago both these damages were disguised by over painting that had go
  10. Hello Community, I am pretty new member of the watch community so I might be asking silly questions. Apologies if this happens. I recently came in possession of a Bernex Watch (BN 24101). Although I like the watch itself I realize I know very little of the brand and don't really find a way to communicate with the makers (whereabouts, etc...) Does anyone know this brand? Is this a relatively well-known business? As I am relatively neophyte, I feel it might be easy to do an otherwise ill-advised purchase. Many thanks !
  11. I'm new to watch collecting and won't be buying a lot, but I'm interested in a Smiths because I recently started a job at Smiths Medical which it turns out is one of the divisions of what used to be Smiths Watches. Funny how time changes things. But I thought I should have a company watch. I'm watching a couple on eBay, a DeLuxe from a watch retailer, Hour Vintage Watch Shop, and two from an individual, an English Astral in very Good shape and a DeLuxe in average shape. The first is serviced and looks great, 1953 vintage. Price is £140 (about $180 USD) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gen
  12. Hi All, I’m Tom, random member with some random watches. Everything from a GShock....to a soon to arrive Panerai with a splattering of Pulsar, CWC, Tag, Dunhill and Montblanc in the middle. Looking forward to chatting to you all! Very best.
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    alan1846

    Can anyone tell me where I can get a 1930s Services Despatch Rider wristwatch repaired in the UK. The watchmakers I've contacted do not want to work on a un-jewelled pinset watch. Any help would be appreciated.
  14. The lume is layered - the hands are the brightest, markers slightly less bright, and the bezel dimmer still, to avoid flare in night vision goggles - either yours or the enemy's lol See you in a bit, just going on to Ebay to get some night vision watchmaker's magnifying goggles Oh, in case you didn't see the watch - it comes on a chunky rubber strap.
  15. I have a scaled down version of a Congreve clock that I assembled from a kit that was produced by Devon Clocks of Exmouth about 25 years ago. I am looking for a ball-bearing race that fits at the pivot of the tray. The inside dia is 0.185" (4.73mm) the outside dia is 0.374" (9.5mm) and the width is 0.125" (3.14mm) (not crucial). I am find difficulty finding a race this size. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Paul.
  16. I'm thinking of getting the hands and numbers on my Sekonda re-lumed. Its a 15 year old watch, but has sentimental value as my parents brought it for me for y 18th birthday. Is it worth getting it re-lumed, or because of the age of the watch, is it better just to live worth the way it is? What are peoples thought?
  17. Afternoon @Roy I have one of your lovely RLT 75s and when I got it it was on a rubber strap, I note that when produced this normally came with a fitted bracelet. My question is do you remember which bracelet went with it and whether I can get a replacement? As I currently have it on a nice leather strap but not a fan of a diver on a strap in general (although I do think this still looks great!)
  18. I was generously given this nice watch from my wife's family some time ago but it's been sitting in a safe for years. Having recently "found" it again, I have been trying to establish its history. What I've gleaned from the internet so far.... Brook & Son traded between 1891 & 1941 and were based at 87, George Street, Edinburgh. They were successors to Marshall & Sons. Alexander James Steel Brook's father started working at Marshalls in 1853, Alexander himself worked there from 1873. In 1891 they acquired Marshall's, and restyled the business as Brook & Son. They appointed
  19. Hi, looking for some advice please. Im interested in purchasing a christopher ward c65 trident automatic. I love the retro design, colours and leather strap and size. But due to them being online only i am interested in asking about quality and value for money as im very much a fan of being able to feel and see a product before i buy. Ive never spent more than £300 on a watch before so this what i consider to be a more sizeable investment. I am new to the world of watches, ive always had an interest of sorts and have always liked Omega but feel i cannot justify the price (yet) any he
  20. Another recent restoration...these Smiths Imperial watches were made to impress! How many others are out there? This is an I203 dating to the early 1960s with a cal 0104 19 jewel movement! Impressed with the size of the watch!
  21. Hi everyone I’ve inherited my dads J.W. Benson watch which was presented to him in 1975 as a long service award. But it’s very difficult to find anything about it. It’s Automatic and says 25 Jewels on the face? Whatndies that mean?? I’ve seen photos of other Bensons which 5 Jewels. Whats does that represent? I’d love to know more about this lovely sentimental watch. thanks Gareth
  22. Just saying hi from the UK as I am the new guy now and no expert or collector, I joined for some advice on a watch I was given but can;t find any reference to on the web, I won't go into the details here as I have already posted about it hopefully in the right place, hope you guys can shed some light on it thanks.
  23. Hello everyone! So I’m a newbie here and this is my first post so please bare with me and be gentle I’m semi new into collecting vintage watches and normally I only collect/wear men’s watches. However, I’ve been given a late 40s/50s Smiths Empire ladies watch as a present the other week and I’ve noticed that there isn’t a second hand and I find it so bizarre! Is this normal or the second hand is actually missing? I’ve looked into pictures online and stuff and it does seem like the girls watches don’t have them...is that correct? (Personally I like looking at the second hand sometimes
  24. Brendan1213

    JLC 497

    Looking into buying a JLC 497 movement watch (40'S army issue) never worked on one this old or an automatic watch for that matter but cannot seem to find much info on how exactly how these movements work. More specifically what the part with what looks to be some sort of adjustment with "P.S.A.R." around it.
  25. Don't know where the other photos have got to, but here's a link to the Flickr album, with all of them.
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