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  1. I recently obtained a nurses NHS branded fob watch for £1 which has a Miyota quartz movement in it. It’s one of the pin-on types like a broach which is all metal with a glass crystal & has NHS printed on both the dial & at the top of the fob. The problem is that I can’t find any information on when the NHS actually stopped issuing watches to their staff, and research shows that nurses have had to buy their own for many years & many hospitals no longer allow their staff to wear metal watches, they are now usually made of silicone. I’ve searched the web (and this forum) but can’t even find a picture of one! Could anyone shed any light as to when the NHS stopped issuing NHS branded watches of this type please? I’ll post pictures when I get better at taking decent photos of watches, I'm still new here! Any info on it would be appreciated, cheers!
  2. Here is my collection of very rare and actually hard to get hold of Orient watches. Picture heavy this post, so be aware if on mobile... 1970's King Diver 1960's King Diver (25 jewel) not the usual 21 1970's World Time Another 1970's World Time 1970's World Diver 1970's King Diver 1970's King Diver Collection in full .... so far..... Hope you enjoyed seeing these. Any comments or further info on what I have would be very welcome Phil
  3. As topic, which SEIKO model you love best? Me : 62MAS and MM300
  4. Obtained this watch with blue dial and thought this would make a nice restoration projection. Sourced a new capacitor and crystal (somewhat jumping the gun) fitted same but not a twinkle! I wondered if anyone has done any work on these and can give me any info before I bin it!? Thanks.
  5. Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and have recently introduced myself in the introductions topic area. Bit of background on me; I have always liked watches and have recently purchased my first “luxury watch” in the form of a brand new breitling colt automatic. I mentioned in the intro area that since browsing the forums I have discovered Vostok and I am now awaiting arrival of my first Russian watch. Following on from this I am now in the market for a Seiko. Until joining the forum I had no idea Seiko were so highly rated! typical newbie I guess. Does anyone have any suggestions for my first Seiko? Preferably I want an automatic movement, exhibition case back but not essential. I’m not too fussed on the strap material. I've used the search feature but can’t seem to find much with regards to recommendations for a first Seiko purchase. HELP ME!! Thanks in advance
  6. Hello Watch Forum users, My name is Jakob Martin, and I have founded the relatively new watch brand Clairette Watches. We started by releasing two models at the beginning of the year and have now introduced two automatic models we intend to release on January 25th. Now we would like to get the feedback from the users of The Watch Forum! We are at the beginning of our journey as watchmakers but feel that we have been successful with our new automatic watches. In the future, we have already started sketching on watches in a slightly higher "premium" segment where we use movements such as 2824-2 (Top Grade), Valjoux ETA 7750, Sellita SW300 or ETA 2894. Then we will also have a release party in Stockholm, which you are more than welcome to. Sign up for the newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive an invite. Brief information about our automatic watches: Our latest collection might be brand new, but it captures the spirit of vintage watches from the 1950's. With attention to every detail we are moving closer towards traditional watchmaking by using automatic movements, stainless steel cases, domed hesalite crystals, organic leather straps and many other features. You could say we are vintage watch fanatics who want to share our excitement with you. My own interest started when I inherited my grandfather Heuer Carrera from the 60's and since then it has grown. With our new collection, we offer vintage-inspired watches with automatic watches at great prices. We use Miyota's renowned 9000-series automatic movements, hesalite glass, dauphine hands, painted sandblasted brass dial and vegetable leather from Tärnsjö Garveri. Please read more here: http://kickstarter.clairettewatches.com Thank you for taking the time to read my post! /JRM
  7. In June 2017 I bought a Seiko Alpinist from Japan. It started off 15secs/day slow and deteriorated to over 30s/day. I sent it to the UK Seiko Service centre before Christmas and they insisted I pay £170 to have it serviced as the warranty was Japan only. On return it was fine for 2 days then started loosing time and after two weeks was 26sec/day out. I returned it to Seiko servicing and their supervisor claims there's nothing wrong. Have I've now spent £500 on a worthless watch?
  8. Due to poor impulse control, I've now ended up with 2 yellow-dialled Seiko chronographs. I'm going to flip one of them, just haven't decided which one yet. It all started when Roger the Dodger posted a picture of his yellow Seiko. Before then, I'd never considered yellow as an option, but that watched looked stunning and I went to eBay immediately! I'm not disappointed, both look great to me. Anybody else have any yellow watches?
  9. I've just won an auction for an Orient Autocalendar 902544 and I'm trying to find some information on it. In particular, it's going to need a new crystal so it would be useful if anyone has the size details for one.
  10. Hello! First time posting here, have a few watches myself. I've been eyeing up a few dive watches (Steinhart 500 Titanium/SKX013/SKX009 as well as few others) but for now think I'm going to get the special edition Seiko Prospex PADI some point in the next couple months. My question is mainly about the prices, on the Seiko website it's around £400 as well as few other sites, and in shops where I live. But on Amazon they are selling it (brand new) for £280.. I'm just wondering why/how there is such a price difference, is it the real deal? Do you get all the proper papers and certificates? Thanks for any replies, Oliver.
  11. Having stumbled across many dodgy indian Seikos on eBay, I saw this one with a lovely dial that I really liked so I thought I'd take a chance even if it is just a bunch of various watch parts thrown together. £13.50 posted and it runs fine (if only a fraction too fast). The dial is like a vinyl texture and looks great with the classy white text and red details. Case could be in better nick but for the price I can't complain. Movement is marked as an automatic 21J Seiko 7019a just as it was listed on eBay although I imagine it'll be made up of assorted parts on closer inspection. I think 1 "feiko" is enough for the collection but I'm certainly glad I bid on it as it will definitely do me fine for a daily beater until it dies. I'd originally thought I'd probably try and flip it for a small profit but it has surprised me! To anyone considering a cheap watch from India I'd say go for it if you like the look of it and it doesn't cost enough that you'd be upset if it didn't even arrive.
  12. Hi all Im looking for some recommendations on vintage dress watches Nothing expensive £100 is my max I’m not new to buying watches but I’ve never actually owned a dress watch I’ve got a small collection of divers and a number of gshocks but my change of job calls for something more refined than say my Marathon GSAR so if anyone could help me out with some suggestions i would be more than greatful
  13. Hello guys :),So i few months back I finally purchased my Seiko Sarb035 and it ran great! it's awesome and I love the piece.Yesterday i accidentally dropped it from about a meter tall on to my tile floor. can't even notice any mark on the case or anything but it sure does seem to run quite a bit faster.. I don't know how much faster but it seems to be a minute or two over a couple hours which i checked today.. So i haven't really tried much monitoring or troubleshooting in any way..my first thought was, could the little piece that regulates the watch moved? would a watch maker or myself be able to somehow solve the issue? other than that the watch seems fine.. it really seems like a regulation process that needs to be made.. at least i think so.. or maybe i don't understand enough to know it's not that? Would love to hear your guy's experiences and issue solving ways, or even ways to check the problem to know what it is? anything i can do on my own or should it all be made by a watchmaker that can solve this? Also it is probably worth mentioning that as it's been a few days since it happened, on my hand the watch can go 1-2minutes FAST after 24hrs but if I put it off my wrist for a night with the crown up it goes above 45 seconds SLOW for 12 hours .. really big difference which makes me feel like it's not the regulation of the watch that needs to be adjusted.. Thanks a bunch in advance for any advice/help
  14. Hello, as some of you may know I've recently joined this community and I'm getting dragged into this rather expensive but interesting hobby. I got a great (IMHO) Longines Conquest to start (and a few inexpensive quartz), but I'd like a second beater watch to use every day, nice excuse isn't it? I'm thinking of a Seiko for budget reasons, and because of the huge selection. I've added a non Seiko watch to the list. I'm not looking for a Longines replacement, but something tough and resistant that could complement it. But as you can see from the selection I really like black dials. I wouldn't mind something that would look on leather strap too to match what I usually wear informally at work. Let me know your opinions, pictures from YorkshireWatches, which I'll probably be using for buying. Seiko SNZG13J1 I like it for the field look and feel, I expect to be fine on a distress leather strap. It's probably the cheapest of the bunch Seiko SSA305JI A bit dressy (or is it?) but lovely, I really like the dial Seiko SSA303J1 Its brother in white, I've got nothing in white that would complement nicely the rest of the collection Seiko SRPA75J1 I don't usually like busy dials, but this is an exception. It comes on leather strap, that's a bonus Seiko SSA293J1 Nice and sporty, with a hint of red, quite cheap too Glycine Incursore A German in the mix, nothing like the others. I love its serious, severe look...German basically :-)
  15. CASIO G - SHOCK Casio SILENCER GW - 400TCJ - 2JR Tough Solar Radio 2005 Can be any colour, Regards
  16. After my bitter experience with GS earlier this year, I thought I would never try the Japanese high end again,but then I saw this and the rest is as much anticipated - now waiting a package from HK. I did some research - this is the movement that is probably considered as the pinnacle of Japanese watchmaking so far, hand wound, supreme chronometer grade, no date, 36,000 bph. This was the movement that made angry the Swiss guys who decided that Seiko would no longer attend to the COSC battles and certifications as being to good for them and always winning of course. I hope it will run strong as the mainspring is the weakest point of caliber 4500. More pics to follow when arrives. Cheers everyone. Dimi
  17. I just got this watch from an UK seller on ebay, but I am not sure about the movement, it's looking OK to you, guys? What about the "Laser Beam", what actually means? Wouldn't this need a battery? Sorry for the bad pictures.
  18. Hello! You guys are right, Seiko vintage are addictive (Mr. Levity ;)). I love those Seikomatics so much, just had to have another. It‘s a 6619-9000. watchleuths says it‘s made in November 1965 or 1975 - depending on style. Well, I‘m only starting, so I‘m not sure - is this beauty made in the sixties or the seventies? Anyone a guessing? I think, it could easily fit in the pre-moonlanding-era, but not sure. On EBay Thanks and have a nice day! Sorry - I mean 1965 or 1975?
  19. Just a quick question I’m hoping someone can answer. Ive read that all of Orient’s M Force watches are made in Japan and I’ve also heard it said that an S prefix is an indicator that the watch is MIJ. Is this true? The reason I ask is I’ve seen an M Force with an EL model number listed rather than SEL and I’m wondering if this is an oversight by the seller? The watch in question looks identical to the SEL models I’ve seen elsewhere. I’m assuming this to be the case if the first statement is true that all M Force watches are MIJ. Slightly confused as the SEL and EL model numbers are seemingly interchangeable depending on the vendor?
  20. Hi Guys I‘m just ‚newly-in-love‘ with vintage watches. It came only by accident b/c I saw a 7169-7060 Seiko Sportmatic 5 Deluxe on EBay- and had to have it! Now it‘s really mine and I would really love to know everything about this watch, the movement, the Sportsmatic-series and so on. Does anyone know anything referring to that? I would be glad for comments from you guys... Thx a lot in advance and keep on going Newly-in-love from Berlin/Germany PS: watchleuths says it‘s made in January of 1966 - or is it 1976? PPs: I guess you guys would say it‘s ‚over polished‘ - but for me as a newby it‘s okay like this... but is it a frank ? What do you think? on EBay
  21. Sharing with you guys a new article on another amazing vintage Seiko watch line: the Seiko 7A28. This is believed to be the first analogue display watch with quartz movement in the world, and had more than 40 variations. Some notable models would be: the Giugiaro watches, specifically the "Bishop" and "Ripley" that both appeared in the "Aliens" movie in 1986; the 7A28-7020, the watch worn Roger Moore in View to Kill (the watch is known to most collectors as the "James Bond" watch after its appearance on the said Bond movie); and the model considered to be the grail of 7a28's, the Gen 1 RAF model 7A28-7120 (to find the said piece with its original strap would be a goal for most collectors and enthusiasts). Some special edition watches were also made using the 7A28 movement: the 7140 Bridgestone Motorsport and the Honda commemorative watches (7160 and 7170). With its many exciting designs, variations and famous models, I think the 7A28 watches are truly must-haves to any Seiko collection. You may read the full collector's guide here: http://thespringbar.com/seiko-7a28-collectors-guide/ Thanks and enjoy!
  22. 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
  23. I wanted a new watch as I haven't purchased one in ages, and as I couldn't afford what I wanted this month... I settled for second best. G-Shock GA110-HC Its a bit of a marmite design, personally I love it, it's going to be great for gym and bike rides mainly. Here's a few pics I wanted to share... Also £70 from creation watches, good price, and quick delivery! now I just need to work out how to change the times... :D
  24. I'm new here! I pretty much live on forums. I can be found on Chevy, ford ,rc car forums I was a diesel mechanic (63B) in the Army for 5 years, so obviously tinkering on automobiles and engines is my "thing " . I never thought I'd join a watch forum , but over the years I've learned to expect the unexpected. I have always had a thing for old clocks. I buy them old clock radios from yard sales and thrift shops . ( them old flip clocks and the analog clocks when they first started coming out. Especially the wood grain ones ) I was working with a cousin helping him clean ousomeone's house and garage ,that had passed away. When cleaning up the garage ,he started tossing boxes in the trash . I was carrying the trash boxes to the dumpster, when a water damaged box broke ,and garbage fell out.this watch is one of the things that fell out.i picked it up and kept it. I've had it for about 3 years now. Can't find any information on it . Haven't seen another one like it. I was offered $5.00 for it last year. I was told that it is from 60's or 70's . To me it's worth more than $5.00 ! I'd like to have it restored and have it operating again ,as a lighter and clock. It's missing the glass cover and one of the clock hands.
  25. Hi. I just posted a thread and your help went a long way, so thankyou. However I have now been looking for this watch and the only polace I can find it is from a Russian shop, here is the link http://www.bestwatch.ru/watch/orient/DJ02003W/?_openstat=bWFya2V0LnlhbmRleC5ydTvQp9Cw0YHRiyBPcmllbnQgREowMjAwM1cuINCa0L7Qu9C70LXQutGG0LjRjyBDbGFzc2ljIEF1dG9tYXRpYztvUTFldERXRGI5dWk3YkNPM2Y1LURROw&utm_campaign=orient&utm_content=DJ02003W&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=YaMarket&ymclid=62444483594425823303001 Anyone know if this would be okay, and if the watch would be legit? Thanks.
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