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  1. I have just bought an old Seiko which was made in October 1965 and it has a pretty filthy dial. It is a 6205-8940 DIASHOCK SELFDATER, 24 JEWELS, it's had a tough life as you can tell by the photo, but, it is working well, keeping very good time. I would like to clean up the dial, but, I understand it will never look great. Someone (watch butcher) has obviously had a go at cleaning previously and been rather rough with it. Am I right in thinking that the writing is inked and then varnished, or, is it some sort of vinyl decal? Some advice would really be appreciated.
  2. Hello I am a new member is there any members out there that give me any advise on Longines-Wittnauer vintage watches. I have about ten in my collection. And i am trying to find where i can get the best information from so that i can try and source how i can identify when made name and sourcing parts crystals. iIf that is possible some body might be able to help cheers
  3. I thought we might be interested in talking about some of the most famous people and their timepieces following on from the vintage homage topic: I'll start off, I personally wouldn't be able to pull this off but behold MLK's Datejust:
  4. I find myself increasingly interested in modern watches designed to pay tribute to a particular model from a brand’s past. Tudor BB58 and the Omega FOIS are ones that immediately spring to mind. One that caught my eye last year was also the Omega Seamaster 1948. What are some of the ones that have caught your eye in recent times? The seamaster (limited edition sadly)
  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 Watch Picture https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BsxjJm-SN7j7Raa5jDkznhVztd3YdYwO/view?usp=sharing
  6. 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 gone pinkish... there were decal flowers attached, it looked diabolical.... having cleaned all that off it don't look that much better. So what do I do from here? A LOT of work I know.... I even found more details by shining a UV light across the dial in the dark and much to my surprise I could see the makers name (Kellett Bredbury)
  7. Hi all, I have a watch currently on sale on eBay and I'm basically in need of some information as it was an elderly relatives who has passed away and was found during his house clearance, will assume it was his Mum's as it's 34mm wide.I'd had a quick look on Google and not found much so listed it thinking it might go for £10-£20 as its not in brilliant condition, needs a new battery and a couple of links in the strap need some work by the look of it. On the front of the watch it says Dulux antimagnetique, has a day and month calendar which still change when the watch is wound manually and there is also minutes window and again when wound this continues to move for some time. On the bracelet there is written "clewco gold filled". I've had 2 people message me with offers of £50 and £75, the guy who offered the £75 said it could well go for more than £100 but obviously not guaranteed.....and would be great to know a bit more information on the watch as never heard of that brand and possible value. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=264442277249&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Thanks
  8. I recently bought a watch signed Allaine on the dial, with a Felsa 4004 automatic movement. I soon realised I wasn’t alone in trying to find out about the maker of Allaine watches, but nobody seemed to get beyond the basic information on the Mikrolisk trademark database. I wondered if it would be possible to find out more about the Allaine story. It turns out there is quite a lot out there about Allaine Watch SA, taking in a venture to sell watches in China, a spell as part of the Micro-Time conglomerate and finally, sale to Patek Philippe. If you want to by-pass the gory details, there’s a summary timeline at the end. This is a long post, but I hope it will be interesting to a few people, especially those with Allaine watches. Some of it may already be known, but I wanted it to be as complete as I could make it. If anyone has additional information, please post it here and I’ll fill in the gaps. Likewise, any factual errors, please point them out. Who or What is Achille Barré? The information we can get from Mikrolisk is that Allaine Watch SA was associated in some way with Achille Barré and had registered the trademark “Dania” in Porrentruy, Switzerland on 24th September 1940. The trademark “Allaine” was registered on 22nd March 1941. The company had a number of other trademarks: Allena, Atomic, Rubina (in 1959), Saras Watch, Saras (in 1961) and Veronica. But who, or what, was Achille Barré? The earliest reference I can find is in the journal of La Fédération Horlogère Suisse, which reports on February 28th, 1917: “The Emile Barré-Cie partnership, Horloge Courgenay, is dissolved. The liquidation is carried out by Achille Barre and Joseph Petignat, under the reason Emile Barré & Cie, in liq.” (The original is in French and this is a Google translation. I’m not sure about “reason” in this context, it seems more likely to be “registration” or “partnership”. The original is “la raison”.) Then, on 24th August 1917, the journal carries the registration of “Achille Barré (of Faverois, France) for manufacture of watchmaking in Courgenay (Porrentruy)”, a town in the Jura district of Switzerland. The next appearance is on 25th Nov 1924. - “The Achille Barre house, watchmakers of Courgenay, transferred the headquarters of his business to Porrentruy.” Then a slight detour, as in August 1926, an Adolphe Barré, fabr. d'horlogerie, Porrentruy, begins negotiations with creditors and in July 1928 is declared bankrupt. This doesn’t seem to affect the Achille Barré operation and there is no further news until April 1944, when the journal records: “Achille Barre, at Porrentruy, manufacture of horlogy. The reason is canceled because of the handing over of the business to the reason "Achille Barre et Cie" in Porrentruy. Achille Barre, son of Arthur, of France, at Porrentruy, and Alfred Barre, son of Emile, of Ocourt. in Porrentruy, formed under this name a partnership which began its operations on April 1, 1944 and which took over, as of that date, the assets and liabilities of the house "Achille Barré", Porrentruy, canceled. Watchmaking manufacture. Belfort Street 53.” So this brings us into the period covered by Mikrolisk, with Achille Barré now trading as ‘Achille Barre et Cie’. Connection Between Achille Barré and Allaine Watch SA Is there one? Apart from both companies trading in Porrentruy, I haven’t found anything I would regard as a conclusive link. I did find an advert hidden on the La Clinique Horlogère website for Achille Barré of Porrentruy offering “Montres <<Allaine>> et <<Dania>>”. All that proves, however, is that they were using the names. The question of where the “Allaine” name comes from is easily answered by looking at a map of Porrentruy, where you will see that the River Allaine flows through the town and out towards Alle, a few kilometres north of Courgenay. It’s likely that Achille Barré used the name of the nearby river to brand some of their watches, but what I don’t know is whether the name was transferred legally to a new “Allaine Watch SA”, or whether it was just a coincidence. On Clinique Horlogère I found a list of watchmakers in Porrentruy which shows:- Allaine Watch | Saras Watch | 1959 Allaine Watch | Allaine and other brands | 1966 Barré Achille & Co | Allaine | no date Again, inconclusive and, whatever those dates are, different from Mikrolisk. There is one further piece of circumstantial evidence – in 1964 L’Express Neuchatel stated that Allaine Watch was owned by Mr. Auguste Petignat, Mayor of Miécourt. A Joseph Petignat appears above in the 1917 dissolved partnership Emile Barré-Cie, so it may be the Petignat family is the link. What is there to know about Allaine Watch SA? I found three references to Allaine Watch SA in various trade directories. Swissguide.ch states that the company was founded in 1957, trading from Quai de l'Allaine 2, 2900 Porrentruy, with Yuming Yang (of whom more anon) as “representative”. The road Quai de l'Allaine appears to house small commercial premises by the river. Swissfirms.ch lists “Horlogerie Allaine SA, La Fenatte 20, 2942 Alle”, founded in 1985, manager Marcel Lachat. Alle is a town a short way from Porrentruy. La Fenatte is a short road not covered by Google Streetview, but with only a couple of buildings visible on the satellite map. Kompass gives us Horlogerie Allaine SA, established in 2000 and trading at Route de Miécourt 20, 2942 Alle. Area of activity: Watch subcontracting and any activity in the field of watchmaking. Thierry Stern, Director (of him also more anon). Route de Miécourt houses a number of watch component manufacturing businesses. This gives us a somewhat straight line for Allaine Watch SA from 1957, though it is possible the company didn’t trade uninterrupted. The Clinique Horlogère site has pictures from 1960 of a rather fine Allaine Chronographe sporting a Landeron movement, calibre 149. I think if more Allaine watches like that were turning up on Ebay, the brand’s reputation would be a lot higher. https://www.cliniquehorlogere.ch/en/base-chronos/landeron-hahn-charles-le-landeron/landeron-149.html On 9th October 1964 disaster struck. L’Express Neuchatel reported: “A major robbery was carried out on Wednesday night in Porrentruy, on the premises of the ‘Allaine Watch’ watchmaker, owned by Mr. Auguste Petignat, Mayor of Miécourt.” The thieves made off with four thousand pieces including 150 to 200 gold masters. The haul was valued at 180-200,000 francs and wasn’t adequately covered by insurance. It was, apparently, unusual for so much stock to be stored at the factory, but this was due to a delivery the previous day worth 30,000 Francs. It was thought the contraband would be heading for France. The Micro-Time era and ambitions in China In June 1979, the newspaper L'Impartial reported that: “Micro-Time SA of Tramelan has just appointed a new president in the person of Mr. Guy Cattin … Micro-Time is a watchmaking factory that currently has seventeen affiliated companies, including twelve watchmaking factories and five partner suppliers. Essentially Jurasian, with houses such as: Arly, Dulux, Gigandet Ch, Soprod, Speraà Tramelan (the only member of the Neu-Châtelois society being Nestor Landeron), it has just welcomed four other houses watchmaking: Allaine Watch of Porrentruy; Hebe of Alle; P. V. Matthey of Tramelan; Nitella of Tramelan.” Allaine Watch seems not to have stayed in the Micro-Time hemisphere. On 2nd July 2005, L'Impartial carried a lengthy article on Allaine Watch and its flamboyant owner Yuming Yang. Yang arrived from China in Switzerland in 1980 to study watchmaking and graduated from the IUHEI of Geneva. He then became a consultant for Swatch Group before acquiring New Onivia SA in Porrentruy, a company specializing in manufacturing mineral crystals and crowns for watches. However, his dream was to manufacture his own brand of watches in China. Through a delegation of Chinese businessmen to Jura he met Marcel Lâchât, who had recently become owner of Allaine Watch. In March 2005, Yang became the majority shareholder and president of Allaine Watch SA, with Marcel Lâchât as managing director. A third partner, ShaShengxi, a “powerful Chinese watchmaker” based in Shenzhen, also joined the company. “My ambition, says Yuming Yang, is to launch this autumn a line of mid-range watches by Allaine Watch in the Chinese market. The assembly will be operated at Alle, from elements manufactured locally or acquired from subcontractors in the region.” In the article, Allaine Watch was described as making “watches, assembled at Alle and labeled Swiss”. A later article, about Yuming Yang’s scheme to hold a Miss China contest in Switzerland, said he employed a total of 25 people at Onivia and Allaine. It also reveals he was a Red Guard under Mao and his father-in-law was the former secretary of the Communist Party of Inner Mongolia. Allaine bought by Patek Philippe I don’t know how well Mr Yang did with his venture into selling Swiss watches to China, but in 2008 a press release announced “The Geneva group Patek Philippe strengthens its industrial capacity in the Jura. It has just acquired a majority stake in Horlogerie Allaine in Alle (JU), for an undisclosed amount. New jobs will be created.” The announcement continued: “Specializing in the assembly of movements - mainly canning - it will remain at the service of all its clients in the watchmaking sector. The current managing director, Marcel Lachat, is kept in office. As part of this new partnership, Horlogerie Allaine has purchased a plot of 4000 m2 to build a production area of 1000 m2. Founded in 1985, Horlogerie Allaine currently has 17 employees. The workforce should reach 50 employees by the end of 2010.” Those who have been paying attention will remember Kompass listed Thierry Stern as Director of Allaine Watch. Thierry Stern has been Chairman of Patek Philippe SA since August 2009, taking over the reins from his father. Conclusions There’s enough information here to form a partial time-line for the Allaine Watch company. 1917 - The Emile Barré-Cie partnership, Horloge Courgenay, was dissolved by Achille Barré and Joseph Petignat. Achille Barré came to Courgenay from Faverois, France and registered as a watchmaker with La Fédération Horlogère Suisse. 1924 – The business moved from Courgenay to Porrentruy. 1944 – A new company, Achille Barre et Cie, was registered in Porrentruy. Achille Barre used the trademarks “Allaine” and “Dania”. 1960 – An Allaine Chronographe was produced using a Landeron movement, calibre 149. 1964 – Allaine Watch, owned by Auguste Petignat, Mayor of Miécourt, was the victim of a major robbery and lost stock worth 180-200,000 francs. 1979 – Allaine Watch was acquired by Micro-Time SA of Tramelan, a conglomerate including Gigandet, Nestor Landeron and Matthey. 2005 – Chinese businessman Yuming Yang becomes Chairman of Allaine Watch SA, with Marcel Lâchât, the previous owner, as managing director. Yang’s plan is to sell mid-range Swiss watches into the Chinese market. 2008 – Patek Philippe acquired a majority stake in Allaine Watch, promising new investment in the company. Marcel Lâchât remained managing director. The company now specialised in the assembly and casing of watch movements. There are still lots of gaps, including the conclusive connection between Achille Barré and Allaine Watch. That’s something that requires more research.
  9. This is a watch i bought from eBay last month, i have to say the watch impressed me. It's a Chinese brand you may not heard it before, neither do i, the brand called San Martin. I found they made a lots of bronze watches which really interested me, and finally i decide to take this one. so far i'm very pleased for this watch. Here i just want to share some of my experiences, i talk about it as i'm a fan of watches, and a collector of good watches. here we just go for this watch. The watch diameter is around 39mm, include crown around 42mm, thickness is around 12mm, wear on my wrist just a perfect size, the movement is Seiko NH35, the case use bronze material, on the picture you can already seen the oxidization already make it became more brown, the finishing is brushed around the case body, now it seems more like a sandblasted finishing, and i thought it would be rusted by the sweat if i wear it in summer, but i found the case back is made in stainless steel which avoided this problem. You can't see any logo on this watch, but it's fine for me, the seller told me they provide service for customized logo on dial, but it will take some to do it, so i just pass it. For the dial, i found they have a lot of versions, and i also picked some photos on their website.these version they have black, blue and green colors. and the tracking printing on dials used SLN C3 luminous oill from Switzerland. Same for Hands. I really love the lum effect, it just light up the watch. the strap they told it's top layer cow leather, for me it's a little bit hard to wear, i would like it to be more softer, could wear more comfortable, the strap has quick release by the way, the strap width is 20mm, and i have some other nylon nato straps, which just easy to change and it just amazing match, and looks also nice. Talk about the water resistance, this watch has 200 meters water resistance, i'm not try yet, i was planning to swim next week and wear this watch, i think it's may be a good choice for diving too. and i'm also expecting to see the finishing after diving. then talk about the price, i get the watch on ebay by $168, i think the price is very acceptable compare to the watches i bought before, i would say the same quality, San Martin watch have a better price to get. they have free tools by the way, for this watch they send free polish tool for watch case, and screw drivers, a set of booklets. it's a very nice purchase experience anyway. Last but not least, let me know your comments about this watch, like or dislike, or share your experience to me, thank you.
  10. Hello everyone! Long time no see! I have been away from the forum for ages and thought this wee Rollie I picked up today was a great excuse to join back in. It's a 15 jewel "Standard Quality" Rolex movement in a Stainex case which seems to fit but the crown looks much newer. The NATO is my own. What do you all think? http://imgur.com/Ft5BPEK http://imgur.com/PZkp1rA http://imgur.com/uVb0Z1M
  11. I'm a watch collector who also dabbles in minor repairs. I'm particularly interested in less well known watch brands. I've collected information on some brands over the years, and I am starting to write down some of what I have learned. My post on Helbros is available here: https://forgottenwatchbrands.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/helbros-watches/ There is a general view that the Helbein family was Swiss-German. I have found that William Helbein, one of the founders and later the company president, was born in Russia, in an area that is now in the Ukraine. He was Jewish and the area was subject to first an anti-Jewish pogrom, and later an infamous Nazi massacre, so leaving for the US probably saved his life. Helbros were pioneers of the use of radio and TV advertising, and I have spent some time collecting information on some of their involvement in this. Their print advertising was also interesting, with wide use of competition prizes. The variable nature of their watches is explained by the existence of several distinct lines, ranging from the very ordinary to the really very good - but all under the Helbros name, which explains the caution some collectors feel about the brand. If anyone has relevant photos they would allow me to use in the post, please do contact me. I'd also be very interested in additional information or corrections. Thanks!
  12. Hi All I have recently inherited a Badollet pocket watch and I am wondering what approximate age it is. (For some reason, the forum is not allowing me to upload pictures.) It Has a Badollet movement and the case has LFB stamp on it with the code i038i stamped bust below it. The case is extremely ornately designed with a very intricate face and it has a key for which to wind it up. It looks like it is silver plated. Does anyone by any chance know what approximate age and value this is? Unfortunately, it is missing the minute hand and the glass that is supposed to cover the face. Thank You Matt
  13. 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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    Services Despatch Rider

    Can anyone tell me where I might get a Services Despatch Rider repaired in the UK. Many watchmakers are reluctant to touch a watch of this age with a pin - set movement. Thanks
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    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.
  16. I recently joined the forum to try to learn a bit about something that has been itch for some time but has become more of a passion now, watches, more particularly mechanical watches as opposed to the electrically powered quartz watches. I have a Roamer Sam Marino which from some googling and reading around the forum seems to have been produced in small numbers, my ultimate aim with this watch is to bring it back to as near to it's new condition as I can unless it is better to leave it as is. I have owned this watch from new and its had a hard life over the years and so know its history so far as it was a present for a significant milestone in 1976 so I'm pretty sure it was built around that time. I know that the crown was replaced with a plain one in its early years by the jeweler it was purchased from as the blue cabouchon fell out of the original crown. A metal wrist band was fitted by the same person at a later date, badly from what I can see as it has damaged the plating on the inside of at least one of the lugs. What I know of the watch is that marked in the rear case is the following number 487-8230.813 which should be Caliber number - 487 This is actually 7001 Case info 8 particularly flat cases to house the Peseux movements Case material 23 20 micron yellow gold 0 unknown usually 0 or 9 Style 813 The watch runs and keeps reasonable time but I have not checked it to any great accuracy, I would like to replace the plain crown with an original if possible, however when I opened the back to check the caliber number I noted that the stem at the outer end where the crown is fitted is rusted. Are new stems & crowns available ? I have looked at the cousins site and can find stems and crowns that would suit, but will they fit as my watch isn't listed but the caliber is. Is it a sensible move to replace both the and not bother with the old parts ? I would also like to replace the crystal or at least purchase a replacement in case the original is damaged during removal as I intend to clean up the case to evaluate its overal condition before I make any further decisions about how far to go. How do I identify the correct crystal as I have been unable to find any specific detail on any of the sites by googling, is there a reference site I can look up ? I can also see a small area at 12 oclock where there seems to be a small area of laquer lifting is this a common issue, is it easy to repair or is it best left alone? Sorry for the long post and many questions,b ut I suspect this may be the start of a long journey and learning curve for me. I will post some closer pictures shortly.
  17. I I have inherited a clock from my grandfather it is numbered with 253247 made by smiths of London and I was woundering if any one knew the history behind the clock it’s pretty heavy so don’t think it’s a car clock and in not bad condition I don’t know how to add a pic
  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 Daniel Stewart as designer, and in 1935 it was noted that he had been with Brook & Son for 42 years. Following Alexander's death in 1908, the firm passed to his son, William, who died in 1941. Hamilton & Inches have resided at 87 George Street since 1952 and the founders would almost certainly have known Brook & Son. I'm not sure whether the Brook & Son Company was consumed by H&I. The Brook & Son name and address looks like it could have been engraved by the same person who engraved some of the Hamilton & Inches pocket watches I have seen elsewhere on this forum. The casing has a London hallmark with an 1888 date letter. The "RB" sponsors mark is possibly that of Richard Macaire Ball who was a specialist watch case maker. He was born in 1820 in Clerkenwell, London and was the son of Richard John Ball, also a watch case maker. I have not been able to find another photo of the same sponsors mark or links to any other watch cases he made. I would be interested to find out further information about Brook & Son and Richard Macaire Ball, if he was actually the case maker. Thanks, Richard
  19. Hi all, First post so apologies if it's a boring question! I recently inherited a very smart Omega Geneve and wondered about its history. It was given to my grandfather by one of the bosses of Harrods in honour of his 35 years service working in security there. It was on a very worn and tired black leather strap which I've had swapped out for a nice new brown one (managed to get the original links moved across which was a nice touch). A few Google searches suggest there were a couple of models of the Geneve, mine likely being a later one. I just wondered if any of you kind people recognised it and knew a rough year, movement, and any other interesting facts or recommendations. I have tried to attach a photograph, but likely c*cked it up. In other news I tried on an Omega Seamaster 300 (previous model), and a PO today.....anyone want to buy a kidney?! Many thanks Dan (newbie watch enthusiast)
  20. Hello Forum; Tim here - new member, so please forgive me if I haven't approached this query the correct way!! I have been bequeathed an "OMEGA Seamaster Cosmic 2000" wrist watch, and I am looking for any documentation / instruction manuals that may be available for this particular timepiece. It is a very early 1970's model, purchased in Switzerland. (We think 1972 or thereabouts) If anyone has this information available and is willing to share it with me (or point me to where I would find it) it would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks; Tim. (Victoria, Australia.
  21. anyone know anything about Rogelin Watch Co.?......this looks 1950s?1960s?.......felsa 690 movement.....good ticker for its age @Always"watching" ? any ideas?....you seem to be the "go to" chap for obscure brands
  22. just missed out bidding on this unbranded 50s? watch .......liked the aesthetic but was too miserly to go above £20....you've heard of buyers remorse......well think i have bidders remorse now......lol....what d'you think? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-1950s-Mid-Size-Mechanical-Gents-Bracelet-Watch/254106361977
  23. After oh so many videos in which the host TALKS about a historic watch while showing us the rather uninspiring modern derivation, this video actually shows us the originals. In EXQUISITE macro shot detail. Simply lovely. Featured Watches: Heuer Carrera 1153 Heuer Bundeswehr 1550 SG Heuer Monaco 1133G
  24. i have these 2 ralco watches (movement signed ralco 15j).....neither is signed on the face but have identical movements......anyone any idea of appx. date (1940s? 50s?)....and is it true that ralco have an association with movado?......both keep excellent time.....one after a tweak by simon 2......also only 28mm across the face......ladies or gents?..... any info welcome
  25. 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!
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