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  1. Okay so last year I took some time off from watches to focus on other things and recently got back into it. I've decided to start "flipping" watches on the side which means I get all the fun of finding, buying and giving a little TLC without the hoarding! I will resist talking money as I do not think it fair when the plan is to sell on, but obviously the aim of the game is to "buy low, sell high" so all are bought at a fairly low price tag for one reason or another (e.g. low 'buy it now' price or lack of details etc) Anyway, without further adoo: Sicura Chronograph: Man I loved this! Really weighty piece, in great condition, with a really "basic" movement in the back. Was a non-runner and I was unsure if investing in a service would be as profitable. One I may regret having sold one day! Roamer Brevete This was a super cool watch I took in as part of a job lot. It ran very fast but was still nice to wear and somewhat interesting lugs and dial. Probably would have held onto it if it kept time. New strap: Erlana - 15J Jura Watch Co. Movement A really nice watch with a surprise Jura Watch Co. Movement in the back. I'd love to know more to the history about both brands - the engravings in the back are a mystery to me and I wish I could find out more. Its a super quality piece that keeps great time, just a shame no-one wants to pay much for an unknown brand. It is certainly on par if not better than a lot of popular, more budget swiss brands. Rodine - 17J Automatic Elbon Movement Awesome little automatic which came to me with a horrible knackered black strap and scratches all over. I gave it a polish up and new strap and it is really looking the part. Runs well but too fast (not as fast as the Roamer mind you). Has an automatic Elbon movement in the back. Before: Medana 7J This is one that has surprised me - I did not expect to love it so much despite it not working! As such I've since hiked the price up on eBay to make it unlikely to sell - didn't want to annoy watchers by taking it down altogether as well as incur a fee. I'd really like to find a cheap working one to "frankenstein" as a service will never be cost effective for this. It's tiny but fits my skinny wrists perfectly and the leather strap is very similar to my 1940s Rolex but in amazing condition. I believe this to be circa 1940s so make me wonder if both straps are in fact of the era or at least very old! Certainly a watch I'd like to hold onto but should it get bought for the higher price I will refrain from getting too upset :P One thing I do regret is polishing the back (can't bring myself to share a photo!) - I really overdid but luckily after wearing it a bit it is settling down a bit. Certina This one I took a bit of a gamble on. Photos were blurry but the price seemed somewhat low for what I'd seen. The case has certainly seen better days but the movement looks clean and runs spot on. I'm unsure of how well this will sell for given the condition. Likely to put it up for sale in the following months when I get some quality but low-price straps in that I ordered.
  2. Hello everyone, Who and What My name is Dean, and while I am unfamiliar with the mechanics of watches, I do enjoy owning them and where else to learn more about watches that to join a forum dedicated to watch fanatics like myself? I am new to this forum, as is obvious, and the reason I have joined is because I need guidance from well-informed members who can educate me in my quest to produce a Wikipedia article on the Sicura watch brand. I often contribute to Wikipedia and have been contracted to produce articles for organisations. Therefore I am familiar with structure, language and research required to produce an article for Wikipedia. Why I am here I have taken a personal interest with Sicura and I am keen to develop an article on this interesting watch brand. However, there is barely any information on this watch brand and I can only go so far in my own research. Which brings me to you... If you are familiar with the history and anything related to the Sicura, please do post your knowledge, and if you have references to support the statements, they would be greatly appreciated. ANYTHING is useful. What I know and the 'Sicura by Breitling' controversy The knowledge I have already gained so far from browsing these forums on this watch brand is that it has a complicated relationship with the Breitling - which is why I have included Breitling in my tags. I recognize they are two separate brands entirely, and before Ernest Schneider purchased the Breitling brand in 1979, Sicura was in its entirety completely separate. But as far as in-depth knowledge, I do not know anything else about the watch other than what can be explained in the short draft of what I already have. Further points and Extra info I think making an article on Sicura not only makes an accessible database of information that will be more clearly available to the public, I think it will serve to educate people on its Breitling-relationship more clearly, and in turn, disrupt false advertising often found in vintage auctions of the watches. I have no access to books on watches that mention the brand and databases such as Jstor, my university library resources have helped little, if at all. I presume that most knowledge behind Sicura may unfortunately come from Breitling texts, but these are still hugely useful, as reliable resources are severely lacking on Sicura. E.g. most website links that have good information on Sicura are 'blogs' which unfortunately has no credibility when used as references. However, I am interested in where they got that information from as the source obviously can be referenced. If you have pictures of your own Sicura watch, and you would be happy to have them featured on the article, please do contact me. My short draft on the introduction to Sicura: """" Sicura (officially Montres Sicura SA or simply Sicura SA) was a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer based in Granges, Switzerland.[1] Originally founded in 1938,[2] its early historical origins are relatively unknown, and the earliest known record of the company can be found in the Swiss Handelsregister from 2 May 1955 (refneeded). During this time, it was owned and headed by Théodore Sfaellos and shortly after by his son-in-law Ernest Frédéric Schneider after the former's passing in early 1960. By 1975, Sicura had four watch assembly factories, a case factory and a jewel factory.[2] In 1977 Sicura began producing its first quartz watches. In April 1979, Ernest Schneider purchased the Breitling and Navitimer brand and several watch models from Willy Breitling,[3][4] merging them with the Sicura brand before eventually changing the company name, Montres Sicura AG, to Breitling AG on 29 November, 1993. Although Breitling-branded watches were briefly produced under Montres Sicura AG before the company was renamed, the brands had no direct relationship with one another and are considered separate; ironically, watches branded Sicura are often falsely advertised in vintage auctions as "Sicura by Breitling". """" ( link to my sandbox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Imp_dean/sandbox ) -Disclaimer: expect in some areas that language and structure may be muddled and I implore you to correct me on my own history, mistakes in language etc as I want to create this article with your help. **** Overall, I need your help in developing a Wikipedia article on the watch brand Sicura. **** Look forward to hearing from you all!
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    Sean

    Hi there. Looking for some advice from ones more knowledgeable than myself. I recently turned 30 and have threatened treating myself to a decent timepiece for years. But now it comes to buying one I'm struggling to decide. I ideally want one that won't absolutely haemorrhage money once purchased and maybe even one for a sound investment for the future. So looking for some suggestions or even warnings of what to avoid. Willing to push upto 6k mark at the very most at the time being. For a bit of context the watches I like at the moment are:- Bretling Superocean Heritage II Rolex GMT master, black/blue bezel Omega speedmaster Omega Seamaster planet ocean 600m Open to any suggestions or advice.
  4. Hey guys I’ve recently come into procession of a breitling (in desperate need of repair) and I have no idea if it is real. The movement seemed pretty legit looking through the Skelton circle. I’ve never seen a breitling in person so can’t tell if it feels real. I think I would know a fake Omega as the speedys are my everyday but with Breitling I’ve only ever read and seen pictures so I don’t feel qualified to determine if it’s real or not. Unfortunaly the hands have come off and I don’t know if it’s worth a lengthy journey to a repair centre if it’s not even real. Is there anyone who could offer there knowledge? I have pictures and videos but I can’t find a way to upload them (new to this forum) thank you guys
  5. Hi, I purchased a second-hand 2012 Breitling Superocean from a London watch dealer back in June last year. I have had no problems with this watch in fact I have been very pleased with my purchase, up until last week when I went to put my watch on in the morning (I never wear it to bed) and noticed that the face of the watch had turned within the case slightly. After a few hours the face had turned nearly 180 degrees in the case. I contacted the dealer I purchased it from and they suggested it had probably been caused by a knock or drop, and will result in the watch being to returned to Breitling for repair. This leaves me slightly confused as I am certain that this is not the case. This watch is very dear to me and I look after it very carefully - I saved for sometime and waited in excess of 6 months to find a model that I liked. Has anybody else had any similar problems as me - and any ideas on a resolution?
  6. They seems to have good reviews on trustpilot https://www.trustpilot.com/review/watchesofmayfair.com and real shop in London https://watchesofmayfair.com/about-us but their prices are kind of too low.
  7. 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!
  8. Guys, asking for a friend. He has a Breiting Navitimer World (date at 3 O'clock if that makes a difference), and looking to buy a genuine bracelet, it's currently on a croc strap. If anyone has one, please let me know and I will put you in touch, otherwise, where is the best place to buy one other than direct if it's possible? he thinks the model is 24322, but he's blind and couldn't confirm until he gets home to check with a magnifying glass. Cos
  9. Right then, I'm finally about to do it! I've wanted to get a Navitimer for a long time now, and now have the pennies saved up to pull the trigger. I have decided on a 43mm standard Navitimer with a black face, B01 movement, and either a bracelet or a strap + deployment. But what strap option to choose! At first I thought I wanted just a tang buckle calf strap, but then I wore a bracelet, and it was on another level or any other bracelet I have worn or seen in the flesh. BUT, I also think a black leather strap look very refined and classy. I will be using this as my daily wearer watch to work - where I wear suit every day, and cant help think the leather is a bit more refined and classy (given Breitling are pretty bling in any format). If you were going to get a leather strap, would you get calf or croc? I thought the black croc was very subtle, but would it look a bit formal with a t shirt and jeans? I'm pretty set on a deployment clasp - I'm a nightmare for dropping watches when doing up a tang buckle. I have managed to negotiate quite a good deal on the watch, and if I wanted to buy a strap/bracelet after in addition. I can buy it on a bracelet and buy a strap/deployment later or buy it on a strap/deployment and buy a bracket later for only an extra £85 overall. I need to just bite the bullet and make my mind up - tell me what to do! What did you do when faced with too many options?
  10. I'm considering buying either a Breitling Transocean 1461 or a Zenith El Primero 410. My problem is that I like them both but I have only been 'authorised' by the wife to buy one. Which one should I go for?
  11. I baught a "Breitling" in a fleemarket recently for 30 Kr (4$) all the 4 buttons were totally jammed but with something like dry tar but it was ticking. After cleaning with ultrasound and SUN dishwasher powderI got the buttons working again. The buttons 2,4 and 10 gives a function but the 8 button gives no functionality, what should be the function ? I can´t get any sound/chime out of it, is it some trick to put the sound/chime on? Anyone have a usermanual for this Watch ? Picture see link http://s173.photobucket.com/user/lennartlennart/media/BreitlingMinutRepeater_zpsi4fgboqm.jpg.html?filters[user]=143709430&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
  12. ....hello GSOM: What a great addition to the collection. The Breitlings weren't getting worn much and I've always loved the GSOM. It's much more formal than the DSOM and its fairly understated too. Never thought I'd trade any watches again but if they're not being worn then no point in keeping them.
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