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hotmog

A bit of green this way comes

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For the past few years, my watch collection has remained static. It numbered five – two Breitlings (Shark & SO autos), a Sinn 856, Damasko DA36 and a Speedbird III. They seemed an elegant sufficiency, fulfilling all my horological needs. I didn’t want for any more, nor was I tempted to flip.

Then, last September, I managed to bag the last Bulova Military UHF in stock at Argos Kingston for £57 in their clearance sale. It was an impulse buy, having seen the “heads up” thread that very morning . At that price, how could I resist? It remains my only quartz watch, but is phenomenally accurate having gained just 1 second in the 3 months up to Christmas.

All well & good. No more incomings planned. That was until the Saturday before last.

What happened? Quite by accident I happened across a report suggesting that Seiko were discontinuing their SARB line amongst others. Now I had always had a vague hankering for the 017 Alpinist, but never a strong enough reason to commit. All my watches have black dials, but green is my favourite colour, and I’ll never own an LV…

Out of mild curiosity, I monitored sales of the two main “Irish” based sellers’ on eBay during the course of that evening. They were both still showing “more than 10 available”, when I turned in at 11:30pm, but the number each had sold that day was getting on for 100. Clearly the news had got around fast.

Next morning, I looked again. With some alarm, I discovered that the first of the “Irish” sellers had now completely sold out. The second had just 7 left… I hit the BIN button.

Well, it seems I got in just in time. Since then, although their stock has been replenished, the price has been going up and up (although there’s been some stabilisation over the last day or so).

I decided to order a Strapcode Angus Jubilee bracelet with submariner clasp to replace the stock strap of ill-repute.

The watch arrived yesterday – stunning! The bracelet, today – superb! Together, a truly wonderful combination. No regrets. If you're wavering, don't. Bag one now while you still can! :thumbs_up:

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Lovely watches i have one and it's a keeper, looks very nice on the jubilee  keep promising myself one ,not sure about that clasp though. 

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Haha same here, considered getting the Alpinist in the past but didn't, then heard the discontinued news and have ordered one. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm considering putting it on a yellow suede strap when it does...

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5 minutes ago, GASHEAD said:

Haha same here, considered getting the Alpinist in the past but didn't, then heard the discontinued news and have ordered one. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm considering putting it on a yellow suede strap when it does...

Still waiting for mine to be despatched.

I won’t be surprised if I get an email refunding the money because they sold a tonne of watches they didn’t have...

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As others have said, a lovely timepiece. :yes:

I deliberated on my purchase far longer than any other acquisition but the beguiling little blighter got me in the end. 

I'm happy to say!

Enjoy yours in good health. :thumbsup:

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love the Sinn & Damasko choices; theyre just so perfect, understated, underestimated and to most, unknown... perfect!

 

I don't own a greeny but this seems more green than it looks somehow....

 

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I really like that watch but I cannot understand why I haven't bought one...

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2 minutes ago, Biker said:

I really like that watch but I cannot understand why I haven't bought one...

I suffered from the same condition for some considerable time...

Healed now!

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Beautiful watch, looks great on that bracelet as well as the leather strap. I think it's going to be one of those nagging things down the years... "why did I never get an Alpinist"....?

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On 08/03/2018 at 14:29, GASHEAD said:

Mine has arrived and she's gorgeous!

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Excellent strap choice! Really complements the gold tones and contrasting green.

 

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Mine has arrived and she's gorgeous!
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Congratulations! Mine came recently too. However the compass is very slightly misaligned. But I can live with it.

Ps I need that strap! Let me know where you got it from! Perfect colour combination

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VERY nice:thumbs_up:.I have never seen this model with either the bracelet shown or that lovely gold tone leather strap; both combinations really suit the watch well:thumbsup:

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2 hours ago, Sway said:

Congratulations! Mine came recently too. However the compass is very slightly misaligned. But I can live with it.

Ps I need that strap! Let me know where you got it from! Perfect colour combination emoji106.png

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That's what the lower crown is for - unlike the winding crown it's not a screw down one, so any slight movement of that crown against the wrist will cause the inner compass ring to move slightly.

It's not a bug, it's a feature! :laugh:

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12 minutes ago, hotmog said:

That's what the lower crown is for - unlike the winding crown it's not a screw down one, so any slight movement of that crown against the wrist will cause the inner compass ring to move slightly.

It's not a bug, it's a feature! :laugh:

It's quite a cool feature on a watch with the name Alpinist, but not one most owners, if any, will ever use. I've spent quite a lot of times on various mountains, and can't think of any occasion the compass feature would have been of real use. Still, it makes a nice party trick on a sunny day.

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That's what the lower crown is for - unlike the winding crown it's not a screw down one, so any slight movement of that crown against the wrist will cause the inner compass ring to move slightly.
It's not a bug, it's a feature!
Sorry, I meant on my Alpinist. When I have north adjusted to 12 dead center. The south is ever so slightly misaligned to the 6.
But the watch this gentleman has doesn't seem to have that issue.
I wish they made the crown for the inner compass a but stiffer, but its still a fantastic watch!

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On 06/03/2018 at 20:36, hotmog said:

Strapcode Angus Jubilee bracelet with submariner clasp

I really like that bracelet, going to see if I can get something similar to replace rubber strap on one of mine.

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