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  • IvanDobski
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    It’ll go fine, for years.

    neilnevill
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    But if cared for with occasional cleaning and conditioning it will go on for ever.

    IvanDobski
    Free Member

    But then I wouldn’t need to buy a new one and where’s the fun in that!?

    Kryton57
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    Interesting debate.  Of course I wouldn’t pick a leather strapped watch for diving into a pool with, but my particular case was of a beater with a not expensive strap.   I might wear it, and if the strap deteriorates get  another non expensive strap, but I’m struggling to see the cost /mental effort justification for a pick up and go beater.  As I said, it could just be me though, and I do find the baltany strap nice to wear.

    boblo
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    Aye, I’m more a metal and rubber fetishist than leather. I’ve an alligator jobbie on a Chronomat Evolution and it looks nice but I wouldn’t want leather on something I wear a lot. I sweat for England and it wouldn’t last 5 mins…


    @relapsed_mandalorian
    I have a couple of nixon watches that need new glass…wondered where you were getting your nixon done?


    @luckydog
    Just had a quote back from the Watch Lab, £100 for glass replacement, including a service and battery replacement. The other two were kind enough to reply and pointing out I didn’t read their site closely, they only support certain brands.

    Nixon quoted me £300, but thats because I think they were going to replace the whole watch.

    Kryton57
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    Thought I try the leather again based on the comments above…

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    I like that strap, classy and understated. 🤌

    Kryton57
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    Hmm yes, its a bit more “smart casual” than the Nato.   I guess this is the beauty of straps though, 5 mins effort an its on the Nato ready for more cumbersome use.

    Still V impressed at these watches for the money.

    Still V impressed at these watches for the money.

    CWC styling for a fraction of the price, what’s not to love? Got a good G10 issued watch vibe. Think I might have an old issue grey NATO strap somewhere.

    luckydog
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    @relapsed_mandalorian thanks – I’ll contact them about mine…nixon still haven’t replied

    ElShalimo
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    @scapegoat – nice strap, do you have a link to the eBay shop?

    Scapegoat
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    Here you go. Mine was the dark brown vintage calf leather one. It was 20mm with an 18mm buckle so the baltany signed  buckle swapped over without fuss.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/belvederewatchstraps?_trksid=p4429486.m3561.l2563

    ElShalimo
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    Thanks @Scapegoat

    Kryton57
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    Thanks +1, I need a replacement for the shiny & stiff cocktail time strap.

    boblo
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    Well this turned up a few minutes ago. Is this the new STW economy Seamaster fetish? Oh, and it’s actually not very big but makes my wrist look like a pipe cleaner (tho I normally wear a Fenix Pro which is huuuuge)…

    neilnevill
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    No,  because it won’t be very accurate.

    What size is it? Seiko only do two sizes of sports watch,  massive and humongous.

    Looks great though,  I really like the orange

    boblo
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    It’s 42mm – I think. But not very thick, unlike the owner…

    It’s gotta be accurate at least twice a day, tho it still says 20 to 2…

    It’s currently hidden in the gear cupboard ready for the ‘this old thing?’ big reveal cum row 🤣

    neilnevill
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    Really!? Seiko do thin sports watch skocker. Blimey.  I’m poor on remembering the different seikos,  it’s it a baby marine master case?  Looks about the right shape

    boblo
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     it’s it a baby marine master case

    IDK much about it. The specs say 12.5mm thick if that helps? I only bought it cos some twit (you know who you are 🙃) up there ^ posted a pic of one and I liked it. I still like it in the flesh which is the acid test pour moi 👍

    IHN
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    Slightly random question, but does anyone own/has anyone owned a Bulova Accutron? I’ve got an apparently significant birthday coming up and I’m being asked for ideas for a pressie. I’ve got a vague idea of getting a watch from the year I was born, and a quick search throws up some Accutrons. Whilst I’m very much a handwound/automatic, not quartz, kinda guy, they’re pretty cool as a concept, so I’m pondering…

    derek_starship
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    @IHN – I had an Omega Constellation F300 Hz.

    This has a tuning fork movement like the Bulova you mentioned.

    I loved owning it as it was stunning and an interesting piece due to the movement.

    The only problem is spares and repairs if things go wrong.  There was one guy I used for this and he badly injured his hand of all things and couldn’t work for ages. I’m not sure he returned to servicing them or if he fully recovered.

    If you get one, don’t put your arm under you pillow in bed as you will hear the tuning fork humming way!

    tthew
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    Oh, I like that! 😍

    Murray
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    I’ve got my dad’s Accutron. It’s a nice watch but servicing is a pain. Last repair I used this guy in the US https://mybob.net/ Repair was good but he did manage to send the wrong watch back – all sorted at his expense in the end

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    beej
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    NWD!

    Ordered Dec 2022…

    CW Bel Canto.

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    Kryton57
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    Oh lovely, I want to see – and hear – one of those IRL for the experience one day.

    beej
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    It goes “ding!”

    Wally
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    I have also read about early quartz being steadily harder to get parts for.

    catfood
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    There’s great video review of the CW Bel Canto by Andrew Morgan of Watchfinder.

    boblo
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    @beej Are you saving up for the face? 😁

    futonrivercrossing
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    I have a couple of omega f300, skin diver and a Lobster, I’d post up,some pictures if I ever work out how to do it 🤷‍♂️

    neilnevill
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    Congratulations on the nel canto!


    @boblo
    come on,  hoes your 6r15 doing? Did you get lucky?

    CountZero
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    That Seiko of Boblo’s is a direct reference to the MarineMaster 300, quite possibly my favourite design of Seiko Diver. The original has a Monocoque case, so access to the movement is only through the crystal, which makes repairs and servicing a bit of an issue…

    It’s got my favourite style of hands, and I like the ‘traffic light’ seconds hand – the orange on the bezel is a nice touch too. It’s also 200m water-resistant, so a proper diver, which the SKX series were, which is why they were so popular; a budget priced dive watch that encouraged the huge expansion in customisation my owners.

    Speaking of which, this appeared on my radar the other day, and I thought it might appeal to a few here, there’s six variations, it retails for around $429, and unusually it’s compatible with SKX007 bezels, inserts and crystals, so some scope for customisation.

    The Spec-Packed Yet Affordable Islander Northport Dive Watches Remain A Fan Favorite

    Kryton57
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    With the greatest respect to the individuals that’s two within several posts that really grate on me:

    Andrew Morgan of Watchfinder

    ….has a very cliched voice-over voice IMO and Mark from Long Island watch often appears wearing two watches, has a hard to listen to “New Yoik” style voice and constantly promotes his own stuff.

    Still, that’s my intolerant problem not theirs.

    boblo
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    @boblo come on, hoes your 6r15 doing? Did you get lucky?

    Errm well, Errm, shuffle etc. It’s still in its box in the gear cupboard as I’m away ATM. I did mess about with it the other day and concluded I really don’t like the fabric strap so thankfully it also comes with a silicone one so I’ll try that.

    Accuracy to follow but I’m not expecting great things. Spec says +15/-25 p/day IIRC (or mebbies the other way around) so a bit crap but hey ho.

    JAG
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    Spec says +15/-25 p/day IIRC

    I’ve always assumed this was an outcome created by the manufacturing process and only true if the watch/movement is untouched and left in the ‘as delivered’ condition.

    I have a theory that a bit of moderation by a Watch Repairer would probably reduce that day-to-day gain/loss considerably.

    Has anyone ever had one adjusted by a Watch Repairer or done it themselves?

    w00dster
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    Nightmare day today! Made an offer on a watch this weekend while on holiday. Was accepted and all good….

    But I don’t really use eBay so my details were all out of date. Im moving into a new flat in early March so girlfriend says to use her address for delivery….

    I put the wrong address in to the delivery on eBay , correct post code, but put Lane instead of Road. Everything else was correct but it’s now being returned back to sender. Tried ringing the PO DO where its been sent back to, just an automated message with no way of getting through to a human.

    Let’s hope he gets it safely! I’ve offered to pay the postage again once he gets it back. Sinn 104 ST SA. Same as this one…

    https://www.firstclasswatches.co.uk/sinn-104-st-sa-a-classic-pilot-watch-dark-brown-vintage-leather-104011-bl50202002007125401a-p-42154

    breatheeasy
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    and unusually it’s compatible with SKX007 bezels, inserts and crystals, so some scope for customisation.

    Speaking of which, and without plodding thru 200 plus pages of this thread, anyone done any modding of watches (presumably Seiko). Kinda want to have a play and find out how all the bits fit togther (not down to pulling movements apart though). Looking around I’m likely just to build a Seiko in my favourite colourways, but it looks a cool thing to try out for a relative (in watch world) money…

    Saccades
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    @count zero, strictly speaking SKX watches are not proper divers watches apart from a select few (like the skx007/009), the SKX031 for instance is not a proper diver. I’m not 100% on the naming thru the years but to know it meets iso spec it currently needs “divers 200m” written on it, or 300m or whatever depth.

    As for modding there is a massive resource out there using non-seiko parts (everything from case to dials), which is way cheaper than OEM Seiko stuff, usually now the only Seiko biut you get is a NH movement.

    neilnevill
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    Yes seiko can be regulated,  they are finicky though or so I read.

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