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Done it! Used Fine Watch Club as recommended by @FEASG. I asked him to change the strap and send me a couple of photos to be sure, which he did and included the original one as well.
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Done it! Used Fine Watch Club as recommended by @FEASG. I asked him to change the strap and send me a couple of photos to be sure, which he did and included the original one as well.
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I looked at a few of their watches - a lot seemed to have repainted dials. Would this not affect the value?
 
Well, I collected all me stamps, bottle tops and empties and have purchased a rotary "Sherlock Holmes" watch.
Ok, it's a quartz cheapy, but it's got a decent appearance, is stainless steel and has no jerky big second hand to betray the quartz movement. If you ever get a dress watch and want to hide that, don't get a quartz with a big second hand. Small sub dials hide that too.
Now, I reckon it can be dressed up with a good quality strap to look vintage

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endure

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Well, I collected all me stamps, bottle tops and empties and have purchased a rotary "Sherlock Holmes" watch.
Ok, it's a quartz cheapy, but it's got a decent appearance, is stainless steel and has no jerky big second hand to betray the quartz movement. If you ever get a dress watch and want to hide that, don't get a quartz with a big second hand. Small sub dials hide that too.
Now, I reckon it can be dressed up with a good quality strap to look vintage

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Rotary doing a bit of design pilfering there ;-)

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Rotary doing a bit of design pilfering there ;-)
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Eh ? Never ! :p

@W21A - there is such a movement - Unitas 6497 - used in Pocket watches and some very up market watches eg Panerai as well as some cheaper ones. Can be considerably fettled to make for avery good timekeeping.
 

I know I have an american passport now: But, what is it with fcuking Americans always trying to come up with a new idea for a well abused, tried, and tested piece of kit and method.

I really burst someones bubble on a motorcycle forum I visit. Again, an American chap, he was twaddling on about the NATO strap and how the US had invented it wayyyyyyyyy back when, and how he had always worn one, the only strap he used, since his days in 'Nam, back in the mid-60's. I pointed out that it had been developed by the British MoD and first came on issue in the early 70's.
 
I have had an extremely difficult experience with chrono24, please feel free to PM me for more details.

Alamo - looks like a great choice of watch. Ref servicing, I have owned this model of Omega Seamaster since 2012 (post-Afghanistan pressie) and haven't had it serviced once. Don't know if that proves anything ref the non-requirement for Omegas to be serviced iaw the published schedule, which I have read about before on other watch interest websites.

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Dave, I have a Rolex Sub, had it since '87. About 6 years ago I was lolloping around in the pool on holiday, looked at my watch for the time and thought, "strange, why is there water in my watch".

Panic!! Got it off to a local Watchmaker/repairer the next day, a non-franchised bloke who deals in 2nd hand Rolex and similar. He had some very good reviews in the web so I thought I would give him a go. The moment I got to the office he whipped off the back of the watch and got a hair dryer on it.

I had never had my watch serviced, why would I need to. Simples. As I found out when being given the opportunity to look at the various working under a BFO magnifier the reason these type of watches are waterproof is because of titchy tiny rubber type gaskets. Over time they rot and then, like mine, water gets in. Also when they do a service they oil the bearing surfaces, I am talking a microscopic nano particle sized drop of oil - thats all it needs.

It is a pain, it is expensive, but once every 10, or so years it is worth getting a expensive piece serviced. Plenty of specialists out there that are cheaper than sending the watch off to the maker.
 
I know I have an american passport now: But, what is it with fcuking Americans always trying to come up with a new idea for a well abused, tried, and tested piece of kit and method.

I really burst someones bubble on a motorcycle forum I visit. Again, an American chap, he was twaddling on about the NATO strap and how the US had invented it wayyyyyyyyy back when, and how he had always worn one, the only strap he used, since his days in 'Nam, back in the mid-60's. I pointed out that it had been developed by the British MoD and first came on issue in the early 70's.
I worked with a septic who had served in ‘Nam as part of air Mobile. Apparently the Sekios were very popular as the were cheap as chips in the PX.

Worn with a jungle (doh!) strap or a Waffle (strap that is, not foodstuff)

Have a Waffle strap doing nothing if anyone is interested. Have to check the width.
 

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Dave, I have a Rolex Sub, had it since '87. About 6 years ago I was lolloping around in the pool on holiday, looked at my watch for the time and thought, "strange, why is there water in my watch".

Panic!! Got it off to a local Watchmaker/repairer the next day, a non-franchised bloke who deals in 2nd hand Rolex and similar. He had some very good reviews in the web so I thought I would give him a go. The moment I got to the office he whipped off the back of the watch and got a hair dryer on it.

I had never had my watch serviced, why would I need to. Simples. As I found out when being given the opportunity to look at the various working under a BFO magnifier the reason these type of watches are waterproof is because of titchy tiny rubber type gaskets. Over time they rot and then, like mine, water gets in. Also when they do a service they oil the bearing surfaces, I am talking a microscopic nano particle sized drop of oil - thats all it needs.

It is a pain, it is expensive, but once every 10, or so years it is worth getting a expensive piece serviced. Plenty of specialists out there that are cheaper than sending the watch off to the maker.

> It is a pain, it is expensive, but once every 10, or so years it is worth getting a expensive piece serviced. Plenty of specialists out there that are cheaper than sending the watch off to the maker.

Much like a BMW (etc.) once out of warranty why take it to an authorised dealer, and pay through the nose, when there are plenty of ex BMW techies out there.

What people don’t realise is that a mechanical watch does need wearing to keep the movement happy. And lubed, seals etc checked.

Someone much wiser than me once said ‘expect to pay more in servicing over the lifetime than for the timepiece itself’.

Apart from three G-Shocks have four mechanical watches, just love the movement.

Come servicing time, anyone need a 2nd hand kidney? a bit used.
 
I know I have an american passport now: But, what is it with fcuking Americans always trying to come up with a new idea for a well abused, tried, and tested piece of kit and method.


The best watchstrap related one I've seen was a septic chap showing his way to wear a 5-ring NATO/Zulu as a 3-ring one. After a big build up, he gave a demo. His method (and he was deadly serious) was to cut off the shorter strap...

To be fair, he did it in the most complicated way possible.
 

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