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The watch thread: pocket, wrist, sporty, showy? You name it!

Discussion in 'off topic' started by windhoek, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    My Aqua Terra. About 20 years old and due a service

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  2. julesd68

    julesd68 pfm Member

    That's made me miss my old Aqua Terra even more! :(

    Any idea where you will get it serviced?
  3. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    My Planet Ocean is currently being serviced by Omega UK or Switzerland. Chasing it now after 3 1/2 months away. Apparently servicing times are very long and if watches have to go to Switzerland it can be up to 40 weeks which frankly, is taking the piss. I will be checking on UK non-official options for the Aqua-Terra.
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  4. Somafunk

    Somafunk pfm Member

    Do you not get a loaner watch to use in the meantime whilst it is away for servicing?, if not that’s piss poor service. If I drop my car off for servicing I expect to be given a substitute till my car is returned.
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  5. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

  6. shrink

    shrink pfm Member

    Except you don't need a watch to get to work, or drop your kids off at school. I think it would take a fair stretch of the imagination to assume that a swiss watch was in any way a life essential ;)

    That said, I have sent a few off and usually got them back within 8-10 weeks
  7. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I'll bung you a Casio F91 or similar for the fees they are charging for service. Sod it, a Casio Duro at $60 or so, if you want dive capability. Why not? Actually, I know why not. If the average expensive watch buyer walked around with a Duro for a couple of weeks they might start to question where their £4k and £500 services is going.
  8. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    I have a Daytona, a Tag F1, a G-Shock, and an F91. And a fake F91! Every time I wear my Daytona, I’m reminded why I bought it.
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  9. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Amen with the GMT-Master. The love affair that started on the rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva in December 1975 continues to this day.
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  10. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

  11. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Came across this by accident and found it rather interesting:

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  12. bazza.

    bazza. pfm Member

    Put this little Seiko mod together for a client the other day

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  13. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Nice, what's the spec on that one Bazza? 7s26 and skx007 base?
  14. bazza.

    bazza. pfm Member

    The guy had a modified SK007 and one of his friends really liked it and asked me if I could make something similar
    So I got a new Seiko 5 (NH35) on a bracelet and ordered the parts and swapped out the chapter ring for a brushed alloy one
    Replace the crystal with a gorgeous thick Sapphire and got a stunning bezel instead and then spent so time regulating it.

    Then using the equipment at Uni pressure tested it , this bit of kit costs well over 6k
  15. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Very nice. I like the modern versions of the S5s. IIRC, the NH 35 is the new 7s26, is that right? If so, it's pretty much bulletproof. I've got a 7s 26 on my wrist now that's 8 years old and has stopped very infrequently in that time. It's a great machine.
  16. bazza.

    bazza. pfm Member

    Yeah its an updated 7S26, you can now hand wind it plus it also has a hacking function (stops the second hand when the crown is pulled out)
    They are hit and miss from the factory when it comes to time keeping but if you know what your doing you can regulated pretty well

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  17. John Phillips

    John Phillips pfm Member

    Did you also check how well is it adjusted to have the rate reasonably constant in the six orientations? That's where my two Seikos (a 7S26 and a 6R15) seem to not be that great.

    My 6R15 is actually rather well regulated with regular daily use, but is pretty variable if I don't wear it for the same time each day.
  18. bazza.

    bazza. pfm Member

    Yep and then I left it on a test rig for 24 hours John ,
    I had a 6R15 in my SARB035 and had to regulate that one but the 6R15 in my Seiko Great Blue Hole SPB083
    Spot on from day one in fact it was even better than my SLA023 with its 8L35.
    unfortunately its always hit and miss with Seiko I find

    PS i stripped this down yesterday for a client its a rare bumper style automatic movement

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  19. seyles

    seyles Retired Child

    Arrived today…
    My first Seiko Modified watch, not done by me, bought it modded.
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  20. davidjt

    davidjt pfm Member

    In case it helps anyone here with an Omega, I spent a small fortune having my 1958 Seamaster 600 repaired by Luxury Watch Repairs. It had been losing 5 minutes per day before it finally stopped altogether a while ago. Had it not been of sentimental value I'd have considered it not worth the outlay. When I eventually got it back it was at least working again, but still losing 5 minutes. So the much vaunted post-repair 'thorough test by our specialists' (which they insist was actually carried out) failed to reveal that it wasn't keeping time....which makes someone either a liar or an incompetent.
    It's now being repaired (adjusted?) under guarantee. Very, very slowly.

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