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Old 11th November 2019, 12:05   #1 (permalink)
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Around early 1982 I was working in the West End and using my cheap Casio digital watch to set up timing control panels when I smashed my watch against a metal frame. The watch was an essential part of my kit. At lunch time I went out to buy another watch but couldn't find any watch shops, as I wandered around I stumbled across the Lost Property Office in Baker St. With nothing to lose I went inside (Aladdin's Cave) the guy at the desk said watches were a bit of a rarity but he rummaged through his draw filled with rings, keys, key fobs and othe small items. He told me there were no digital watches in there only one analog watch. I indicated for him to show me the watch as anything would be better than nothing. What he handed me was an Omega Speedmaster MK IV. I looked at it longingly but told him it would be too expensive for what I wanted but asked the price anyway. You could have knocked me down with a feather when he said £20.
I wore the watch constantly for twenty years, at work or out for the evening I even wore it when swimming. Many people over the years have offered my lots of money for it but it was worth more to me. However on year I was wearing it in the Aegean and got water in it. When I got back to England I took it into a watch repairers who charged me £130 to fix it but it never ran properly after that. So began its long stay in the draw.
Several watches later I dug it out and wound it and began wearing it, every now and then it would stop but the day is more interest to me than the exact time I would reset it and carry on. Recently I found that if I wound it before bed every night it would rum continuosly and give the correct time. Yesterday after nearly forty years I was able to set it up with all the dials set correctly at the right settings. I'm now looking to take my old watch into eternity with me.
How many other members have had similar windfalls ?
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Old 11th November 2019, 12:42   #2 (permalink)
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It looks remarkably similar to one I lost near Baker St in 1982.

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Old 11th November 2019, 17:09   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Omega Watch

Over the years I have collected loads of stuff mostly free, I have sold several items the last few years as there is very little my sons want when I depart so slowly selling it off.
Below is what I can remember off the top of my head as i haven’t looked at most of it in years (in attic)

120 year old Mantle clock cost £0
6 other various antique clocks £0
2 x longcase signal box clocks over 100 years old cost £100 each
Dutch oil painting cost £0
3 x Stuart type upright steam engine models cost £0 sold £200 each
Old Victo plate camera cost £0
Various brass lamps/miners lamps/blow torches. Cost £0
3 x Paraffin irons cost approx £10 each
3 x paraffin heaters. Cost approx £5 each
Wind up gramophone + 78 records cost £0
King Edward VIII abdication speech on 78 record
Amy Johnson speech on crossing the Atlantic on 78 record
4 x pocket watches cost £0 sold £200
2 x tall brass paraffin table lamps.
Silver plated pot noodle cica 1970s cost £0 sold £80
Watch Raymond Weil cost £0
Silver trench watch (have 2) cost £15 each.



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Re: Omega Watch

A wise decision KK.

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I bought my first Omega Constellation back in 1967 and when sailing a few years later the skipper, wearing a cheap ‘jewel’ encrusted watch, asked if I would like to exchange. At that very moment a squall hit us, the yacht capsized and my watch consigned to the briny deep. He no longer wanted to exchange

So I bought another Constellation and in 40 odd years I’ve only had 3 battery changes and never had to adjust the time inbetween.

A good watch is a great investment!
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This seems to be a mine-is-bigger-than-yours, thread.

I have a Timex Explorer, which cost me 65TL at the time (pun intended). It keeps perfect time and batteries last for years. It is made of plastic, so does not set off security alarms at airports. New straps cost 15TL. If I ever lose it, I will not give it a thought, as I have two.

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Always been a fan of Raymond Weil watches, I bought one in the duty free at Kuala Lumpur in 1996, a gold plated Chorus model, cost about £600, in the UK at the time would have been short of £1000, I really liked it very slim and understated, not garish like those Rolex type watches.
The other I bought in Alaska at Watches of Switzerland again duty free, polished Chrome with a white face and distinctive numbers.
The problem came at battery replacement time, £59 each as they are supposedly vacuum sealed, a specialist job, I also needed to add a link to each of my wrists have grown due to my body building exploits.
I managed to get a link for the chrome one but not the gold one due to age.
They both sit in a box doing nothing now, maybe one day.
I have gone through 2 x Seikos in 3 years so maybe it is Timex time

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I have several watches , a beautiful Seiko pepsi cola which Jackie bought me , i wanted one for a long time , i also have an expensive citizen solar , it is still as far as i know the thinnest rectangular dress watch , cost a bit in New York , love wearing it to Black tie do's , uber discreet and understated . Also have a citizen solar perpetual , knows everything for the next thousand or so years , quailed at the moon phase , never see it often enough around here to be bothered .

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The problem came at battery replacement time, £59 each as they are supposedly vacuum sealed, a specialist job
I change my own batteries, for normal use it is ok the problem arises if going to use when requiring waterproof conditions.

My preferred watch would be a Patek Philippe which I will never be able to afford.

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which cost me 65TL at the time (pun intended).
I have several even cheaper than that and they just keep going, many watches at the bottom end, up to a couple of grand will actually use japanese quartz movements which are as good as you will get anywhere, many brand names such as Rotary, Michael Kors etc will use these movements which cost under £10.
I have a £150+ Rotary watch, replacement movement is under £10!

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The differences between Swiss and Japanese movements are mostly that Swiss movements are typically more aesthetically designed, whereas Japanese movements are built more with precision and accuracy in mind. Both are used to power watches of all different kinds, and used by many watchmakers around the world.
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My mother bought me a Seiko for my 21st birthday. I wore it for years then put it in a draw.

I recently mentioned it to my nephew who told me retro (clockwork) was "in" I dug it out , wore it for a week

It's back in the draw now, I forgot how often you had to wind old style watches .
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