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I've finally got myself a watchstrap that feels up to the job - the extra bit of strap keeps the watch off your arm as well as eliminating the chance of losing the whole thing if one pin pops. one could conceivably glue the watch to the strap for extra security.

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£2.39 delivered.

16mm 18mm 20mm 22mm 24mm Pure solid color nato Nylon Watch Strap Wristwatch Band | eBay
I must have about 15 Nato straps for the Speedy and Padi Turtle.
Noticed that after 6 months or so, some of the cheaper ones start unravelling on the ends...:(

I bought this the other week - goes well with divers/ sports watches.

 

not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
I am a sad sack, had this for a while but just dug it out - birth year oyster- all original - even down to the battered riveted bracelet - now stripped, serviced and sealed.
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
Can anyone recommend someone who services watches?

The last couple of times I've used a friend of a friend who was a retired IWC tech to service my Seamaster. For £120 cash he gave it a service, reseal and a light polish, which was a bargain given that Omega now want to charge me over £250.

Unfortunately the old chap died last year and I'd rather pay an independent or someone like him than one of the biggies.

Any help gratefully received.

TIA
 

not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
I used this fellow : 70s Watches

deals with more old stuff and takes his time ( c, 2 weeks) but supplies a full photo record of everything if you want - its rather interesting seeing the guts of your watch taken apart. he resealed and serviced my old Oyster and I forgot I had it on when I went snorkelling - but he sorted it well enough to be waterproof again. Not worth going to main dealer really
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
I used this fellow : 70s Watches

deals with more old stuff and takes his time ( c, 2 weeks) but supplies a full photo record of everything if you want - its rather interesting seeing the guts of your watch taken apart. he resealed and serviced my old Oyster and I forgot I had it on when I went snorkelling - but he sorted it well enough to be waterproof again. Not worth going to main dealer really
Cheers. Emailed.
 

not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
a ton or so + parts IIRC - think its 120 or something for later automatics.ETA he also dropped it off at my workplace on his motorbike when it was sorted
 

not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
fucking hell. that's a bit saucy. I think the 70s Rolexes are very simple mechanics- yours must be silly complex.
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
No, I think he thinks it's something more tasty/complex than it actually is. We're in touch. Just sent him pictures.
 
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Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
fucking hell. that's a bit saucy. I think the 70s Rolexes are very simple mechanics- yours must be silly complex.
Yes. He thought it was a different model with complications. He's doing the full strip down and service for £130 + parts, plus £40 to refurb the case and bracelet. I'm happy with that. Cheers, NBE. :thumbs:
 
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Can anyone recommend someone who services watches?

The last couple of times I've used a friend of a friend who was a retired IWC tech to service my Seamaster. For £120 cash he gave it a service, reseal and a light polish, which was a bargain given that Omega now want to charge me over £250.

Unfortunately the old chap died last year and I'd rather pay an independent or someone like him than one of the biggies.

Any help gratefully received.

TIA
Genesis Watchmaking Official Website Home Page

Duncan is the man.
 

Spymaster

Cockney Wanker
a ton or so + parts IIRC - think its 120 or something for later automatics.ETA he also dropped it off at my workplace on his motorbike when it was sorted
Cheers for this not-bono-ever. I got my Seamaster back from him yesterday and he's done a great job with a full pictorial history of the stripdown which was pretty cool because I've never seen the inside of my watch before.

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He took his time about it (almost a month) but I'm well pleased. :)
 
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not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
had forgotten all about this. Yes, the pictorial breakdown is great - he showed me a couple of wear issues on the internal bits that he sorted out - not expensive at all, but for an old watch, they should be replaced. He also cleaned the entire case- which was thick in places with decades of hidden skin and dirt gunge( urgh).. He did a proper job of stripping, cleaning and resealing.
 

pseudonarcissus

fluttering and dancing
Cheers for this not-bono-ever. I got my Seamaster back from him yesterday and he's done a great job with a full pictorial history of the stripdown which was pretty cool because I've never seen the inside of my watch before.

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He took his time about it (almost a month) but I'm well pleased. :)
I'm paying a lot more than that for my quartz Seamaster....turns out the old battery leaked :( There were a couple of places in Hatton Garden that seamed reasonable for a battery and pressure test....lots of highstreet jewellers won't do the pressure test.
 

not-bono-ever

They are ringing the bells now but soon...
looks like i have a Doxa aquaman inbound- these are a bit strange - quartz diver lite watches produced by Doxa only for the former EBlock market- you can only get them in Romania and Bulgaria I think. cheap and chunky for expeditions.
 
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weltweit

Well-Known Member
My cheapo Casio digital's batteries apparently last for 5 years.
Unfortunately the strap failed after about 1.5 years.
 
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