jdm

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  1. Watch of Today

    Sorry if this has been posted before, but its beauty puts me in a positive mood every time that I look at it.
  2. Seiko Identification

    Thanks for the link, so Rog was right. It's also missing from the popular database.
  3. Seiko Identification

    A 6309 in a Seiko 5? Are you sure? However I was referring to the 24h numbering, which is just uncanny in absence of 12h numbering on the inner dial. Example: The case shape is not strange in itself, it's one of the most used, still made today.
  4. Seiko Identification

    That is a Frankenstein Seiko, from India or the Philippines. Just look at the weird numbering printed, Seiko never did anything like that and certainly not so misaligned. To get it running you got to be creative, and not too demanding.
  5. I don't think so. You would see it gaining minutes not seconds per day.
  6. No matter the crown position, the calendar works the same way, and is actually very robust. You need the identical P/N as mentioned above.
  7. Most likely you just need to press down the C-clip so that the day disc is firmly pressed down. Or try replacing day disc and the plastic black wheel. Watch out, as the corrector wheel is dirty, that's not good of course.
  8. No, the P/N is correct for the day disc you must use. How it has happened that it became misaligned, what is that you replaced?
  9. What I am saying is that this is happening already, since decades. Swiss companies have factories in China, owned or participated, and that includes the Swatch group. And one Swiss movies.t maker is owned by Chinese. The current regulations allow to label as Swiss a watch with many parts made overseas. Said regulations have become more strict this year, but those that know how to play will keep exploiting them. BTW it is the same with Japan and their mark. What we will never see is a Swiss watch of a decent brand to carry any part visually riconducibile to China.
  10. Actually this is happening already. In the low end (by Swiss standards) there is the likes of Sellita, Soprod, and STP which is the latest arrival, all happily pumping out large quantities, for the small and large brands. 100% Swiss and even if they make some parts or process overseas, that falls easily within the regulations to branded Swiss made. Above these there is a smaller group of "elite" makers like Parmegiani's selling exclusive mov.ts to anyone, or the Chrono module makers. In the end, the Swiss have been doing this for centuries. It is very easy for them to adapt and reform. There will never be a scarcity of Swiss mov.t, unless you want them to cost them under 100 FF. Not sure what do you mean. Chinese and Japanese never, ever, produce anything with imported parts. And the latter historically has a preference for fully vertical industrial model. If they want a slice of the pie of some industry they are not competitive, they just buy the company and start supplying them with Asian parts.
  11. There are only two Japanese mechanical mov.t left (which however equip a good 70% of the affordable microbrand makers) but the only player which can compete technically and in image with the Swiss is Grand Seiko. BTW GS don't even have any service center except in Japan, and their idea about the upper segment of the watch market is identical to the Swiss: keep the profit margin as high as possible and don't let anyone work on products. So if we compare apples with apples, we find that If you're buying a watch (not quartz and not fashion) below $200 you have Japan or Chinese. Below $1,000 the same, plus the occasional Tissot. But at the $2,000 marker already, only Swiss and Germans are left, and I think they will remain at the top. If you're an hobbyist, stay with Japanese or older / economical Swiss watches. Lots of parts and lots of fun, minus the anxiety of working on an expensive, late piece. If you're a pro, step up your game and take the all the possible training from the official brands, which will give you access to parts and technical database. You can also keep doing special work like lathe and restoration, which is also well paid. Sure, and I have in the drawer a design of my own which will be China made. In Hong Kong I've found that they're nice hard working people, but when you ask for something they don't have at hand, or have direct experience making, you may be disappointed. And their entire industry is very secretive also. If you look carefully the only truly high quality production that comes out of China is from European or Japanese factories (equipped with European or Japanese machinery). The only exception could be Sea-Gull, and the makers of the very top end fake Rolex. I'll admit that they know what they are doing
  12. I agree on the first part (but please extend it to all Swiss and Germans manufacturers), but not on the second. For 99% of buyers, how Swatch does its business is totally irrelevant, even if it affects their recurring costs after purchase. Japanese may get a moderate grow but having only one globally appealing top brand they are very limited. And Chinese are completely a different category, they don't even supply spare parts at all.
  13. I said chrono but it is not. Have it opened again and take a good picture to identify the movement, which you can order yourself. Then you can find a local honest battery change shop to install it.
  14. Doesn't run at all? Or an issue with the chrono function? Seems like the jeweler made you spend money to return it still not?
  15. Bezel Remover

    Same discussion here: I remain of the opinion that the best way to remove a rotating bezel is to lifted at an angle, because that concentrate the friction to two short sections of the edges, and will make it easier to win over it.