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KelSolaar last won the day on June 18 2018

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  1. KelSolaar

    Watch of Today

    Yes, I think the Angus is the newer and larger of the 2 styles of jubilee that strapcode sell. Thought it best to go for that due to the height of the marathon watch. Good find to get them from an auction. The marathon straps are quite nice. I have a neutral one (no seal or maple leaf).
  2. Jeezo! - - - I like a GMT for foreign climbs because my adding and subtracting is pants. I also take a diver for the beach/pool.
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    Watch of Today

    Hey, snap! Mines actually a tsar. I'm a sucker for jubes, so I put it on this Strapcode Angus Jubilee:
  4. Mark's great, I've done his courses. You can see a watch I constructed on his Facebook page with the seagull movement I used for the course. Yes, watches are great and were the one few possessions I was allowed as a kid. I can still remember the smell of Cornfords jewellers. It was a place of wonder. The great thing about clocks and watches is that IT guys like us can still have it as a really cool hobby.
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    Revisiting an old hobby

    Wow, I can't answer your questions but just wanted to say I admire your energy and enthusiasm for this.
  6. Ha ha, there we go then. I'm in good company.
  7. Well - unfortunately I didn't shine amongst the stiff competition and didn't get a place on the course. But I can always try out again in future. It would have been part time - 1800 hours over a year (wouldn't have minded the fulltime, but applied to late). No idea about draw, drop and geometric recoil I'm afraid. They would have been able to tell me on the open day, but I wouldn't have been able to ask without prior knowledge. Oh well, my old line of work - IT - has been kind enough to call me back, and I will be doing that again in the next week or two.
  8. I attended the assessment day a couple of weeks ago. The tests and the interview seemed to go quite well. I am just waiting to hear if I was successful. There were about 80 other people there on the day.
  9. Quick update: I received an email today to say I have made it to the acceptance stage, which means attending the school in Manchester for the assessments mentioned before and have a good look around the school of course. That's going to be at the start of September. Cheers.
  10. KelSolaar

    New from Northern Virginia

    Hi, best of luck.
  11. KelSolaar

    Hi from UK

    Hi, I've found Mark's courses great so far. I think as sad as it may be that the art is 'dying' (and wristwatch ownership dwindling), every cloud has a silver lining ie supply and demand.
  12. KelSolaar

    Help needed with a watch

    Oh, and I've dated the watch to 1961. I was correct in my estimate of age plus that makes this thing 'properold' so I'm quite happy on both counts.
  13. KelSolaar

    Help needed with a watch

    Well, I used my watch back remover tool, a little black machine with a slider and it came off. Definitely no lip btw. The watch didn't appear to have any charge in the main spring because I wound it and then tried to release the clutch on the wheel, can't remember it's name, and it didn't move. Hey presto, stripped watch and found a snapped mainspring:
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