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WillFly

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  1. The voting function seems to be a standard part of this (typical) forum software, and I've seen it on other boards as well. I've never used it and most other members have obviously never used it as well! I personally don't think it's of much use on a forum like this one, with often less than simplistic answers to questions. It's probably used more on forums which ask things like, "What's the best guitar in the whole world?" - and then invites a vote. However, whether the function stays or goes is up to Mark - perhaps we could vote on it... :-)
  2. Lovely watches - I treasure my Bunn Special. Nice pic too - post one of the re-assembled piece when ready?
  3. Collecting anything is a very personal thing, and those of us who collect watches usually have particular slants on the subject. You can see my collection (well, most of it) at: www.willswatchpages.com (site currently and slowly being edited) I like pre1970, handwound styles on the whole, and some of the lesser-known and therefore overlooked, makes often have excellent movements. Many of them I picked up for a snip on eBay at the time. As far as pocket watches are concerned, I favour American, railroad-grade makes like Hamilton, Waltham, etc.
  4. I just had to have it - if only to complement the high quality of this forum...
  5. Ooh, jealousy has just kicked in! enjoy - and a happy birthday!
  6. Good points, jdm, though my comments about Asian manufacturers weren’t aimed solely at named brand makers such as Seiko, Casio, etc., but the whole gamut of production. I can go on eBay and buy all the bits I need to construct my own watch - movement, case, dial, hands, strap - all Chinese made and available via Hong Kong sellers. Which is what I did a few years ago. Go to Wills Watch Pages and click on the watch labelled Custom on the Wristwatch page...
  7. An interesting and complex read - which is why it has taken me so long to respond! The whole Swatch thing is about greed, self-interest and protectionism. Ultimately it will screw itself into the ground while Japanese and Chinese manufacturers will continue to be successful. Just my two-pennorth...
  8. The term is used extensively on eBay - usually wrongly. As wls1971 quite rightly points out. It’s become a catch-all phrase for transition watches, where small pocket watches started to become wristwatches. Done to attract buyers, I guess. Caveat emptor!
  9. Welcome - I also know Hastings well - living just across the border in West Sussex. Good to see you here. Will
  10. I've had an Eco Drive chrono for some years. Good quality, rugged and reliable. Recommended.
  11. If you can find a serial number on the movement, drop it into this database - if you haven't done this already, of course: Pocket watch database It will give you lots of data about the watch. If the crown doesn't pop out to set the watch, then it's either pin set or lever set; the first is obvious - the second not! And apologies if I'm teaching granny to suck eggs!
  12. I would agree wholeheartedly with that. In the past I've had some difficulty in getting parts for (pre-Swiss) vintage American watch makes. It's probably easier to get such parts if you live in the US (from Ofrei, etc.), but I recall having tremendous difficulties in getting hold of Hamilton 992 balance staffs - and buying 2 or 3 of them when I finally found a source! If you can live with your slightly out-of-kilter part, do so.
  13. Perhaps the comma is in the wrong place...
  14. I'm in a nostalgic mood today...
  15. Nice one. I don't go in for making alberts myself. I have two 9ct gold ones - Victorian or Edwardian - with gold fobs - and a silver one with a silver fob. That's enough for me, but I always respect the skill of those who can made something themselves. Incidentally, none of my pocket watches is key-wound, which saves a lot of bother! I've cut down my collection to about 6 railroad-grade American watches, all of which are crown wound (at the 12'o clock position) and lever-set. You can see my lot here: http://www.willswatchpages.com/pocket-watches.html
  16. Being a Mod, there's no time limit for me on editing any posts on the Forum, but - as I recall - it's only about 2-3 minutes before the edit facility closes. There's a reason for the time limit on this sort of forum software - which is to prevent statements being altered. On other, more argumentative forums, this can be crucial. Luckily, we're not that kind of forum and, if we were, I and the other Mods would be wielding big sticks. This is a friendly and supportive site, for which I'm sure we're all grateful! However, the principle of letting original posts stand is a good one. If there's something which you obviously need to amend with hindsight, contact one of the Mods and we'll check and change it for you - at no extra cost!
  17. Thanks buddy - it's not just yet, but the sentiment's appreciated! The old strap was at breaking point so I indulged a bit early. Will
  18. Here's a pic from Amazon - not quite like mine but very similar. Just add packing & postage costs... (It's my birthday present, by the way). Same as the post above but in black.
  19. The leather strap on my Hamilton X-Wind chronometer is giving up the ghost and starting to crack around the catch holes - they're double holes for a two-toothed buckle - so I've bought myself a new one. The watch, even second-hand, was quite expensive, so I decided to buy the right strap, with the Hamilton name on the buckle. They're also not easy to come by - certainly not in the UK - and suppliers are usually in Germany, Italy or Spain. Oddly enough, not Switzerland. So I got mine from Spain. Cost? £120 plus p&p. I think I'll have it framed...
  20. Very nice, Darren - what other brands do you have? Will
  21. Hi Canthus - no, I haven't serviced this one yet, so I'm not sure how the balance assembly breaks down. I'll check my movement service/data sheets and see if I can find a parts diagram for it. Cheers, Will
  22. His marriage certificate would almost certainly give his occupation/profession. Of course, I don't know the ins and outs of Australian genealogy, but I know that the first national census was in 1911. Before that, each colony held its own. NSW: 1891 census info Worth a try, perhaps...
  23. Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Census data can, in many cases, most certainly clarify someone's occupation. For example, my g-g-grandfather owned a bootmaking business in Suffolk in 1901. But, if I go back to 1861, I see that he was a "cordwainer", i.e. a bootmaker. So, he started off as a bootmaker and progressed to being a business owner. I had an uncle who, in 1954, was a watch repairer in the Co-operative Society shop in Bolton, Lancs. Twenty years later, he owned his own jewellery and watch business in Herne Bay, Kent. When the census data for 1951, 1961and 1971 is released, this progression will become clear to anyone checking those censuses. The 1954 census will give his occupation as something like "watch repairer"; the 1971 census will give his occupation as something like "jeweller/employer". I've been doing my family tree research for 40 years and I can assure you that it is often possible, by looking at censuses over a period of time, to check someone's occupation(s) - which may change over time. It's not a certainty, but it's certainly a possibility.
  24. I've not been buying watches recently, but couldn't resist this lovely US-made Bulova from 1944 - the year of my birth. It's in a 14k, rose gold-filled case, and has a very nice Grade 8-AH movement inside. It's the usual dimensions for a watch of this period: 41mm lug to lug, and 21mm wide. Small by today's standards, but that doesn't bother me - I wear any size. This was an eBay purchase. The seller has a beautiful collection of mainly vintage Bulova watches. If I had more money, I'd have bought one or two more. I won't give details publicly as the site policy is not to promote watch sales or sellers, but if anyone is really interested in looking at his vintage Bulova watches, PM me.
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