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Hi all,  My name is Andrew and live on Anglesey in North Wales, I have been interested in watches for quite  some time but only now have I had the time to enjoy the hobby. I started off by stripping my old SKX,and managed to get it back together and working, what a buzz. Other than watches I’m also into flying and diving.

best regards to everyone,Andrew 

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Congratulations on your first success and welcome to the forum. You can learn a lot as a beginner here. Don't be afraid to ask (if you can't find what you need using the search function). I have had nothing but positive responses to my questions, which isn't something you can say about many forms.

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