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Hello and thanks for accepting me. I enjoy fumbling about with watches and clocks now that I have retired. Building my range of tools and absorbing as much information as possible. A steep learning curve in terms of skills and knowledge. Looking forward to getting to know some of the other members soon.

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Hi Frank and welcome to the asylum, I am sure you will fit in perfectly!  Lots of really helpful knowledgeable people on this forum. (I am not one of them)  

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