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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #600 on: February 26, 2021, 04:30:49 pm »
Do you have any knowledge of Stowa, based in the Schwarzwald, AH? Some of their watches are very attractive.

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Their various Marine watches are very nice, as is the Partitio.    Of course they'll now cost more to order from Germany. (not sure if they have a UK dealer). 


Nomos are another German firm who do good stuff for reasonable prices.   


https://deployant.com/the-collectors-view-glashutte-original-senator-meissen/   If money was no object then I might be tempted by one of these.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #601 on: February 26, 2021, 04:46:22 pm »
Do you have any knowledge of Stowa, based in the Schwarzwald, AH? Some of their watches are very attractive.
I’ve often seen them in watch shops here but don’t know much about them.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #602 on: February 26, 2021, 04:48:22 pm »
Nomos were a brand I considered but I ended up with a Mühle Glashütte. Partly as I didn’t like the font Nomos use.

Glasshütte is a town near Leipzig where the main employment is watch making and there are more than 12 big watch manufacturers there - and nothing else! We drove through a couple of years ago and there wasn’t even a bakery open in the town!
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #603 on: February 26, 2021, 05:27:30 pm »
Not even an eponymous glassworks? Sounds like the definition of unsustainable monoculture. I wondered if it were a Socialist-era industry town, having an idea it was in Saxony, but goes back to 1445 – though that doesn't preclude 20th century redistribution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glashütte
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #604 on: February 26, 2021, 06:18:59 pm »
Nomos were a brand I considered but I ended up with a Mühle Glashütte. Partly as I didn’t like the font Nomos use.

Glasshütte is a town near Leipzig where the main employment is watch making and there are more than 12 big watch manufacturers there - and nothing else! We drove through a couple of years ago and there wasn’t even a bakery open in the town!

I read somewhere that, after 1945, the Soviet Union confiscated all of the East German watch making equipment as war reparations, leaving the village of Glashütte with a population skilled in making watches but no machinery to build them with. So, being a resourceful lot, they first built their machines to make the watches and now have some of the finest watchmakers around. At an enormous price for A. Lange & Sohne or Glashütte Original.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #605 on: February 26, 2021, 06:22:57 pm »
Whereas the Soviet watch factories produced designs that were sometimes quite stylish but tended not to keep particularly good time, or at least not for long. Zenit from Leningrad were generally regarded as the most reliable.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #606 on: February 26, 2021, 06:36:05 pm »
When I were a young lad I had a cheap Sekonda watch. It had batons but no numerals, which was just as well, as it had an odd habit that the hour hand would "slip" and find its way to half-way between the hours when the minute hand pointed to 12. Whenever it did this, I would just wear it upside-down and reset it to (e.g.) 9.30, which then gave a passable imitation of 4 o'clock. I had a pal at the time, one Greg Thomas, who hailed originally from Ammanford, whose father was a rep of some sort in the watch importing industry and Greg always wore a very much higher quality watch than was warranted for a 13-year-old knocking about in school. My watch used to offend his finely-honed horological sensibilities to breaking point.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #607 on: February 26, 2021, 06:40:43 pm »
I think Sekonda, like Lada for cars, was a brand name applied to products of whichever Soviet watch factory were deemed exportable, rather than a factory in itself.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #608 on: February 26, 2021, 07:29:38 pm »
Do you have any knowledge of Stowa, based in the Schwarzwald, AH? Some of their watches are very attractive.

You are a git Mr Bagger.
I followed that link and sooooo wish I hadn't.


Their various Marine watches are very nice, as is the Partitio.    Of course they'll now cost more to order from Germany. (not sure if they have a UK dealer). 


Nomos are another German firm who do good stuff for reasonable prices.   


https://deployant.com/the-collectors-view-glashutte-original-senator-meissen/   If money was no object then I might be tempted by one of these.

I prefer a mechanical watch to have an open back so you can see what is going on. I particularly like this one:

https://www.stowa.de/Marine+Original+Bronze+Vintage.htm

The movement was originally designed for pocket watches, apparently, and is a favourite for beginners on horological courses because it's been around for a while and, being big and manually wound, is relatively easy to work on. Also, no day/date/moonphase or other complications to confuse the issue. It also has the reputation of being very reliable and accurate.

I agree with AH about the Nomos: I'm not keen on the numerals. The Stowa Antea is similar - it's a direct hat-tip to their Bauhaus pedigree. I keep thinking I ought to like it, but...
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #610 on: February 26, 2021, 08:32:42 pm »
I think Sekonda, like Lada for cars, was a brand name applied to products of whichever Soviet watch factory were deemed exportable, rather than a factory in itself.

Wikinaccurate claims Sekonda was a BRITISH invention to market Soviet-made watches from, among others, the
  • 1st Moscow Watch Factory
  • 2nd Moscow Watch Factory
  • Uglich Watch Factory
  • Petrodvorets Watch Factory
  • Minsk Watch Factory
  • Chelyabinsk Watch Factory
  • Penza Watch Factory
  • Chistopol Watch Factory
Gotta love those snappy names.  Said factories also made watches under their own brand/model names.  Post-USSR Sekondas are made in Hong Kong.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #611 on: February 26, 2021, 08:50:48 pm »
Post-USSR Sekondas are made in Hong Kong.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #612 on: February 26, 2021, 08:58:29 pm »
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stowa-Marine-Automatic-Sterling-Silver-Dial-40mm/124584455076?hash=item1d01cfeba4:g:ktMAAOSweqNgMT6l   


Nothing to do with me.

That's the version with the sterling silver dial. €924.37 new. It's all yours or £500, Fuzzy (ret'd)... ;)
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #613 on: February 26, 2021, 09:03:59 pm »
I think Sekonda, like Lada for cars, was a brand name applied to products of whichever Soviet watch factory were deemed exportable, rather than a factory in itself.

Wikinaccurate claims Sekonda was a BRITISH invention to market Soviet-made watches from, among others, the
  • 1st Moscow Watch Factory
  • 2nd Moscow Watch Factory
  • Uglich Watch Factory
  • Petrodvorets Watch Factory
  • Minsk Watch Factory
  • Chelyabinsk Watch Factory
  • Penza Watch Factory
  • Chistopol Watch Factory
Gotta love those snappy names.  Said factories also made watches under their own brand/model names.  Post-USSR Sekondas are made in Hong Kong.

Do they run audaxes from the Uglich watch factory 'uts?
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #614 on: February 26, 2021, 11:00:28 pm »
Three of my colleagues set out on a tour of Wales. One of them was notoriously tight (he once spent five minutes trying to get to the bottom of a swimming pool to get a small light coloured disc from the bottom. He was greatly offended by our amusement when he surfaced clutching a corn plaster instead of the 5p coin he had hoped for).
He was of the opinion that his cheap Russian watch must be infinitely better than anything else. They set off from Cheltenham; by the time they got to Ross-on-Wye the vibration through the handlebar had shaken the movement of his watch to pieces.

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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #615 on: February 28, 2021, 12:02:06 am »
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #616 on: March 01, 2021, 02:21:14 pm »
It probably isn't a watch for the purposes of this thread, my battery-powered Tissot, but it's definitely a watch. Titanium 'n'all. Its only real defect is eating batteries rather faster than I think reasonable.

Normally I would get it rebatteried and resealed in the covered market in Oxford, but I'm not likely to be anywhere near there any time soon, because obviously. Can the panel recommend anywhere within cycling distance of SE London that won't charge a wrist and an ankle?

Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #617 on: March 01, 2021, 06:13:16 pm »
Get a lifetime battery guarantee from Timpsons.  I did this for a Rotary which eats batteries because it has a couple of extra dials.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #618 on: March 01, 2021, 06:43:05 pm »
It probably isn't a watch for the purposes of this thread, my battery-powered Tissot, but it's definitely a watch. Titanium 'n'all. Its only real defect is eating batteries rather faster than I think reasonable.

Normally I would get it rebatteried and resealed in the covered market in Oxford, but I'm not likely to be anywhere near there any time soon, because obviously. Can the panel recommend anywhere within cycling distance of SE London that won't charge a wrist and an ankle?

Would Piccadilly Station be out of range? Sean in the kiosk there is good. Can do pressure tests etc. Do not be put off by the cupboard-sized shop.
https://watch-repair-piccadilly.co.uk/about-us/


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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #619 on: March 05, 2021, 06:45:03 pm »


Not a watch, and I'm not wearing it, but that is our latest piece of conspicuous consumption. Rather pleased with that.
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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #620 on: March 06, 2021, 08:28:29 am »
I've had this clock for a few years.

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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #621 on: March 06, 2021, 09:02:35 am »
Professor Larrington and I are competing vigorously to be the ones not to inherit the family grandfather clock, a timepiece of singular hideousness.

Me: Larrington Towers is too small.  I ent got space for him.
She: The ceilings at Larrington Colij Oxfod are too low.  He wouldn’t fit.

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Re: Wearing a watch
« Reply #622 on: Yesterday at 09:49:40 am »
I think a grandfather clock would be just the thing to occupy the space under the priapic unicorn in the refectory at Brasenose.

@De Sisti - I like that clock very much. It's more legible than ours.
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