Cocks on clocks (Part the Second)

Putting the football thing aside - this is just a lovely genuine interview.

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Saw that a few years ago. Totally genuine and very touching.

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Thinking about pulling the trigger on this…

https://www.chrono24.co.uk/seiko/seiko-chronograph-silver-stainless-steel-strap-men-watch-ssb425p1p--id34035483.htm?searchHash=80355b54_hOfmNd&pos=19

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Looks like a lot of watch for not a lot of dosh! :+1:

Only slight problem being that seller won’t sell to the UK - very common with sellers on C24 now … #BrexitBenefits Import costs and post would have pushed the price into the £200s.

UK seller with no hidden costs on ebay at £195 still looks a very fair deal:

Or the equally nice black-dialled version is cheaper still:

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:joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy: actually lolling

So, watch noob here. My career was spent working with high power lasers and in laser labs reflective things on or near your hands are strongly discouraged. I wore a watch until 1980, then I stopped until last week when a strange man* sold me his NITE Hawk out of the back of a pickup.

I took it out yesterday on this week’s long walk through the countryside. As a diabetic, when I’m walking I have to stop every 5k for a glucose boost. The first time I did this I noticed the rucksack shoulder strap snag on the watch as I slid my arm out, but thought nothing of it. My second stop was planned for the woods on Thame Lane but before I got there I found I had to cross a bloody ditch ! So off with the rucksack again. A mile or so past the Thame Lane stop I glanced at where my watch should have been and … there it wasn’t. Shit ! Shit shit shit !

I nearly gave up on it. I might have walked miles without it, mostly in the countryside. Despite the crap weather the plants have still grown, so surely the chances of spotting it would be zero. But although I have a lot of faults I can still be very stubborn. So I turned round and walked back towards home, checking the path for a lost watch as best I could. I stopped on Thame Lane and rummaged through the undergrowth, but no watch. However when I got to the ditch there it was, just lying among the spoil ! Hurrah !

It looked like this

The strap with the buckle on seems to have lost the pin which attaches it to the watch case. The strap itself looks OK except for a pretty small piece of missing rubber nicked out where the pin would have protruded as it passes into the watch case.

So if I’m going to keep this strap then I clearly need a new pin. First question for you watchmeisters: Who should I get to fit this ? Answers that occur to me are

i) any high street jeweller can do this
ii) it needs to be someone who specialises in watch strap pins (insert URL here)
iii) you’d be best off sending it back to NITE (can’t I send it today ? Boom tish !).

What do you recommend ?

Second question: I don’t want this to happen again so what should I do to prevent it ?

i) don’t take your nice watch into the nasty outdoors
ii) just fit a new pin. They wear out but a new one should be fine for at least 10 years
iii) you need a different type of strap/bracelet which can stand being tugged
iv) there’s this safety gizmo (insert URL here) which will hang onto your watch in the event of strap failure for long enough for you to notice.

Again, any advice much appreciated. I like this watch and I reckon I was very lucky to find it still lying in the dirt. I don’t want to risk that again.

Cheers.

*@Mrs_Maureen_OPinion . He said the watch had once belonged to @A_Touch_of_Cloth .

Do it yourself, you can buy the pins from amazon and it’s really quite easy to fit.

Just measure the inside of the lugs to work out the length needed.

I just use a scalpel, put one end of the pin into the lug hole and then flatten the other pin with the blade and slide under the lug and wiggle until the pin clicks home.

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Fit a NATO strap so a pin failure doesn’t mean you lose your watch

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Don’t do this, unless you want to look like the sort of person that joined the TA and loves paintball.

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Watch shop or jeweller with a workshop will do it for pennies.
I’d replace the other pin at the same time. Easy to do as posted but risk of scratching if you aren’t using decent tools.

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So this arrived this morning just after I’d finished abusing my car as a truck.
Ceramic case certainly feels like ceramic and the dial lumes as it should. Numbers are a bit comic sans and the crown feels ‘fragile’ but for £113 it’s different enough from my other gewgaws to earn its place.
I now have to sell some stuff. Sigh.

Packaging was surprisingly robust and the case it comes in quite cool.

Pic of my Merc as a shrubbery added for context.

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Post watch and strap back here mate (no need to include box etc - padded envelope will be fine) and I’ll check it’s all A-OK (just in case the lugs are damaged), and replace the springbars. Ignore the usual belms - a NATO might be a good idea for peace-of-mind so I’ll dig one out. On me, I’ve got shedloads of spare everything here.

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Really pleased with this eBay purchase for office use - smart and accurate and the power reserve is working well. As a bonus I think it wears better than the £50 it cost me!

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Oh James, I live in black Levis 501s and steel toe-capped warehouse brogues and a selection of increasingly raggy tee-shirts. Apart from work presentations in the 1990’s and noughties it’s been several decades since I cared at all about how I look :rofl:.

I do care about having to walk miles with my eyes glued to the floor though, on the off chance I might spot a few hundred quid’s worth of escaped watch.

That’s a very generous offer Paul and I will see if I can get it back to you, not because you’re in any way liable (you really aren’t) but because you know what you’re doing when it comes to fitting a new pin, or pins, and I don’t.

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Haha fair fair.

Shit…

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