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  2. Well of course, old friend, you’re on the front lines. It’s stress response to what’s happening. You’re young, strong and smart. I have confidence you’ll pull through this just fine. We haven’t eaten our last steak together where that buxom Russian lass was making eyes at you.
  3. I go back and forth between absolute despair and fear then stupid bravery in the course of my duties, a roller coaster my friends.
  4. nice to meet u to em also new here
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  6. I have a suspicion, and the deal is too good to be true, but can any of you Daytona experts say this is not a rep?
  7. Check what I found at the bottom of the watch box. I haven’t worn this for 5+ years. Thank you covid and boredom for reuniting me with this little champ [emoji1374][emoji1362]
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  9. I think this combo for the weekend. Sent from my SM-N975U using Tapatalk
  10. "I will follow your advice and order an inexpensive spare dial for fitting as well." I use a low cost or no cost dial from a quartz watch or anything the right diameter and thickness (usually .4mm). A repair shop may have one or eBay for very little $$. You can mount a dial in a Dremel tool arbor like used for cut-off discs to spin the dial and sand it down to size if it is too big. You might have to enlarge the center hole to accept the arbor screw first. "Will normal ETA hands work or do I need ones with a longer post?" Regular DJ/tudor type hands to fit Eta 28xx should be fine. The hour and minute wheels on the movement should be tall enough to give sufficient hand distance from the dial and each other. "I've read a lot about how adhesives can get soft and work their way into the movement when the watch heats up. Can you comment on that and perhaps recommend a tape that you have had good experiences with?" I have used two part 'slow set' epoxy and clear Gorilla glue with good results...epoxy being slightly better of the two. Never had any trouble with epoxy or Gorilla glue 'crawling' away from where it was applied after it sets up. Dial dots/dial strips can allow dials to crawl because the adhesive remains soft and some types will also bleed the adhesive away from where the dot/strip was applied. Dial dots and strips are handy for cheapo quartz projects, they work fine for things like that with light weight parts and no auto winding weight flopping around.
  11. I’d highly recommend it. Stunning so far.
  12. An emotional evening here in Central London last night with the people supporting the Clap For Carers campaign. Thousands of people countrywide out the front of their houses, clapping and cheering in unison in support of our health service staff. Great support & a welcome relief from all the negativity at the moment!
  13. Is this spreadsheet file still valid? I get a warning in excel. Anybody downloaded it recently and can confirm there's no nasties?
  14. This day is called the feast of Crispian: He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars. And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.' Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember with advantages What feats he did that day: then shall our names. Familiar in his mouth as household words Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember'd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
  15. Unfortunate quote that Mike, the next line is “or fill up the wall with our English dead” i rather hope it doesn’t come to that for any of us. Stay well brothers, this too shall pass
  16. From his lips to Gods ears guys, been off a couple of days tomorrow once more unto the breach.
  17. @automatico Thank you so much, that was really informative and insightful! Also thanks for pointing out that crown sticky, I see that this is a science in itself. Good to know that before purchasing anything. A guy on a different forum told me that even new ETA movements require fresh oil and some regulation especially if they have been stored for a while, so I guess I will go for the bargain on Ebay. The Asian ETA 2836 movements in my replicas keep excellent time (far beyond 15 s/d) so I kinda have high expectations, but we'll see. I did some research on Datejust history and it turns out that the dial I was looking at was a tritium lumed dial from the early 90s, whereas the rafflesdials case is a post 1994 model (no drilled lug holes) and the bracelet is stamped with 2001 codes (DE7 / 455 B). So I looked some more and found a beautifully aged tropical dial from 1998 and a pristine silver dial from 1999, both 27,8 mm in diameter and with superluminova to match the rafflesdials hands. I contacted rafflesdials and according to them a 27,8 mm gen dial should fit, but I'll measure it when the stuff arrives. I've found a nicely aged 16200 datewheel from 1990. Not exactly true to the whole 2001 thing, but I like the font more than on the later datewheels. Furthermore I will follow your advice and order an inexpensive spare dial for fitting as well. Will normal ETA hands work or do I need ones with a longer post? The more I think about it, the more it seems to make sense to glue the dial to the dial spacer, because then you can still rotate it to find the perfect fit, right? Regarding adhesives: I've read a lot about how adhesives can get soft and work their way into the movement when the watch heats up. Can you comment on that and perhaps recommend a tape that you have had good experiences with?
  18. Thanks for your replies , i was looking into getting one of these ,kind of liked the microrotor concept! Enjoy it looks good on your wrist!
  19. Thx buddy. I haven’t left it off the wrist more than 3 days so not sure exactly but definitely 48 hours+. I got it in an m2m and just installed the crystal.
  20. "I've found a Swiss ETA 2836-2 on Ebay for 98€, however it says it has been in storage for 10 years and would require a cleaning. My watchmaker offered me to clean and regulate it for 100€. Would that be a good deal, or would it make more sense to buy a new (pre-sealed) one on CousinsUK for 250€ and mount it without cleaning or regulating it?" Because I do my own cleaning/oiling I am not one to ask but many times repair guys will not completely go through a nos movement, they just clean and oil the balance jewels, escape wheel/pallet fork, and reoil the rest of the pivots.. Just sayin'. The guy who said "You get what you pay for" never fooled with watches. 'Adjustment'... Most nos Etas keep good time as is and 'adjustment' will consist of simple regulation. 'Technical adjustment' consists of truing/poising, the balance wheel, checking/truing the hairspring etc but imho this is wasted effort on a movement that runs within 15 or 20 seconds a day. Only the 'Top grade' Etas are fully adjusted and they will have higher grade balance wheels, hairsprings etc. The 5 or 8 second per day stuff is not for me and as for me to attempt to 'adjust' a watch...I can see no reason to chase a ghost down a dark tunnel...imho. Otoh if a watch happens to run that close, it's fine with me. I have a watch with a $25 Seagull ST16 that is that close. Been that way for about 6 months (fingers crossed). "Why do you think it might be necessary to remove the teeth from the gen datewheel? Shouln't there be enough clearance after removing the day wheel on the inside?" Only if there is not enough room to run the various screws in and out. I have had trouble with some DWO covering screw heads but never used a genspec 3135 calendar disc on an Eta 2836 to see how they fit. A case tube is where the crown screws into right? Yes. "I didn't even know those were removable... do you think a gen crown might not fit on the raffles dials case tube, or is it only about the quality?" It depends on quality and type. Review the 'Crown Info' sticky at the top of the rolex section. "Do you mean that the dial does not have to be glued at all, if the spacer and case clamps are closely fitting or do you mean that the glued feet are more likely not to break in that case?" I have seen watches with dials just laying on the movement that stayed in place and have also seen glued on platform dial feet broken off. It is always better to have some kind of adhesive or mechanical means holding the dial to the movement though. On the 2836 there is a stamped sheet metal calendar spacer that can be glued to the dial to hold the dial in place until the whole assembly is put together. Close fitting spacers also help a lot. If the DWO rubs the dial you can put some equally spaced small dents in the underside of the spacer for additional clearance between the dial and DWO. "And One more thing that makes me worry: The gen dials that I had in mind are 27,8 mm in diameter according to the seller, whereas the raffle dials case is fit for 28,0 mm dials as sold by them. Is my concern that it might be too small for the case justified?" Two things: 1...Is the dial seat large enough to accommodate a 28.0mm dial? 'Dial seat' = the machined flat surface inside the case where the dial is mounted. 2...Will the printed outer minute track (if there is one the dial) be under the edge of the case and are printed or applied hour markers up against the edge of the case? Not good if yes. The dial needs to be about 1mm more or less (more is better) bigger than the dial window to hold it in place and not have any markers covered or open space between the dial and case where you can see into the case from the front side. 'Dial window' = the open space around the dial as seen from the front. Once you start on the project, all this will begin to make sense as you move along. It is a good idea to use a spare dial with the same diameter as your dial for fitting the dial/movement combo to a case to keep from scratching the dial. I use a spare dial and movement plate with no guts in it with a calendar spacer for trial and error fitting.
  21. Where can I buy this watch? I have a story about the watch. I'm 52 now but when I was in my early twenties, I found a authentic WW2 Tutima Luftwaffe pilot's chronograph in an antique shop in a locked display case. It was buried under other items. I bought it for $200. The watch was running but the chronograph wasn't. That worried me because at the time, I didn't have the skills to repair the watch and $200 was a major investment back then. I'm a Master Horologist with 32 years of experience now. I sold the watch for $500 and have kicked myself ever since. I'd love to own a replica. Any of your help would be greatly appreciated. Timothy Ursch Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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