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A watch made with bits of a Hurricane in it.

Old 12th Aug 2017, 18:47
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A watch made with bits of a Hurricane in it.

I've recently bought a watch from this company, only to find to my horror that they've now just released this....

https://www.christopherward.co.uk/wa...-edition-range

Bugger
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 07:32
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I find myself really wanting one of those.
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Yes... SWMBO on the other hand says NO... Surprisingly quite firmly too. Ah well.
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 10:09
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I have more watches than I need, says SWMBO.

Given that I have fewer watches than she has earrings, I dont see the problem.

Today I am wearing a Seiko made in Oct 1970 that I gave my uncle in Australia. I inherited it back and wear it occasionally.

My rough wear digital is an emergency replacement Timberland bought in Hill Samuel in Guernsey and my every day a black face Seconda.

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I am not even going to ask Mrs W.
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I like CW watches; Indeed I have a couple.

But this is heading for Omega-price territory, and I think I'd rather pay a little extra for a Seamaster.
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Is said Seamaster made from a Merlin engine block, that helped knocked down a Dornier about to bomb the Royals?
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 11:26
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Originally Posted by just another jocky View Post
I find myself really wanting one of those.
Me too, and I don't even where a watch.
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Come on chaps, to hell with the swmbo, man up & buy the goddamn watch! (Says he, posting from behind the sofa!).
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Old 13th Aug 2017, 11:52
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The history, provenance and attached metal, makes this watch desirable.
Those eventual owners will have a unique time-piece to treasure and enjoy.

The Omega "Moon Watch" has a similar pedigree, but lacks bits of melted down L.E.M.
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
I have more watches than I need, says SWMBO.
A quotation from a Horological Institution once read,
"A man with a watch knows the time. A man with two watches is never quite sure".

No offense intended as my circumstances are similar.
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History I understand, but I find CW watches penchant for including bits of a famous Ferrari (GTO 3527), LSR car (Bluebird) or aircraft (this one) rather gimmicky.

In addition CW watches depreciate significantly; In comparison Omegas don't.
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Dear Father Christmas

This year I have been really good and


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Originally Posted by camelspyyder View Post

In addition CW watches depreciate significantly; In comparison Omegas don't.

Fair point but I really would not be buying one for its monetary resale value. It would be a keeper for the rest of my life to be handed down to my son/grandson.


Did I say I really want one.
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What is it with watches and blokes?

I have a 1961 Rolex [that costs a fortune to keep in working order] which reminds me of RAF Nicosia,

a QANTAS black face with bezel for time-zone flights and fancies.

an Emirates thinly gold plated

and a SEIKO to tell the time, day in, day out, to within a very few seconds per annum.

Do I want the Hurricane?

Do I????!!!!!!!!!!
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And I am pleased with my el cheepo radio controlled wristwatch!
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Originally Posted by langleybaston View Post
What is it with watches and blokes?

I have a 1961 Rolex [that costs a fortune to keep in working order] which reminds me of RAF Nicosia,

a QANTAS black face with bezel for time-zone flights and fancies.

an Emirates thinly gold plated

and a SEIKO to tell the time, day in, day out, to within a very few seconds per annum.

Do I want the Hurricane?

Do I????!!!!!!!!!!
Brilliant.

I regularly have a "watch off" over the Atlantic with the FO. Don't ever sport a fake Rolex on one of my flights, I can only curl my lip so much. On the other hand I always respect the Casio wearer. Efficient and always polite, but never to be found in a den of sin
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Originally Posted by Rosevidney1 View Post
And I am pleased with my el cheepo radio controlled wristwatch!
Couldn't agree more, my Casio Solar G-shock Waveceptor is as tough as old boots and updates itself at 02.00 daily from the caesium clock, never needs a battery and goes from GMT to BST automatically. Not bad for 70.

I did splash out and get a Heuer when I left in '86 but that is used for dress wear, when I remember.
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F-91W

Cheap
7 year battery (although my experience is that the plastic strap fails first - they were so cheap that I just bought a new watch.)
Manual says +/- 30 seconds a month (years ago was 15s however the ones I have had have been better than spec over the months.)
Water resistant


Disadvantages-

Price seems to have gone up a bit over the years.

A more modern problem might be -

Apparently recommended by al-Qaeda - I was there first.

Leaked files reportedly reveal a certain Casio watch was viewed with suspicion by US officials as a possible sign of terrorist links.
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Perhaps best not worn for passage into or out of USA?
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"Big ticky-tocky, small cocky!"

Wasn't that the saying some years ago?

Regarding the Casio, in GW1 we bought those in the local souk as they had a very useful timer feature, which would sound an alarm at the appropriate interval for changing IFF codes. The VC10K didn't have anything as sophisticated as an automatic code changer, but if you attached the Casio to the outside of your headset, with the backplate pressing against the earphone, it was just the right loudness to be heard peeping away at the appropriate time!

I had a few Casios which had the very useful triple time zone function, very useful for Zulu, UK and wherever-you-were local time. But when the cheap case lugs on the last one finally wore out, I decided on a Breitling Aerospace instead. I also have a Locman Stealth from Lufthansa (courtesy of Miles and More points, so didn't cost me anything!) for everyday use when in the UK.

A 2500 watch with only one time zone, even though it does contain bits of a Hurricane, is not something to which I aspire.

On the topic of fakes, I recall the story some years ago about someone who bought a watch during an airline flight, much to the surprise of the cabin crew. A few weeks later, it stopped working so he took it to the local watch dealer who asked "Wherever did Sir buy this POS - it's a fake!". After complaining to the airline, a scam was uncovered which involved cabin crew replacing real watches with fake items, then selling the real ones for a tidy sum. They knew that virtually no-one ever bought a watch in-flight, so the scam went well for them until someone did! The airline reimbursed the unlucky passenger, asking him to keep shtum...

From a Sunday Times article of 1999:

Sources inside ** revealed last week that crooked cabin staff have been buying fake watches and other luxury goods in Hong Kong and Singapore for just a few pounds apiece. They take the products, which include counterfeit Raymond Weil watches, Gucci sunglasses and Chanel perfumes, on board the aircraft and switch them for the genuine items. The fakes are then sold from in-flight duty-free trolleys. The genuine items are pocketed by cabin crew and sold on the black market in Britain, netting them a profit of as much as 200 per item. Sources close to ** claim that some of the switched goods, such as designer watches, are sold to jewellers in Kensington and Bond Street in London. Some retailers are known to give good prices to airline crew, who offer them as "unwanted gifts". An insider said the bogus sales first came to light when a ** passenger returned a watch to the manufacturer because it did not keep time.

Although all the paperwork was correct, the manufacturer said the watch was not a genuine product and referred the customer to **," the source said. The airline compensated the passenger and asked him to sign an agreement not to publicise the incident. ** confirmed the problem but declined to release full details. "There have been a handful of cases involving a handful of staff. We take the matter very seriously," a spokesman said.

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