The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

The Under £200ish Watch and occasional Opera Thread! Vol2

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RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Saturday 9th September 2023
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blue_haddock said:
I've just picked up another zelos in the clearance drop.



Just the watch head on its own for $160 delivered. Have ordered a few straps but the aim for something like my old Christopher ward but without the sticky rotor and crap customer services.

I swear the clearance stuff on Zelos never gets widely advertised and is gone in about 3 minutes anyway... lol


Watchdives have just released a GMT version of the Mini-Pelagos-a-like, which looks pretty cool to my eyes:
https://watchdives.com/collections/watchdives/prod...

And they've released one of the dressier Omega-like homages - I can't remember the model name now, though:
https://watchdives.com/collections/new-arrivals/pr...

Barchettaman

6,255 posts

131 months

Saturday 9th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
Watchdives have released one of the dressier Omega-like homages - I can't remember the model name now, though:
https://watchdives.com/collections/new-arrivals/pr...
I think that might be drawing inspiration from the Omega AquaTerra.

RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Saturday 9th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
RSTurboPaul said:
Watchdives have released one of the dressier Omega-like homages - I can't remember the model name now, though:
https://watchdives.com/collections/new-arrivals/pr...
I think that might be drawing inspiration from the Omega AquaTerra.
That's the one, thank you!

The only thing my brain could pull out of the fog was 'DeVille', and I knew it definitely wasn't that one... laugh

redrabbit

1,326 posts

164 months

Saturday 9th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
That's the one, thank you!

The only thing my brain could pull out of the fog was 'DeVille', and I knew it definitely wasn't that one... laugh
Oof, I love that, especially on the white dial (I'm an 80s kid, sue me).

Trouble is, I shot my bolt on this quarter's discretionary spend buying that bike. Otherwise I'd be on that like a greased weasel.

blue_haddock

3,080 posts

66 months

Sunday 10th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
I swear the clearance stuff on Zelos never gets widely advertised and is gone in about 3 minutes anyway... lol


Watchdives have just released a GMT version of the Mini-Pelagos-a-like, which looks pretty cool to my eyes:
https://watchdives.com/collections/watchdives/prod...

And they've released one of the dressier Omega-like homages - I can't remember the model name now, though:
https://watchdives.com/collections/new-arrivals/pr...
I'm part of the zelos Facebook group so had decent notice of the sale.

And the funny but for me is that I've never not managed to get my chosen watch during a zelos drop.

It may be because I don't go for the Uber rare versions but I still find things funny when everyone gets butt hurt afterwards!

redrabbit

1,326 posts

164 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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I've had a bit of a strap frenzy this week (no, missus, not like that). Two were on OEM bracelets, the Avia was on a grungy old bit of brown leather.

The two leather straps are Fluco brand, about 17 quid each, and really good quality. The Nato was 8 quid. All from Watch Straps UK, whose service is superb.

First the Pagani BB. Like the posters on the Tudor thread I'm still deciding my 'true thoughts' on this model (as opposed to my false ones... biggrin) but it's a massive improvement on the chunk of metal it came with, IMO (as it is on the actual Tudor; I took inspiration from the Interweb for this one).

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The Avia, with some choice new croc effect and 30 minutes with the polywatch, is just lovely.



And finally a bit of posh. It came on a croc strap with deployant. The replacement strap is 300 quid. Sod that, this looks the business...



All in all, a satisfactory day's work! Have a good evening, all... [url][

Edited by redrabbit on Tuesday 12th September 19:03

Kes Arevo

3,555 posts

38 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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Is Polywatch worth getting?

redrabbit

1,326 posts

164 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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If you think you'll use it often enough, then I'd say yes. It comes in a tiny tube though biggrin


r159

2,227 posts

73 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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New dial for my Steeldive, 15 minutes and the hands haven’t fallen off… yet

RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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redrabbit said:
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The two leather straps are Fluco brand, about 17 quid each, and really good quality. The Nato was 8 quid. All from Watch Straps UK, whose service is superb.

...

And finally a bit of posh. It came on a croc strap with deployant. The replacement strap is 300 quid. Sod that, this looks the business...



...
Was it this website?

https://watchstraps.store/watch-straps.html

I can't find anything on there with Fluco brand so I think my search skills are weak this evening laugh lol


RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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Ooh, and while I think about it... Are there any recommended sites for Mondaine watches? (Other than the Mondaine UK site, obvs...)

With good discount codes? wink


Or small ladies' watches generally?


Looking for stuff <26mm is a PITA.

redrabbit

1,326 posts

164 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
Was it this website?

https://watchstraps.store/watch-straps.html

I can't find anything on there with Fluco brand so I think my search skills are weak this evening laugh lol
ukwatchstrap.co.uk

Barchettaman

6,255 posts

131 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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r159 said:
New dial for my Steeldive, 15 minutes and the hands haven’t fallen off… yet
Well modded. That looks the business.

r159

2,227 posts

73 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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Barchettaman said:
r159 said:
New dial for my Steeldive, 15 minutes and the hands haven’t fallen off… yet
Well modded. That looks the business.
Cheers, seemed to take forever for the right type of dial (that wasn’t £30) to pop up on AliExpress, the lume isn’t as good as the Steeldive one but still not bad.

gregs656

10,757 posts

180 months

Tuesday 12th September 2023
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RSTurboPaul said:
Ooh, and while I think about it... Are there any recommended sites for Mondaine watches? (Other than the Mondaine UK site, obvs...)

With good discount codes? wink


Or small ladies' watches generally?


Looking for stuff <26mm is a PITA.
TK Maxx of all places often have Mondaine in stock at good prices on their website.

RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Wednesday 13th September 2023
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redrabbit said:
RSTurboPaul said:
Was it this website?

https://watchstraps.store/watch-straps.html

I can't find anything on there with Fluco brand so I think my search skills are weak this evening laugh lol
ukwatchstrap.co.uk
Thank you very much, there is a massive selection on there!

RSTurboPaul

10,105 posts

257 months

Wednesday 13th September 2023
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gregs656 said:
RSTurboPaul said:
Ooh, and while I think about it... Are there any recommended sites for Mondaine watches? (Other than the Mondaine UK site, obvs...)

With good discount codes? wink


Or small ladies' watches generally?


Looking for stuff <26mm is a PITA.
TK Maxx of all places often have Mondaine in stock at good prices on their website.
Ah yes! I recall that being posted on here previously now you've mentioned it, thank you smile

Kes Arevo

3,555 posts

38 months

Wednesday 13th September 2023
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Just ordered a new strap for my Riseman G-9200.

Talk about rocking horse st.

BrokenSkunk

4,541 posts

249 months

Wednesday 13th September 2023
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Since I have nothing horological to add, these were taken 30 years ago (which doesn't seem possible.) That's me on the left in the first one, on the right in the last one.







I still have the Peugot, It's a great bike. I rebuilt the rear wheel for this trip, putting longer spokes in to make it a bit less rigid and a bit more forgiving on the derriere.
Yes, I had hair once. And terrible taste in T-Shirts.

BrokenSkunk

4,541 posts

249 months

Wednesday 13th September 2023
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And here's the second half of the promised Broken Skunk post.

This first photo is looking (forwards) into the boot. The swingarm mounts are far left (strong mount) and just left of centre (bent).
You should be able to make out the prop tube in the centre, with the mount for the C&P box. The mount is a 5mm steel plate with four 10mm holes. It is twisted.
Between the CP mount and the right hand swingarm mount is the handbrake caliper.
Most of the tubing is 20mm. The lowest tube in the picture running left to right is 30mm. That's bent and twisted. More of tube that later.



Here's a couple of pics showing the C&P drive in place and the fat half of the broken swingarm axle.
The loose bolts on the left hand side of the C&P normally hold the front sprocket. The rear wheel is then chain driven.
That axle is supposed to go through the middle of the sprocket carrier. Due to the buggered chassis there's about 1/2" of misalignment.
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Here are two pictures with the swingarm replaced, to give you an idea of how it all goes together:




And finally, if all that wasn't bad enough this is the picture that's really got me worried:

This is the floorpan under the passenger seat, looking towards the rear. On the left of the image you'll see the right hand harness mount, on the right of the image, the left hand mount. They are welded to top of the 20mm tubes.
The big tube running left to right is the 30mm one that's bent and twisted. Where it's bent it has pushed the lower right triangle in the image and bent the tube carrying the left hand harness mount.
That harness mount tube can't be replaced without removing both the body and the entire floopan.
To parapharse the green guy: "concerned about that I should be."