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    Revisiting this thread has got me wanting a teju strap for no.83 now.... hmm, wonder if John will look at his emails this time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pupp View Post
    Revisiting this thread has got me wanting a teju strap for no.83 now.... hmm, wonder if John will look at his emails this time!
    I'm thinking of upgrading to Teju in the New Year, after the Hirsch fell apart within a week... Would love to see some pics and feedback if you get one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pupp View Post
    Revisiting this thread has got me wanting a teju strap for no.83 now.... hmm, wonder if John will look at his emails this time!
    I was talking to John on Friday of last week and he mentioned he was a little snowed under at the moment, so it might be worthwhile trying him again once the christmas rush is over. Persistence is always best if he doesn't reply!

    I've got a deal with him that he'll make a standard or custom strap (any strap from his range of colours, leathers etc) for Field Engineer owners within 1 month of ordering instead of his current, quite a bit longer, waiting time.

    Edit: for anyone who thinks the FE is a bit too cheap, there are solid 18ct gold full and partial (bezel, buttons and backplate) options now available.
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    Solid gold you say? Please donít share any photos to tempt me because I definitely canít afford that upgrade!


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    Better show us some pics Lorne, I think I can resist but I would like to be sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondie View Post
    Better show us some pics Lorne, I think I can resist but I would like to be sure
    In accordance with the Marine Chronometer Co standard operating procedure (not annoying my wife), I need someone order one before I can make it. I think the partial gold (bezel, buttons, backplate) will be phenomenal though as the colour balance will be just right with the silver dial. It'll have just under an oz and a half of gold. Full case option is just over 3 oz's and really needs me to make a black and gold dial and gold edged hands to go with it.

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    Maybe you can post some pics of the bezel to tease us then? What is the cost for gold bezel and pushers?

    C'mon Lorne no teasing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondie View Post
    Maybe you can post some pics of the bezel to tease us then? What is the cost for gold bezel and pushers?

    C'mon Lorne no teasing!
    I don't have any pics, honest, just a company I've been talking with and been to visit that will do it to the required standard and at a reasonable cost (which was darned hard to find). Bezel and pushers in 18ct gold as an upgrade would be about 2.5k, as a new watch about 4.5k. Full gold case with gold and black dial and gold deployment clasp about £8k.

    Edit: if anyone is a whizz with photoshop they could do some recolouring on a standard FE and we'd all be able to see what it looks like.

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    Thanks, Lorne, thats a chunk of extra but not unexpected. Hopefully, someone on TZ will take the plunge soon enough and we can see the PO sporting some bling! For now, I will stick with Plan A

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    Quote Originally Posted by LorneG View Post
    Edit: if anyone is a whizz with photoshop they could do some recolouring on a standard FE and we'd all be able to see what it looks like.
    Queue the Spandau Ballet one liner.... and... "GOLD.....!"



    (The gold is perhaps a bit washed out/subtle.. but I thought it better to go in easy....)
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    Cool

    I'll stick with the original..#148 ordered for Jan..

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    Any Offshore Professional Engineer Chronograph owners amongst the ranks?

    I am not convinced by the two tone look. Full gold would look amazing but is about £8k over my budget

    After my Hirsch strap disintegrated on the third wear (kindly refunded by WatchObsession as its discontinued) I switched to the bracelet.

    It's a little fiddly to get on but no worse than any other watch with solid end links. my Christopher Ward C7 Rapide gave me more trouble. Lorne kindly sent it pre-sized but I'm fussy about clasp placement to switched sides of one link to get it just so.

    Removing links is fiddly but feasible with two decent 1mm screwdrivers and a steady hand. The screw system is superb, no locked threads, it feels secure and is far less of a faff than the pin and collar system used by TAG Heuer and Omega.

    My one criticism of the bracelet is the lack of adjustment. It's a similar bracelet to the TAG Heuer Carrera with no micro adjustment. Every link is a half link so its better than some bracelets but still impossible to get a perfect fit. What I would like to see is either a standard pin microadjust with five holes (so you never get caught Ēbetween linksĒ or, using Lorneís engineering expertise, something similar to either the Rolex Glide Lock or the sprung system used on the Tudor Pelagos.

    Having said all that... It looks amazing and the five link engineer bracelet looks stunning when it catches the light.




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    There'll soon be a few more Field Engineer owners....




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    If ever a watch was a 'grower '...
    Good luck everybody. Have a good one.

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    Looking good Lorne and very pleased with the contrast stitching

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richmondmike View Post

    After my Hirsch strap disintegrated on the third wear (kindly refunded by WatchObsession as its discontinued) I switched to the bracelet.

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    I'm somewhat bewildered by the fact that your Hirsch strap fell apart so quickly, Mike. I've worn my FE constantly on the Hirsch I got Darius to fit when I bought #131, and it still looks exactly the same as the day I picked it up...



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    Quote Originally Posted by mondie View Post
    Looking good Lorne and very pleased with the contrast stitching
    I actually always thought the FE deserved a contrast-stitched black leather strap, so I too think it's a good move, Lorne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    Queue the Spandau Ballet one liner.... and... "GOLD.....!"



    (The gold is perhaps a bit washed out/subtle.. but I thought it better to go in easy....)
    Hmmm, as someone else said, the TT look is definitely not for me, but I suspect a solid gold one with a black and gold dial could look dynamite...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    I'm somewhat bewildered by the fact that your Hirsch strap fell apart so quickly, Mike. I've worn my FE constantly on the Hirsch I got Darius to fit when I bought #131, and it still looks exactly the same as the day I picked it up...



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    My Hirsch on #134 has similarly shown no signs of deterioration in 5 months of wear.

    I also donít think I could justify the cost of a Teju

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    That is just amazing!! I think that may be the best looking watch in human history!! For me, anyway, some will hate it of course.

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    Any Offshore Professional Engineer Chronograph owners amongst the ranks?

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    I'm somewhat bewildered by the fact that your Hirsch strap fell apart so quickly, Mike. I've worn my FE constantly on the Hirsch I got Darius to fit when I bought #131, and it still looks exactly the same as the day I picked it up...



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    All the remaining stock at Watchunique has been withdrawn from sale so I can only assume the last few were part of a bad batch. Loving the bracelet, though, so all's well that ends well :)

    You can see where it started to split at the lug near the 5 I clock marker. Then the thin leather layer split and exposed the core.

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    Made the final payment on #151 today and are expecting delivery next week once Darius is back on deck to size the bracelet. Lorne sent the pic below of my Field Engineer on its contrast strap, I think it looks great but the bracelet is likely the only way it will be worn. One day, perhaps after a few pints, I will make an attempt at changing the stap but after experiencing Johnnys watch on a strap this might be outside of my limited skill.

    20181213_205902 by Simon Gee, on Flickr

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    Never heard of these before but itís a fascinating piece, too big for me but I had a Christopher Ward C40 Speedhawk and a Steinhart Chrono when I did own some larger watches and you canít beat the 7750 for reliability and that trademark wobble


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    #148 heading to Lincs next week, on the strap..can't wait.. I love everything about the watch.. and the story behind it..
    Pics to follow once collected!

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    Any Offshore Professional Engineer Chronograph owners amongst the ranks?

    #144 is Still on bracelet and although the lack of adjustment makes it a little looser than Iíd like I donít think Iíll go back to a strap now Iím used to it.




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    #148 collected and back in Stamford... very pleased with both the watch and the strap...and an excellent standard of coffee too :)
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    Iíve made a little video review of #144

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j7WK3OFUZzk


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    Great review Mike... I'll embed it below for ease of viewing:


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    Great to see the watch in a video like that, thank you for taking the time to do the review.

    I would be so much keener on this if the bezel was more useful...rotating being the key! It looks to be knurled already, though making a rotating bezel assembly must be a bit of a faff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richmondmike View Post
    I’ve made a little video review of #144

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j7WK3OFUZzk


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    Hi Mike, What an excellent video, thank you very much. There's nothing better than free advertising. Cheaper than free actually because, as you noted in the video, you bought the watch you reviewed!

    It must be slightly annoying having a bracelet that is slightly loose or slightly tight depending on how many half links you've removed. I'll have to resolve that, as you suggest with a micro adjustment facility. In the meantime (as getting a micro-adjustment revision into the bracelet is probably about a year to do) I'll send you a Teju strap as a way of saying thank you.

    edit: I'm putting your review onto the website as a news item, assuming that's OK with you

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    Quote Originally Posted by LorneG View Post
    Hi Mike, What an excellent video, thank you very much. There's nothing better than free advertising. Cheaper than free actually because, as you noted in the video, you bought the watch you reviewed!

    It must be slightly annoying having a bracelet that is slightly loose or slightly tight depending on how many half links you've removed. I'll have to resolve that, as you suggest with a micro adjustment facility. In the meantime (as getting a micro-adjustment revision into the bracelet is probably about a year to do) I'll send you a Teju strap as a way of saying thank you.

    edit: I'm putting your review onto the website as a news item, assuming that's OK with you
    Hi Lorne, as you are very much aware the bracelet fit effects many brands and you arent alone - fortunately in my case I get a good fit so no problems but adding the micro adjustment will I am sure open up the market to people who just cant live with the uncertainly of getting a decent fit (I know what it can be like and generally avoid bracelets now without micro adjustment)..lets be clear though, its a stonkingly good watch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LorneG View Post
    Hi Mike, What an excellent video, thank you very much. There's nothing better than free advertising. Cheaper than free actually because, as you noted in the video, you bought the watch you reviewed!

    It must be slightly annoying having a bracelet that is slightly loose or slightly tight depending on how many half links you've removed. I'll have to resolve that, as you suggest with a micro adjustment facility. In the meantime (as getting a micro-adjustment revision into the bracelet is probably about a year to do) I'll send you a Teju strap as a way of saying thank you.

    edit: I'm putting your review onto the website as a news item, assuming that's OK with you
    Thanks! Another example of why this is the best purchase Iíve made in my watch collecting career. More than happy for you to share the review.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richmondmike View Post
    Iíve made a little video review of #144

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j7WK3OFUZzk
    Great review, thanks.

    You say that the watch is heavy on the bracelet, I have looked for a weight but can only find the weight on the leather strap.

    Did you happen to weigh it with the bracelet?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziphos View Post
    Great review, thanks.

    You say that the watch is heavy on the bracelet, I have looked for a weight but can only find the weight on the leather strap.

    Did you happen to weigh it with the bracelet?

    Thanks
    Bracelet is 92 grams at full size (take 4.5 grams off per link removed to fit you wrist). Strap and clasp are 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LorneG View Post
    Bracelet is 92 grams at full size (take 8 grams off per link removed to fit you wrist). Strap and clasp are 30.

    Thanks Lorne,

    Your website gives the weight with the strap as 132g, so I calculate the maximum weight on bracelet as 132 - 30 + 92 = 194g with all links.

    So it's heavy, but not ridiculously so!

    Thanks, that helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziphos View Post
    Thanks Lorne,

    Your website gives the weight with the strap as 132g, so I calculate the maximum weight on bracelet as 132 - 30 + 92 = 194g with all links.

    So it's heavy, but not ridiculously so!

    Thanks, that helps a lot.
    That sounds about right. I'd weigh one for you, but mine is on the Teju strap. The Teju strap is actually a good 10 grams heavier than the previous Hirsch strap:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ziphos View Post
    Thanks Lorne,

    Your website gives the weight with the strap as 132g, so I calculate the maximum weight on bracelet as 132 - 30 + 92 = 194g with all links.

    So it's heavy, but not ridiculously so!

    Thanks, that helps a lot.
    It feels heavier on the bracelet because the strap holds it right to the wrist, but I wear bracelets half a link looser than a strap for comfort. Itís the sliding around that makes it feel too heavy. A very common occurrence with 7750 watches: a TAG Heuer Carrera also feels unbalanced and they, too, have no micro adjustment on the bracelets.

    Look what arrived this morning: one of the best straps Iíve ever worn. Hugs the wrist perfectly and just right for balance between comfort and tightness.





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    What sort of money are we talking about for the new strap? I have one of the older Hirsch ones, and fancy a change. Like you, I think that this watch won't work for me on the bracelet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Incredible Sulk View Post
    What sort of money are we talking about for the new strap? I have one of the older Hirsch ones, and fancy a change. Like you, I think that this watch won't work for me on the bracelet.
    Quite a lot at around Euro 340 and direct from John at dangerous9straps to cut out the middleman. Tell him it's to fit the Field Engineer as he has the case and clasp jig and will shortcut his 12 week waiting time to 4 weeks. Standard is black teju outer, dark blue teju inner and black stitching, but he'll make any combination of skins and colours you like. The white stitching is quite popular and really rather nice.



    edit: and he'll adjust the length as well if you ask and tell him your wrist size
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    Thanks Lorne. I'll need to save up my pocket money for a few weeks......

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