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    An introduction...

    Hi all,

    After recently dipping into the forum for the first time I thought that it would be polite to introduce myself properly.

    I started having a proper interest in watches after my wifeís Nan pulled a very battered Speedmaster MKii from the back of a drawer and thrust it in my hand about ten years ago. It looked like it had literally been run over. It had stone shaped dents in the case! It had the remnants of a bracelet hanging from the watch head and the cracked and scratched sapphire wasnít pretty!



    But I had a local watchmaker take a look at it and he did a pretty good job of restoring it. Admittedly there was no lapping facility for the case but it was now wearable. He found a suitable replacement bracelet, new crystal and did some polishing.



    This watch had sparked the interest and I then learnt about the speedmaster etc generally.

    My 40th birthday approached and I convinced my lovely wife that spending thousands of pounds on a watch was a reasonable thing to do and she agreed to contribute towards me buying a Rolex. I didnít want a large watch and at that time the OP wasnít an option (it just didnít exist at that point which seems odd now) so I went with a lovely sunburst blue dialled Airking from Iconic (back when they could get some great watches at brilliant prices!).



    Iíve loved wearing this watch for years and still think that it works as an understated piece. Iíve never had anyone notice that itís a Rolex, which I like, as for me it was about marking the occasion between my wife and I. Itís great for swimming, etc too.

    Around this time I sold the mkii for a Moonwatch speedie as I just got fed up with the hair-plucking, top heavy nature of it and figured that I would wear a moonwatch much more enjoyably and it would still be an homage to the watch that started it all! That was definitely the correct decision for me. I really enjoy the flexibility of the moonwatch on straps, nato, etc. And the bracelet is comfy too.




    I went on to acquire a couple of C Wardís over the years, which were both very nice watches and very good vfm but I honestly just couldnít bond with them. The first was the orange bezelled diver;


    And the second was the bronze chronometer C65 diver;


    Both great, but not the sum of the parts as listed in some way for me? Maybe I just found them slightly too large for my wrist?

    I sadly lost my father about two and a half years ago and inherited his old automatic Omega. Nothing fancy at all but lovely to have of course. It wasnít running very well and needed some long overdue TLC so I asked Brendan (webwatchmaker) to look at it for me.



    And it came back like a new watch! He did a fantastic job.





    I had a very good year at work in 2016 so treated myself to a lovely little JLC ultra-thin that I saw in the window of Goldsmiths. It had been fully serviced by JLC and was basically a brand new watch at a great price. I even haggled a further £400 off the price too. It is a model that has the highly regarded cal 849 hand wound movement. Which I would love to pretend I knew when I bought it but only really found out after researching it later. It was even loved by the dear old Watch Snob on AskMen dot com! What ever happened to him? He was great.



    Having worn and enjoyed it for some years, mainly on special occasions, I recently decided to sell this to make room for my recent purchase, the blue dialled JLC Polaris. I figured that again, why have so much money tied up in a watch that only get worn at special occasions. I donít regret the move and love the Polaris. It is very comfortable and is everything I hoped that it would be.




    So for those that have lost track, I currently have the Speedie Moonwatch, the Airking, the Polaris, my fathers Omega and a nice Oris that my wife bought me for a wedding anniversary two years ago.



    So thanks for reading this far if you have, and I hope to contribute going forward instead of just reading! Iíve learnt a lot on here and in some ways itís helped me shape my collection by understanding what is out there and learning from others mistakes or knowledge.

    Cheers

    Rich (the_gazelle on account of my long legs apparently!)

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    Nice collection; welcome.

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    ...If Carlsberg did intros.....

    Nice work. Welcome!

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    Welcome... Love the air king - I had the salmon dial one and it's great looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maysie View Post
    ...If Carlsberg did intros.....

    Nice work. Welcome!
    Aww shucks... thanks!

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    Welcome! Nice collection!

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    A lovely selection there. And welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maysie View Post
    ...If Carlsberg did intros.....

    Nice work. Welcome!
    Indeed.

    OP nice watches, all of which I would be proud to own.

    Which one do you wear the most?

    The Polaris is a lovely design. How do you find using the bezel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maysie View Post
    ...If Carlsberg did intros.....

    Nice work. Welcome!
    Talking of Carlsberg, me and the kids watched Ice Cold in Alex last night (well I had to bribe them to do it) and I paused the scene at the end to explain the significance of it and the ad decades later

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    Welcome, some nice watches a couple Iíd like, that Airking and that JLC.
    Great introduction too.



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    Nicely done sir! Nice collection too.


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    Welcome. Nice intro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2012 View Post
    Indeed.

    OP nice watches, all of which I would be proud to own.

    Which one do you wear the most?

    The Polaris is a lovely design. How do you find using the bezel?
    Hmm, good question. I would say that the Airking has had the most daily use overall. Itís very flexible in that sense.

    Although having said that, Iíve only had the Polaris since Monday actually so itís not left my wrist! Iíve had no trouble with the bezel though. I had read that some found that it moves about a bit as it doesnít screw lock but Iíve not had that happen. Itís very smooth and good for timing things. Even my teenage daughter thought that it was cool and sheís doesnít usually (with watch stuff!). Or she was just placating me..... that couldnít be the case though surely?!

    Thanks for the welcome and kind comments everyone.

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    Impressive introduction and some lovely watches sir - great pedigree that gives shade (as my own teenagers would say) to my own humble collection. Welcome!

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    Welcome! A Fantastic intro, the way it should be done in my opinion, and lovely collection with meaningful back stories Well done, a really nicely balanced set of watches. Not too slanted to one niche or another. A collection to be proud of and a great basis to work on....just be careful, you may end up, like me, with 30+ without noticing the growth!

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    Enjoyed the read, great intro OP! Nice collection. Welcome to the forum.

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    Welcome to the forum, that speedy looks great! And nice story behind it too

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    Welcome. Really good to see a proper intro and a nice collection with a story behind it.

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    Thanks for all the lovely comments guys and gals.

    Ive been meaning to do it for some time but wanted to have the time do it properly and write something that I wouldíve enjoyed reading myself. I always think our stories that bring us here are all so very different and interesting.

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    What an intro. Love the Polaris.

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    Great intro and some great watches. An interesting read. Welcome Sir!


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    Welcome to the forum Great read and intro, like a few others that polaris would look good in my collection


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    Welcome along. Many thanks for taking the time and courtesy to introduce yourself and your collection.

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    Welcome - some very nice watches and a very thoughtful introduction.

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    Welcome, thatís a great collection.

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    Lovely collection. I really like the Oris with the date at 6. I prefer watches without dates as I can no longer read them without my glasses and hate cyclops. It seems to really restrict choice if looking for watches without dates (I have some of the usual suspects), but a date at 6 seems more balanced and easier to ignore.

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    Welcome, and nice intro.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    Lovely collection. I really like the Oris with the date at 6. I prefer watches without dates as I can no longer read them without my glasses and hate cyclops. It seems to really restrict choice if looking for watches without dates (I have some of the usual suspects), but a date at 6 seems more balanced and easier to ignore.
    Thanks. Yes I do like and respect Oris. They seem to be pretty brave in their design approach these days and have some lovely watches. A great independent brand.

    This one is simple and clean and my wife chose it knowing that I liked the Polaris when it came out several years ago. Most of my watches are dateless but this one is really useful to wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Kenney View Post
    Sent using Tapatalk. Excuse the lack of apostrophes.
    Aah, Iím glad you have that signature! I couldnít understand why my posts made me look slightly illiterate!


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    Fantastic story and great collection! Welcome to the forum!

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    Really great intro and collection. Welcome to the forum!

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    Brilliant that there is a story or occasion for each watch you own and what a great collection you have.

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