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    Cautionary tale

    I had rather a lot to drink last night with Man City winning, and apparently ended up buying a Graham Chronofighter vintage watch, judging by my emails this morning. At least it was 50% off at 2.5k.





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    You have my condolences!


    It’s actually a good looking watch. Much better than most they release. That said I have a soft spot for the nose art versions, if I could find one at a decent price I would buy one.
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    Surely you can just return it when it arrives if you so wish.

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    It's a very distinctive piece.

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    They are well made and good quality

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    You have me thinking now.

    I had never previously considered buying a wtch with a steam pressure escape valve as an extra complication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post
    You have me thinkong now.

    I had never previously considered buying a wtch with a steam pressure escape valve as an extra complication.
    It's actually a bottle opener. Every time you get buyer's remorse open a couple of beer bottles and the watch looks good again.

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    It’s the only watch out there that serves you a nice espresso when you wind it. Joking aside they are very well made watches and variety is the spice of life.

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    At least its a Lefty, so you will be able to actually wear it!! :0)

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    Don't think I've seen a full on leftie like that with the date before. As a right-handed person it seems even stranger...a reflection on how my brain works, not the watch!

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    If they scaled-down and "de-clumsified" the crown assembly (without impinging on Panerai's patents), that would actually be a really good-looking watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    If they scaled-down and "de-clumsified" the crown assembly (without impinging on Panerai's patents), that would actually be a really good-looking watch.
    Fully agree - it's one of Graham's better looking watches....

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    Send it back and get a proper one.



    You don't actually need to know what the time is.
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    Well if that dosen't cause you to stop drinking nothing will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monogroover View Post
    It's a very distinctive piece.
    'Distinctive' being an excellent euphemism for......?

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    I was just thinking that. What’s the history behind all the crown furniture?

    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    If they scaled-down and "de-clumsified" the crown assembly (without impinging on Panerai's patents), that would actually be a really good-looking watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    I was just thinking that. What’s the history behind all the crown furniture?
    Inspired by WWII fighter pilot watches to time bomb drops https://www.ethoswatches.com/the-wat...intage-review/

    The real one is shown a few posts above.
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    An interesting read, thank you. I think that's a very clever design and actually I really like the watch in its entirety.

    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    Inspired by WWII fighter pilot watches to time bomb drops https://www.ethoswatches.com/the-wat...intage-review/

    The real one is shown a few posts above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    You have my condolences!


    It’s actually a good looking watch. Much better than most they release. That said I have a soft spot for the nose art versions, if I could find one at a decent price I would buy one.
    That is absolutely my stance on Chronofighters. I've owned a Graham watch in the past, and it was very solid, if a little chunky. I'd love a nose art Chronofighter.


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    not only damaging to your body and wallet but also your street cred!

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    I'm really surprised to find I like that. The left hand trigger would seem to make a lot of ergonomic sense for me triggering the chrono with my right thumb. Luckily for my wallet, I don't need another chrono as I can't remember the last time I used the function on an analogue watch.

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    At least at 47mm if someone tries to mug you, you can always batter them with your watch.

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    Man City were very impressive.
    Your choice of watch is interesting-looks a bit like my bicycle tyre pump which frustratingly does not tell the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Send it back and get a proper one.



    You don't actually need to know what the time is.
    I’m guessing you’d have to be on Man City wages to afford one? It’s lovely.

    Enjoy your watch OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I’m guessing you’d have to be on Man City wages to afford one? It’s lovely.
    There's not a lot of data - if I recall correctly I've seen a Leonidas version sell for around £500 and I think there's a UG on MWR for €5k. There also appears to be a LIP available for €1k.
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    There's not a lot of data - if I recall correctly I've seen a Leonidas version sell for around £500 and I think there's a UG on MWR for €5k. There also appears to be a LIP available for €1k.
    That actually seems pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    That actually seems pretty good.
    The problem is finding a use for one - I could easily work some pretty flimsy rationalisation if I could use it to time an egg, for example.

    We've had a thread before:
    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...das-Bomb-Timer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    The problem is finding a use for one - I could easily work some pretty flimsy rationalisation if I could use it to time an egg, for example.
    Let's think about this for a minute.

    You are willing to admit that a possibility exists whereby you would own a timepiece that you would/could use solely to time eggs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    I’m guessing you’d have to be on Man City wages to afford one? It’s lovely.

    Enjoy your watch OP.
    Trying to figure out how the real one worked. The distance between the 12 and 5 markers is quadruple the distance between 5 and 10, and 10 and 15, etc. So did the hand run at different speeds depending on its position?

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    God bless distance selling. Straight back in the post without even opening it

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post
    Let's think about this for a minute.

    You are willing to admit that a possibility exists whereby you would own a timepiece that you would/could use solely to time eggs?
    Yes. At the moment I have two devices specifically assigned for this purpose - a third would add some useful defence in depth.


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    All I can say is that you had better start saving up for the final, God only knows what you will sign up to if they win.

    You could always ask wifey to switch the internet off for the night and give her your phone as a precautionary measure.

    Could have been worse, could have been a Panerai or a Hublot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post

    Could have been worse, could have been a Panerai or a Hublot
    Don't think I'll ever be that plastered :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    ... God only knows what you will sign up to if they win. ...


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    Not the worst thing you could possibly buy!

    I'm gonna be very disappointed if you can't light a cigar with that crown guard

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    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    I had rather a lot to drink last night
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Yes. At the moment I have two devices specifically assigned for this purpose - a third would add some useful defence in depth.


    You always need a third for a critical application to operate as a tie breaker in case of a disagreement. Of course if all three disagree you need another ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by stelmo01 View Post
    At least at 47mm if someone tries to mug you, you can always batter them with your watch.
    A real plus given the times we live in - but blind muggers are rare.

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    A cautionary tale indeed, you should be able to return for a full refund so don’t worry. Don’t hang around though as you wouldn’t want to miss the returns window and be stuck with it!

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    So it arrived. Quite like it actually. The 44mm size is spot on, and the crown guard is nowhere near as intrusive as I expected. It also helps that the whole assembly is on the left of the case so it doesn't dig into your hand. I've had it on for a few minutes and it's extremely comfortable. I shall be keeping this, apologies to the taste police. Already got it at a substantial discount so not going to take a hosing if I move it on down the line.


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    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    so not going to take a hosing if I move it on down the line.

    😳

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    Good for you.
    Opportunities for gratuitous insults aside, it is after all your taste that dictates what you like, not anyone else's.
    I couldn't live with that crown guard arrangement, but have to admit that it is a lovely-looking watch in all other aspects.

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    Looks well on your wrist, just not to my taste. Very steampunk-esque, like you'd expect it to run on coal.

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    That day & date appears to be a bit wonky. Is the watch 12 hours out of sync (ie at 2330 instead of 1130)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    That day & date appears to be a bit wonky. Is the watch 12 hours out of sync (ie at 2330 instead of 1130)?
    thanks, now fixed

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    Looks alright - I could never wear it, wearing on my right wrist though. Congrats and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amii21 View Post
    So it arrived. Quite like it actually. The 44mm size is spot on, and the crown guard is nowhere near as intrusive as I expected. It also helps that the whole assembly is on the left of the case so it doesn't dig into your hand. I've had it on for a few minutes and it's extremely comfortable. I shall be keeping this, apologies to the taste police. Already got it at a substantial discount so not going to take a hosing if I move it on down the line.
    Happy to be in a minority with this - it looks great, better in the metal than in the renders, and fit and finish look very good. Enjoy!

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    Cautionary tale

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    The problem is finding a use for one - I could easily work some pretty flimsy rationalisation if I could use it to time an egg, for example.

    We've had a thread before:
    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...das-Bomb-Timer
    Thanks Alan, I’d missed that original thread.

    As a Gooner, I have zero chance of any celebratory ‘high spirited’ purchases any time soon.
    Last edited by alfat33; 7th May 2021 at 07:06.

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    i like that a lot,i think its great,love the crown assembly.i only once bought on ebay when sloshed.in the morning i found i had bought two cheap and nasty panerai homages and a lovely vintage Leonodas chronograph which is still own..

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