Situation Report Jan 16th

From the looks of my work email inbox lots of you have been trying to contact me since I stopped work for the Christmas period on the 22nd Dec. Unfortunately on the 29th Dec I tested positive for coronavirus and initially it didn’t feel too bad for the first week apart from feeling constantly like throwing up and having joints that felt like they had rebar hammered through them! This changed during the second week and I went downhill rapidly with a complete loss of energy, a constant irritating cough and more worryingly a shortness of breath. Long story short is I’ve been in and out of hospital and am currently at home in bed with zero energy although my breathing has improved. I still get breathless just thinking about having to get up for a pee though! I’m spending a lot of time sleeping trying to rid the virus from my body. I’ve been meaning to post an update so people are aware of what’s going on but today’s the first day I’ve been able to switch the computer on and attempt it.

I have no chance of answering individual requests as there are hundreds of them, although there have been one or two that really needed a reply and I have taken care of those via my mobile. I’m not sure when I’ll be back at the bench but I’m hoping that by Mon 1st Feb I may be able to start work again, but of course that’s just a figure plucked out of the ether at the moment!

A lot of you have watches with me at the moment for servicing, restoration etc and the upshot is that any length of time from 4th Jan (which was when I intended starting back at work) is going to be added to the length of time I quoted when you sent me your job. So if I am back at the bench on the 1st Feb that would mean an extra 4 weeks unavoidably nailed on to your lead time. For this I apologise and of course if this means too long a wait then I will sort out getting your watch back to you.

Anyway here’s hoping recovery comes soon and I’m back where I’m destined to be, at the bench. I’m off to collapse back into bed now!


  1. Duncan, the most important thing is your recovery. Your work is worth waiting for — take care and get back when you can.

    My four watches from you continue to shine in my use of them.

    All the best,
    Paul Adams


  2. Duncan,
    My sympathies and best wishes. I had Covid too at Xmas, but nothing as bad as yours. I hope you get some rest and wish you a speedy recovery. You are sorely missed!


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