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Update 17/08/2021

I recovered from the dreaded covid I caught at the end of last year after about 8 weeks so many thanks to all who passed on their well wishes. It took a further 8 weeks for my taste and smell to get back to what it was but it’s all good now!

Those who have a watch with me will know I’m currently in the process of moving house, I moved out of my old place on June 23rd and have temporarily moved in to my parents home whilst my new build house is completed. The workshop is also temporarily here but I get the keys to the new place on the 3rd September so I will have to retrieve all my furniture out of storage where it’s been since June then move the workshop for a second time. However before I can do that the new workshop needs specialised flooring laying, cabinets fitting etc. I’ve done my best to plan in any delays due to the upheaval with all the estimates for work I’ve been supplying but I’m afraid that now I may fall further behind.

On the 11th August, quite unexpectedly, my beloved mother was rushed into hospital. I followed the ambulance to the hospital and spent 16 hrs with her in the resuscitation and acute medical units until she passed away at 23:00 that evening. I thank god I’d spent the last 7 weeks in her company, thank god I managed to get her comfortable after the collapse and thank god I managed to contact my sisters who collected my father and brought him in to see her at 16:00 to say goodbye, 30 mins before she drifted out of consciousness. We stayed with her for a further six and a half hours talking to her, holding her hands and telling her we loved her until she finally left us. To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement.

As my sisters live further away it’s down to me to organise seemingly endless arrangements that need to be done after a loved one passes. Obviously this means my time at the bench has been severely curtailed and will be for the next few weeks, we bury mum on the Tuesday August 31st and I get the keys for the new house on Friday September 3rd. I honestly don’t know whether I’m coming or going at the moment but will endeavour to answer all enquiries as soon as I possibly can, however if I’m not as quick as I should be with my replies you now know the reason why.

I can only apologise for any extra delay this will cause my wonderful customers, I hate letting anyone down.

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!

Watch repair blogs

I’m very happy to have had my blog awarded number 8 in the top 15 watch blogs from feedspot! All the more remarkable when I’ve hardly had the time to post any updates this year. Hopefully this will change as soon as possible as I have shedloads of interesting jobs to blog about, watch this space 🙂

Happy new year everybody – the start of another one!

Well 2016 is now behind us, thank goodness, it wasn’t a particularly good year on a personal level with accidents, deaths in the family and one thing and another. Unfortunately all this impacted quite severely on my ability to keep this blog updated on a regular basis. Having said that the work has been coming in thick and fast all year so I thought I’d show a little of what’s been across the bench to try and make up for the lack of updates.

I’ve seen quite a lot of vintage Seiko exotica on the bench last year including some early 6159-7000’s.

Seiko 6159-7000 (more…)

Seiko 6159-7001

Hands up all you vintage Seiko dive watch enthusiasts who remember this one? I certainly do, when it appeared on ebay last year I was inundated with requests for information for the duration of the auction! Some people were a bit coy and showed me a few photographs saying they “had the chance of purchasing a 6159 diver that was in pieces”, others were more candid and said “this 6159’s on ebay, what do you think?” Looking at the picture below it actually looks quite reasonable, probably in need of a relume you may think.

cb0b6cd7-4662-4608-b1d9-f6c5e766c175a (more…)