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  1. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 17, 2020

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    Evening all,

    Just wanted to drop a quick introduction thread, my name is Andy and I've recently joined the community after lurking for the past couple of years.

    First things first, and I'm ashamed to admit it, I'd always (falsely) assumed Omega to be a poor relation to Rolex, please don't blame me, I fell into the typical conditioning, especially having family members extolling their virtues.

    Having taken a bit more time to read about the history of both along with the innovations pioneered by Omega, I'm pleased to admit I was dead wrong!!

    Whilst I'm getting everything off my chest, I should also admit I really like the Speedmaster TinTin, which seems to be an unpopular opinion!

    I suppose I've always been into my watches, probably from more of an aesthetic perspective than much else, but I got my first Omega last year, a standard Hesalite Speedy, which I absolutely love to bits, and already have a boatload of straps for it.

    I'm hoping in coming years to add to my collection, currently housing a '73 Seiko 6138 Jumbo Chrono and a Casio CA-53W Calculator watch - which I bought purely for nostalgia reasons.

    On the wish list is a blue dial Globemaster on leather to cover the dressier aspect, a Rolex GMT 16700 which I'm in line to inherit (I should probably admit I'd rather the owner remained around quite a while longer), but the grail will always be a VC Historique American 1921 - very unlikely but I can always dream!

    Anyway, that's a bit about me, looking forward to being a member of the community and learning a bit, or a lot more!

    Should anyone be in Hampshire UK, swing by Carter Marsh in Winchester, they have a decent selection of watches, including a couple of Ed Whites, a WatchCo SM300 (I think) and an ST2 Ultraman amongst a smattering of DJ Rolexes, a Nautilus Moonphase and a few other interesting pieces - I'm in no way affiliated with them, I just pass by it on the way to and from work and always have to have a nose in the window.
     
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  2. Nathan1967

    Nathan1967 Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I’m not too far away from you, in South Oxfordshire.
     
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  3. Madjam1966

    Madjam1966 Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome
     
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  4. Gav1967

    Gav1967 Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome from a fellow member also in Hampshire (Amazingstoke ;))
     
  5. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 18, 2020

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    Eastleigh for me!
     
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  6. ICONO

    ICONO Feb 18, 2020

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    Lancashire Coast and Manchester here

    A Warm Welcome…
     
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  7. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Feb 18, 2020

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    Great wishlist :thumbsup: Love the Historique, and the Globemaster is a solid piece of engineering...sounds like you will fit right in here...welcome Sir!
     
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  8. ChrisN

    ChrisN Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome - I'm in Somerset, close to Yeovil.

    Cheers, Chris
     
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  9. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Feb 18, 2020

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    I can't read, and I can't write,
    But that don't really matter
    I come up yer from Wiltshire
    An' I can drive a tractor.

    Salisbury, to be precise. Welcome to OF. Pictures!
     
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  10. Gav1967

    Gav1967 Feb 18, 2020

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    Hampshire born
    Hampshire bred
    Strong in th'arm
    Thick in t'head
     
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  11. SouthernScot

    SouthernScot Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome to the forum, if you’ve been lurking for a couple of years you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it’s all about.
    I claim to be closest to you! Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh. Like your reference to Carter Marsh, always enjoy looking in their window when in Winchester, (too much according to my wife). Also like Burrell’s, friendly and helpful people.
    Enjoy the forum.
     
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  12. Tet

    Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it Feb 18, 2020

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    Another Somerset welcome. Happy collecting.
     
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  13. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 18, 2020

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    Crikey, you are close! I'm on Bournemouth Road myself.

    Burrells are decent, I'm often drooling at the Fifty Fathoms on display in their window - i did have cause for concern when I thought my Speedmaster was gaining, so popped into Burrells, the lovely lady (also wearing a Speedmaster I might add) said whilst there was nothing they could do in store, she was happy to discuss other bits and bobs with me, especially wait lists for the Tudor Black bay series, and she did try her hardest to get me to buy the Blancpain...
     
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  14. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 18, 2020

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    I'm trying to like all posts and reply where possible, but thank you all for the warm welcome!
     
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  15. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 18, 2020

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  16. Capt Cave Man

    Capt Cave Man Feb 18, 2020

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    Welcome to the madhouse :thumbsup:
     
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  17. SouthernScot

    SouthernScot Feb 18, 2020

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    It’s a small world! Talking of Tudor I got my GMT from Burrell’s and they were excellent. They managed to get one in under three months which meant a quick reappraisal of finances as I expected to be waiting until March this year!
     
  18. amfalconer

    amfalconer Feb 18, 2020

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    It certainly is, they were quite insistent they could get one in in short order - ever the sales people!

    How do you find the Tudor? I was quite keen on one of those or the BB58, but glad I opted for the Speedmaster in the end - still never seen one in the wild.

    I have a soft spot for the GMT, especially as my dad has the GMT Master with the Pepsi bezel, nicely faded down and patinated - this is the one I may be in line to inherit, providing my brother doesn't jump in beforehand - brother has a 2018 Seamaster 300 with the plain dial, so he won't be missing out. ;)
     
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  19. Wivac

    Wivac Terribly special Feb 18, 2020

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    Howdy.
    * Waves from Berkshire.
     
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  20. SouthernScot

    SouthernScot Feb 18, 2020

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    I love the GMT it has become pretty much my daily wearer, even ahead of my Speedies which now spend most of the time in the safe!
     
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