Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday 11/3/2016 - Typewriter Cover Attempts, RIP Messrs Martin & Adam & This Week's Wristwatches.

I had a plan...

Not the finest typewriter cover ever made;

Nope. Not even close. Still, this job's a perfect case of Le Corbusier's design dictum "form follows function"...from a considerable distance. 

I wore the Omega Seamaster AquaTerra;

Another awful week of the loss of more British talent. I really hope 2016 ain't gonna take too many greats away. Although, if you are of a certain age, you may find that some of these deaths of notable people may resonate with you in particular. 
There's a line in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Dir; Steven Spielberg, 2008)...

...which began to make perfect sense to me around the time that Lois Maxwell, Miss Moneypenny in the early Bond films, died in 2007. That was when I began to notice that so many actors whose work I'd seen in my youth were beginning to pass away.

Legendary record producer George Martin died earlier this week. He worked on some of The Beatles' best albums, as well as the soundtrack to the Bond film Live And Let Die. Later in his career, he worked with my favourite band of the '80s, Ultravox. He was ninety.

And a few days later, legendary production designer Ken Adam shuffled off his mortal coil at the age of ninety-five. Adam's work was sheer genius. When Goldfinger was in pre-production in 1964, Adam was given permission to visit Fort Knox in order to get some ideas for his production sketches. He was underwhelmed with how the gold was stored in small safes, so out came his sketch pencils...

...and he created what has been referred to as 'a cathedral of gold';

And, of course, Ken Adam was also responsible for the famous carved-out volcano set from You Only Live Twice;

For me, though, I'll always have a soft-spot for the creepy room that Professor Dent goes into in Dr No;

If I ever have a new garage built, I'm gonna get a huge lattice-covered hole cut into the roof so that I can achieve a groovy criss-cross shadow across the floor. It'll need some perspex over it to keep out the rain, but man, it'll look super-cool!

Switched over to these watches throughout the week;

The Tudor Oyster hand-wound;

The Rolex Submariner 5513;

And then the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. Despite the fact that autumn began almost two weeks ago, we are still getting some very warm and sunny days. As such, I find myself wearing my more water-resistant watches with metal bracelets. It'll be nice when the weather cools down a little, even
though it wasn't an overly hot summer, and I can begin wearing a few more of my watches on leather straps.

Work has been good. So much to learn, and I've begun processing some repairs from beginning to end. I've got the hang of entering the repairs into our database when they first arrive. Now the real learning curve will come when I sit down to learn how to write quotes (actually, it's the pricing that will require concentration) and prepare invoices. I've already begun some of this portion of the job, but my aim is to master it to the point where I'm comfortable with it all. I've helped take some of the load off the watchmakers by doing some bracelet and strap changes. This allows them to concentrate solely on the actual watch repair side of things rather than distract them with trivial matters like strap adjustments. 

Anyway, so far, so good. 

Another week down. I hope yours has been a good one. We have a Labour Day holiday here in Victoria on Monday, so it's a three-day weekend coming up!
Which is nice.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, all!


  1. You did a better job of the typewriter cover than mine, which I heat sealed together, using a soldering iron and polyethylene film, with several sheets of paper in between.

    Very good observation that typewriters are indeed intolerant of first drafts; I can always tell a typecast blog article of mine that wasn't first-drafted elsewhere, as they usually have some stilted sentence structure, as I type myself into a corner then try to extricate myself.

    Glad the job's going fine. Thanks again for the update.

    1. Ideally, if I knew how to use a sewing machine, I would make one out of fabric. Measure and cut four pieces of fabric, sew them together at the seams, turn it inside out (to hide the seams) and voila! Hopefully.

      First drafts on a typewriter are a bit of a drag. I might just try writing a typecast and then edit it with a red pen. To show how I arrived at something closer to a finished draft.

  2. The typewriter cover .... hey, it works! ;)

  3. That set from 'You Only Live Twice' is one of my all time favourites. Absurd, but I love it.

    As for your cover. You know, I think you're a lot closer to making something pretty awesome than you think. Craft shops sell a little heat sealer thing that lets your weld to sections of plastic together. If you're going to make a few... might pay to grab one. Otherwise, ask around as someone is bound to have one.

    1. If I ever have the time to learn leatherwork ('cos I'd like to try making my own watch straps), I'd have a try at making a cover out of leather. Right now, though, that would be a little ambitious. Actually, maybe if I try a test version in vinyl? Cheaper than leather, and thinner too.
      I do like the idea of the heat sealer, though.