Friday, 24 November 2017

Four Weeks (More or Less) Till Christmas & My Recent Wristwatches

Mr B continues to have us all working at his beck and call. Madame still hisses whenever he's near, although I've been told by my family that these two cats will often approach each other and sniff each other's noses. And then the older cat hisses at him. Something tells me it’s always gonna be this way between these two, but I live in hope.

Work is getting busier as we rush towards the end-of-year holiday season. The watchmaker and I are basically in a 'putting out fires' mode. We work on current repairs, and if we get a call or e-mail about an urgent one, we focus our attention on getting that one done and out the door before moving back to the current repairs. 
We've had a few customer call with unrealistic expectations at this time of year. Some folks think that it only takes a few weeks to get their watches repaired. And everybody's wanting their watches fixed in time for the holiday season. 

Anyway, I just gotta get through the next four weeks. Then I'll have about ten days to refresh my batteries before getting back into the thick of it in 2018.

Switched over to the Oris Diver SixtyFive. Made damn sure that the Olympus OM2n had some film in it, too. Now, if I can just find the inspiration to take some pictures. 
I'm feeling a little too tired these days. That shoulder blade and neck pain that I was experiencing recently has been very well sorted out by my physiotherapist, although I've now got some rotator cuff issues that need to be dealt with. Still, slowly slowly.

Took the steel bracelet off the Oris and put a NATO strap on it instead. I managed to fluke things so that the cream-coloured stripe on the strap matches the colour of the lume on the dial. 
Haven't used the Nikon F for quite a few years. Think I'll thrown some film into that one when the OM2 is done with.
Still had the Diver SixtyFive on my wrist. I'll have to get a rubber strap for it at some point, just to make for a comfy fit on warm days. It's been hot and sunny here in Melbourne this week, but the weather took a humid and muggy turn late yesterday. I have to say I don't like humidity. Actually, I don't mind it when I travel to places like Bangkok, but I'm no fan of it here in my home town. I think we're gonna have to look into some kind of roof-mounted air conditioner at some point in the next few years. 

Okay, so I just removed the NATO strap and fished this ZRC blue leather strap out of my straps box. If you get into having a few wristwatches, you tend to find that you accumulate quite a few straps along the way. I've used this strap on other watches in the past, most notably the Omega Seamaster Professional 300m, but I always revert back to putting the original bracelets back onto watches. 
I think that, as an exercise, I'll leave this strap on this Oris watch for the next month or so and see how it holds up. I'm actually hoping that it begins to deteriorate. I have too many straps, you see.
Yep, let's put this strap through its paces. See how long it lasts. From memory, I think I got it back in 2005/2006.
Yep, I think I'll hammer this one. 

Anyway, that's another week down. As I've said, things are busy at the moment. I wrote some postcards to relatives in Italy and I'll be posting them this weekend. Still got one or two more to write. 
Thinking of putting some stuff on eBay too. Well, I've been thinking of putting this stuff on eBay for a while now. Might thin out the typewriters. And the old rotary phones. Maybe a camera or two as well.
I'll see if I can get another couple of posts done before the new year.  I hope you've all been well. 

Have a good weekend, and thanks for reading!


  1. The fun never stops when using a real camera. I use my film cameras much more than my recently acquired digital imaging gear.

  2. I've always wondered about those missing photos. Where do they go? Were they any good?

    Always enjoy your updates. Have a nice week.

    1. Nah, Joe, the photos weren’t anything special. Just as well. Could’a sworn I’d loaded a roll of film into it. Ahh well...

  3. Hey gents, since you two are both into 35mm photography, check out an ambitious Kickstarter campaign for a new 35mm film camera. Google search “Reflex camera Kickstarter” to see the details.