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Greetings from sunny Manchester!!

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Hi everyone! This is my first proper post so please be kind :D

 

I’ve been a long time lurker, but as I had an hour to kill I thought I would finally introduce myself to the forum and show you all my ever growing collection.

 

My obsession began in about 2012 when on holiday in Cyprus I bought a crappy £40 Tag replica. Actually, the word replica would be kind, it could only be described as a fake. I can’t remember much about it as it fell apart 3 days later, but I can say without doubt it would be worthy of the hall of shame. Anyway, it got me thinking that there must be something better out there and sure enough after a few days of research I stumbled across this fine place!

 

I read through all the newbie tips and after a week of debating I finally settled on a Tag Carrera from Andrew. Six long weeks later (supply issues at the factory) it was finally on my wrist and the obsession stepped up a gear. I’m now 3 years in and my collection can be seen below. I’m fairly happy with what I’ve got at the moment and I’m soon going to pull the trigger on a Steinhart GMT Pepsi.

 

On to the watches. As I struggle with the most basic bracelet adjustments I took the decision early on to try and buy serviced watches via m2m whenever I can.

 

The collection in its entirety

 

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Tag Carerra 2008 Singapore GP

 

This was my first ever rep. I decided to order with Trusty and knew I wanted a Tag to start. I must have gone through the whole section about 300 times and fell in love with this. It’s the 7750 version and after 3 years it is still working like a dream. I must have got lucky as I have encountered no problems and the day and date wheel are flawless. I know it has many imperfections, but I love it just the way it is and it still gets weekly wrist time. I’ve replaced the leather strap with a cavlar and bought a cheap buckle from ebay to finish the look.

 

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Rolex Explorer II

 

I bought this from M2M off a different forum. It’s powered by an ETA 2836-2 and was serviced and waterproofed before sale. Whilst I have to say it looks stunning in the watch box and stands out amongst the rest, I’ve just not fell in love with it on the wrist. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m not ready to give up on it just yet.

 

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Tudor Black Bay

 

A bit of a punt this one as it’s the Ali special. The build quality has surprised me and I cannot fault the movement, which was advertised as an ETA 2824. If it’s losing any time, I’ve certainly not noticed it all and I’m 5 weeks into this ever growing relationship. I’ve got a leather on order from cb straps, although I’m struggling to source a Tudor clasp (any help would be greatly appreciated). The hands will be replaced, but other than that I’m very happy with this one.

 

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Omega 007

 

Got this from M2M off another forum. The movement had been serviced before I bought it and it’s powered by an ETA 2824-2. Sadly I threaded the stem two days in to my ownership. I sent it off for repair and had the stem shortened as a short term solution, i will get the crown and tube sorted one day and return it to its former glory.

 

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Tag Aquaracer 500M

 

My pride and joy. I truly love this watch and it gets the most wrist time of the lot. It’s a 2824-2 and has just returned from a service courtesy of UK Watch Services, who I would highly recommend. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

 

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Breitling Skyland Avnger

 

A lovely watch, but just slightly too big for me to pull it off. Asian 7750 and keeps excellent time. The chrono is slightly off, but it’s never really bothered me.

 

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The cheapies

 

Jap quartz F1 and 21j Sinn.

 

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Hope you enjoyed my pics and write up. I’m by no means an expert and for the length of time I’ve been here I am still a total novice. That being said, I’m enjoying reading through all the posts and hunting down future purchases :D

 

James

 

 

 

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Hello, also from sunny manchester. You've got a very nice collection there :-)

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Hello from Nottingham! Nice collection, liking the Aquaracer...........

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Tell me about it. I'm trying to figure out how I can smuggle a new edition in to the collection without the mrs noticing!!

 

......my wife has given up asking thankfully.

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