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WatchRepairHelp.co.uk A Watch Repair Help Discussion Forum 2012-01-24T10:31:25+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/feed.php?f=18 2012-01-24T10:31:25+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2850&p=6015#p6015 <![CDATA[Watch Industry Related News • Re: ETA Circuits]]>
It is a lot worse than what I have reported about ETA circuits.... As on the 1st of JAN this year all Swatch Group Account holders had to sign up to a code of conduct and service agreement.

There are 3 levels.... Top and bottom of it is that Swatch Account holders can no longer supply internal parts direct to anyone who is not Swatch Approved. This means even if your a fully qualified watchmaker in theory we are not supposed to supply movement parts unless Swatch agree.

The price of all Swatch Group parts is already going through the roof and it is only going to get worse....

David

Statistics: Posted by David — Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:31 am


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2012-01-24T09:30:16+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2850&p=6014#p6014 <![CDATA[Watch Industry Related News • Re: ETA Circuits]]>

Statistics: Posted by Apprentice_Nick — Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:30 am


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2011-12-09T15:02:41+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2850&p=4631#p4631 <![CDATA[Watch Industry Related News • ETA Circuits]]>
In a recent open letter to it's world wide supply network, ETA SA have sensationally announced that as of the 1st January 2012 that they will no longer supply "electronic modules" as individual spare parts for quartz watch movements.

This ban includes all calibres across the entire ETA range!

This is perhaps the first major step to the complete restriction of ETA parts?

Statistics: Posted by David — Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:02 pm


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2011-11-03T15:39:59+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=2554&p=4189#p4189 <![CDATA[Watch Industry Related News • Only watch maker in the world to employ the escapement]]>
The 41-year-old, from Bolton, has been invited for the second year to display his hand-crafted wrist watches, at the Saatchi Gallery's SalonQP exhibition.

Mr Smith currently has a two-year waiting list for his watches, which start at £72,500.

The show will run from the 10-12 November.

Mr Smith says he will never compromise his standards to reduce the waiting list.

"Most clients' expectations are conditioned by experience of mass-produced Swiss watches," he said.

"Every component of the watches we make is handmade and engineered in house.

"It is very time consuming and can not be rushed. More than 30 crafts are needed for each individual piece.

Image Mr Smith's Tourbillion No 4 will be unveiled at the London show

"Every wristwatch that leaves our workshop is a complete one-off."

Mr Smith made his first pocket watch at the age of 22. He now runs Britain's only fully handmade-watch business, with wife Caroline and his team of watchmakers.

All the components are created in his Isle of Man workshop, from the case and dial through to the movement, including the balance and escapement.

The watchmaker originally moved to the island in 1998 to work with Dr George Daniels CBE, who died last month at the age of 85.

Mr Smith worked closely with Dr Daniels for more than 20 years and describes him as "the greatest horologist of all time."

Dr Daniels's greatest contribution in a remarkable career was the coaxial escapement, a modern watch mechanism which won him global acclaim and is widely considered to be the greatest development in watch making for more than 250 years.

Mr Smith is the only watch maker in the world to employ the escapement which is included in his latest commission, the Tourbillion No 4 will be unveiled at the London show.

Courtesy of BBC News

Statistics: Posted by David — Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:39 pm


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2011-04-28T12:46:23+01:00 http://watchrepairhelp.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=1330&p=1833#p1833 <![CDATA[Watch Industry Related News • Casio F-91W: The strangely ubiquitous watch]]>
They retail for as little as £7 ($12), are water resistant and have a battery life of approximately seven years. Just three things that have helped make the Casio F-91W a global bestseller.

Now this unassuming, black, plastic, digital timepiece has found itself in the news for a different reason. Leaked US documents reportedly advised interrogators at Guantanamo Bay that possession of the F-91W could be a link to bombing by al-Qaeda.


The Guardian, which obtained the leaked files, reports that wearing one has been a contributing factor to the continued detention of some prisoners, with more than 50 detainee reports referring to the watch.

It's an unexpected twist in the tale of this unassuming timepiece, launched by Casio in 1991. The Japanese company was one of the first to produce digital watches, becoming famous for them in the 1980s, along with calculators and electronic keyboards.

The F-91W instantly proved popular, not least because it was cheap and reliable. The company does not release sales figures for the watch, but says it was - and still is - a "huge seller" all over the world.
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It's cheap enough to be disposable but, unless you hit it with a hammer, it will never stop”

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"It sells globally, from Russia to Asia," says Tim Gould, head of marketing at Casio UK. "It has consistently remained popular because it is functional, affordable and accurate. It's as simple as that."

Its design has not changed since it was first brought out 20 years ago. It is a "modest masterpiece", says design critic Stephen Bayley, one of the founders of the Design Museum in London.

It's the classic Casio shape, with three buttons on the side to use its features. These include a stopwatch, second timer, alarm and the option of an hourly time "beep".

For many adults in the UK, it was the first watch they owned and many will have lost hours of their youth playing the game where you tried to halt the stopwatch on one second dead. Youngsters are still buying them.

"The main market is still among young people," says a spokesman for Zeitgeist Watches in Liverpool. "It's because they are cheap and affordable, they're not a luxury item which they can't afford."

In recent years there has been a resurgence in popularity among trendsetters in the UK. The design has also become a bit of a collectors' item, with rare editions in increasing demand but still only costing around £20.
A Casio F-91W in an electronic trigger The F-91W is used in bomb-making

"It's simply the classic digital watch," says Simon Mellor of Retro Vintage Watches. "In the last few years there's been an increase in demand for rare editions, with frames that are green or gold instead of the usual blue. I think this is down to schooldays nostalgia. I'm 28 and I had one when I was younger. I loved it."

Any "cool" appeal the watch has in certain countries is nothing to do with Casio.

"We purposely don't market it as anything cool or trendy," says Mr Gould. "It's not pretentious and doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It just a basic watch that is reliable and good value."

Its this refusal to be cool that has made it cool, says Bayley.

"[London's] Hoxton hipsters enjoy the way a £7 plastic watch refutes all that snobbismo, without the inconvenience of sacrificing a reliable timepiece. And it embodies that nice paradoxical conflict which adds an extra dimension of value.

"It's cheap enough to be disposable but, unless you hit it with a hammer, it will never stop."

"As posted on BBC News by Denise Winterman"

Statistics: Posted by David — Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:46 pm


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