Well, it's been nearly 2 months since I retired from riding and haven't missed it (yet) because of the fallback interests I mentioned in previous blog posts. The last sea fishing expedition was highly successful, if you discount the lack of mercy from Jennie due to her catching substantially more than me. Gracious? Not on your life!
Whilst not exactly a fallback interest, the tale below has consumed a bit of time recently and has been an interesting learning experience.
The saying that every day is a school day is bang on and a recent foray into the world of vintage watches is no exception. Let's start by going back more decades than I care to remember........
Back in the 1960's and in my early 20's, I owned an Omega Caliber 601 wristwatch. Being an engineer, I've always loved nice clocks and watches because of the engineering complexity and the standard of finish which verges on pure art. The downside is that like expensive cars, servicing can cost an arm, leg and probably your firstborn too. Being young with a limited budget and more pressing commitments on the horizon, servicing was ignored with a predictable result a few years down the track. There was a bit more to the story but essentially, it got shoved in a drawer and forgotten.
Since the mid 90's, I've owned a TAG Heuer and got absolutely hammered by the NZ TAG-approved service agent for its first service. Fortune smiled when we moved to the Coromandel Peninsula in the shape of finding an elderly "old school" watchmaker who completed a second service at a very reasonable rate and it runs beautifully. Just recently, the Omega was rediscovered in a bit of a sorry state (missing glass, missing second hand, no strap, to name the most obvious faults) so I dropped it off at the watchmaker to see whether it could have a second chance at life and was worth passing on to one of our adult kids as a legacy item.
As an afterthought, I also took along my grandfather's pocket watch and chain. He'd given it to me when I was in my 20's. It too was missing a second hand but from memory, still worked at that stage. Remarkable given that it was probably made in the early 1900's.