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Yes but once they break, good luck finding someone who can fix it... the technological dead end means it’s about as hard to find spare parts as for your betamax system.

The smooth second hand sweep and the whir of the little electric motor is not without charm though.
I suppose a work around would be putting in a quartz movement instead?
 

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Yes but once they break, good luck finding someone who can fix it... the technological dead end means it’s about as hard to find spare parts as for your betamax system.

The smooth second hand sweep and the whir of the little electric motor is not without charm though.
We actually still have a betamax player in the family. Was my grandmother's.
 

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...and a good example, probably the best, of the concept that marketeers know as 'the whole product'
Yes - Betamax was *technically* better but VHS had longer playing time when first released, so one tape could hold a whole movie. As a result, studios preferred VHS so consumers bought VHS players because they could get movies on VHS tapes.

By the time Betamax introduced longer-playing tapes, VHS had market domination.
 

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When I was about 12, the mining company my mum worked for (accountant) purchased tw Betamax machines for a total of $3500. One went up to the mine site and the other one went to us. Basically I was the only kid at school with a vcr, but the deal was that I had to record at least one tape per week of TV that was then sent up to the mine site. Usually I’d grab a Sunday night movie, but some weeks those poor blokes were stuck with whatever my weird obsession of the moment was.


Years later, my dad bought a VHS machine. I still remember when he joined the only video library in town. Membership wa $70 plus you had to buy s movie to add to the library!
 

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Thoughts on this ugly Seiko? After a few Suntorys last night I was starting to turn Japanese on it...

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It looks pretty good to me, I wouldn't sport it in the boardroom, but at weekends or on a mission or expedition definitely. Less chunky than the Landmaster spring drive:

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Not impressed with the price on the re-edition 6105 ''Willard'' diver:

https://www.watchuseek.com/baselwor...70s-re-creation-limited-edition-diver-sla033/


Dig the price on the USA Limited Edition of the blue Alpinist, looks great:

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It looks pretty good to me, I wouldn't sport it in the boardroom, but at weekends or on a mission or expedition definitely.
Yes definitely not business attire, but could see taking it on a trip or ten. I like the new LX Landmaster and Diver but the price makes even the reeditions look cheap by comparison. Retail is nearly double a Tudor GMT..!

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the Landmaster spring drive:

That watch reminds me of a tyre pressure gauge. Or as Daniels said a gasometer...
 

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Yes definitely not business attire, but could see taking it on a trip or ten. I like the new LX Landmaster and Diver but the price makes even the reeditions look cheap by comparison. Retail is nearly double a Tudor GMT..!

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The problem with the MM's is that they are too chunky to pass off as a dress diver. For the new higher prices I would definitely get a Tudor before the MM. The 1968 reedition SPB077 modified to a MM looks far better. It's thinner on the wrist and the bracelet is more dressy. I got rid of my MM and haven't regretted it, but one of the watch guys over here had the modded SPB077 and it looked too good not to have especially for Euros 800.

Edit: The LX range look mighty good in this video, but as with most of the comments, I don't think they have the edge on competitors in this price range:

 
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Looks weird with the crown there. OK for sinister lefties I suppose.
I’ve never had a problem with a crown digging into my wrist so the desire for an offset crown position passes me by.
 

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It looks mighty fine on the steel bracelet. A definite maybe at Euros 239 in these parts inclusive of the steel and the rubber strap. I've not seen one in the flesh though, would need to see how thick they are before buying. Did see one of Citizen's Promaster Marine BN2031-85E's and they look good for a weekend tool watch:
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Had my Thai market Ltd Edition Seiko turtle on holiday:
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The Seiko Thai market Ltd Editions are well worth checking out. They seem specifically designed colour wise to work in bright sunlight.
 

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Very tempted to get the Seiko Marine Master SBBN031, there's a mint and unused one going for just under Euros 900 near me, a very tool aesthetic and then there's the size, mainly the thickness which cuts down on wearability:

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