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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm gonna start a foot thread.
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... just NO!

    We have seen enough of yours. You set the ( verp) standard mate.

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    That Rolex Air-King is a beaut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    That is Walmart trailer trash food.
    For sure it is, but if it makes someone happy to eat such things occasionally and takes them back to a time when things like that were a real treat when they were young or lived in another country or just to satisfy a craving, there's nothing wrong with that. It's not like this is all they eat in a lot of cases, it'd be like thinking Americans stuff themselves with supersized Burgers and Fries and any other junk food they can get their hands on every meal and not just occasionally, all because they posted a pic of a trip to Five Guys.

    I haven't had a pizza for what must be nearly 2 months now but will probably get one this week, if I post a pic of it will some clown here say fuck is that sort of shit all you ever eat!? Probably..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've had the Air-King Date for 30 years
    Looks like the glass needs polishing or replacing.

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    Is it just me that can't abide by anything else apart from a leather strap on a good watch?

    I think they look so much better on the wrist than steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Is it just me that can't abide by anything else apart from a leather strap on a good watch?

    I think they look so much better on the wrist than steel.
    Leather straps perform poorly in the tropics.

    I agree they look great, so I buy two ... a leather one and a SS or Silicon one.

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    Rolex use a stainless steel unlike anyone else that's got a real sparkle to it, once you've had one you can spot a fake on someone's wrist from 10 yards away. The gold in their brackets is solid 18k so with these 2 things combined, they're a great looking watch with or without a leather strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    I haven't had a pizza for what must be nearly 2 months now
    You done it now - you won't be able to stop thinking of one til you've eaten it now

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    One of my favourites less the ketchup. Never seen it in a can, must be a local thing.
    That was the first time I've seen or bought Ox tongue in a can. And the last. It wasn't very nice at all and Bella did well last night. I love the sliced pressed tongue that comes in packets, like ham, and in Thailand the wife often boils up a pig's tongue and then slices it up... goes well with a dipping chili sauce.



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    What I'd give for webbed toes... I'd have a chance of beating the daughter in our swimming competitions. It's not often I'd like to be Welsh!


    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    That is Walmart trailer trash food. Life out of the freezer and into the microwave. Explains why so many kids are fat. Loaded with sodium to taste good and preservatives to last for a few years in the freezer.
    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    For sure it is, but if it makes someone happy to eat such things occasionally and takes them back to a time when things like that were a real treat when they were young or lived in another country or just to satisfy a craving, there's nothing wrong with that.
    Yeah, exactly HW. It's not like I eat it every day, but it's a great treat. And Stumpy, you sadly underestimate the power of those preservatives. Those Fray Bentos pies last for years in the cupboard, even in the tropics. There's no need to freeze them at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    the wife often boils up a pig's tongue and then slices it up.
    Its on my list now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Do you know the service history? That's a huge buying/selling point with the older watches these days.
    No I don't have the service history but I do trust the jewelers. They put the watch through a major service before selling it and if there was a problem they'd sort it out, no problem. It's the same place I bought my Airking from in 1992. As for selling it... I hope this will be the last watch I'll ever buy so that shouldn't be an issue!


    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    That Rolex Air-King is a beaut.
    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    Looks like the glass needs polishing or replacing.
    Yeah, I love the Airking... it keeps awful time (used to gain about half a minute a day but now seems to be losing time... it's time keeping seems to vary with the climate) and is looking very battered. One day I'll probably pass it on to the daughter (if she behaves herself!)... I think it's small enough to be worn as a ladies watch.

    I have always worn it for everything but when the bracelet wore out last year it was going to be so expensive to replace I decided to treat myself with a proper chronometer. My plan is to wear the Airking for every day use and try and keep the Date-Just for best... which in my case means sitting by the pond with the dogs in the evening. The glass face needs replacing and a service wouldn't go amiss. A big problem I find is at home we have pathways around the garden next to concrete walls and it's very easy to scratch the watch against a wall. I'll try and sort out the glass replacement and service next year when we visit the UK... the cost of the Rolex servicing in Bangkok was extortionate the one time I used them.


    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Is it just me that can't abide by anything else apart from a leather strap on a good watch?

    I think they look so much better on the wrist than steel.
    After the Airking's bracelet wore out I put the watch on a black leather strap, but as David98 mentioned, leather doesn't do well in the tropics and it soon started to fall apart. I don't think the swimming and pond cleaning did it any good. Following someones suggestion on here (PAG or HW I believe) I now use a black nylon NATO strap and it works just fine. They're dead cheap as well so I will just replace the strap as and when required. In fact I bought a couple on Amazon last night to keep me going for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Its on my list now
    It's really nice barbecued/roasted as well. In fact I'm quite looking forward to some simple Isaan food in a couple of weeks!

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    Consider a silicone tropic strap. They're super comfy and durable. They're also very affordable - less than USD$20.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    you sadly underestimate the power of those preservatives. Those Fray Bentos pies last for years in the cupboard, even in the tropics. There's no need to freeze them at all!
    You say that like it's a good thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    it keeps awful time (used to gain about half a minute a day but now seems to be losing time... it's time keeping seems to vary with the climate) and is looking very battered.
    Sounds like it needs a decent service.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'll try and sort out the glass replacement and service next year when we visit the UK
    IF only, you were somewhere near the UK now...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    One day I'll probably pass it on to the daughter (if she behaves herself!)...
    I gave my watch to my son when he turned 13... but it wasnt a rolex.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    the cost of the Rolex servicing in Bangkok was extortionate the one time I used them.
    That's a surprised, I guess they have to ship them to Switzerland?

    Other watches can be serviced for quite a decent price.
    Warning: Be cautious if you are a fragile pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The glass face needs replacing and a service wouldn't go amiss.
    Is it acrylic or sapphire crystal? Either way, crystals or glass as you call them are relatively inexpensive even for a genuine Rolex part and replacing them is an easy task for any watchmaker.

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    ^All modern Rolex are sapphire crystal but as that's an older watch, it may be acrylic. I've seen before/after shots on Rolex forums of similar problems being sorted out nicely with a product called Polywatch and one guy experimented successfully using toothpaste! If you look at the pic closely they're not cracks in the lens, they're his arm hairs and you'd normally expect something that hairy to have a banana instead of 2 quality time pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    All modern Rolex are sapphire crystal but as that's an older watch, it may be acrylic.
    That is why I asked him, not sure what year his is, but Rolex started putting sapphire crystals on in the early seventies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    I've seen before/after shots on Rolex forums of similar problems being sorted out nicely with a product called Polywatch and one guy experimented successfully using toothpaste!
    I would not use toothpaste. I have however used polywatch and can say that it works a treat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^All modern Rolex are sapphire crystal but as that's an older watch, it may be acrylic
    Yep acrylic, mine is sapphire crystal and it just doesn't scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    I would not use toothpaste.
    I wouldn't either but one guy did and it worked, his logic being the lens was already completely ruined and was going to be replaced at the next service so he thought no more damage could be done! Can also recall seeing someone remove the Cyclops from their lens, he used a blowtorch to heat it up then carved it off with a scalpel! There was a certified lady Rolex service-person on the forum at that time and she use to go ballistic at these guys and them posting home hacks with their watches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    Sounds like it needs a decent service.

    IF only, you were somewhere near the UK now...
    I don't have enough time this trip to get the watch serviced. The jeweler I bought it from will do a basic service and adjust the timing but I'd have to post it over to him and get it posted back again. I'll give him advance warning before come over next year so he can order a replacement glass face, in case he doesn't stock them.

    The Rolex place on Wireless Road in Bangkok was the most expensive service I've ever had, by a long way. I'm pretty sure they did it on site, but anyway, I won't use them again.


    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    ^All modern Rolex are sapphire crystal but as that's an older watch, it may be acrylic. I've seen before/after shots on Rolex forums of similar problems being sorted out nicely with a product called Polywatch and one guy experimented successfully using toothpaste! If you look at the pic closely they're not cracks in the lens, they're his arm hairs and you'd normally expect something that hairy to have a banana instead of 2 quality time pieces.
    Yeah well, enough of the compliments. FYI the two aren't mutually exclusive and I had a banana for breakfast today while wearing my new watch.

    The face is sapphire crystal and is the third since I've owned the watch. The first was bitten through by a dog in the UK, a few years before I first visited Thailand. The bite not only broke the glass but also dented the metal face beneath and the watch probably saved my wrist from a nasty wound. The second glass just needed changing through wear and tear, as does the current one. I've found that the sapphire crystal will scratch fairly easily if you scrape the watch along a concrete wall or wear it while demolishing concrete or mixing cement... while building a jetty for instance. I need to look after my stuff better and the Date-Just will be pampered in comparison to the Air-King Date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    That looks like a beagle on me crappy phone screen, loops.
    I defer to your dogworthy knowledge Hal as I am do not know anything about dogs apart from which end is the front.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It does look a bit Beagle-ish... maybe Looper has some royal connection. The Aussies usually love all that stuff!
    I can't believe there is a dog related area of enquiry in which I am more informed than TeakDOOR's preeminent cynologist

    I don't know much about dogs Mendip but I do know that her most magnificent Maj keeps Royal Corgis, not peasant beagles.

    To the tower and orff with his head mods!

    -jw-dog-save-queen-comp-nt


    The only beagle reference model I am aware of is Snoopy

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    ^ Oh yeah, quite right. I don't know what I was thinking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've found that the sapphire crystal will scratch fairly easily if you scrape the watch along a concrete wall or wear it while demolishing concrete or mixing cement..
    Well i have no idea how, i have had two watches with sapphire crystal and they've been though quite a lot and never a mark on them - the only time one failed was when the strap pinged off whilst i was leaning out of a balcony 4 floors up- it smashed the glass and didn't do the internal much good when it hit the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I've found that the sapphire crystal will scratch fairly easily if you scrape the watch along a concrete wall or wear it while demolishing concrete or mixing cement... while building a jetty for instance
    Are you walking around pdrunk?

    But yes look after your stuff better, I don’t wanna state the obvious but take you watch off to pour concrete , build jetties or swim in a pond.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    don't have enough time this trip to get the watch serviced
    12 weeks not enough?

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