1. meanoldmanning

    What Watch are you wearing today? Show us your Wrist Watch!

    I believe their action was delayed through this year, but they still intend to restrict supply outside of Swatch brands. None of their more popular mov’ts are still protected by patent this point iirc so it’s not like Sellita and others won’t step in to completely fill the need for Swiss...
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    What Watch are you wearing today? Show us your Wrist Watch!

    Being owned by Swatch Group it is a modified ETA mov’t. Any reputable watchmaker should be able to service it, so long as it doesn’t need any parts. Swatch started restricting availability of spares and ebauche mov’ts a few years ago and independent watchmakers may have a tough time getting...
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    Mapping Gemstones?

    There is a large jewelry conglomerate in the US and U.K. who’s retailers map gems prior to doing any work on a customer’s piece. They had some unfounded bad press about switching stones prior to employing this service. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Resole Fit Issues

    Yikes! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Resole Fit Issues

    I’m not sure how fit would change from a resole on a Goodyear welted shoe. Unless the shoes were really torn up the cobbler wouldn’t have replaced the welt, and a good cobbler will try and stitch through the same holes anyway. I can understand some weird lumps and such if the cobbler was sloppy...
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    Cleaning down gilet

    If it says not to tumble dry it’s due to the shell, not the down. I worked in a shop that sold high end back country gear for many years and got the straight dope from the equipment companies. All were fine with machine washing provided it was in a front loader if washing a sleeping bag, and...
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    Cleaning down gilet

    The main issue with washing down is clumping. I would use the down cleaning product you found as it is probably intended to wash puffer coats and sleeping bags and should rinse out well if used as instructed. If your piece can take it, tumble dry to fluff the piece. Larger pieces like sleeping...
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    Young Men With Canes.

    He would have been in the marines when the swagger stick first came back into vogue. I guess maybe whoever thought it was a good idea needed some way to justify carrying them other than just for image sake? Can’t ask him now though as he’s shuffled off this mortal coil Sent from my iPad using...
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    Allen Edmonds disappointment

    No, it should not. It’s a method the evenly add color. Maybe not on par, but recall the Florsheim long wings I stripped a couple years ago that were two entirely different shades of brown under the stripped finish. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Allen Edmonds disappointment

    Yeah, well documented that they put some sort of plasticky finish on all their shoes to even out the color. Probably less labor intensive to do that than spend time making sure the panels match from left to right in pairs of shoes. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Young Men With Canes.

    My dad was trained in the use of a ‘swagger stick’ or short cane when he was an officer in the USMC back in the 50s. My understanding is that was a self defense alternative in places where a person sidearm was not allowed or appropriate. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Allen Edmonds disappointment

    That’s really bad, but we’ve also seen this on Alden shoes and boots among others. There was a thread a couple years ago showing a pair of Alden color 8 shell boots that had the acrylic finish they use flaking off right out of the box. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Quality tailor in Knoxville?

    Have fun in Knoxville, it's a neat little town. Check out boom days, it's quite a people watching event. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    NeilM Footwear

    They are definitely on the casual side, and they are extremely comfortable. I currently have just one pair of wing tips that I wear when my wife and I know we intend to spend a lot of time walking around on vacation. The company itself also is a contract mfg, making shoes for other brands...
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    Life of quartz watches

    They only have a finite life if you leave a dead battery in it and the battery leaks, or if the person at the kiosk in the mall puts a screwdriver through the coil while changing the battery. Otherwise, as I stated above you can get many decades out of a quality quartz movement. The ETA (955...
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    Thrifting in Savannah GA

    You're competing with town full of art students and antique/vintage hunters. When I lived there in the 80s and 90s there were some interesting things to be found but mostly best luck was tag sales. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Life of quartz watches

    If you have a competent watchmaker in your area there's no need to send to Tag. That watch uses an ETA quartz movement that is nice but not particular to Tag Heuer. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Life of quartz watches

    Batteries? A couple years. Movements? Depends on how well you take care of your watches. I have several Seiko 7548 quartz divers that are nearly 40 years old and running strong. 3 of those had batteries left in them for ages which eventually leaked and I was able to fully service the movements...
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    Adventures in Shell Experimentation, Part Two: Stripping

    I'm not really sure what that would achieve. Much of the color on shell is on the surface, but some in in the shell itself. I don't think you can count on getting all the way down to an unfinished look without really risking damage to the shell or shoe. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Adventures in Shell Experimentation, Part Two: Stripping

    I stripped a pair of cheaply acquired duckie brown shell long wings just because I could Don't try this at home - stripping shell cordovan https://askandyaboutclothes.com/community/showthread.php?228459-Don-t-try-this-at-home-stripping-shell-cordovan Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk