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- Joined: December 16th 2009, 11:00pm
- Location: Oregon, Thanks for visiting! Now go back home!
Greetings! My name is Eddie Platts and I was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (where "The Full Monty" was filmed) and where I have lived all my life except for ten years army service.
I am married to Carol Ann, whom I have known since I was eight years old and we are owned by at least four cats at any one time, depending on how many strays adopt us. I enjoy amateur radio (callsign G0OLL), computing, photography, gardening, reading, films and music amongst other things. Digital photography is my latest passion (I love the immediacy) but I'm still struggling to get the lighting right for my watch photographs.
My interest in watches dates back as long as I can remember and I still recall the excitement of receiving my first one; a Hopalong Cassidy Timex at Christmas 1956. I made my first Internet purchases mid-'96 (my first ever purchase was from Paul Lonnquist of Texas Time) and in November 1996 set up a simple website to trade the surplus from my collection. I continue to add to my personal collection of wristwatches via the Net and my website has gradually evolved into what you see today. With very few exceptions, I only buy watches I would be happy to wear myself.
I served for 10 years in the army and wore military issue watches during my service. I remember being issued with an Omega military in 1972 and was horrified at the prospect of having to pay £15 (about $24) if I lost or damaged it. If I had known then what I know now, I would have "lost" a hundred!
Please do not think that my website is for sales only, I am happy to receive questions about timepieces and will answer them if I can. As my website continues to evolve, I will be adding more general horological information and maybe some non-horological. I continue to be passionate about watches, something which my wife simply doesn't understand but she tolerates it. Am I unique in having a wife who doesn't understand my passion for watches? I don't think so!
I like most types of music, from early Baroque to heavy metal. I am a great fan of Queen, having seen them live during their "Kind of Magic" tour. What a performance and what a man! Freddie is sadly missed.
I enjoy reading biographies and non fiction, but also enjoy Stephen King, Shaun Hutson, Graham Masterton, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and James Herbert. In my youth, I read "MAD" magazine, which probably explains my sense of humour - often described as "twisted"!
“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."