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Hi guys, Me again Timothy Patrick aka Tim got his boots back. In a companion to my update and as promised some pics of my U2 which is now starting its 9th year of personal ownership. These pics done quick and dirty in the early morning hours at my local Tim Hortons. If you look closely between the 3 and 4 hashmarks near the red 7 and 8 numbers, you will see the scratch marks on the a/r coating. Otherwise, not bad eh?

Oh yeah, the accuracy is getting better. Today, it was only out 50 seconds. Must have taken a good bump somewhere.











And here is the state of the copper sulphate site glass



And the obligatory selfie ......



It's prety damn cold up here and has been for a long time now. Deepest darkest winter. For those of you who live in much nicer, warmer climate, this is what -45c (-55 wind chill) looks like.







The fog in the air is ice crystals. When it's super deadly cold, that's what you get. We call it ice fog. The hydro lines hum and the smoke from chimneys falls to the ground. The seats in vehicles are like concrete. It's nasty and dangerous.

Anyway, all for now.
Tim
 

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Thanks for sharing, Tim….. BRRRRRRR! Too cold for me as I'm used to our weather in JAWJA! :) Cheers y'all, Bill P.
 

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The fog in the air is ice crystals. When it's super deadly cold, that's what you get. We call it ice fog. The hydro lines hum and the smoke from chimneys falls to the ground. The seats in vehicles are like concrete. It's nasty and dangerous.

Anyway, all for now.
Tim
We call it diamond dust in Alberta. Worst we've had so far this year is -36. Ice crystals are real purdy on a sunny day, though. But man, is that cold!



 

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Do you have to add some kind of additives to the fuel or engine oil so the car could run under such severe weather ? I don't think I could even start my car out there :p
 

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Well worn and well used Sinn watches are always good to see!

Keep warm and thanks for posting!
 

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Do you have to add some kind of additives to the fuel or engine oil so the car could run under such severe weather ? I don't think I could even start my car out there :p
Well, we have block heaters for the vehicle. They are sold that way up here. In southern Ontario they are usually not and must be added if your coming up here in winter. This means plugging in your truck to keep your block warm. No real additives but it's all about the battery. You want your car to start, you need a good battery with lots of cold cranking amps and a wonderful invention called a battery blanket. You wrap this around your battery and plug it in and it keeps your battery toasty warm.

Today, at the coffee shop after work, lots of complaining of no starts. Lots of boosting. My buddy told me he tried to boost his wife's car this morning and the booster cables were froze, he couldn't stretch them out. The plastic insulation broke off. Nuts!! Vehicles in this weather run terrible. The oil is sludge and just think about your diffs. Tires are frozen in position and the flat spot just goes "bump, bump, bump" for miles until they warm up. You have to run your vehicle for a long time to warm it up before going.

Not fun. Just nasty. My friend told me only two cars on his block started this morning. Lots of guys didn't make it to work as they couldn't get their cars to run. Taxis were hours late. No deliveries until this afternoon. All the trucks were no starts.

I miss summer and I miss my old Kawasaki 750.
 

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damn, that's cold! Has the movement been serviced in those 8 years?
Hi David. No servicing yet. Funny thing. It was really running fast and I put it away for a while and when I started to wear it again, it wasn't as bad. In fact, it's getting better. Yesterday, it was only out 35secs. How 'bout that!

The site glass seems ok so it looks like the oils haven't been contaminated much and this probably explains why it's capable of extended periods between spa treatments.

I won't send it in until it starts to get really bad accuracy and/or the site glass turns a real dark blue. I'm going to try for nine years, wish me luck.

So, this is the point in the ownership experience documentation where it gets interesting. For the first 5 years or so, you expect the watch to run fine and at this point, most watches are now looking for a spa treatment (your experience may vary depending on the watch). After 5 years, well, this is the test for all the tech. This is where we will find out how all this pristine movement environment stuff (argon gas and copper sulphate capsule, viton gaskets, superior oils) will prolong the normal operating period. It's on it's ninth year now.

Sinn, are you out there. This is where you find out if all of this stuff is really worth the research and development and implementation. This is where you find out if your on the right track. I think you are. I am impressed with the fact that I have taken this baby to hell and back and I'm now starting the ninth year. Mr. Schmidt, Good Job!

You know I will keep you all updated.

Tim
 

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7.10am in the UK.....coffee pot on.....another update.....what a great start to the day! I'm hooked
 

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Hi Tim....we have been experiencing hot temps to 49 degrees celsius here in QLD Australia....quite a differential test for your workhorse....my bet is it would take the furnace as much as the freezer...great updates mate..all the best Dave
 

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Hi Tim....we have been experiencing hot temps to 49 degrees celsius here in QLD Australia....quite a differential test for your workhorse....my bet is it would take the furnace as much as the freezer...great updates mate..all the best Dave
The nice thing about the cold is that you can dress for it. You can only strip down so far before it becomes obscene :). After some time to get used to it, -30 with no wind and if you are moving around, it is fairly pleasant as compared to -17C with a decent breeze outta the NE at 30 k/hr.

Thanks for the posts and pics Tim, much appreciated. I have friends that work the underground, "Howe" tells me you either love it and know it's the only place you'll be happy, or you hate it with all your heart in your first week and will never go back.

Glad you found your boots.
 

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Thanks for sharing, Tim….. BRRRRRRR! Too cold for me as I'm used to our weather in JAWJA! :) Cheers y'all, Bill P.
Twas -28c here in Michigan this morning. I'm thinking that Tim sent some of his cold weather our way. My UX held up just fine. <smile>
 

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So Tim, where is it your at? -45c is mighty cold! FWIW they talk about getting your watch serviced at regular intervals. I have mixed feelings with that. My wife's Rolex Datejust went 15 years before it was time for a service due to it not working right any more. Only 1 part that needed fixing and the cost was the same as if she would have serviced it every 5 years. Hope you get some more years out of your watch. Stay warm...................
 

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Great story to read.

Winter in Belgium, now 13° Celsius. Also not normal of course, we should have 5°C now, and at night -3.

Nature IS changing....
 

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Great update, Tim. Remarkably, your U2 looks great after all of these years.
 

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Hi guys, Me again Timothy Patrick aka Tim got his boots back. In a companion to my update and as promised some pics of my U2 which is now starting its 9th year of personal ownership. These pics done quick and dirty in the early morning hours at my local Tim Hortons. If you look closely between the 3 and 4 hashmarks near the red 7 and 8 numbers, you will see the scratch marks on the a/r coating. Otherwise, not bad eh?

Oh yeah, the accuracy is getting better. Today, it was only out 50 seconds. Must have taken a good bump somewhere.











And here is the state of the copper sulphate site glass



And the obligatory selfie ......



It's prety damn cold up here and has been for a long time now. Deepest darkest winter. For those of you who live in much nicer, warmer climate, this is what -45c (-55 wind chill) looks like.







The fog in the air is ice crystals. When it's super deadly cold, that's what you get. We call it ice fog. The hydro lines hum and the smoke from chimneys falls to the ground. The seats in vehicles are like concrete. It's nasty and dangerous.

Anyway, all for now.
Tim
Thanks for sharing! Stay warm and safe up there, I've done the ridiculously cold, that's why I now live in Texas. I'll take 118 over -50 any day!
 

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Hi Tim,
Welcome back and great update :-!

During a few winters in the mid -80s I spent with my team a couple months pretty much in similar climate conditions, -45/-65 Celcius degrees, way up in the North living in tents - we called them (the tents) Ranger Tents at the time; in theory one tent should have been able to accommodate a squad of soldiers, i.e. 10 guys, but in practice only 4 - 5 fellows with their full gear would fit in. Your story brought back a few, not necessarily only good, memories I thought I've already forgotten long, long time ago...that time we didn't have Sinn watches, nor Trasers, nor G-shocks etc...

Anyway, a great update and great pics
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Thanks for your comments Gents.

I talked to a Senior who lives out in the bush and he said he seen -53c on his thermometer. It's been a long, long time since it's been that cold up here. A fellow I know got frostbite on his cheek and his neck trying to boost his battery. After all this cold it got warm and we got 13 inches of snow, now it's cold again, -26 as I type and blowing snow. -30 something wind chill. I'm not impressed.

Jim, Yeah, I agree with you on the interval things. I don't think, and this is just me here thinking, that it's truly a matter of time that regulates the spa treatment intervals but rather a matter of wrist time. Time that the movement is actually working. Another thing is ingestion of water vapor and degradation of the oils. If you have a watch and wear it sporadically, enough to keep the oils and the movement moving, and you are not subjecting it to extremes which might degrade the gaskets and allow vapor in, you can run for long periods of time between spa treatment intervals. I have Seikos which I've owned now for 10 years and they are running fine. Brown bulls and 6105's and such and they get some wrist time, enough for them to get moving and they are all running nice.

For the U2, it's got around 20,000 hours (wrist time) and has seen extreme exposures and rapid temperature changes as well as a few really good bangs. I'm surprised that it's gone this far. Maybe I'm just lucky. Seems to be keeping pretty good time now.


All the best,
Tim
 
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