CORONAVIRUS / COVID19 Service Update

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Geday Everyone,

Currently there’s no disruption to VTA tech work due to the virus issues. Tech work is progressing as usual and in fact, I am catching up on work in this period. Due to the nature of the business and the business structure, I’m not compelled to shut anything down or isolate.

There are some significant delays to freight however. In March, I totally dropped the postal service for global and Australia wide deliveries. This is due to the total lack of transparency and responsibility from several postal bodies (both here and overseas). They simply do not take any ownership of the service they provide, and ultimately, I pay for.

If this was to happen in a private business, the ACCC (in Australia) or BBB in the US or other similar government bodies would hunt them down like criminals and levy hefty fines against them. As the postal services are semi government, they just seem to shrug and say it’s not their problem that they’ve lost hundreds of dollars of your property.

Currently watch service returns (with DHL Express) are unaffected to most countries. Delivery is still 3-5 days to most places globally.

EBAY sales (With DHL eCommerce) have lengthy delays. In most cases, the delay is 15 days to 5 weeks right now, depending on the country. Some countries are totally locked out (e.g. Japan) and I can’t deliver to them right now. DHL has their own planes to fly stuff out but as they can’t use other networks right now, they are overloaded with shipping.

I’m told anecdotally, AUSTRALIA POST has over 4000 mail containers sitting in the overseas depot waiting to fly.

I’m guessing this will continue to the end of June but it’s still not entirely clear how the situation will progress.

Stay healthy, stay inside and keep loving horology.

Adrian.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Geday Everyone,

Another year is just about to pass us by and I’d like to thank all my fantastic customers this year and in the past for the strong support of our business and making our success possible!

In 2020, we have some changes coming along and are expanding operations in a few areas. This will ensure we can continue to keep these iconic watches going for years to come.

I haven’t had too much time to do website updates over the past few months but have been reasonably active on YouTube. Check out the channel here –

https://www.youtube.com/user/hal0eight

As for shutdown over the new year period, the first week of Jan will be just half days but then back to normal. I am currently well behind on email, but will get back to you.

Thanks again!

Adrian.

Job Complete – SEIKO 7005-8030 – This Watch Was Actually In Vietnam

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The SEIKO 7005-8030 is confirmed as an issued watch to special forces during the Vietnam War. The owner of this piece tells me the watch was actually in Vietnam and was not a civilian purchase later on.

This piece dates to 1970 and was in very good condition. I ended up servicing the watch, replacing the seals, crystal and some parts inside that were damaged due to water intrusion. It’s now running great and ready for a few decades more service!