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SEIKO & CITIZEN WATCH FORUM TERMS OF SERVICE AND USE


The Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum (“SCWF”) is an online discussion forum dedicated to the discussion and trading of time pieces made by Japanese watch companies and their assorted brands.

SCWF makes these discussion forums (the “Forum” or Forums” as the sense requires) available for your use on this website, https://thewatchsite.com (the “Site”), subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this document. By accessing this Site and the Forum contained herein, registering as a member and/or using the Forums, you agree to abide and be bound the following Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum Terms of Service and Use (the “Terms”). Please [color=red]READ THIS PAGE CAREFULLY before using the Site.

These Terms, and all information contained therein, govern your membership in and use of the Forums. SCWF reserves the right to modify or supplement them at any time, effective upon posting of the modified Terms on the Site. Violation of the Terms may result in the limiting, suspension or termination of your right to access the Forums.

The official language of the Forums is English.


I. Registration

You are not obligated to register in order to view the Forum and read the messages posted therein. However, registration (via provision and confirmation of a valid email address, member name and password) and login are required in order to post to the Forum and adjust member settings. SCWF will handle all information received from you in accordance with these Terms but does reserve the right to release information as set forth in Section IX below. When you register, you will also be asked to enter some personal information. Please keep in mind when choosing a member name and filling out your profile that whenever you post to a message board your member name, and a link to your profile and online status, will appear when you are on the Forum. Your profile may display historical information such as “joined”, “last visit” or number of posts. SCWF may refuse to grant you, and you may not use, a member name (or email address) that is already being used by someone else, impersonates another person, belongs to another person (without his or her prior consent), violates the intellectual property or other rights of any person, is vulgar or otherwise offensive, that is reserved by SCWF, or that SCWF rejects for any other reason, at SCWF’s sole discretion.

In order to protect against spam, trolling and automated advertising bots the forum requires that all users verify their intention to join by entering a randomly generated alphanumeric code during registration, and by confirming their account registration via an e-mail confirmation to a link provided by SCWF.


II. Forum Posts

You acknowledge and agree by participating in the Forum, you are granting SCWF a world-wide, unrestricted, royalty free and perpetual right and license, to copy, store, edit, adapt, transmit, display or otherwise use on the Site or elsewhere (if related to the operation, marketing or advertising of the Forum), any and all materials you post to the Forum (including but not limited to written posts, Forum based personal message content, links, deep-linked images and/or files of any sort uploaded directly to the Forum servers - be it by request or as post attachments). SCWF shall be under no obligation to any Forum member to erase, edit or move any content legally posted to the Forum, should that person request it, should they leave the Forum, should they terminate their account, should their account be banned, or for any other reason.


III. SCWF Staff and Post Screening

The SCWF owners, web host, administrators, moderators and employees (the “SCWF Staff”) are the ultimate arbitrators of all matters related to the Forum and its members. Decisions of the SCWF Staff are final and the SCWF Staff members are under no obligation to abide by any rules, demands or member requests not specifically addressed in these Terms. Challenging harassing, insulting or in any way disrespecting any of the SCWF Staff members, are grounds for immediate account termination and/or banning, which may be instituted without warning and at the SCWF Staff’s sole discretion.

Although the Forums are moderated by SCWF Staff, considering the real-time nature of the Forum, it is impossible for the SCWF Staff to review all messages or confirm the validity of information posted.

Please remember that any information you disclose in a forum becomes public information and can be used by people you do not know. Accordingly, you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal or other information in a forum. Any such disclosures are at your own risk.

Please remember that although SCWF may monitor or review messages posted to the Forum from time to time, SCWF does not actively monitor the contents of the forums, are not under any obligation to do so, and are not responsible for the content of any messages posted. SCWF does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness, usefulness, non-infringement of intellectual property rights, or quality of any content on the Forum, regardless of who originates that content. You expressly understand and agree that you bear all risks and liabilities associated with using or relying on that content. SCWF will not be liable or responsible in any way for any content posted including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in content, or for any losses or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of or reliance on any content. This disclaimer and limitation on liability is in addition to the disclaimers and limitations contained in these Terms.

SCWF generally does not pre-screen, verify or edit the content posted by members in the Forum. However, SCWF and its agents reserve the right to investigate any violation of these Terms and to take appropriate action. SCWF has absolute discretion to enforce these Terms, including, but not limited to warning members of violations; disabling or suspending posting privileges and/ or Forum access; deleting, screening or editing any content; or prohibiting any behavior that does not comply with these Terms, or which is otherwise harmful, objectionable, inaccurate, or inappropriate for the Forum.

All posted messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of SCWF. Any member who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the SCWF Staff immediately either by email or by using each individual post’s built in reporting function. SCWF Staff members have the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that SCWF Staff members may not be able or available to remove or edit particular messages immediately. SCWF or SCWF Staff do not, however, have any responsibility or liability for any content posted on the Forum.


IV. Posting Rules

SCWF encourages you to use caution and not reveal information that you do not want to make public in your postings. Any personal information that you post can be obtained and used by others. Anything you post in the Forum, you post at your own risk. You use the Forum at your own risk. In any online forum like SCWF, it is not possible to be sure that other members are who they say they are, know what they say they know, or are affiliated with whom they say they are affiliated.

Your access to the Forums is subject to your compliance with the following rules of conduct. By participating in the Forum, including the posting of content and sending of Forum-based private messages, you specifically agree that you will not upload, post, or otherwise transmit any content (including text, links, communications, software, images, sounds, data, or other information) that:

1. is knowingly false and/or inaccurate, hateful, harassing, threatening, harmful, abusive, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive, religious or political in nature, or otherwise objectionable or violate any law;

2. infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party;

3. constitutes advertising or promotion, junk mail, "spamming," chain letters, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation;

4. contains software viruses, malware, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware;

5. provides any non-public information about SCWF or any other company or person without the proper authorization to do so;

6. intentionally interferes with the operation of the Forum or with a fellow member's message box, without limitation, mail or "post" bombing, news bombing, other flooding techniques, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks, or attempts to avoid messaging blocking;

7. impersonates any person or entity, including a SCWF Staff member or forges any TCP-IP packet header, e-mail header or any part of a message header;

8. attacks or insults another Forum member or SCWF Staff member;

9. suggests or encourages illegal activity; or

10. violates any law or regulation.


In addition SCWF requires that all members posting to the Forum:


11. communicate, either through Forum posts or personal messages, in a civil, polite and respectful manner;

12. avoid the use of any language, links or images in their avatars and/or signature lines that might violate any of these Terms;

13. use only one screen name and maintain only one member account. Screen names, avatars and signature lines may not contain any reference to any business or other commercial website or enterprise;

14. do not buy, sell, advertise, or promote any services or products on the Forum outside of the, and only as allowed in, the Seiko & Citizen Trading Post. If you have items currently for sale, do not discuss or post images of said items on the Forum;

15. do not link to live auctions (auctions that are not closed yet) on eBay or any other auction sites. The only exception being links to auctions or sales offering watches that are fakes or “frankened” (composed of incorrect parts) and being advertised as original. This exception only allows links to be posted for discussion purposes. However, members are encouraged to link the auction images instead of linking the auction itself;

16. do not post any discussion of, or any links to websites selling, fake, counterfeit or replica watches;

17. keep arguments and disputes originating on other websites off the Forum. SCWF is not your personal battle ground and does not wish to be a party to off-Site disputes. Please try to resolve disagreements of any type with other members via email or personal message first. If the matter cannot be resolved, please bring the issue to the attention of an SCWF Staff member, who will attempt to help mediate the issue or take appropriate moderating action. SCWF does not guaranty that any attempts at mediation will result in a solution of any kind or one that is acceptable to you;

18. keep discussion and post work and family friendly. Please be civil and tolerant and refrain from posting jokes or commentary of a racial, sexual, political, or religious nature. Please exercise your judgment while posting. If you have to question whether it is appropriate for you child/spouse/grandparent/boss/etc to view an image or read a post, then it is probably not appropriate to post it; and

19. do not post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or SCWF. Please use limited quotes only with attribution.


V.Policy Regarding The Sale OF Parts and Accessories Bearing OEM Company Logos & Brand Names

A. Accessories and parts branded with OEM (original equipment manufacturer - e.g. Seiko, Citizen, etc) brands or logos without the permission of the rights owner are illegal, and are not allowed to be sold by commercial sellers in the forum.

B. Unbranded, seller-branded or rebranded parts and accessories may be sold on the SCTP. Sellers claiming unbranded parts (e.g. crowns) as OEM items must be able to prove their claims if requested or required to do so.

C. Aftermarket products that contain OEM parts (such as independently-designed bracelets that use OEM Seiko clasps) can be sold on the SCTP, provided the sellers very clearly disclose in their sales posts that certain parts are not OEM and identify those that are. Commercial sellers are encouraged to provide the option of unbranded, seller-branded or rebranded parts, and to add an easily identifiable mark somewhere on the product that will allow purchasers to know that the item is not 100% OEM.

D. The occasional sale by a member (not a commercial seller) of a non-genuine OEM-branded item in his possession (such as a watch restored with an aftermarket dial) is acceptable and allowed, provided the seller very clearly discloses the fact in his sales post and itemizes the non-original content to the best of his knowledge and ability. Deliberate and persistent violation of this requirement will result in deletion of the member's sales posts and possible banning of the member.

E. The posting and discussion (NOT SELLING) of watches and articles which include aftermarket OEM-branded parts and/or accessories (such as watches restored with aftermarket dials) is allowed. The aim of this policy is to educate members about what is correct/original and what is not, rather than denigrate or disadvantage members for not knowing.


VI. Deleting Messages

SCWF and its staff do not believe in heavy and oppressive moderation, and prefer a more relaxed and lenient moderation style. However all SCWF Staff are free and able to edit and delete any posts that violate these Terms.

Although SCWF does not and cannot review each and every message that is posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, SCWF reserves the right, but is not under any obligation, to remove, edit or move, at any time, any material posted to the Forums, in each case as SCWF deems appropriate.

Messages are typically, though not exclusively, deleted, and member accounts may be restricted or banned, as a result of any of the following:
  • Profanity in subject lines or signatures, or profanity within messages deemed to be blatant as opposed to incidental.
    Posting pornographic or otherwise objectionable material (appropriateness and exceptions to this rule to be determined solely by SCWF on an individual case by case basis).
    Posting images or other materials denoting fire arms or any other weapons (appropriateness and exceptions to this rule to be determined solely by SCWF on an individual case by case basis).
    Spamming or commercial solicitation.
    Flaming other members with the intent of inciting or perpetuating a conflict or argument.
    Bombing Forum or individual threads with repetitive, pointless posts.
    Posting personal e-mail or chat dialogues.
    Impersonating other individuals or false representation.
    Discussion of illegal activity, or posting links to other websites that deal with such activities.
    Posts made under secondary member names or other aliases.
    Posts which are completely unrelated to the forum in which they are posted.
    Excessive cross-posting (this is considered spam).
    Excessive post bumping.
    Posts which breach another member's privacy, i.e. containing phone numbers, addresses or other personal information.
    Posts that publish or transmit any software or computer files that contain any form of Malware virus, worm or other disruptive or harmful component.
    Copyright violations.
    Any posts violating any of these Terms, in particular, any of the Posting Rules described in Section IV above.
    Any post SCWF deems inappropriate at its sole discretion.

VII. Seiko & Citizen Trading Post Rules and Commercial Posters


In addition to these Terms, all Forum members are bound by the additional posting rules of the Forum’s Seiko & Citizen Trading Post (“SCTP”). SCTP rules apply to all members while posting within the SCTP. All commercial transactions or requests posted to the Forums can ONLY be posted within the SCTP. Commercial sellers may only post their wares and services within the For Sale (Commercial Sellers Only) section of the SCTP.

For the full text of the SCTP’s posting rules please follow the following link: https://www.thewatchsite.com/index.php/topic,333.0.html

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[color=black]VIII. Links [color=black]

SCWF permits members to post links to content hosted and maintained by third parties. Although linked websites are not generally reviewed by SCWF’s staff members, links and the content those links direct to, are subject to treatment like any other type of content posted to the Forum. You may not include a link in the Forum that directs members to any content or information that, if posted in the Forum, would constitute a violation of these Terms. The linked websites are not under SCWF’s control and your access to any linked website is at your own risk. You should use your own judgment before you use any link or access any linked website. When leaving the Forum using any link provided on the Forum, you should be aware that these Terms and policies no longer govern. If you access a linked website and find that materials to be in violation of these Terms, you may report the link as described herein. SCWF makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of websites accessible by links from the Forum.

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IX. Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT WILL SCWF BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES RELATING TO LOST REVENUES OR PROFITS, LOST DATA, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION) RESULTING FROM OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF ANY MATERIALS POSTED ON OR MADE AVAILABLE IN THE FORUM OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE TO WHICH A LINK IS PROVIDED OR ON WHICH A LINK IS PROVIDED TO THESE FORUMS, EVEN IF SCWF HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ON WHICH SUCH DAMAGES ARE BASED.

SCWF DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED ON THIS SITE OR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVERS THAT MAKE SUCH MATERIALS AVAILABLE, ARE FREE OF DEFECTS, VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

SCWF DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION REGARDING THE CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF THE USE OF THE SITE OR ANY OF THE MATERIALS.

SCWF SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS SITE OR ANY FORUM ON THIS SITE. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THIS SITE, INCLUDING ANY FORUM THEREON, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO CEASE USE OF THE SITE OR FORUM, AS APPLICABLE.

YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD SCWF AND ITS, OFFICERS, STAFF MEMBERS, AGENTS, AND EMPLOYEES HARMLESS FROM ANY COST, LOSS OR CLAIM, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES, ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THIS SITE AND ANY FORUM THEREON, OR ARISING OUT OF CONTENT YOU SUBMIT, POST, TRANSMIT OR MAKE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FORUM, YOUR USE OF THE FORUM, YOUR VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS, OR YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY RIGHTS OF ANOTHER.

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X. Release of Information

SCWF may release information concerning your use of the Forum (including posted content, registration information, and network records) when SCWF, at it sole discretion, believes release is appropriate or necessary to comply with law or regulation; to enforce or apply these Terms; to protect SCWF's rights or property, or to protect SCWF's members from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of the Forum; or if SCWF reasonably believes that disclosure of communications or justifies disclosure of records without delay is justified. SCWF will also cooperate fully with law enforcement officials and comply with any court order or subpoena with respect to any claim or investigation arising from your participation in any of the Forums and any material posted by you, including, without limitation, furnishing such material and information regarding your identity and any other information SCWF may have about you.Deliberate attempts by you or someone on your behalf to evade or circumvent your suspension or termination of your rights to use the Forum violates these term, constitutes an unlawful trespass to SCWF's equipment and systems, and may result in legal action. To report violations of these Terms please follow the procedures set forth herein.


[color=black]XI. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms shall be subject to the laws of the United States and the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York.


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