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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 994post #14896 of 4831210/26/12 at 1:50ampost #14897 of 4831210/26/12 at 5:00ampost #14898 of 4831210/26/12 at 6:40amQuote:Originally Posted by NonServiam
I realize that most WISs feel like you, but I think I'll go against the stream on this one. I like the size, this being about the only >40mm left in my collection. I even think I like the newer hands and dial beter A strange position for me to take, as I almost always make the vintage or neo-vintage choice.
Speaking of which, WatchCo SM300 on a braided Nato today
Love that combo.
Edited by Dnslater - 10/26/12 at 10:29ampost #14899 of 4831210/26/12 at 7:18ampost #14900 of 4831210/26/12 at 7:22ampost #14901 of 4831210/26/12 at 7:39ampost #14902 of 4831210/26/12 at 7:46ampost #14903 of 4831210/26/12 at 8:19ampost #14904 of 4831210/26/12 at 8:41ampost #14905 of 4831210/26/12 at 10:31ampost #14906 of 4831210/26/12 at 11:07ampost #14907 of 4831210/26/12 at 12:09pmpost #14908 of 4831210/26/12 at 2:07pmpost #14909 of 4831210/26/12 at 8:17pm
Friendly word of warning: This is directed to the newbies like me, as I know the vets here already are aware. I prefer understated vintage elegance. Personally, I am not a fan of the big Rolex type dials, but you know what they say about opinions, and I certainly respect the Rolex brand and similar big face quality watches that seem to be the rage. To each his own, as they say. I bought a 1952 vintage Vulcain watch from a respected online dealer. I would rather not say the name of the dealer at this time (if you PM me I will share this info).
The watch is 18K gold and just what I love about the 1950 watches. It has subtle elegance in spades. The hyped ad for the watch promised that the watch had been well serviced, as the seller is a not just a seller, but advertises repair services as well. It promised that the watch kept great time and was as flawless as a 60 year-old watch could be. When I received it, it was truly as described, but within 24 hours I realized it wasn't keeping time, and would stop at the 5:30 mark altogether. Uh oh. I took it to a very well respected watch dealer/repair shop in Orlando. Three days later they call me and tell me this:
The watch had not at all been recently serviced.
The watch had been submerged in water, at least once in its past.
The watch was rusty inside, and the movements were restricted by the rust, hence the stoppage at the 5:30 hour.
The jewels had not been oiled in quite awhile, and the existing oil was gummy.
The repair cost is $395.00
The master watchmaker gave me the following suggestion that I thought I'd pass on to you:
1.) NEVER trust a vintage watch sales description...never.
He had opened up plenty of vintage ebay buys and others (like mine) and NONE had ever been serviced despite their description...none.
2.) NEVER wind a vintage watch upon receiving it from the seller. Get it to a watchmaker you trust immediately for an open guts inspection. Winding a vintage watch that has not been serviced in years may ruin the watch beyond reasonable repair costs.
3.) Insist on a 10 day minimum inspection (from day of receipt) that allows return with a full return if not satisfied. Any seller that balks...run away and consider yourself lucky at having dodged a bullet.
I hope this helps someone. I've certainly learned my lesson. Have a great weekend guys.
Edited by ManCrush - 10/26/12 at 8:37pmpost #14910 of 4831210/26/12 at 9:51pm
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