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What is it with the watch forums and not taking PayPal/only taking bank wires? So annoying.

The rule of the day on watch forum classifieds seems to be that sales put the seller in the position with the most leverage. Its the opposite of eBay, and thats why people who sell on forum, sell there. They want the control. Its understandable, they just are limiting their market potential (risk) for the sake of safer sales (reward).
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Moo, definitely do your homework before you buy. My relative that bought a Reverso from Belgium and paid with wire transfer, was send the wrong watch and still haven't received a refund more than a month after returning it. This with a 'Trusted Seller' on Chrono24.

I dont like chrono24 at all. never got good vibes from there. Also, most listed stuff is overpriced there imo.
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Guys - with regards to polished vs. un-polished Rolexes. What is the rule of thumb? If a watch has been very lightly polished to make it look newer/better, is that a bad thing? Or is it only considered bad when the lugs/angles of the watch become substantially visually different from how they were originally made in the factory?
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

While I agree one can't truly appreciate the interplay between various finishes and edges when a watch has protective film on it,  I doubt that they would sell a lot more watches if they unwrapped them.  Also, on watches of a particular price range or even some brands, people want them as close to fresh from the factory as possible...so unwrapping them might actually hinder sales.  I've seen a plenty of pre-owned Pateks that were for sale, that the current owners still had in the sealed plastic bag and "transitional/travel" cardboard box.  

Yes, you're probably right. Perhaps I just have an unusually high level of aversion to the protective wrap. smile.gif I wouldn't mind at all buying a watch that had already been unwrapped and tried on, although I would expect to pay a little less for it than one that is still hermetically sealed.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys - with regards to polished vs. un-polished Rolexes. What is the rule of thumb? If a watch has been very lightly polished to make it look newer/better, is that a bad thing? Or is it only considered bad when the lugs/angles of the watch become substantially visually different from how they were originally made in the factory?

Depends a bit on the watch, but generally I would not buy anything that has been polished unless I could examine in person.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys - with regards to polished vs. un-polished Rolexes. What is the rule of thumb? If a watch has been very lightly polished to make it look newer/better, is that a bad thing? Or is it only considered bad when the lugs/angles of the watch become substantially visually different from how they were originally made in the factory?

As long as we are talking about late model, not something where its being vintage is important, then I think a proper polish by a professional is always a good thing. A fresh to death watch beats one thats all scratched and dinged.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys - with regards to polished vs. un-polished Rolexes. What is the rule of thumb? If a watch has been very lightly polished to make it look newer/better, is that a bad thing? Or is it only considered bad when the lugs/angles of the watch become substantially visually different from how they were originally made in the factory?

If I were buying a pre-owned Rolex, I'd prefer unpolished.  First, I've seen too many amateur polishing jobs that look like sh*t (the texture of the brushed finish isn't uniform, there is sometimes a slightly distorted look to the shiny polished parts, and then sometimes the beveled edges are less crisp...and in really bad situations the edges look rounded).  So for me it goes beyond just having severely distorted lugs.

 

Beyond that, if I see a watch in person before its been polished, I also have a better sense of if the watch was well taken care of or if it has led a rough life and been battered to hell.  I'd prefer to be the one to make the choice about whether a watch needs polishing and if so who is doing the polishing. 

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Lol retailer v buyer mentality. blush.gif
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Thanks guys!
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Me too, and quite happy for it to stay un-fluted.  This is very high on my wish list.

Yah love the un-fluted but the fluted was a nice change, Rolex should continue to offer both.
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Love me a Rolex fluted bezel.
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I attended Watchuwant's watch show last night and had a chance to try on several pieces from their diverse preowned collection.

The FP Journe Centigraphe was extremely impressive technically. It apparently can measure 1/100th of a second!


This limited edition AP Chrono was surprisingly light, with the case made from titanium. The hands are very interestingly shaped. I also adored the strap, especially the cross-stitching pattern. I can see myself wearing it casually or with business dress.



This AP Tourbillon Chrono was a beast. Although I do not remember the exact diameter, it must be at least 44mm. For reference, I am wearing my 39 mm AP Chrono next to it. While very impressive technically, I thought it was just too bulky and flashy. I was also not a fan of the plump sky blue hands and indices.


Finally, here was the belle of the ball for me, the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu. Simply drop-dead gorgeous. I especially loved the contrast between the highly polished main dial and the guilloche subdial. Amazing depth in the color and it is mesmerizing how it shimmers different shades of blue depending on how you hold it to light. Definitely will kop sometime in the future!

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I attended Watchuwant's watch show last night and had a chance to try on several pieces from their diverse preowned collection.

The FP Journe Centigraphe was extremely impressive technically. It apparently can measure 1/100th of a second!

This limited edition AP Chrono was surprisingly light, with the case made from titanium. The hands are very interestingly shaped. I also adored the strap, especially the cross-stitching pattern. I can see myself wearing it casually or with business dress.


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This AP Tourbillon Chrono was a beast. Although I do not remember the exact diameter, it must be at least 44mm. For reference, I am wearing my 39 mm AP Chrono next to it. While very impressive technically, I thought it was just too bulky and flashy. I was also not a fan of the plump sky blue hands and indices.


Finally, here was the belle of the ball for me, the FP Journe Chronometre Bleu. Simply drop-dead gorgeous. I especially loved the contrast between the highly polished main dial and the guilloche subdial. Amazing depth in the color and it is mesmerizing how it shimmers different shades of blue depending on how you hold it to light. Definitely will kop sometime in the future!


Lovely watches all.

Do you know if the AP Jules Audemars Chrono that you tried was an integrated chronograph or a modular chronograph? I love APs (have a RO Dualtime and have long coveted the Jules Audemars Extra Thing, ROO Diver and RO Jumbo), but my longstanding quibble with them is that they tend to use modular chronograph movements for their Offshore and Jules Audemars collections. Last I looked the Jules Audemars chrono had a modular movement; in fact that looks like a calibre 3120 movement (with chrono module added). The only integrated chronograph movement they appear to use is in the RO Chrono (F. Piguet movement). Given the prices they charge, I would prefer an in-house integrated column wheel movement. I realise that much of the cost is due to things like the excellent movement finishing and detailing, but given that their competition among the Big Three+Lange and even among the less august manufactures (e.g. JLC, IWC, etc.) have developed their own in-house integrated column wheel movements, makes me wish that AP would do the same.
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What's in the Nomos box?
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Deejmb, pics of full collection, please. smile.gif
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