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Not sure if his watch is from EWC... but I've had mixed experiences with them. They sold a watch out from under me at one point. Not a great feeling.

BUT

They have awesome pieces, with inventory changing daily, with maybe the best photography of any watch sales site.

BUT

Their prices are higher than most other re-sellers.

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Yeah, I would never buy vintage from them for the reasons Dino has gone into. But the site/app does make for nice browsing. I got my JLC moon from them and between negotiating and a wire transfer knocked the price down to roughly market.

But...congrats! I had the Geo on my wrist a year ago but it's been growing on me since then.
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Since I am popping up in the forum today anyway and I already uploaded it, here is my 1958 LeCoultre Powermatic. I was really pleased to be able to find the solid 14k version (the vast majority available are 10k plated) with (importantly) a dial that has not been restored. I really love the patina on this thing - even and subtle. What's also cool is that you can place a Geiger-Meuller tube next to it and confirm that the hands have been painted with radium.

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Still loving the BLNR GMT! Here's some pics that I've taken of it. 

 

 

 

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^ still have your AP?
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^ still have your AP?

 

Yup, that's not going anywhere. Actually took a photo of it yesterday...

 

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Anyone bought from Matthew Bain before? This vintage memovox is tempting me.

http://www.matthewbaininc.com/watch-details/2049
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Originally Posted by PartagasIV View Post

Anyone bought from Matthew Bain before? This vintage memovox is tempting me.

http://www.matthewbaininc.com/watch-details/2049

Matthew is a good dude. Nice watch

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Cheers lads!

 

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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

Nice watch! From EWC?

 

Yes, it is.  You must have noticed it there.  Like I said in my post, there have been some Geophysic 1958s out there the past month or so and there are still two out there to the best of my knowledge.  However if anyone is moving for one of them reach out to me as I may be of help depending on which watch you're looking at. 

 

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Great JLCs Blaugrana! I really like the Geophysic, it's quickly becoming one of my favorites every time I see one.


After years of abuse, one of the collars in the bracelet of my MM300 decided to give out this afternoon. Thankfully I had a spare NATO at the office that I could throw it on for the rest of the day. I've never been a fan of Seiko's pin and collar system for their bracelets, but this is the first time one ever actually just broke down on me. Oh well. I'm sure I have a few dozen extras floating around in my parts box at home.

 

Looks great on the NATO.  I don't dislike bracelets, but I actually prefer straps.  I think the watch case/face stands out more when it's not on the bracelet.  That said bracelets are nice to have to mix things up and can make a watch a bit more versatile depending on what you're wearing it with.

 

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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Not sure if his watch is from EWC... but I've had mixed experiences with them. They sold a watch out from under me at one point. Not a great feeling.

BUT

They have awesome pieces, with inventory changing daily, with maybe the best photography of any watch sales site.

BUT

Their prices are higher than most other re-sellers.

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BUT

 

They do negotiate from what I'm told.

 

What I heard/read about them is that they are higher in price, but that they do negotiate.  I also heard though that they're honest which goes a long way.  With my watch the price was definitely high with the listing.  That said they don't sit around long at all and they apparently had plenty of interest.  I was in contact with them as soon as I happened upon it on Instagram and then it was a matter of waiting for them to get the watch in and get photos taken.  I specifically ask certain questions along with a request for photos (they don't have to be new photos) emailed to me.  As I mentioned in my post you usually get a larger file and then you can zoom in and get a better idea of condition.  There was another Geophysic 1958 I was looking at from a different dealer that had great photos on the site, but those photos still didn't show a notable scratch on the bezel which I was able to pick up on after they emailed me photos.  Back to EWC, I never got the requested photos.  They listed it, I was told it was listed and given a new lower price.  I didn't notice the latter part of that email.  So I called them next day which was a Saturday and my contact wasn't available.  Another person said it was in mint condition, and indeed the listing said it was LNIB.  Still I wanted to talk to my contact and he agreed to hold the watch until Monday.  So I got an email before I was able to call on Monday asking for a decision. I called shortly thereafter because that was when I was actually free to get away from work.  I was again told the watch was mint.  However the price I was quoted, which again I had yet to notice, was the price and they wouldn't move on that price.  So I paid slightly more than what I was seeing out there.  That said the watch was in the condition noted and more importantly in the condition I wanted it in so I'm more than comfortable paying a couple of hundred more.  

 

 

I will say that throughout the process of looking for this watch I was in contact with a few different "known" grey dealers or just independent sellers and I had mixed experiences.  One smaller grey dealer whose name I've seen a few times after looking at listings on Watchrecon was communicative, but brief.  Then when he got the watch, a Tribute to Deep Sea, and I asked him for additional better photos he essentially went silent.  He said he'd send them.  48-72 hours later I reached out again after not having received the pictures and got no reply.  Same thing again 48-72 hours later.  Then 48-72 hours after that the watch was sold.  Really puzzling because at most I asked for the original files of the photos listed and now he's possibly lost a potential future buyer.  I had a similar experience with an independent seller.  On the flip side I had two better known/larger volume grey dealers who were both very communicative and provided everything I asked for and one of them actually sold the watch to a different buyer, but unlike the two previous examples he was still communicative throughout the process.

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Originally Posted by PartagasIV View Post

Yeah, I would never buy vintage from them for the reasons Dino has gone into. But the site/app does make for nice browsing. I got my JLC moon from them and between negotiating and a wire transfer knocked the price down to roughly market.

But...congrats! I had the Geo on my wrist a year ago but it's been growing on me since then.

 

The app is quite nice.  I was surprised that they had one.  Makes for great viewing on your phone and so it's easy to check in at any given time.  One tip though for those who don't know is that the site does have watches listed as "incoming" where they have yet to get pictures up.

 

It definitely grew on my over time as well.  I just never had it on the wrist until now.  

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Good to hear about your experience with EWC. I visited the store twice when I was in Boston over the Christmas holidays. During my second visit, I took a look at a watch that has long been a grail of mine. The price I was quoted was just at the line of fiscal responsibility for a civil servant with a mortgage and concurrent interests in international travel and contemporary art. So I didn't bite. The watch was posted on the website at the listed price shortly after the new year, and I went back and forth over whether I should pull the trigger. The price was rather aggressive compared to similar watches listed on Chrono24, but was in better condition than those watches, so it was ballpark. Then the watch disappeared from the website, and I assumed it had been sold. I felt some pangs of regret. The watch reappeared a few days later with a new price over $1000 greater than the original price! Now it definitely was a no-go. It's still for sale, and I'm thinking of giving it a wait to see if EWC is amenable to negotiations in a few months.
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BLNR club. My only companion during a 13 hour flight delay in China yesterday

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Originally Posted by firenze_rob View Post

I agree with this. Traveling with a nice piece signals, for better or worse, that you're not a regular punter. This is particularly true in Eastern Europe and SE Asia (in my experience).

So this applies to the business traveller, less so to the holiday traveller?
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Originally Posted by firenze_rob View Post

I agree with this. Traveling with a nice piece signals, for better or worse, that you're not a regular punter. This is particularly true in Eastern Europe and SE Asia (in my experience).

I don't mind leaving one in the hotel safe as long as it's in my room which is usually in a nice hotel. Depending on what pat of the world I'm in however, and what I'm doing there then I would agree with the above. Nothing attracts more attention in certain areas than a nice watch and it can cause you waaaaaaaay more trouble than it's worth just having it on.
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Been awhile guys! Enjoyed catching up on previous posts. Meet my latest acquisition! Chose the sector dial because it adds versility and a pinch of youthfulness to this watch. In shorts or in pants no problem! More thoughts and pictures later. Just in time for the chinese new year!

Edited by Novelty77 - 1/29/16 at 9:17pm
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@Blaugrana Congrats and enjoy it!!!
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