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Originally Posted by Biggskip View Post

What would be a ballpark estimate for a good servicing, assuming I took it to an authorized dealer or equivalent?

AD - four figures easy. trustworthy watch maker if you can find one - 100 - 325.
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Stitch - did you go to Faber while you were in the hood? It's like two blocks from tourneau
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That Breitling Top Time is badass. On a similar subject, I really want a Breitling Top Time. I think that would be a great first foray into the world of vintage.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

as promised, some tales from my trip to NYC yesterday.

 

Stitchy! I am sorry to miss you while you were in town.  I was in Pennsylvania for the weekend communing with Sesame Street characters: exactly what I wanted to do for Father's Day, of course.  You were in my 'hood too by the Wempe/Rolex boutiques!

If we're ever in town at the same time I hope you'll do me the honor of buying you lunch.

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TWAT meetup NYC 2k13 December 17-20?
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post

Stitch - did you go to Faber while you were in the hood? It's like two blocks from tourneau

i did not. frown.gif next time.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

Stitchy! I am sorry to miss you while you were in town.  I was in Pennsylvania for the weekend communing with Sesame Street characters: exactly what I wanted to do for Father's Day, of course.  You were in my 'hood too by the Wempe/Rolex boutiques!
If we're ever in town at the same time I hope you'll do me the honor of buying you lunch.

thanks for the offer! sorry i missed you. i didnt contact the dudes i knew or thought had kids since it was fathers day. not everyone is a degenerate like me. but next im in the city, you will get a heads up.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

TWAT meetup NYC 2k13 December 17-20?

certainly possible. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Journeyman View Post

As is Rolex, too, interestingly enough.

I definitely agree that it can be expensive to buy a good "indie" watch, but so also can getting good clothes from a small atelier.

I know it's a generalisation, but it is nonetheless interesting to see how some on SF fetishize the purchasing of clothing from small, independent ateliers and pay many thousands of dollars for the privilege (plus having to wait for a very long time to receive the clothing, in some cases), but when it comes to watches, they stick firmly to tried-and-true, large and well-known brands.

Of course, I do understand that watches are not precisely the same as clothes and I certainly take Dino's point that it can be much easier to get parts for watches from large companies, and that resale value is also much more consistent. People are much more likely to resell a watch than a pair of Ambrosi trousers!

Good call on Rolex -- easy to forget that fact for a company that does $5bb in rev. Interestingly, according to wiki, Patek (~$950mm in 2012) pulls in quite a bit more revenue than AP (~$200mm in 2002). That's a really old figure for AP, but even with huge growth they'd still be behind.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

lolz. customer does not know yet. they left the watch over the weekend. my boss wanted me too look at it before he decided.

i had some indications, but because of the number of ROO models i was not 10000000% sure until i opened it up. then i looked at the seconds hand to see it "ticking" not "running." i didnt even check that because i could not imagine that the guy who looked at it would not have picked up on that. had i saw that, i wouldnt even have opened up.

good luck to my co-worker who has to relay the news.

as to condition, i have found that its not really a great indicator. even the fact it had no box and papers. when it comes to the very rich, a lot of these watches are impulse buys for fun or gifts to people who are not really watch lovers, especially if they are graduation presents. its just a fun trinket to play with until its broken. the box and papers are like gas station receipts and get thrown away or lost and forgotten about.

resale is not a factor when some of these are bought or received. sad, i know. but different strokes for different folks. we have bought some fantastic pieces that were all messed up and no box or papers. obviously the cost to repair is significant and the resale value is less, and we therefor offer less, but for the right price, they can be great buys.

Yikes -- do you see that often? Also, plz update when you can, curious as to how the owner took the news...
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

That Breitling Top Time is badass. On a similar subject, I really want a Breitling Top Time. I think that would be a great first foray into the world of vintage.

Agreed on Top Times -- they are really good looking watches. Really clean dials, nice sizing for vintage, and the price on them seems like a bargain.
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

Oh, and Mimo, I'm wearing my "ostentatious" 116520 today:

 

Ostentatious white dial 116520 for the win!

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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hey, Frill, you didn't notice the pic I took of your birthday present - tried on in the wild today while I was waiting for my lunch meeting to turn up:

 

 

Hot darn! Sorry I missed this. I love the subtlety and elegance of this piece. Its slim profile also allows it to slip under the cuff easily, especially given how smooth and silky that crown mechanism and crown guard looks - I mean, check out how it is so elegantly complementing the shirt cuff you're currently wearing!

 

When are you shipping this to me!  I am so excited!

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Originally Posted by dlm4114 View Post

Yikes -- do you see that often? Also, plz update when you can, curious as to how the owner took the news...

it is by far the vast minority, but its not uncommon. 99.9% the customer is well aware. will update when i have new info.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

Hey, Frill, you didn't notice the pic I took of your birthday present - tried on in the wild today while I was waiting for my lunch meeting to turn up:

 

 

Also, is it possible for you to take multiple pictures of this piece as it sits on your wrist, so that you can stitchy (heehee) the images together and post an animated GIF?  
 

Here's an example of an animated GIF that strung together several images of what appears to be an excellent piece, when viewed in still pictures, but may well fall short of your standards in particular, mimo, especially with regards to display backs:

 

http://thebiglead.fantasysportsven.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/acpeFrjr.gif

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Cosmonauts are cool.
Impossible to tell what time is with them though.
And damned if I can remember how to use the slide rule.

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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Cosmonauts are cool.
Impossible to tell what time is with them though.
And damned if I can remember how to use the slide rule.

Always liked that one. Especially the older handwound model. Came close once or twice.
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Latest acquisition (not bad for $160):

SEIKO SPC083
42mm x 14mm
20mm lugs
6 inch wrist







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