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Did you trade in / trade up, RogerP? (If you don't mind my asking) ... just get tired of it, perhaps?

 

I sold both the AT and a lovely Grand Seiko GMT to help fund the purchase of an 18k Moser Mayu. I was exceedingly happy with all aspects of both the departed watches.
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Omega Seamaster with the Calibre 8500




 

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post #23118 of 31068
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

 

I sold both the AT and a lovely Grand Seiko GMT to help fund the purchase of an 18k Moser Mayu. I was exceedingly happy with all aspects of both the departed watches.

 

Roger, is it my imagination or did you get a Speedy Moonphase a while back?  All this Omega talk had me thinking about them.  If I remembered correctly, how is it?

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I sold both the AT and a lovely Grand Seiko GMT to help fund the purchase of an 18k Moser Mayu. I was exceedingly happy with all aspects of both the departed watches.

Gotcha.

So two somewhat sportier pieces towards a beautiful dress watch.

Nice consolidation move.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

Roger, is it my imagination or did you get a Speedy Moonphase a while back?  All this Omega talk had me thinking about them.  If I remembered correctly, how is it?

 

Mimo - sometimes I get confused about what watches I owned and when. :-) I did own a Speedy Moomphase, but it was probably 10 years ago - well before my participation on this forum. I do currently own a Speedy 9300 (as does RNGuy).
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I sold both the AT and a lovely Grand Seiko GMT to help fund the purchase of an 18k Moser Mayu. I was exceedingly happy with all aspects of both the departed watches.

And where is this Mayu smile.gif.

I have to say, that is one purchase that seems very wise to make second-hand. Also a great watch to buy new, but Moser takes an absurd hit on the second-hand market. I think I say a Mayu for $7,000 or $8,000 in WG on Timezone ~6 months ago.
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

 

Mimo - sometimes I get confused about what watches I owned and when. :-) I did own a Speedy Moomphase, but it was probably 10 years ago - well before my participation on this forum.I do currently own a Speedy 9300 (as does RNGuy).

 

I stand corrected!  I'm sure someone posted one a while back...just found myself ogling them recently.  I guess it wasn't the one for you anyway - any particular reasons why?

 

(Edit: the Mayu is gorgeous btw)


Edited by mimo - 7/17/13 at 1:07pm
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I posted pics of it here when I bought it - but this is one seriously fast-moving thread. And now don't seem to be able to post pics from my office 'puter at all. Here is a link to one of the pics for you anyway: http://www.fototime.com/391C7626913DC43/orig.jpg $7k would be quite low. Most I have seen are in the $9k range.
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as well you should. smile.gif
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frilly - good stuff, thanks for sharing your adventures. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I posted pics of it here when I bought it - but this is one seriously fast-moving thread. And now don't seem to be able to post pics from my office 'puter at all. Here is a link to one of the pics for you anyway: http://www.fototime.com/391C7626913DC43/orig.jpg $7k would be quite low. Most I have seen are in the $9k range.

Nonetheless, an absolutely phenomenal piece for that kind of price. Mmmm I love that watch.
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post

 

Strange Tourneau experience yesterday here in NYC too:

 

1.  Tourneau on 57th street: Too much condescension and lack of attention when I walked in inquiring about a ladies Nautilus.  Finally I tire of said treatment and take off my suit jacket.  Had my 3970 in yellow gold on.  Salesperson finally checks me out, doesn't even know what I'm wearing.  Presumably his manager comes by after a minute and gushes over the 3970 and proceeds to fawn over me.  Ick.

 

2.  Walk over to Tiffany to pick up a gift I got for the wife (6th floor customer service).  Cheap purchase, but treated very well.  Go down to the mezzanine level to the Patek salon and had a lovely conversation with the young lady staffing the place that afternoon.  Spoke about current models, pocket watches, etc.  Fairly well informed, great manners.  Loved the experience.

 

Also, she was kind of hot.  Won't rule out that factor in terms of why I enjoyed the experience.

 

3.  Headed to Wempe to say hello - know many of the salespeople there (if I go AD I usually buy at Wempe).  Drinks offered, chatted to folks who weren't busy, President of Wempe stopped by and said hello. Asked about the 5711 he sold me, told him he ain't buying it back from me just yet.  Super nice guy, down to earth.  Loved the experience.

 

And all this from stores who are in direct competition with each other, a few blocks apart.  Friend who used to work for Tourneau and who moved to Wempe basically said everyone who works for Tourneau wishes they could leave... and work for Wempe haha. 

My experiences, and those of my father have resulted in us never purchasing any watches in NYC.  Actually, only my wife has a dedicated sales person in NYC, but its for jewelry.  

 

1.  Tourneau, I consider a complete waste of time.  Their sales people lack any useful knowledge, and in my experience they hover annoyingly even before you want to look at anything, as they have to fight off the other vulture like sales people that might talk to you and steal their sale. Its a very uncomfortable situation.  In addition, years ago when it was known you could get discounts on any Rolex except a steel Daytona they would still spout off non-sense to try to get you to buy there...saying, "Rolex are never discounted.  If you are able to get a discount on a Rolex it's either used or from a gray-market dealer."  That was complete BS, but I'm sure a few suckers fell for it occasionally.

 

2.  My last experience at Tiffany wasn't enjoyable.  So I won't buy anything from them.  I went to their Patek Boutique as I was narrowing down my choices Patek Aquanaut, Nautilus, AP RO Jumbo or Chronograph, and VC Overseas Chronograph.  There were two male sales associates, who had nothing to do before my wife and I got there. They had an reasonable amount of info about the watches, and seemed pleasant enough.  I thought things went well.  However, I guess since I was only wearing a dress shirt, jeans, and my Rolex OYSTERQUARTZ (I often wear it if I go to NYC so I can bring it to Rolex to change the battery, which Rolex does gratis), I wasn't quite good enough for them.  I thanked them and took the card of the main person that helped me. I went to use the rest room which is on the same level, but around a doorway, my wife waited near the doorway and heard them critiquing me.  When I came out of the rest room she told me what was happening. I went back and said, "If you guys really want to learn something about selling watches here's some advice, at least wait until the customers are gone to criticize them."  They started to apologize, but I simply handed the business card back and said "I won't be needing this.  I'm sure another AD for Patek, AP or VC would be happy to assist me." 

 

3.  Wempe, I like looking in the window, but it always feels weird and like its a chore if I want to see something since half the time they need to fumble with window displays.  In addition, I've always been able to get better deals from local ADs than what they could provide.

 

4.  I have been into Cellini a few times, but I don't like the games they play when it comes to finding out what the final price will be.  This is not specific to them, I've encountered it at several NYC ADs.  It goes something like this.  Me: "I'm very interested in this.  What is your best deal on it?"  them "Well, are you going to buy this right now?"  me: "Depends on the price."  Them: "Well if you won't commit to buying this right now I can't give you my best price."  me:  "How can I tell if I should commit to this if you won't give me your best price?"  While I liked the sales person there who helped me with APs and Piagets, he wouldn't tell me his best price, but asked me to promise to call him when I had shopped around.  I shopped around while in another state and liked another AP AD.  He gave me 1 price.  No negotiating, said it was his best deal and to think on it.  I called the other guy and he wanted to know the best price I got.  I would not give him the other AD's price.  I told him that would not be fair, he wouldn't like it if I went back to the other guy with his best price and asked him to beat it.  I told him it has to be honest and fair and if he really has the best deal he has nothing to worry about.  He eventually called me back with a price that wasn't as good and then started telling me that they provide better customer service than anyplace else.  I said I'd think on it.  I went with the other AD, genuinely a nice guy, no game playing and the item was as promised.  I'm a bit crazy and if buying new, it has to be absolutely pristine, with all of the plastic still on it.  He was true to his word, called me and said he wouldn't even take it out of the shipping packaging.  I would be the one to cut it open, and handle it, and I was.

 

So far watch purchases just don't seem like they are meant to be for me in NYC.  Still, its always fun visiting the city and seeing some interesting watches.  

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Nonetheless, an absolutely phenomenal piece for that kind of price. Mmmm I love that watch.

yes!
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dino - i want to reply to #4 in your post from a different POV, as its a very important convo imo, but im short on time. will do later. smile.gif
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I look forward to stitchy's comments - these are great discussions.
Also - love the AT, Stitchy. It is a great watch. I think the small, no-date, black face is my favorite from that line (railmaster, I think), but they are all great watches. Someone will be very happy with it.
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Roger - Some of your past timepieces have me salivating - Moser ...GS... JLC Master Reveil? I think we need to see a full chronological horological resume when you get the chance please! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by RogerP View Post

I posted pics of it here when I bought it - but this is one seriously fast-moving thread. And now don't seem to be able to post pics from my office 'puter at all. Here is a link to one of the pics for you anyway: http://www.fototime.com/391C7626913DC43/orig.jpg $7k would be quite low. Most I have seen are in the $9k range.
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