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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. BostonHedonist

    BostonHedonist Well-Known Member

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    Pilot on yesterday's flight was wearing one too. Funny how you notice something acutely and start to see it everywhere.
     
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  2. iLuveketchup

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    Current pile.
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    Awesome stash! Not one I would decide not to have!
     
  4. TheTukker

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    Quick question: I know the effects of polishing have been discussed here before, but I am looking to buy a watch (dating from '07 or so) from an overseas professional seller who claims that they have polished the piece inhouse. It's pretty hard to tell from the pictures they have provided how much they have polished it. I am getting a good deal on it, I think, but how concerned should I be?
     
  5. BostonHedonist

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    I'm guessing if you don't yet know whether or not the polishing will bother you, that it probably won't. But there are a number of factors one might consider. How many times was it polished? How skilled was the jeweler?

    I'll have a bracelet touched up by a competent jeweler. But cases, only the manufacturer. The potential undesirable effects also depend on the curves of the case. Are the lugs, edges rounded or acute? Are there engravings of any kind or is everything smooth?

    Best thing to do is request high resolution photos and study them carefully. If it's a watch worth discussing at all on this thread, it's a seller's courtesy that I'd say is absolutely necessary.
     
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    To add on to that, if it's a watch that you have no worries/intention of reselling, and if you can't tell if it's overpolished or not, then I wouldnt worry about it.
     
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    It depends not just on the polishing they did, but as Boston suggested, how many times it has been polished during its lifetime and how good previous or current the polisher was with his work. Sometimes it can be almost impossible to notice a difference if done only once or twice by the manufacturer's service center, as they have all the right tools and dies to hold the piece and finish them as closely as possible to factory standards, rather than an independent who may only have a basic wheel and dremel tool. If just minor work or a simple case, even an independent might do a fine job, however if a prior polishing made a mess of it, often the more it gets polished the worse it gets. In addition, if a prior owner was really rough on a watch, sometimes a place wants to clean it up so it doesn't look like it has lived a rough life and scare off sellers, plus they can ask a bit more for it if its in better shape.

    Pre-owned watches can be a great option both in terms of variety and price, and most watches regardless of polishing will give you plenty of years of enjoyment. If you are really tough on watches the polishing may not matter as you will probably put lots of scuffs and nicks in it anyway. However, you need to get as many pix as possible and then decide if it looks good to you or not. As for getting a good deal vs condition, that is a question every buyer must answer for himself.
     
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    Got a chance to visit a watch boutique that only has one location in the U.S. this week...


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    Nice!

    Crazy how small the boutique is isn't it?

    Sidenote: that's my favorite tourneau of the 3 in NY next store. Several of the salespeople in there are actually 'watch guys'
     
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    Nice photo report, BH.

    And obviously "iLuveketchup" really luves some cool sports watches.
     
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    Some of the watch collections in here are breathtaking, starting to build my own, currently have 4 watches + one that just left me (Tissot PRS516 auto chrono valjoux 7750) to give room (and money lol) to another one.

    Wore my cheapest and most versatile watch to the hospital today. Might be $100 but hands down is the one that gets the most compliments hahaha

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    That Rodina is on my wish list, too! Not sure how I would love the Nomos Tangente on my wrist, I think this watch will scratch an itch perfectly fine for a little while!
     
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    Was browsing through pics and found this I haven't posted.

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    Next week's topic is to see if I can kop a vintage item I've been eyeing.
     
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    Many thanks for the quick responses - as always, very helpful and much appreciated!
     
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    Sweet.

    Pretty bad-ass little diver guy you've got there.

    I think a lot of manufacturers are missing out an opportunity with that space. More of them could be using their casebacks to add some value, or a bit of increased interest for their customers.

    And definitely let us know about your vintage kop.
     
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    A classic. Very nice piece there. I actually double tapped the pic on my phone...then remembering this isn't Instagram.
     
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    Hahahah. Thanks for the chuckle, TWAT founder! :)

    Getting tons of mileage from the Fat Carter I picked up from the store!
     
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