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First, the work you did looks absolutely fantastic.
As for the leather... yeah, wow. Not good.These look like they’re right from the tail-end of the Grangaard era (gold-lettering on an unnecessary heel liner), when the (second) private equity firm was trying to unload AE, and they were at peak...
Interesting, I didn’t know that (regarding batteries).
As for average watchmakers and watch repair, in general, most shops aren’t very good nowadays. That’s actually what got me into it from a hobby standpoint. I loved collecting antique pocket watches, but servicing them with folks who really...
Well, my guess would be a metal-link elastic, like those Speidel makes. But that’s just a guess.
I’ll also say that, while past the time period of most of the watches I work on (e.g ~1880-1930), the Accutron movement is considered pretty collectible; an interesting direct predecessor to quartz...
Funky 70’s shoes? The only place those masterpieces were being worn, during the 70’s, was possibly on the set of the lugubrious and odious 1974 version of the Great Gatsby (the only good thing about that dismally miscast drag was Ralph Lauren’s beautiful, if highly inaccurate, menswear).
This is why I’m super hesitant with stuff like vintage alligator, and other exotic hides. It’s often hard to spot degraded/failing uppers until it’s too late. Very frustrating, given the premium often demanded by sellers’.
Consigned to a reputable seller? Hell no. I’m taking my shoes to the great beyond: they’re getting buried with me. Of course, this may well mean that I end up in a landfill in Staten Island, but these are the sacrifices we have to make.