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. UFN

    UFN Senior member

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    You have sparked my interest. Looks like a good cheaper alternative to the IWC XVI. How does your LE differ from the regular Airman w/o logo besides a different hand wound movement?
    It's got a solid steel caseback with engraving (instead of sapphire) and the case size is the same as the Airman automatic (= slightly smaller than the normal airman manual).


    /U.
     


  2. rnoldh

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    Here's an unusual post for the watch porn thread.

    As usual, one of my friend's kids got in trouble and pawned his watch.

    It's a Ball watch, which I've never heard of.

    It's either this watch or very, very close to it.

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    My question is. Anyone familiar with Ball watches? I would have to pay for the pawn ticket plus interest. About $465. If the pawn shop gave him $400, it must be worth something! Is that a very low price where I am protected if I don't like it and want to sell it?

    Thanks in advance.
     


  3. Mark Anthony

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    Ball have a strong cult following and I have never heard anything negative about them, in fact mostly strong positive opinions from even non Ball owners.

    If it is real, working and no major damage/wear then you should easily be able to eBay it for double what you would be paying. If non GMT model maybe a couple hundred less. If excellent condition and a GMT maybe even $1250ish.

    So a low risk really.

    Check out timezone or watchnet for opinions.
     


  4. rnoldh

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    Ball have a strong cult following and I have never heard anything negative about them, in fact mostly strong positive opinions from even non Ball owners.

    If it is real, working and no major damage/wear then you should easily be able to eBay it for double what you would be paying. If non GMT model maybe a couple hundred less. If excellent condition and a GMT maybe even $1250ish.

    So a low risk really.

    Check out timezone or watchnet for opinions.


    Thanks Mark,

    I just went to the Houston Jewelry Center at 6222 Richmond. A real watch expert told me he had never heard of it, but he looked at the timezone link and said that there would be little risk at $400. I'm not an Ebay seller, but I might buy it and sell it here or on one of those watch forums for about $900 if it's worth $1,000 or $1,250 as you say. I like to give people good deals.
     


  5. TC (Houston)

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    I like to give people good deals.

    Does your friend not want it back? It it were my friend, I'd tell him what it was worth so he could go get it back from the pawnshop, keep it himself or sell it properly if his kid really didn't want it anymore.
     


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    Sorry if I am piggy-backing on this thread but I am in the market for perhaps a Bretling in a lower price range...meaning? low...any ideal would be appreciated.
     


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    Does your friend not want it back? It it were my friend, I'd tell him what it was worth so he could go get it back from the pawnshop, keep it himself or sell it properly if his kid really didn't want it anymore.

    It belongs to my friends kid ( I say kid, but he's 32 years old ).

    My friend is a major Houston Real Estate Developer, and sadly he's given up on the kid. I've helped the kid countless times and he's told me that the watch is about to be lost to the pawnshop and I can have it for the pawn charges if I want it. I still haven't decided.

    The kid has a problem with Peruvian Marching Powder. That's why Daddy cut him loose. Would you get it out of pawn, give it to the kid, and then say pay me when you can?

    BTW: The kid is brilliant with advanced degrees ( it's a sad story ), and he knows fully well what the watch is worth. I'm the one that did not. He had researched watches and came across this Ball brand. I never heard of it nor have many I've talked with that wear Rolex's, PPs, IWCs. etc.
     


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    ^ Stunning photo! Love the composition. Great watch too.
     


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    It belongs to my friends kid ( I say kid, but he's 32 years old ).

    My friend is a major Houston Real Estate Developer, and sadly he's given up on the kid. I've helped the kid countless times and he's told me that the watch is about to be lost to the pawnshop and I can have it for the pawn charges if I want it. I still haven't decided.

    The kid has a problem with Peruvian Marching Powder. That's why Daddy cut him loose. Would you get it out of pawn, give it to the kid, and then say pay me when you can?

    BTW: The kid is brilliant with advanced degrees ( it's a sad story ), and he knows fully well what the watch is worth. I'm the one that did not. He had researched watches and came across this Ball brand. I never heard of it nor have many I've talked with that wear Rolex's, PPs, IWCs. etc.


    Ohhhh, I see. Not at all what I thought. That's sad. Sounds like the kid needs a bottom and a trip to rehab. Unfortunately you can't help until the person really wants it.
     


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    G'day everyone,

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever heard of or had any dealings with a website I just came across,

    www.watchesshopping.net


    They seem to be selling watches at unbelievable prices and the first thing that came to mind as I was looking through the site was the old adage "If looks too good to be true.......etc".

    Am interested in peoples thoughts.

    FP




    It belongs to my friends kid ( I say kid, but he's 32 years old ).

    My friend is a major Houston Real Estate Developer, and sadly he's given up on the kid. I've helped the kid countless times and he's told me that the watch is about to be lost to the pawnshop and I can have it for the pawn charges if I want it. I still haven't decided.

    The kid has a problem with Peruvian Marching Powder. That's why Daddy cut him loose. Would you get it out of pawn, give it to the kid, and then say pay me when you can?

    BTW: The kid is brilliant with advanced degrees ( it's a sad story ), and he knows fully well what the watch is worth. I'm the one that did not. He had researched watches and came across this Ball brand. I never heard of it nor have many I've talked with that wear Rolex's, PPs, IWCs. etc.


    I reckon you should take it off his hands. From the way you describe the whole situation, you seem like a good person. If you buy it from him and he is able to clean his act up, he may want the watch back and this way you will have it there ready for him to buy back.

    If he pawns it then who knows where it will end up.
     


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    G'day everyone,

    I was just wondering if anyone has ever heard of or had any dealings with a website I just came across,

    www.watchesshopping.net


    They seem to be selling watches at unbelievable prices and the first thing that came to mind as I was looking through the site was the old adage "If looks too good to be true.......etc".


    Am interested in peoples thoughts.


    I would normally try to be more gentle but don't be ridiculous. Do you really have to ask?

    They are selling watches that cost several thousand dollars for $200.
     


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    Can anyone give some sources to get some croc straps?Nice ones.
    thanks.
     


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    Can anyone give some sources to get some croc straps?Nice ones.
    thanks.


    http://www.mywatchmaker.net/
    http://www.fredawatchstraps.com/

    Both advertise a lot on the various watch forums (timezone, watchuseek, etc.) and sometimes provide better pricing if you email them directly based on seeing one of their postings on the forum. I just ordered a new strap from Freda and expect it any day. Best of luck.
     


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