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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. culverwood

    culverwood Senior member

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    I like the mega-thread.

    You can find out a great deal about many different watches and brands in this one thread. If the brands were split I would suppose that half a dozen would be frequently read and posted in and all the others would not be worth reading regularly because of lack of traffic. As someone not drawn to the highly advertised brands I still enjoy seeing them here and reading about the posters' new watches or grails and also reading knowledgeable criticism of design and craftsmanship.

    To be honest I do not mind if the same question is asked more than once as a FAQ would be so long if all the regular topics were in it it would defeat its purpose. Besides which, if a FAQ does not present both sides of a topic such as GO Pano vs. Lange 1 it risks being one sided and definitive.

    I have never understood the lurker phenomenon, if you have a question to ask - ask it.
     
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  2. OzWino

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    Having read only the last 1259 pages of this tread, it would be helpful to have a FAQ about discussing the discussion of this threads discourse. Ive been reading for some time but was too intimidated to ask but a special section on the metathread might clear things up and stop me wasting time searching for the appropriate way to discuss things in this discussion.


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  3. apropos

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    Man, wow. Great watch.
     
  4. DLJr

    DLJr Senior member

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    So when's the new thread starting?
     
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    Trusted checkout is an option for what are supposed to be "Trusted" dealers, the benifit being that your money is held in escrow by Chrono24 until the watch has arrived as described.

    Quick update though. Sent the cancellation request after I posted yesterday. Chrono24 then contacted the dealer who agreed with my assessment of the situation, so Chrono24 canceled the transaction and requested my account info to refund my money. I sent the requested info this morning and apparently the transfer has already been initiated.

    Went ahead and purchased the more "local" watch and will hopefully have it this weekend.
     
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  6. DLJr

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    Glad it has worked out.
     
  7. mimo

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    TWATmeister, I have been given a deadline of the end of the week to provide a suitably fragrant FAQ intro. So I guess, then.
     
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  8. DLJr

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    Looking forward, I'm sure you're doing an excellent job. [​IMG]
     
  9. Mr. Moo

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    I browse Chrono24 regularly, but when I am really digging into a watch I filter by US-based sellers only.
     
  10. atia2

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    Yes, same here but for EU. The deals aren't so great with 20% VAT on import!
     
  11. Ambulance Chaser

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    Question for the veterans: How open are most vendors of pre-owned watches to price negotiation, particularly when a watch has gone unsold for several months? What percentage below list should you start negotiations to get the best price without insulting the seller?
     
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    My own strategy is that i try to find comparable selling prices for that watch elsewhere - if i dont find those, then i ask myself what is the price that would be sufficient for me to go used, as opposed to just buying new. In general, 20-30% off typical *selling price* (not retail) price is what I try to go for - depending on how popular the watch is.
     
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    Not a veteran, but... I think much depends on how keenly priced the item is to start with, relative to its peers on the site. The price variance for similar items can be quite large. My most recent purchase was at 90% of an already competitive asking price.
     
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    Thanks. I should clarify that the particular piece I have my eye on is a vintage watch with very few comps on Chrono24, eBay, or elsewhere (i.e., not a Sub or Speedy).
     
  15. atia2

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    Then perhaps you have more room for manoeuvre, because there is greater uncertainty as to its fair value...
     
  16. jamesryan123

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    I have an opportunity to purchase a JLC ultra thin moon from 2012 with full box and papers for around £3300 or $4600. The watch requires a new strap but apart from that appears to be in perfectly good condition.

    I know a new strap runs to around $300 or so. Would anyone be able to advise me of anything to be cautious of here with regards to this watch? It seems a pretty good deal given it is circa 50% of AD price, not considering any discount. Best discounted price I can find for new seems to be £5200 or so.

    Much appreciated!
     
  17. SteveH35

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    I always prefer to get an offer, even low. You never know. Sometimes I list things at way more than I'm actually willing to sell them at and sometimes I list at my bottom line -- just depends on the circumstances. Can't hurt to ask IMHO. The only thing that I expect is that someone not waste my time negotiating unless they're actually ready to do the deal.
     
  18. SteveH35

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    Just got this one in. It's an oldie but goodie. This was one of the breakthrough watches that Max Busser created with Peter Speake-Marin when he totally turned around Harry Winston. The case is a bit funky, but very elegant even at 40mm. Those lugs are articulating, and it's a SUPER heavy chunk of platinum. As technically indefensible as tourbillons are, I still can't help but love them

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  19. Mr. Moo

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    My favorite JLC just came up for sale, and it's a rare bird. :brick:
     
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  20. no frills

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    Wait, so, what's your choice - GO Pano or Lange 1?

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