Something completely off piste here - Watches.

by trikeman   January 7, 2013  

Hi All,
anyone here 'into' watches?

It 'was' one of my hobbies and this led to me spending any spare cash I had on watches of all sorts of descriptions. As time has gone by my love for them dwindled (as the family grew and more demands came on me) Ah' then, as now, I spend anything left on bikes and all that goes with them and have not done anything with the watches so sold just about all of them via eBay etc.

However, March last year I bought a 'REAL' watch and swore to myself this will be the last I buy. Well, I wore it continually for a week or so, then on my Daughter's big day and since then it has been in it's box, asleep. A bit too 'expensive' for my lifestyle I find.
Blushing
Advice sought, where would one sell a quality timepeice? I wouldn't put it on eBay for sure (I'd end up with all sorts of nutters) but are there alternatives? I don't want to go to a shop either (only for watch verification) but certainly not to sell.

This is it, in all it's glory.

Anyone point me in the right direction???

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

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I like watches and their designs, but I don't even wear one anymore.

The problem I have, all the ones I like have large dials, like that one in the picture, but I have skinny wrists, so they never fit and overhang my wrists.

My dad bought me one to wear to his wedding 10 years ago, I love it, but with the, a couple of the parts in the clasp are not holding together properly. So I chose not to wear it anymore as I may lose it.

If we go into fancy watches. There was one, I think it was called Zenith tourbillon, then something about a black tie? I can't remember, but its really nice, although I only like silver, for some reason, any jewellery I've had ever have been silver in colour, I don't like gold. White gold maybe Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9169 posts]
7th January 2013 - 22:25

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Zenith Tourbillon,,,,, Mmmmm - HOW MUCH????.

They start at a cool £42,000 and go upto about £100,000. Sacre-Blurr Gkam they are some watch - Let's hope Mr Angry doesn't get wind of this.....
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It would be my luck with a watch as expensive as that to get it trapped under a jack when changing pads or something.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [390 posts]
7th January 2013 - 22:38

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This beauty is only £10,999:
http://www.firebox.com/product/3525/Devon-Tread-1-Watch

Sorry that's not much help to you.

I still wear my watch to cycle. I don't have garmin/GPS and anyway I find it is a bit unfair when a light changes in front of me when I am going down hill at 40kph and have to pull up. Stop the clock and a little trim off the time to accelerate is still not as fast as an all green run.


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1587 posts]
7th January 2013 - 23:04

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Just to point out, that is NOT the watch my dad bought me, it was a cheapy £30 watch.

I just say the Zenith in a mag sometime and it caught my eye and stuck in my mind. I didn't even know it was worth that.....HOW MUCH indeed, you could get a house for that.

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posted by Gkam84 [9169 posts]
7th January 2013 - 23:08

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I thought the tourbillon was the one I saw on the web recently for £600k! I'll have to find it again...

I've got a great Tag Grand Carrera that my wife gave me for our first wedding anniversary, partly because my disinterest in jewellery means my wedding ring didn't cost much. In the same position again, I'd be tying myself in knots explaining why something like a Van Nicholas or Cyfac frame is an equivalent long-term investment!

Sorry Trikeman, no idea about your original question!

Edit: found a watch for $25 million!
http://www.slashgear.com/25-million-dollar-watch-from-chopard-249184/
Let's tell Tim that Gkam has one! Devil Big Grin

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3593 posts]
8th January 2013 - 0:06

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This is the one I liked. I can't find its price, only on "replica" sites

http://www.looking2011.com/images/Zenith-65-1260-4005-77-C611.jpg

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posted by Gkam84 [9169 posts]
8th January 2013 - 0:16

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That's one nice watch there, i love automatics myself - i've a soft spot for Zenith El Primero's and IWC Portuguese watches. Not so keen on quartz movements, which although they're more accurate have no romance to them. Always liked Alain Silberstein watches too which had Chronoswiss movements if i remember correctly.
Would love to get a Zenith El Primero Rainbow Flyback though if i could have any watch, always prefer brands a bit of most peoples radar so Rolex's, TAG's, Patek Philippes and the like aren't for me.

posted by PRINCIPIA PHIL [55 posts]
8th January 2013 - 0:40

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Not that it helps but I have Vostok Red Star Automatic best watch I have ever owned. Russian brand and a bugger to get parts for when it goes wrong , just ended up getting a new leather strap from Germany for it. Rumour has it that the Russians took a complete Breitling factory back with them after World War 2 and the Vostok range was born, I like to think it is true but it is probably complete tosh. Anyway back to the orginal question there a few specialist shops that buy secondhand watches I think there is one in Midhurst in which is local to me but other than that I have no idea. If it was me I would be keeping it and getting rid of the dogs first!

posted by Saint Mikie 41 [46 posts]
8th January 2013 - 8:28

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As far as selling one goes i would try ebay, put a price on it you would be happy with, add 5 - 10% and put that as your reserve (covers your selling costs).

You would be covered under paypal and obviously payment before delivery.

Other than that its a reputable auction house but the same rules apply about reserves etc.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

posted by stumps [3021 posts]
8th January 2013 - 17:05

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I sold my Speedmaster a couple of years ago via Watchfinder and they got me a good price. In fact I had bought it in Europe in Euro and owned it a few years and pretty much got my money back.

posted by Super Domestique [1661 posts]
8th January 2013 - 18:20

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who here wears a watch whilst cycling?

I don't. Don't wear a watch most of the time off the bike either. Do you think that's true of most roadies?

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
10th January 2013 - 16:57

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Any update on this?

posted by Super Domestique [1661 posts]
15th January 2013 - 15:10

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I feel strange not having a watch on my wrist and normally wear a G-shock but I have a Daytona for special occasions. Even on the bike I wear a watch, I doubt it increases my times by much.

posted by mikecassie [25 posts]
20th January 2013 - 10:10

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Super Domestique wrote:
Any update on this?

I still have my Seamaster, I must have had rocks in my head thinking aboout selling it, worse still I put it on ebay,,,,, Jeeze, you think selling a bike on ebay is a nightmare - try selling a high end watch.
At Wits End
I had every type of wierdo getting in touch - "is it real?" "would I take a RX8 for it?" "would you consider £200 a month until it's paid for?" "I will be down tomorrow with the cash" (half asking price though)!
Rolling On The Floor
I would NEVER put a watch on there again - I have had to have therapy since.....
D Oh
Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [390 posts]
20th January 2013 - 10:25

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Enjoy it mate.

Sorry I haven't been round much but it's 3 months and counting off the bike and it's getting to me Crying

posted by Super Domestique [1661 posts]
26th January 2013 - 14:51

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Keep it, as it is an asset.

You may also want to read "All in Good Time" by George Daniels who invented the co-axial movement in your watch.

He was a cyclist, a vintage car enthusiast and a genius.

posted by Old Cranky [277 posts]
28th January 2013 - 13:43

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Portero.com sells authenticated pre-owned luxury goods on consignment. May only be open to people based in US but here is link to online form.

http://www2.portero.com/consignorsignups

They're entirely legitimate (always an issue in luxury goods) - their CEO spoke at a luxury goods conference I went to in London a few years back.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8904 posts]
28th January 2013 - 14:02

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This kickstarter looks awesome, but not really data driven for the bike, more a going out watch.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1655017763/cst-01-the-worlds-thinnes...


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1587 posts]
28th January 2013 - 14:15

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