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  1. I'm sorry, but no, it's not a daft assumption. It would be different if they came back and said "I'd prefer to pay with PayPal because X, Y, Z, what can we do?" Not just stop replying to emails. That's rude in itself. You don't just stop replying to an email thread unless you're either a. dodgy and don't want to waste any more time on someone you can't scam or b. very rude. And there would be no reason to not trust me as a seller because my feedback is 100% across a range of items of various (including high) values. So if they don't trust someone with 100% feedback and a long trading histor
  2. I'd go for something classy yet simple. You should be able to get a lovely, boxed Omega Seamaster 600 from the '60s for that. My 'cosmetically perfect but could do with a service' Seamaster was a shade under £200, so £300 ought to be realistic for one that is tip-top. :)
  3. Thinking of it, the only example the review gives of a design shortcut is the design of the fourth wheel (which is surprising on its own) though he talks about many more in the way the movement is put together. I'd be sorely tempted to dismantle one in my watchmaking class and have the teacher walk me through it - what's good, what's bad, what's ugly. But I doubt I'll ever own one. The teacher is a working watchmaker in central London, so I might ask him if he's ever serviced one. I'd be amazed if he hasn't. Be curious to know what he thinks. :)
  4. For the interested, the date movement De Ville went for £97 in the end.
  5. I know. Did I say that? *re-reads post* No, I did not. :huh: In fact, I deliberately avoided the whole component thing. IGNORING THE COMPONENT QUALITY ARGUMENT, it doesn't change his point about the watch being designed to be manufactured cheaply. Yet it isn't being sold at a price to reflect that. :blink: M'kay. So watchmakers use higher grade steel for cases than BMW use for door sills. Where are we going with this?? :blink: :blink: I didn't? I compared it with Jaguar. And only to make the point that Jaguar, as a prestige brand, do an appropriately priced entry-level model, proba
  6. His killer point is this: "The cost-efficient engineering of the movement is not remotely reflected in its price; and the extreme ease of service is not reflected in routine service costs provided by the manufacturer." The fundamental problem is Rolex have produced a cheaper timepiece but not passed those savings on to Joe Punter. Forget the quibbles about finishing et al - for me the bottom line is that. If I may depart in to cars for an example, it's like Jaguar releasing their X-Type but pricing it the same as the XJ saloons. Except they wouldn't get away with that because everyone would
  7. I think it's because T******* ;) has a competing forum.
  8. Ah, yes - that's one of the sites I have bookmarked for Longines research! :D Indeed, I think it is a Landeron, exactly as you suspected, but that proves it's definitely NOT a Longines. ;) Possible a Baume et Mercier that, unfortunately, has had the dial messed with. In which case, I'm much more interested in the B&M you found in the stainless steel case. I'm watching that now instead. At least it's an "honest" piece.
  9. Actually, I think you're on to something with the Landeron: http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun-db.cgi...amp;Landeron_51 It does look right. Nice work!! :D
  10. This did occur to me. I spent a lot of time yesterday searching for a match for L51, including a lot of comparing of photos, but I didn't turn anything up. :( I also checked the movement in that watch against all the known Longines chronometer movements of the period I could find photos of and nothing even remotely matches, so I'm pretty sure it's not an unsigned Longines.
  11. Aww.... :D :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :clap: :grin: Good one. ;)
  12. :blink: Seriously? She won't?? :tongue2: No, seriously. You think it'll go for that much? But why?? Because people don't know what they're looking at, or because that's how much people will pay for a passable imitation of an expensive watch? :huh:
  13. It didn't want to play ball at first, but working now. I'm added! :rltb: I see there are a few others in Essex I can stalk. :ph34r:
  14. Ouch, it's a fairly damning report - largely because it's so dispassionate and logical. It would put me off! :(
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