For the past few years, my watch collection has remained static. It numbered five – two Breitlings (Shark & SO autos), a Sinn 856, Damasko DA36 and a Speedbird III. They seemed an elegant sufficiency, fulfilling all my horological needs. I didn’t want for any more, nor was I tempted to flip.
Then, last September, I managed to bag the last Bulova Military UHF in stock at Argos Kingston for £57 in their clearance sale. It was an impulse buy, having seen the “heads up” thread that very morning . At that price, how could I resist? It remains my only quartz watch, but is phenomenally accurate having gained just 1 second in the 3 months up to Christmas.
All well & good. No more incomings planned. That was until the Saturday before last.
What happened? Quite by accident I happened across a report suggesting that Seiko were discontinuing their SARB line amongst others. Now I had always had a vague hankering for the 017 Alpinist, but never a strong enough reason to commit. All my watches have black dials, but green is my favourite colour, and I’ll never own an LV…
Out of mild curiosity, I monitored sales of the two main “Irish” based sellers’ on eBay during the course of that evening. They were both still showing “more than 10 available”, when I turned in at 11:30pm, but the number each had sold that day was getting on for 100. Clearly the news had got around fast.
Next morning, I looked again. With some alarm, I discovered that the first of the “Irish” sellers had now completely sold out. The second had just 7 left… I hit the BIN button.
Well, it seems I got in just in time. Since then, although their stock has been replenished, the price has been going up and up (although there’s been some stabilisation over the last day or so).
I decided to order a Strapcode Angus Jubilee bracelet with submariner clasp to replace the stock strap of ill-repute.
The watch arrived yesterday – stunning! The bracelet, today – superb! Together, a truly wonderful combination. No regrets. If you're wavering, don't. Bag one now while you still can!