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  1. So, ask yourself "I'm thinking about buying a PP from someone I don't know, in Russia, for alot of cash only, if I can get past immigration/security with it untouched, not otherwise get mugged, and I haven't examined the watch, nor can I check its origin/status/legitimacy, and I have to get it back through customs, so does that sound like a good idea?" Is this the kind of poker game that could land you in the gulag...figuratively speaking...or not...
  2. This reminds me of the famous Chinese car, the Haval M2, as featured on Top Gear, in which its appearance was described as "Body on the side of the line to go straight fair with enough of the masculine quality of men." That was worth about £2.98 too.
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    It's similar behaviour to a bricks and mortar auction, with the difference that there's no estimate and the time period of the auction is days rather than minutes or seconds. So, the auctioneer describes an item and then says something like "can I start at £30?". Almost invariably no-one bids, so the auctioneer drops the opening bid until someone decides it's worth having a punt starting the bidding. As soon as the first bid goes in, the frenzy begins (unless no-one is interested even at a cheap-as-chips price). It's all about bluff. You don't want to drive the price up by showing interest too early. So you add the item to your watch list. If ebay bidding starts early it usually goes too high to be good value. But as far as I can see the vast majority of ebay items don't sell at all. I'd be interested to know how many listings are binned unsold after multiple insertions... And don't get me started on auction 'rings'.
  4. Steady now, I'm hoping to sell off body parts to pay for my council tax assuming my hovel doesn't blow away in the continuous gales we're having at the moment, in which case this little piggy will be seeking new accommodation . I'm relying on the value of my old, and increasingly unreliable, body parts to keep me in the poverty to which I have become accustomed, so this news is very disappointing. Anyone want to buy a watch?
  5. I would simply add that, like any hobby, watch collecting should above all be fun. That’s what underlies the ‘buy what you like’ philosophy. So, never feel the need to conform or compromise your own preferences.
  6. Nah, I prefer Artisan Culinarian Muffins authentically prepared with organically ingredients, with water from an artesian well, flour ground in single once batches in a pestle and mortar, and baked individually in a genuine 17th century Shoreditch hovel over a vegan candle. Should sell well.
  7. Most of the previous comments cover it - especially @WRENCH. The term micro-brand is just marketingspeak for a business trying to flog watches they don’t actually make themselves, 99.999% of buyers have never heard of, with as few costs as possible, for as high a price as they think they can get away with, to make enough money, to keep the brand going for long enough, hoping to sell it on to a luxury brand group for a profit Oh dear, I’m beginning to sound very cynical. Maybe I should start a watch micro-brand?
  8. Funny how when someone joins a forum to get a free valuation and finds that this is not going to happen that they feel insulted/offended/upset because it’s been suggested that they can’t be bothered to or pay for an accurate valuation. They then proceed to name-call those who suggest it and complain that they don’t and won’t understand. The irony of that response will doubtless be lost on them. I would like to bet they are more likely to have Googled ‘Oris valuation’ than, ‘how do I get a genuine insurance valuation for a watch’. We live in a society where the only acceptable emotional state to be in is ‘angry’ and the only conceivable response to anything with which one disagrees is to be ‘offended’. Perhaps Roy should add a tick box to the sign up page asking joiners to confirm (in red letters) they will not ask for valuations of anything at any time since refusal may cause offence? Better all round.
  9. Plus bon la meme chose @Roger the Dodgermy son Very nice. Looks like something costing 4 times the price. Wear in good health.
  10. Er, really not my thing , but enjoying what you like is what this is all about , so enjoy in good health .
  11. Seiko's top level brand awareness is very high, but its range is confusing with sub-brands Astron, Prospex, Presage, Coutura, Premier... and that's before you look at GS or low-end (no sub-brand), or get the masses to understand the quartz/solar/kinetic/auto differences. This is spreading the Seiko brand very thinly. Plus Seiko also has Pulsar and Lorus brands in its stable... And then you have clocks... Contrary to what alot of people seem to think nowadays, no business can survive without decent profitability and if (global) demand at certain price points is waning with the onslaught of smart watches, Seiko will have to react. Pushing the Seiko brand more upmarket is one possible approach, but that strategy didn't help the British motorcycle industry as it shrunk in the face of cheaper (Japanese) imports. What Seiko needs above all is a clear brand position relative to the competition. Is Seiko going down the smart watch route? Or not? Trying to be all things to all people is not a strategy. If less expensive Seiko autos disappear in a way the public only has itself to blame. It's the same as complaining about Tesco cutting in-store activities and thousands of jobs, as you pull up outside German-owned Aldi to buy 'cheaper' goods presented is suspiciously familiar-looking packaging, albeit with totally unfamiliar made-up brand names. You pays yer money and yer takes yer choice.
  12. For me it's about wearing it. I'd ask myself what I'd reach for first for I didn't have to sell. If your existing watch(es) come first, then no, wait. If the Longines would be first, then yeah, sell the others. Not easy of course because you don't have the Conquest at the same time to compare directly. As others have said or intimated beware also that you might not bond with what you think you like when you buy it. It's happened to me many times. And I find your tastes change over time too.
  13. Kicked off with one of these (borrowed photo, but same model and colour); Stupidly swapped for a Mk3 Escort, which broke down every time I drove it (borrowed photo again - but same colour); Quickly moved on to one of these (borrowed photo again, but same model and colour again) - crude by modern standards - carb, no power steering, windy-up windows, AM-only radio, but reliable (at a time when German-badged cars actually were more reliable...which is not the case anymore...) Wish I still had the Mk1 Escort...
  14. You could argue that luxury is anything over and above the utilitarian - that will accomplish the same task. For me there is balance to be struck between quality and price that becomes VFM. My mother used to say; "Buy the best, or buy nothing." I like Michael Kors' quote; "I think the older I get the more I realise that the ultimate luxury is time." That works on so many levels.
  15. The 'expert' pointed out that collectors would particularly like the dive logs to go with the second watch. The thing to remember is that it's a collector's market atm; they're stainless steel with any value determined by the desirability of the brand names on the dial, relative rarity and provenance (the dive logs). Collectors markets have a habit of becoming a bubble and then crashing and burning. I'm not forecasting anything, but if I were that retired diver of advancing years, I'd be selling up and enjoying the £60k, or whatever he actually gets for them.
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