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  1. On 06/02/2019 at 20:42, Col81 said:

    My friend has bought a Daytona in a private sale. What are the tell tale signs that it may be fake? It looks very real but with so many fakes he just wants to know the few Mark's on the watch that show it is authentic? Any suggestions would be appreciated

    Whenever I walk into Watches of Switzerland, just browsing while the missus is doing her shopping elsewhere in town, the WOS guys immediately offer to "Polish your watch sir?" and they whisk it off into the backroom to do whatever it is they do. I don't know if there's a wise old watchmaker back there who would spot a fake or whether they'd happily polish a turd and bring it back without saying anything.

    I'd say walk into any authorized dealership for a browse wearing a daytona and the staff will be all over you and you'll know soon enough.

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  2. if you're a watch enthusiast who like fiddling with his watch a lot then a manual wind Speedmaster.

    But if you'd rather not have to wind it then consider a Submariner. (NonDate might be getable <5k)

    But if your watch has to be accurate (even a cheap quartz is more accurate than any mechanical) but you still like mechanical complications then look at JLC Master Control MechaQuartz. That's a mechanical chronograph stuck to a quartz movement. So, quartz accuracy with mechanical complication in a super slim case.

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  3. Shoot - that's actually quite worrying - movements has all the bits in the right place for the 4130

    Although if I spent daytona money on that I'd be taking it back to the shop to ask why that bracelet end piece (bottom left of the pic) looks like it was shaped with a blunt hacksaw.


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  4. I've seen a lot of Rolex fakes and one of the things they all had in common was the way the model number and serial number was 'stamped' between the lugs..

    I'm not sure how to describe it but think of it as a "Font". The Rolex 'font' between the lugs is very thin, the characters are carved, etched or whatever with a very fine line. The fakes, on the other hand, had similar numbers, correct model numbers etc but the text was just kind of "Stamped" in with a bold font.

    I really can't describe it. You'd need to see them side by side. I don't know how Rolex put those numbers between the lugs, Maybe using a laser cutter or some super fine engraving tool but that tool is probably quite expensive.

    On the other hand, it is quite a while ago since I looked closely at fake rolex  so maybe nowadays even the fakers have access to super fine engraving tools.



  5. 12 hours ago, JonnyOldBoy said:

    Just watching "Ancient Aliens" on History Channel ( as you do ) and they just mentioned Einstein's theory of Space-Time and how as a human theoretically travelled at a speed just short of the speed of light, then their watches would slow so that years would be passing relative to the traveller as minutes.... but my point , is , under that situation ... whose watch would be more accurate ? @Davey P's latest Quartz offering .... or @yokel's latest mechanical wizardry !?!?

    I repair to my Chaise Longue to anticipate input from the forum ....:thumbsup:

    Traveling at, or near to, the speed of light causes huge shifts in relative time.  - but I think I read somewhere that even at our current, relatively low orbital speeds of a few 1000 mph there is still a time shift and something somewhere has to take the time shift into consideration.

    So, two atomic clocks, one on earth and the other orbiting the earth do deviate by tiniest fractions of a second and some software somewhere in the systems has to take those deviations in to consideration

    When we do eventually have interstellar travel each ship will have a few of those futurama 'nibbler' creatures as pets that poop dark matter and every one of us will have a dark matter poop watch that's so heavy that they need half a dozen people to carry one watch - or the muscles on my left arm will get bigger - to match the muscle in my right arm caused by all that, er, watch winding I do here on earth.

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  6. I'm letting em all go - just not sure in which order or when.

    No idea why but I've kinda gone off watches. So parting with them and I'll buy an old car I think. No idea how much they're worth so don't know what old car to get.

    JLC Master Control MechaQuartz Chronograph
    Omega Speedmaster reduced chronograph (triple date)
    Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow, Moonphase.
    Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch (vEarly 70's "Straight" text)
    Omega Seamaster Pro (auto, Blue wave dial) MidSize
    Rolex Sub 14060
    Tudor PreTiger Chronograph (Oyster bracelet and case, Similar case, crown, pushers as daytona))

  7. 19 minutes ago, Chris 810 said:

    I was getting “ these prices cannot be held for long, prices are going to drop,sign up now, that kind of thing, i was looking to move over 10 watches so it was probally a big deal for them, i said i would consider if i wanted to go with them over the weekend and then without my permission they sent over documents for me to sign and arranged a pick up on Monday afternoon. I did not like the fact that they would be able to charge me £200.00 plus for “servicing” which in my experience does not happen, i then started reading up on buyers experiences on line, also came across a site with posts from people who had worked for them, which was not complementary at all ( now i know that people dont write with good news but it was the consistancy that worried me ).

    I dont react well to high pressure tactics, did not have a warm and fuzzy and pulled out, i since sold the Yachtmaster to another dealer in trade which has put me off selling to the trade, but that is another story.

    hope that helps.

    Yes. That helps. Thank you.

    Their 'Valuation' is supposedly valid for 7 days. I haven't responded.

    Let's see what happens. I'll keep you posted.

  8. 1 hour ago, Chris 810 said:

    I looked at selling a number of watches through watchfinder, a number of which were not run of the mill, their quotes were of similar watches on e bay, i did not like the way i was being rushed into accepting abd signing up,i then did a google search and did not like what i saw so pulled out. I continued recieving offers and e mails for over 9 months.

     Ot for me im afraid.


    @Chris810. What were they doing to "Rush" you? 

    When they kept contacting you with offers were their offers basically the same or were they offering more?

  9. 7 minutes ago, Speedy112 said:

    And you can bet your life Omega has got a whole host of new models ready to be released for the 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Landing in 2019..I think they have Bled the Moon efforts to death...

    50th anniversary - You're right. I never thought of that. Maybe I need to hang on to my 'Moonwatch' till  the price gets hiked up by the 50th anniversary moowatch frenzy.

    1 hour ago, Speedy112 said:

     I have had a few over the years my first was The original Moon watch which was my first what I would call Proper watch..then I guess over the years I got fed up with the many different variations of the Speedy and I moved on to other brands although about 4 years ago whilst in Hong Kong I picked up the  watch below which I believe was only released in the Far East I guess for the smaller wrist and is one of my favourites .


    Speedy. How big is that? The "reduced" chronographs (like my triple date auto) are 39mm

  10. 31 minutes ago, Speedy112 said:

     I have had a few over the years my first was The original Moon watch which was my first what I would call Proper watch..then I guess over the years I got fed up with the many different variations of the Speedy and I moved on to other brands although about 4 years ago whilst in Hong Kong I picked up the  watch below which I believe was only released in the Far East I guess for the smaller wrist and is one of my favourites .


    So many different variations.

    Yes. you're right. It seems Omega just slap a "First watch on the moon" engraving on anything. Even my speedy at the very top of this thread has the first watch on the moon engraving. Which it quite stupid when you consider than "Moon Phases" don't work the same way when you're actually on the moon.

    Or maybe Omega hired dell boy to try to sell them to NASA saying that Buzz and his mates could use a moonphase watch to know when to slap on the extra sunscreen factor 50.

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  11. 23 hours ago, ry ry said:

    It's this sort of low ball offer that disgusts me. I wouldn't deal with an obvious watch shotter like Mr F. Ukeightytwo, if that even is his real name??!!

    I however am a genuine buyer, and entirely trustworthy in all respects. I'll give you £51 (inc p&p)








    Well, Mister "F" was offering - i quote - "The Queen's Finest Pound Notes" so he must be pretty well connected to have access to her majesty's personal stash of legal-tender £1 'notes' while the rest of us commoners have to run round with cheap pound coins rubbing holes in our keks.

    As you said, Mr F.Ukeighttwo may not be m'am's real name!

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  12. 1 hour ago, Speedy112 said:

    I believe you have made had 50 posts before being allowed to sell items...its a nice watch you have there I'm very tempted myself to make you an offer but my New Years Resolution of not buying any more impulse buys is so far holding firm....

    With a name like 'Speedy112' I guess you're in to speedmasters?

    I've got two others. One is an automatic. The one with the date, day of the week and month. The other is a very early 70's moonwatch. The one with with what they call "straight" writing on the back - Where the "first watch on the moon" text is kind of stamped straight across the case back rather than around a deeply engraved seamonster.

  13. Hi everyone. I have a Speedmaster 3575.20 that I've offered to watchFinder for sale.

    They've offered £2250 - £2500 Is that a fair price? I understand they need to make a profit and they'll service it and offer a warranty to their buyer a but I really have no idea whether I should accept their offer or try to squeeze a little more?

    The warranty card for the watch is April 2004 and I bought it, pre-owned in October 2004. I only wore it a couple of times so pretty much as good as new. Box papers, instruction booklets etc.

    It's a really pretty watch as you can see in the picture. Date and Moonphase isn't that common on speedmasters is it?




    Thanks for any feedback

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