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Just now, richy176 said:

Watch shops?

Where I live, there are no speciality watch shops, just the usual shops like Ernest Jones etc etc. I am looking for retro type watches, second hand, unusual, different. Unless there are any back street jewellers selling old watches in Manchester or Liverpool then it's just the internet for me. Even better if I can get it wholesale :thumbsup:

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55 minutes ago, retro72 said:

Besides the usual outlets like fleabay and Amazon, where else do you go to look for watches? Where the hell do people get these watches that have been lost in the depths of a warehouse for years?

 

Regular trawling of charity shops, antique fairs, auction rooms, boot sales, jumble sales. It's amazing what you come across if you're "on the go" I got a nos Oris pocket watch out of a jewellers once, by being "cheeky" and asking if they had any old stuff. Stopped it all now. I'm partially cured.:yes:

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53 minutes ago, retro72 said:

Besides the usual outlets like fleabay and Amazon, where else do you go to look for watches? Where the hell do people get these watches that have been lost in the depths of a warehouse for years?

 

Specialist watch auctions (provincial preferably), watch & antique fairs.

May I suggest you register online with auction house's so you get the heads up on forthcoming auctions, enabling you to view what items are coming through.

If possible go to prior viewing day's or before auction start and handle, inspect item's you are interested in.

Sometimes you have to buy a mixed lot that includes the 'sleeper' :biggrin:

Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to the staff, auctioneer and ask about provenance, history, condition of timepiece.

Aftter a time dealers/auctioneers get to know you & will afford more respect than usual.

Hope this helps & good luck.

Alan

 

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8 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

Regular trawling of charity shops, antique fairs, auction rooms, boot sales, jumble sales. It's amazing what you come across if you're "on the go" I got a nos Oris pocket watch out of a jewellers once, by being "cheeky" and asking if they had any old stuff. Stopped it all now. I'm partially cured.:yes:

Yup.....asking.....in the oddest places.  I found a couple of vintage watches in a second hand book shop. :)

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21 hours ago, WRENCH said:

Regular trawling of charity shops, antique fairs, auction rooms, boot sales, jumble sales. It's amazing what you come across if you're "on the go" I got a nos Oris pocket watch out of a jewellers once, by being "cheeky" and asking if they had any old stuff. Stopped it all now. I'm partially cured.:yes:

Yep can't beat a day out trawling through a load of dead peoples old tat that the living reletions either binned or didn't want.

Are there any boozers at these locations where Big M can find me later.

:laugh: :laugh:

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9 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

Yep can't beat a day out trawling through a load of dead peoples old tat that the living reletions either binned or didn't want.

Are there any boozers at these locations where Big M can find me later.

:laugh: :laugh:

There's always a boozer near a dead man's shop.:wicked:

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On 12/8/2016 at 19:22, WRENCH said:

Regular trawling of charity shops, antique fairs, auction rooms, boot sales, jumble sales. It's amazing what you come across if you're "on the go" I got a nos Oris pocket watch out of a jewellers once, by being "cheeky" and asking if they had any old stuff. Stopped it all now. I'm partially cured.:yes:

That's a great resource, ol' pal, but until I 'retire' in a couple of years, I just don't have the available time to do that......roll on 2019!Old%20man%20smiley_zps7ptysvy3.gif

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