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M60NJP

Where/How to sell?

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New here - thanks for the ability to join. Having been around all sorts of fora for years, I acknowledge the frustration of 'join to sell' - although I am one of those, I'll not post FS here - nor do any subliminal advertising!

I have an British military watch from around 1970 - original and un-restored. Signs of use on glass and case. It belongs to an elderly friend who was a fighter pilot  in Lightnings. He's decluttering and has passed a few 'militaria' bits to me to sell for him.

Not abusing fora, where are the logical places to sell this? They seem to be about £3k so Gumtree etc aren't on the agenda. There seems to be a variety of 'professional' watch trader sites, but some only deal in high-end stuff and the rest seem indistinguishable from one another. I did register with one earlier, but when it started asking for bank details my interest waned.

Any pointers appreciated.

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54 minutes ago, M60NJP said:

Any pointers appreciated.

Not sure about that age of watch, but specialist watch auctions have always been my choice for selling vintage issued military stuff.

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If I were looking to sell I would be tempted to join a dedicated military watch forum with a member to member sales area.  Not sure if we are allowed to link other fora, but a google search should show the way.

Dont forget to factor in 20% sales commission with a specialist auction.

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10 hours ago, andyd30 said:

Dont forget to factor in 20% sales commission with a specialist auction.

Definitely worth mentioning.

The advantage of well published specialist auctions, is that they draw an interested crowd, and the premium prices often attained, far outweigh the commission charges. It's all a bit of a gamble.

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ebay will hoover it up if it's as you say (totally unrestored).

If you don't want to take the risk with posting to a stranger then Fellows & Sons auction room in Brum would be my first call. They'll do all the leg work (for a hefty commission), but if it's anything like it used to be you'll pull a premium there.

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Rather than try to sell it on, I'd join some watch forums that have expertise or a population of military watch aficionados who can give you some ideas of the rarity of the watch (or not), whether it's worth having restored/services, maybe even venture some guesses as to value (take all online valuation with a grain or two of salt). By the time you've exchanged some posts and shared pics, you might be entitled to list on a forum's sales corner. Each forum has its own stipulations about how long you have to be a member and how many posts -- real posts, not "speed posts" meant to boost your post count -- you have to achieve before you can list a sale. But by that time you'll know a bit more than just "maybe it's worth something," so you won't get ripped off by eBay or an auctioneer. 

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40 minutes ago, Chromejob said:

No. It’s an old thread. And speed-posting to older threads will not go unnoticed. :nono:

Glad I wasn't the only one to spot that.......... :whistle:

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I owned an old IWC and put it in a specialist auction which worked it was a IWC MK XI mine went for £2750 but some go for more see https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24234/lot/145/ having said that a friend of mine owned an old Hamilton watch and put it on eBay the bidding was very aggressive and he came out with a very tidy profit considering what he paid for it at a watch fair.

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