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Harwood watch, help!


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Hi all, thanks accepting my request to join!

i have a question I’m hoping someone can help me with! I love my watches but not really a serious collector, couple of years ago I popped into Harwood watch and clock repairers in Dunster, and it started a bit of an obsession!

whilst in Germany recently I found one in a specialist watch shop and purchased it, it had been cleaned and serviced.

My wife went ballistic! My question is, is there a market for these or is it a real niche market, if I was to sell it, where would be the best place, I hate EBay and would rather sell via forums like this,  looking on EBay they do seem to go for a decent amount and I’m just looking to get back what I paid out to save the expense of a divorce!

 

thanks in advance! 

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12 hours ago, Gregash said:

Hi all, thanks accepting my request to join!

i have a question I’m hoping someone can help me with! I love my watches but not really a serious collector, couple of years ago I popped into Harwood watch and clock repairers in Dunster, and it started a bit of an obsession!

whilst in Germany recently I found one in a specialist watch shop and purchased it, it had been cleaned and serviced.

My wife went ballistic! My question is, is there a market for these or is it a real niche market, if I was to sell it, where would be the best place, I hate EBay and would rather sell via forums like this,  looking on EBay they do seem to go for a decent amount and I’m just looking to get back what I paid out to save the expense of a divorce!

 

thanks in advance. 

Sorry to hear of your plight. Most of us have been in similar circumstances. Once you have 50 posts you can sell discreetly on the sales pages of this forum.  

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I would say for that particular watch then Chrono24 or the Bay is your place. It's not likely to attract tyre kickers and scammers so on eBay just sell to UK only and you will drastically reduced your chance of problems. Chrono24 will get you equally good exposure to genuine buyers.

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15 hours ago, ong said:

Sorry to hear of your plight. Most of us have been in similar circumstances. Once you have 50 posts you can sell discreetly on the sales pages of this forum.  

     the best enjoyment of collecting OR watch repair,  is buying from a mart or flea marcut.    [ a watch in the hand is worth a hundred on the bay].  vin

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Just a word of warning, clock shops have overheads and bills so often charge much more than forum price or ebay price.

Forum price is usually less that ebay price even. 

It is very unlikely you will "get my money back" when you have bought from a shop and then sell on a forum.

Realistically you may take a bad loss or not sell it if the price is too high for a forum.

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2 hours ago, MSC said:

Just a word of warning, clock shops have overheads and bills so often charge much more than forum price or ebay price.

Forum price is usually less that ebay price even. 

It is very unlikely you will "get my money back" when you have bought from a shop and then sell on a forum.

Realistically you may take a bad loss or not sell it if the price is too high for a forum.

I expected as much, I’ve brought and sold bikes for a long time and I’m certainly not gonna be unrealistic, just hoping to recoup a decent amount of my outlay! If I could squirrel it away I would! 

 

3 hours ago, Karrusel said:

 

Hi

1926 variant you say, let's see an image please, front, back, & movement if possible.

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Ok, I’m a bit of a Luddite how do I do that! I can’t post images direct, it says via uhl! 

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4 hours ago, MSC said:

Just a word of warning, clock shops have overheads and bills so often charge much more than forum price or ebay price.

Forum price is usually less that ebay price even. 

It is very unlikely you will "get my money back" when you have bought from a shop and then sell on a forum.

Realistically you may take a bad loss or not sell it if the price is too high for a forum.

I expected as much, I’ve brought and sold bikes for a long time and I’m certainly not gonna be unrealistic, just hoping to recoup a decent amount of my outlay! If I could squirrel it away I would! 

 

4 hours ago, Karrusel said:

 

Hi

1926 variant you say, let's see an image please, front, back, & movement if possible.

:thumbsup:

Ok, I’m a bit of a Luddite how do I do that! I can’t post images direct, it says via a URL!

 

i have just put it on eBay so I’ll see how it goes, there’s photos attached on there! I’m an eBay newbie so it’s probably under plumbing or something!  

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Hi

Just had a quick look, it would appear complete but it is one of the American (licensed) produced watches.

The rotor carries the HARWOOD legend...'HARWOOD self winding Watch Co inc, plus it carries the correct (USA) patent number.

Sadly, the dial has been poorly re-finished & re-plated (nickel) at some time ?

Not as desirable as a Swiss produced, original timepiece.

Sorry!

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Thanks for that. My week gets better! 

So obviously there’s a value impact? Which brings me onto my next question, the watch was sold as an English Harwood with a Swiss movement, it hasn’t go that so can it be returned?

its a well respected shop in Berlin selling far more valuable watches than mine, I don’t think it’s been done or purpose just an honest mistake, would I have grounds to return it? Or is it a case of suck it up?

thanks for all the help. It’s much appreciated!   

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34 minutes ago, Gregash said:

Thanks for that. My week gets better! 

So obviously there’s a value impact? Which brings me onto my next question, the watch was sold as an English Harwood with a Swiss movement, it hasn’t go that so can it be returned?

its a well respected shop in Berlin selling far more valuable watches than mine, I don’t think it’s been done or purpose just an honest mistake, would I have grounds to return it? Or is it a case of suck it up?

thanks for all the help. It’s much appreciated!   

 

Quite obvious (too me) that it's an USA produced model, & most certainly not in 'original' condition.

If you have proof that it was sold as otherwise, & cleaned/serviced (doubtful IMO), then by all means contact the seller.

Have seen quite a few of these with mismatched cases, dials, & movement parts!!

Good luck

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