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Two more today


Bricey
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The streak continues.

Up first, a very cheap automatic from James McCabe to fill a spot in the new box.

The box it came in is very nice, but the watch leaves me a little cold and flat, it's just a bit boring.

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The quality is OK, certainly for the price I paid, but rrp is £235 and that seems a little steep given the overall feel especially the bracelet which is not seven separate peices across, the 4 silver are a single solid piece and the 3 gold are a second solid piece, so it doesn't move and shape as it looks like it should.

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Probably a bit to 'old man' for the kids to receive so probably going back on Ebay once the boxes are filled to start funding upgrades. 

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The second of today's arrivals was from our very own @it'salivejim, the second purchase I have made from the great man (communications, packaging and delivery times excellent, so if you are looking at his Glycine listing but nervous in light of recent events, don't be, you're in safe hands with John).

I've wanted a skin diver for a long time, but the ones I've seen and liked on ebay look good on a thumbnail and then you open the pictures in the advert to see a watch that's had a hard life.

That has its own beauty, but I wanted one that looked like it has suffered less abuse than its new owner, not more.

Step forward John's Wolbrook Skin Diver WT....

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I swapped the green Nato for a soft brown leather two peice, but I love it already.

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I know it is not an expensive watch and wouldn't sit proud in @Daveyboyz box in his SOTC video, but it would probably cost more to replace the cushions in his box than buy this little trinket, and it is right up my alley.

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Wears well, the 4 ticks per second of the meccaquartz gives a smoother second hand than a normal quartz which is always nice and the quality (at an RRP of about £170) is plenty good enough for me.

Happy days.

Two more due in tomorrow :laughing2dw:

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29 minutes ago, Davey P said:

Excellent stuff, well played that man! :thumbs_up:

First one's not my cuppa tea, but I really like the Wolbrook Skin Diver - That is right up my street :notworthy:

And two more incoming tomorrow...? :swoon: :laughing2dw:

I might try the JM on a black leather strap and see if it is more wearable and a little less blingy, but I'm not confident of it becoming a long term favourite.

The Skin Diver really does tick off a big box for me, I really chuffed with it.

 

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I don't object to either.   In fact I like the styling of the first with its throwback numerals and Breguet hands.  (Though I'd wager the bracelet betrays its price, probably rattles and pulls hairs out of your arm!)

Second one has its place too.

The trouble for me (and this became apparent to me in other fields of collection) is when collecting lower value pieces I end up as a hoarder with rooms full of things that hardly capture my attention.   The reason for my generally gravitating to higher value stuff is not because I necessarily have quarrel with low value watches (actually in the contrary, though I am snobbish in some regards I will happily tip my hat to an Orient or other well executed budget watch) but because fewer higher value pieces hold my attention longer and also retain more of the value put into them (and though I don't buy with the intent to trade I know its an option I want available to me)  

 

Anyway congrats, both are good additions that should get some wrist time.

That lume is awesome too.

 

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46 minutes ago, Daveyboyz said:

I don't object to either.   In fact I like the styling of the first with its throwback numerals and Breguet hands.  (Though I'd wager the bracelet betrays its price, probably rattles and pulls hairs out of your arm!)

Second one has its place too.

The trouble for me (and this became apparent to me in other fields of collection) is when collecting lower value pieces I end up as a hoarder with rooms full of things that hardly capture my attention.   The reason for my generally gravitating to higher value stuff is not because I necessarily have quarrel with low value watches (actually in the contrary, though I am snobbish in some regards I will happily tip my hat to an Orient or other well executed budget watch) but because fewer higher value pieces hold my attention longer and also retain more of the value put into them (and though I don't buy with the intent to trade I know its an option I want available to me)  

 

Anyway congrats, both are good additions that should get some wrist time.

That lume is awesome too.

 

The main difference between us (other than the overall value's of our respective collections) would appear to be attention span.

Mine is minutes at best!

So a volume of shiny little things is still the way to go for me (maybe one day, if I can get all of these tiny leaches off of the payroll, I'll be able to afford a select number of sexy little numbers that hold me longer).

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Watch collecting is a funny business. I hate to think of the number of times I have bought a watch eg breitling avenger 2 and an aerospace, omega deville coaxial, JLC master compressor Geographic, stainless rolex gmt2 etc etc and within a short time thought why on earth did I buy it. Even the breitling superocean  I have just bought doesnt really excite me any more. It's a nice watch - it's ok but nothing more. Only 2 watches have stayed in my heart - my Franck Muller conquistador which I wouldnt part with and the gold and stainless gmt2 which I sold because I was scared of getting mugged and rarely wore it. Of course the problem is compounded when buying more expensive watches. 

Your approach is probably best. See something affordable, buy it, enjoy it then flip it when the novelty wears off.

Just my opinion of course. Some are lucky and buy watches they never want to sell.

 

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2 hours ago, Davey P said:

And two more incoming tomorrow...? :swoon: :laughing2dw:

One is my first Elliot Brown and was a bit of a bargain, the second is a "luxury" Japanese brand that I (or probably anyone else) have never heard of but it was even cheaper than my French Cake Watch and has an even posher looking box than the infamous FCW!

Ornake - £37 Inc. P&P :laughing2dw:

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1 hour ago, chas g said:

Watch collecting is a funny business. I hate to think of the number of times I have bought a watch eg breitling avenger 2 and an aerospace, omega deville coaxial, JLC master compressor Geographic, stainless rolex gmt2 etc etc and within a short time thought why on earth did I buy it. Even the breitling superocean  I have just bought doesnt really excite me any more. It's a nice watch - it's ok but nothing more. Only 2 watches have stayed in my heart - my Franck Muller conquistador which I wouldnt part with and the gold and stainless gmt2 which I sold because I was scared of getting mugged and rarely wore it. Of course the problem is compounded when buying more expensive watches. 

Your approach is probably best. See something affordable, buy it, enjoy it then flip it when the novelty wears off.

Just my opinion of course. Some are lucky and buy watches they never want to sell.

 

I'm a bit of both to be honest.

I have some watches that are (certainly in my position/circumstances) expensive and keepers. I also have a pile of lovely guff that is fun and I enjoy.

I've said before, my collecting manner has been to buy lots of cheap affordable (to me at the time) watches that I like the look of and watch the collection grow. Often up to 30-40+ watches. I look after them and keep everything that came with them to try and retain some of the value, and I tend to buy when it feels like a good cheap deal.

Then I have a bulk clear out of those that haven't really struck a chord with me or that didn't 'inspire joy', and pull it back down to 10-15 watches, and use the 'lump from the mass sale for 2-3 nicer watches that generally go straight into the keeper pot.

Then I start again (as I have been for the past month or so) on a frenzy of buying up anything that is cheap and shiny, like a watch magpie with access to paypal.

Eventually over the coming month or two, I'll probably offload 20 watches in a bulk on Ebay and use it to fund 1 or 2 nicer watches....before doing it all over again.

The problem I'm starting to have is that the number I have become attached to continues to grow (once upon a time not many years ago, I cleared out all but 6 watches) now there is probably 12-15 out of 30-odd that I want to keep or know I would regret flipping to some degree.

If I was to build up a chunk by putting money into a 'watch savings' account, it would invariably end up going on a family holiday or getting robbed when something that we need came up. But a dozen watches worth £40-100 each sat in a box are beyond the clutches of the wife and kids, but can over the course of a week generate up to a grand on Ebay, which can then go on 1 or 2 nicer watches for the collection....guilt free!

 

6 minutes ago, sabailand said:

Thats some lume on the Wolbrook.

I went into the loo, shut the door, took that picture.....and came out with a tan.

 

 

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I have been looking at the James McCabe stuff, quite like the look of some of them. Not that one, sorry....  but some of them.. The Wallbrick looks lovely though. 

2 hours ago, chas g said:

I note the omission on the diver bezel...Scunthorpe. Handy to know when the pie shop opens :thumbs_up:

:clap:Just back from an afternoon in the big smoke:thumbsup:

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@Bricey whatever your strategy is, I enjoy your posts and the comedy that goes with them. Nice to see someone enjoying their hobby :thumbsup:

Ps I dont know what half these emojis mean. I realised yesterday that what I thought was a thumbs up turned out to be a middle finger gesture. Not surprisingly she hasnt responded

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3 minutes ago, chas g said:

I enjoy your posts and the comedy that goes with them.

I'm trying (and often falling) to change the perception of Accountants as a breed.

Actually, I shouldn't even use the word breed without protection.

 

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An interesting pair of new acquisitions, for sure. It took me a while to work out what was going on with the bezel on that diver. At first there seemed to be nothing between Moscow and Tokyo except the USA. I get the theory that you have to look at the plus and minus signs, that it focuses on key cities and you don’t have to go searching for places in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Though interestingly you do have the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic (wouldn’t Hobbiton work on +11?) It would just bother me on a GMT or World Time bezel that the whole of South Asia and South America seem to be missing.

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The two for today turned out to be just the one, so with yesterday's purchase through the classifieds there should be two tomorrow.

Today's one is a curious fellow, I can find practically nothing online of interest or use regarding Ornake other than they are Japanese. 

This watch cost me £37 including delivery.

Here we go, starting with the packaging which is absolutely ridiculous :laughing2dw:

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Press the metal button on the wooden inner box (on this sub £40 purchase!) to reveal a simple quartz steel dress watch.

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It really is a beautiful box inside and out, and the watch looks surprisingly smart.

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The snap on case back is about the only visible cue (beyond the unknown name on the dial, although even that feels tasteful and reserved) that this is not an expensive masterpiece. 

Applied indices, good polish and finish, neat handset including nice sub second hand, clean minimalist dial, and overall a clean, crisp and smart looking watch imo.

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Wears nice and smart on the wrist, short lugs letting it disappear inside the width or my wrist without it looking too small.

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This thing could rival the infamous French Cake Watch for value.

Only downside is a stiff strap that feels a little naff, although that and the buckle are both signed, along with the crown.

Bargain!

Seller had it to me within 48 hours, and still has 3 left on Ebay:

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The box alone is worth the money! :laughing2dw:

Roll on Thursday's haul.......

 

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2 hours ago, Bricey said:

Today's one is a curious fellow, I can find practically nothing online of interest or use regarding Ornake other than they are Japanese. 

It does look like a decent watch for the money and the Ebay seller has a good line in patter.

As you know, I enjoy a quest, so I set out to see if I could track down "Ornake". The first thing that comes up is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts active in 2017 and, with the number of pictures of Italian lakes and piazzas in their posts, plus the first watch was called "Como", I thought they might be Italian. However, that proved a dead end.

Predictably ornake.com is defunct, but the Internet Archive turned up a site with the right kind of watches. Nothing to identify the company behind it though. Except, the shipping terms said they shipped from the UK, so off to Companies House. There I found Ornake Ltd, a company incorporated in May 2016 and dissolved May 2019 with principle activity "retail sale of watches and jewellery in specialised stores". The registered address was 26, The Ridgeway, Astwood Bank, Redditch, which isn't far from where I am sitting. The company now registered there is Cleanse A Drive Ltd and if you look on Streetview, one of their vans is parked out front.

I hope this isn't a big disappointment, but I rather thought it would appeal to your sense of humour.

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16 minutes ago, spinynorman said:

It does look like a decent watch for the money and the Ebay seller has a good line in patter.

As you know, I enjoy a quest, so I set out to see if I could track down "Ornake". The first thing that comes up is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts active in 2017 and, with the number of pictures of Italian lakes and piazzas in their posts, plus the first watch was called "Como", I thought they might be Italian. However, that proved a dead end.

Predictably ornake.com is defunct, but the Internet Archive turned up a site with the right kind of watches. Nothing to identify the company behind it though. Except, the shipping terms said they shipped from the UK, so off to Companies House. There I found Ornake Ltd, a company incorporated in May 2016 and dissolved May 2019 with principle activity "retail sale of watches and jewellery in specialised stores". The registered address was 26, The Ridgeway, Astwood Bank, Redditch, which isn't far from where I am sitting. The company now registered there is Cleanse A Drive Ltd and if you look on Streetview, one of their vans is parked out front.

I hope this isn't a big disappointment, but I rather thought it would appeal to your sense of humour.

Awesome, my drive is filthy!!!!

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23 hours ago, Bricey said:

I particularly like pet names for my watches (for example the French Cake Watch) but am struggling to decide between @Pete wilding's "Wool Brooke" and @Perlative Cernometer's "Wallbrick" for the Skin Diver :laughing2dw:

"Woolly Back" is what we used to call the apprentices from Swanhunters ship repair yard on the Tyne.

I like the look of the Ornake. Nice watch and with a quartz mechanism should be a reasonable good timekeeper. Bargain.

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