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I want to buy an Everest watch from time factors , has anyone got experience of how it works? I've apparently just missed a batch that was released a couple of weeks ago but another batch is imminent I believe , it would seem people buy them to flip as there are a few on Ebay in brand new condition for more than RRP !

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17 minutes ago, midnitemo said:

I want to buy an Everest watch from time factors , has anyone got experience of how it works? I've apparently just missed a batch that was released a couple of weeks ago but another batch is imminent I believe , it would seem people buy them to flip as there are a few on Ebay in brand new condition for more than RRP !

If you sign up for newsletters you get notification of when the store is open (about 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon every 3 weeks or so) and an idea of what is available.

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I was actually lining one of those Everest's up but couldn't seem to follow through with the order at the time of opening. Was a little frustrating. But since I have moved on. It's a strange operation but I have heard nothing but praise for their watches if you manage to snag one. 

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Just now, pauluspaolo said:

Timefactors have a very good reputation, with some great watches, but I can't do with the weird opening hours at all I'm afraid :bash:

yeah i'm a bit perplexed by it but i guess i just have to persevere if i really want one

there seem to be plenty of similar stuff about at very reasonable prices but i'm a sucker for the name Smith's and that made in England "thing" so i guess i'll have to pay a premium and jump through some hoops (i know it's a reimagining of an old watch but i'm in)

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2 hours ago, Bow said:

Cracking little watch! :yes:image.thumb.jpg.49365cfebd5c06939dd3f57f8f52f851.jpg

Just to expand on this a bit, the AS movement is ace, I’m assuming that it’s as it should be but it feels really robust, like a Russian tractor or something. The watch keeps time to around 3 seconds a day and I think the acrylic crystal really makes it look right. The bracelet and clasp were ok, better than a Seiko but nothing to get excited about. I bought it specifically to go on NATO’s and I think that the Lunar Apollo strap pictured was made for it.

Definitely a keeper for me.

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1 hour ago, midnitemo said:

i'm a sucker for the name Smith's and that made in England "thing" so i guess i'll have to pay a premium and jump through some hoops (i know it's a reimagining of an old watch but i'm in)

They use Miyota movements.

If you want a Smiths with an English movement, this guy has some superb examples. 
 

Smiths Watches (James Merrens)

It’s not an Everest, but it a classic 15.12 English movement. It’s why I never wanted a TF “Smiths”.

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Good hunting!

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Having said that, the TF Expedition is a really nice looking watch. Predicated on an absolute classic, the A454 developed for the Antarctic expedition led by Vivian Fuchs.

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flipped mine but that is just personal taste, should never have flipped either of the speedbirds :laughing2dw:

the hours are weird but its Eddies site so his rules.

he makes bloody good watches at pretty fair prices - ebay is a lottery.

been a member on the darkside for as long as  have been here , but more a lurker than a poster over there - its a good site if you can get past all the boring rolex fanboys :baby:

the zenos are better but hard to come by in decent condition and not needing service ...

 

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Another from the same genre would be this, which I have looked at a few times and despite my previous MT experience (which was not good) I am still keen on trying.

https://www.thetimebum.com/2021/05/mathey-tissot-mt369-aisa-mechanical-watches-group-exclusive.html

 

 

https://amwg.myshopify.com/products/pre-order-mathey-tissot-mt369-amwg-exclusive-2nd-edition

 

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1 hour ago, midnitemo said:

just missed a brand new unworn Gilt Everest , i bid £350.... it went for £386 RRP is £325.....madness!

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The auctioneer said, I'm not through yet
Here's a horse the likes of which you've never seen
And the straw hats in the sun, with a face beneath each one
Shown doubtful and the auctioneer got mean

Do you think that you can find a horse like this every day?
I don't think there's any better on this earth
And the more you pay, the more it's worth

Don McLean

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I really like the Seafire Quartz....doesn't say it's sold out on the website so does that mean when the store opens for business i should be able to order one or will i only be able to order the new batch produced for the latest opening?

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Eddies hours are weird for a reason. He's an older gentleman running the business on his own from design to customer service to Q.A. and order fulfillment.

He'll open the shop long enough to take as many orders as he can fulfill within a few weeks, send them off and then open the store again. I believe he once kept the store open longer but ran into issues fulfilling the orders in what some thought was a timely manner and got a load of abuse... 'you took my money and it's been 6 weeks, where's my watch, blah, blah, blah'. Being the epitome of the brash northern, ex-army type he therefore operates the current business model.

It is definitely worth the wait though - I have a 40mm Everest and it'll never leave my collection, I'm just sad that the current crop of watches are too small for my wrist at 36mm. 

The watches themselves are decent quality, robust and are very appealing but that appeal has eroded a bit recently with similar offerings from Steeldive, San Martin, et al. I have a couple of steeldives and like them too.

 

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