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  1. Opinions on the noob factory ?

    Pm with intent
  2. Another pocketwatch conversion

    I'm not addicted to watches I just have to have one on my arm at all times or I'll kill someone...... Wait...... Never mind
  3. Another pocketwatch conversion

    I'll see if I can find one. LOL yes I'm addicted to both Reps and pocket watches. I'm guessing you are too?
  4. Another pocketwatch conversion

    Love these have you seen the ones done with 12 size A Lincoln Illinois movements? I almost bought a 12 size just to do this to it but even the 12 size Lincolns are getting pricey.I think they are 12 size? If I can find a cheap Lincoln or maybe a E. howard movement as a donor I'll have to get with you to help me out.
  5. Did i got a rare pocket watch?

    JDCkent is dead on right here. It was most likely made in France for the Chinese/Asian market and sold there. Unfortunately even though it's very old and very cool they just don't bring much money on today's antique market. I would say you would be lucky to get over $175 on ebay if you can find a buyer that appreciates the nice dial. The dial is what makes this watch it looks to be in very good shape with no cracks. These are usually made of enamel and very easy to crack/chip. The reason the price is so low is there were a lot of the fusee style watches made all over the world so there is a supply but the problem is there are few solid collectors. The other reason I think is because it has become very hard to find a watchmaker to keep them running (especially fuse) and when you can find one the cost outweighs the value. Parts are becoming very hard to find too and for your Swiss and french watch you would have to find a donor watch for parts or make the part. Very cost prohibitive. Another member gave you a correct value on the Swiss watch they are a dime a dozen and $25-$45 is correct even if running. I have a small American pocket watch collection and I am still amazed at how low these value has stayed on these works of art. The only ones that will demand very high $ are rare railroad grade american watches or repeater/chronograph complication watches and I think even they are way undervalued. When you consider most are now over 100 years old and made almost exclusively by hand and the railroad grade ones kept close to COSC standards is amazing to me. If you lokk real close with a loop at the French watch you will see a very small hand made chain wrapped around 2 of the winding barrels. Very cool and this is the Fusee designed system of providing an even amount of spring energy to the watch. Keep them and enjoy them for what they are works of art.
  6. New to the Forum

    Yep it's not a matter of which one it's which one first. It's an addiction there is still time to run away! You have been warned.... I would go with Omega CRPO first then sub second.
  7. The Bulova Moonwatch.

    Seiko Spring Drive and Bulova Precisionist together. Like butter.... Edit: How do you embed a YouTube video in a post? The spring drive seiko is a freaking awesome design but price wise it can't compete and I think it still can't compete accuracy wise. I know when they first came out they were 1 sec a day verses 10 sec a year with the bulova. $500 verses $2000 or at least last I researched them that was about the cheapest spring drive out there but maybe they have come down. The spring drive is a very out of the box idea. I was amazed that a watch mainspring could provide enough current to power the magnetic brake and vibrate the crystal at the same time. Amazing idea but even more amazing they could get it to work in the limited space available. Take a look at the balance wheel on them it's kinda crazy looking. I've been on the lookout for a couple years on and off trying to find one I could afford but none yet. For the $ the Bulova HF 262 khz movement can't be beat period.
  8. Ugliest watch ever.

    Dang LSD and watchmaking do not go together!
  9. Gerlach Enigma

    I like the 2nd and 10th picture which I think is the same black dial with blue inner bezel with yellow hands. Can't go wrong with the white.
  10. The Bulova Moonwatch.

    Well I think it's actually an upgraded tuning fork that is pretty cool technology. Instead of a 2 pronged fork it has a 3 pronged fork and is much smaller. It spits out 262 Hrz which basically makes the hand smooth as silk. I'll have to go back and research why it's called "Quartz" instead of tuning fork maybe they vibrate the fork with a piece of quartz? Either way it hints at the old fork accutron watches that I loved. Maybe someone else knows this technology better than me and can chime in but the Bulova precisionist series of watches use the same type movement. Generally I agree with your view on a $550 quartz watch but this one would be an exception to me maybe. After some more checking I guess the actual crystal itself is shaped into the 3-pronged configuration (resonator) so it is technically a quartz movement not a accutron "tuning fork" type watch that used a metal fork and coils to excite it.
  11. The Bulova Moonwatch.

    As far as I know nothing can compete with this 262 KHZ sweep yet. 16 beats per second basically.
  12. The Bulova Moonwatch.

    Well I think it's actually an upgraded tuning fork that is pretty cool technology. Instead of a 2 pronged fork it has a 3 pronged fork and is much smaller. It spits out 262 Hrz which basically makes the hand smooth as silk. I'll have to go back and research why it's called "Quartz" instead of tuning fork maybe they vibrate the fork with a piece of quartz? Either way it hints at the old fork accutron watches that I loved. Maybe someone else knows this technology better than me and can chime in but the Bulova precisionist series of watches use the same type movement. Generally I agree with your view on a $550 quartz watch but this one would be an exception to me maybe.
  13. Actual Profit in Reps

    Well Richemont is public, shows a 27% profit margin, and is considered one of the laggards of the luxury goods makers. Louis Vuitton is probably a better comp and it runs in the 40-45% operating margin range. And like you said, before AD profit. And gross margins are north of 80% even at Richemont.... Rolex has to spend more money on branding, since there is a reason it's the #1 Luxury brand in the world. When someone wins the lottery, they go buy a Rolex and not a Patek or AP...and that kind of brand value is extremely valuable That's one of the reasons why Rolex is pretty much the only watch company that actually keeps its value and you can make a profit by buying from the dealer. Which if you think about, makes ZERO sense since they make so many watches every year The cost to sponsor a major golf tourney is several million. Sponsorship of race car events for a whole season I'm sure would top $15 million. It takes a lot of watch sales to recoup that kind of skittles...
  14. Actual Profit in Reps

    Some of the machines Rolex invented and use on the line cost millions of dollars to make and then they have to be serviced quite often to maintain tolerances. These are machines that can't be bought anywhere else. The investment these watch companies have in line equipment alone is what keeps new watch companies from popping up. The cost to make an in-house movement and then tool it up for mass production is so cost prohibitive only 3 companies that I know of have even attempted it in the last 10 years with RGM here in America being one. Go look at their watch prices and it will show it's a very expensive proposition.
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