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State of the Collection: Pre and Post RWG Eras

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Glaude
12 minutes ago, semperfi55 said:

there's a tool for everything!

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4 minutes ago, Glaude said:

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Uh don't ever google baguette dildo on google images, damn that was nasty. gonna browse the wrist check threads as a palette cleanser....damn....

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Luxuracer
12 minutes ago, semperfi55 said:

Uh don't ever google baguette dildo on google images, damn that was nasty.

Clear your browsing history immediately .... Take a dose of Azithromycin and go to bed. 

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semperfi55
9 minutes ago, Luxuracer said:

Clear your browsing history immediately .... 

Incognito my friend..... 

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semperfi55

#6 End of October 2018

Yes it's more like the end of December now but there must be some semblance of order, even on this chaotic forum.

After a much-despised hiatus, which ended up longer than I intended, I'm finally back. 

Although my forum presence has been less than consistent these last few months, my watch collecting has been ticking over just fine. Or not fine.

 

The Diamond in the Rough

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This cheap and cheerful watch was purchased on a sale in China. A manual wind watch for GBP10? Yes please!

The Diamond brand tackiness aside, the movement winds well but the lollipop second hand stutters slightly. Still a nice piece to wear to places where a Rolex (gen or rep) shouldn't go.

 

The Chinese Chronograph

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Not much introduction needed for this Chinese Air Force 1963 Chronograph Reissue. The watch is powered by a Seagull ST19 movement and its praises have been sung by many Youtube watch channels. I didn't feel like paying for the inflated prices on Long Island Watches or various European re-sellers, so I bought the watch off Taobao (Chinese eBay/Amazon) for GBP110. Great bargain! The watch came with spare leather straps too.

 

The Modded Moser

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The 6-month journey for this watch. Rep collecting is a game of patience? Well this was something else. The dynamic blue on this dial is the main attraction, the small date window is not. The gen has a much larger date window. After receiving this watch, some modifications had to be made. Boy, what a difficult experience it was. The casing was unconventional, dial feet hooks are a pain. No doubt a review will be out for this soon, or not so soon.

 

The Curvy Sabrina

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How does one collect classy vintage timepieces oozing with history? I know of a few qualities one must have. You have to be vain, you must be an attention-seeker. Most importantly, you also have to be cheap. That is how I came across this Cuervo y Sobrinos Triple Date watch from the 1950s. Swiss made watch for a Cuban brand. It has no connection to the new Cuervo y Sobrinos Swiss brand which features many dressy, unique, expensive watches.

For more about this watch and the old brand's story, have a look here:

 

First Blood

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Or rather first tourbillon. Same thing as the wallet is still bleeding from this. It's a Lange rep. It's a tourbillon. It's dressy af. 'nuff said.

 

First Blood Part II

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Because one is never enough. :facepalm: A regulator tourbillon scratches both the regulator and tourbillon itch. 

 

Glengarry Glenn Rolex

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The film inspired me to get this RKF Daydate. I'm not a fan of all gold watches, but this seemed like a good bit of fun. And you do feel rich and powerful when wearing this watch...

And so that is the October haul. More updates to follow!

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Glaude

I'm pretty sure you got separated at birth with @cvp3 ... that the only way to explain your gear acquisition syndrome ! :D 

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cvp3
35 minutes ago, Glaude said:

I'm pretty sure you got separated at birth with @cvp3 ... that the only way to explain your gear acquisition syndrome ! :D 

I only have cheap stuff. LOL Most expensive ever was $649. 

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semperfi55

#7 End of November 2018

Too busy in November to write up the SOTC October, but not too busy to buy moar watches!

 

Le Haute Horlogerie

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A fascinating Bovet rep on the Gate. The gen is a remarkable watch with many things going on. This rep is a simple quartz. But it makes a valiant attempt at replicating the haute horlogerie feel of the gen.

 

The Parmesan Chronometre

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A gate watch with surprisingly good dial finishing! The wonders you can find on the gate...

 

The Parmesan Tourbillon

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This tourbillon is my new favourite watch! The detail, the finishing, the working power reserve indicator. This purchase was influenced by none other than the tourbillon master @Hyjynx

 

GMT at the Gates

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A great Gate GMT watch, good value for money! Cheers to @cvp3 for the recommendation, It has the rehaut engravings and LEC, GMT hand is slaved though.

 

The Reservation at Dorsia

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Another RKF production. I wanted a dial with bone colouring and Silian Rail lettering. Couldn't get it. But I think this one is not too shabby with its subtle off-white colouring. The tasteful thickness of the misaligned DWO. It even has a watermark!

 

The Goldtona

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@RussP has a terrible profile pic. Just awful. I blame him.

 

The Cow Horns

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This was a bit of a grail rep watch for me. I camped by the M2M sections for months and none for sale. Then one day, 2 listings pop up. Happily snapped up the listing but the whole affair was marred by a scammer. Ultimately got a partial refund with the help of @yllekp. All's well that ends well, especially since I got this ST19 chronograph!

 

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Stay tuned for more about this one.

 

 

That's it for November, more to follow.

 

 

 

 

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yllekp
2 minutes ago, semperfi55 said:

 

The Reservation at Dorsia

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Another RKF production. I wanted a dial with bone colouring and Silian Rail lettering. Couldn't get it. But I think this one is not too shabby with its subtle off-white colouring. The tasteful thickness of the misaligned DWO. It even has a watermark!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am loving this one. I see a franken version in RWI atm. 

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Glaude
1 hour ago, semperfi55 said:

Another RKF production. I wanted a dial with bone colouring and Silian Rail lettering. Couldn't get it. But I think this one is not too shabby with its subtle off-white colouring. The tasteful thickness of the misaligned DWO. It even has a watermark!

Pure gold ! :rofl: 

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Hyjynx

I am thoroughly impressed by your carefully curated collection and entertained by the excellent narratives, comeback and bantering in the thread,@semperfi55. This is certainly one of the best collections I’ve seen in all of Repdom. Given our occasional PM interaction, you’d think I would have been curious enough and found this thread before now. Please do not think of it as hubris or a slight. It’s the discovery of nuggets like this that still make this forum a pleasure to visit. Thanks for the mention. The tourbillon selection are excellent choices. I would like to warn you about the addictive nature of that superb movement, but I think I came too late! Yeah, that’s what she saaaaiiiiiid!

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RussP

I accept responsibility for your Daytona affliction.

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semperfi55
On 30/12/2018 at 23:08, yllekp said:

I see a franken version in RWI atm.

Well I can't beat a BabaNJ build

On 30/12/2018 at 21:50, Glaude said:

I'm pretty sure you got separated at birth with @cvp3

We had to be separated, for humane reasons. If both were in the same country, the customs office will be perpetually busy.

21 hours ago, Hyjynx said:

This is certainly one of the best collections I’ve seen in all of Repdom

Thank you for the kind words! Coming from you as well!

21 hours ago, Hyjynx said:

The tourbillon selection are excellent choices.

Lol a lot of it is based off your collection! Just don't have the fiscal discipline to save up for that Memorigin :wallbash:

18 hours ago, RussP said:

I accept responsibility for your Daytona affliction

Very refreshing to see someone confess to their crimes.

On 30/12/2018 at 22:26, cvp3 said:

Most expensive ever was $649. 

LOL Any rebates or cashbacks on that purchase? :giggle:

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semperfi55

#8 End of December 2018

This was the month of the cheapskate Nautili, all from da Gate. Great way to collect and follow the Nautilus narrative.

 

The Yellow Submarine

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The first of a series.... Gate cheapie with many tells, this is one step down from the U1 version.

 

Patek Philippe Nautiquartz

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A gate 5980 with quartz movement. There is a mechanical verion on the gate but has NO pushers. Imagine that.

 

Mods Galore

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Can you spot the mods on this gate 5726? Both the planned and unplanned ones. Such a mess.

 

That's it for 2018. Pre-RWG, I had a sizeable collection for someone casually interested in watches. After joining up here in March, well, the aftermath speaks for itself.

 

End of Update #8

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