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Brunel Watch Fair 1 Dec - "Bargain Hunt" game

  1. ewand

    ewand Nov 20, 2019

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    OK, Brits (at least Southern-based Brits)...

    Who's up for going to the Brunel University watch fair on 1st December?
    https://timefairs.co.uk/brunel-fair/

    Talking with a fellow watch nerd at @tyrantlizardrex's Time 4A Pint meet last night, we were planning on going to the last clock & watch fair in the UK this year, at Brunel University on Sunday 1st Dec. As there are often challenges issued at these things, I've devised what could be a bit of festive fun for participating punters.

    Since I mostly work-from-home, quite often I'll be in the kitchen making lunch just before the BBC 1 o'clock news; meaning I sometimes catch Bargain Hunt, a show where two teams get given a bundle of cash at an antiques market, and have to run around buying various items (to a differing theme) which then get consigned to auction. The team which makes most profit wins the game. It's cheesy as hell but oddly compelling - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006nb9z

    So, I think, let's try to recreate Bargain Hunt at Brunel.

    The rules
    Participants must buy a watch / watches from traders at the event, with the intent of consigning it/them to auction at a TBD date/venue (thinking Sterling Vault or Fellows or something like that, in January). Players will be allowed to clean the watch/es (if desired) and replace or add a strap or bracelet (in the case of existing strap/bracelet being faulty or missing), however no repairs or servicing can be done. Any quartz watch batteries can be replaced.

    1) Each individual must spend no more than £100 on a watch / watches.
    1) a) An inventory of what was bought / how much was paid should be provided to the adjudicator (@ewand) after Brunel.
    1) b) Photographs of the cleaned up watch(es) may be shared, with attendant bragging however players should not discuss with each other, how much they paid for anything.

    2) Replacement strap/bracelet/batteries must be also bought at Brunel, and also from the same pot of £100
    3) All watches will be consigned to auction - ideally the same one, though that may depend on auctioneers' willing - at a future date. Auctioneers fees will be deducted from the results of the auction, and whoever has the most profit, wins (assuming there is any profit after auctioneers fees...)

    Maybe we pool all the profits and donate to charity or something. Again, assuming there are any ;-)

    Any takers?
     
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Nov 20, 2019

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    Great idea, please count me in :thumbsup:
     
  3. rob#1

    rob#1 Nov 20, 2019

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    Do you get a golden gavel if you make the most $$$?
     
  4. ewand

    ewand Nov 21, 2019

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    Only if you buy 3 watches and they all make a profit ;-)
     
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  5. Just Livin

    Just Livin Nov 21, 2019

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  6. ewand

    ewand Nov 21, 2019

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    PM me and I'll add you to the WhatsApp group, Joe :)
     
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  7. Nathan1967

    Nathan1967 Nov 21, 2019

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    256AC3F0-937B-4EA7-9644-FD3E5478F8CB.jpeg I think this is going to be great!
     
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  8. padders

    padders Nov 23, 2019

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    Well bugger the £100 game but I'll try to come along for the fun of it!

    Actually no I will play. My concern is the price, I find it hard to find anything that cheap I like but I guess that is the point

    It would be nice to meet Chris in person, and of course any other reprobates I haven't yet conversed with.
     
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  9. ewand

    ewand Nov 27, 2019

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    Any more takers, let me know via PM and I'll add you to the WhatsApp group. One additional rule has been added; you can buy watch related stuff (a 7912 bracelet for £25, maybe?) for auction, but your haul must include at least one watch.
     
    Edited Nov 27, 2019
  10. Gaz6263

    Gaz6263 Nov 27, 2019

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    I’ll be there, selling a few pieces that I know longer wear. Look out for the stall with the Tin Tin.
     
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  11. Nathan1967

    Nathan1967 Nov 27, 2019

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    Will you take a ton for it?;)
     
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  12. Gaz6263

    Gaz6263 Nov 27, 2019

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    Hmmmmm::bleh::
     
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  13. steveb73

    steveb73 Nov 27, 2019

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    Brilliant idea!!! Shame it's not closer to Derby...
     
  14. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Nov 27, 2019

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    Pm me I have a plan to totally win this!
     
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  15. ewand

    ewand Nov 27, 2019

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    Gaming of the system will not be tolerated and all lots will be confiscated ;-)
     
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  16. rob#1

    rob#1 Nov 28, 2019

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  17. ewand

    ewand Nov 28, 2019

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    fuch'ing mad for it

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  18. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2019

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    Well, there were fairly slim pickings at Brunel Uni on Sunday. Plenty of traders but little of interest for the most part, although I didn't spot @Gaz6263 at the time, it was only later that I remembered the Tin Tin must have been Gary. Oh well, another time.

    As for the Bargain Hunt game, most of the participants came away empty handed, either being too picky or too scared to gamble ;-)

    I got a 1950s Roamer MST 327 watch (I can't find any ref number)
    IMG_20191201_134724.jpg

    and a Seikomatic from 1970, also on a horrible fix-o-flex bracelet...
    IMG_20191201_134556.jpg

    ... and what I suspect will be the pick of the haul, a 1992 Seiko quartz chrono that is all in good order:
    IMG_20191201_134404.jpg

    More to follow when the auction is done, probably spring 2020...
     
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