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Has ayone bought from the Fine watch club in Norwich UK?

  1. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 16, 2020

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    Dear Forum,

    I am a newbie and looking for my first vintage Seamaster, I have been doing tons of research and want to make my first vintage Omega watch one to keep forever and always remember (for good reasons).

    The above seller has reasonable range of Omega's so thought I would reach out and see. They don't have a website but are a trusted seller on Chrono24 - not sure how valid that makes them.

    Best wishes,
    Dave
     
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Jan 16, 2020

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    I have not bought from them so unable to comment from personal experience, but they do have a website and a shop in Norwich where you can visit by appointment. Good luck with your search.
     
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  3. Capt Cave Man

    Capt Cave Man Jan 16, 2020

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    https://www.finewatchclub.co.uk

    I haven't purchased anything from them myself but I have them bookmarked due to the number of Omega pieces. I'm in Norwich tomorrow rather than working, if time allows I'm hoping to pop in for a browse - tried one Saturday before Xmas but they're closed weekends.
     
  4. dennisthemenace

    dennisthemenace Hey, he asked for it! Jan 16, 2020

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    A word of advice, don't rush into buying from them before checking any potential purchase here.
     
  5. Dan S

    Dan S Jan 16, 2020

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    Just be careful to read the descriptions carefully, since their watches are all very much prepped for sale. All are well-polished and some are re-dials.
     
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  6. Engee

    Engee Jan 16, 2020

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    Yes, I bought from them before I got into the whole collecting thing. I inherited a Seamaster but lost it and with the insurance money I found a watch I liked on their site. They were very nice to deal with but I paid too much for the watch and as has been said, it is not collector quality. Nonetheless, I really like the watch and do not feel ripped off. Now I'm better informed I'd be more wary. I suspect you'll get a better deal here on OF than from any dealer like Fine Watch Club.
     
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  7. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 17, 2020

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    Interesting, keen to hear how you get on if time allows and you do go for a visit :)
     
  8. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 17, 2020

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    Sounds overall a good experience and appreciate the info, thanks!
     
  9. Engee

    Engee Jan 17, 2020

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    By here I mean on OF. Fine Watch Club is a dealer.
     
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  10. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 17, 2020

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    I think we all stumble on them and dealers like them early in our journey. They do not necessarily serve the collector community. They are there for folks who want a vintage piece as a fashion accessory. So polishing and redialing ( restoration) are common. It is possible to sift out a collector grade piece but you will pay full retail for the bricks and mortar. Myself I paid way too much for a Pie Pan (which I enjoy wearing) and multiple services from a similar place in Chicago years ago.
     
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  11. Engee

    Engee Jan 17, 2020

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    I think we shouldn’t be too hard on these dealers. I wouldn’t have bought a new omega with my insurance payout, and his website inspired my interest in vintage watches. I knew no better, wouldn’t have known to look for a place like this and if I’m honest, was too impatient to wait and learn. I’m grateful to Fine Watch Club for setting me on my journey into vintage watches.

    As my mother-in-law says, everyone’s entitled to make a living.
     
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  12. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 17, 2020

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    As I became more “woke”, I realized who I was dealing with and moved on, noob tax paid. I agree they served a purpose ( the services were good) but at a cost. I’m not painting the subject dealer with the same brush but overall from my experience and reading here you learn who to buy from as a collector.
     
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  13. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 17, 2020

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    Probably a silly question, but is the best place to find Seamasters for sale on here by looking under the "watches for sale" tab and sifting through or do people tend to post dedicated threads for what they are looking for?
     
  14. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 17, 2020

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    Watches for sale tend to be trusted dealers as I understand. Private Sales are member watches.
     
  15. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 17, 2020

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    ok, thanks very much. So it is a case of keeping an eye on recent posts for as and when they pop up for sale :)
     
  16. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jan 17, 2020

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    Affirmative
     
  17. Dan S

    Dan S Jan 17, 2020

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    There is also a forum for want-to-buy posts, but you are not eligible because you don't have an avatar. Just kidding, you're not eligible because you don't have 200 posts yet. Read the rules in the sticky thread in the sales forum area.
     
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  18. Socks

    Socks Jan 17, 2020

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    Edited Jan 17, 2020
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  19. Capt Cave Man

    Capt Cave Man Jan 17, 2020

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    Well, I tried to pop in to see them today... I focus on try!!

    The, I assume owner was sitting eating a sandwich with the closed sign on the door, no watches on display in the window only empty boxes and prices - this was a little after 1pm. I kept looking around and eventually pressed the door buzzer and we spoke via the speaker/mic on the door. I apologised for disturbing him and asked if he was on lunch and what time would it be suitable to come back?

    I was told in no polite sense that yes, I'm at lunch and to email him as he would not see me without a prior appointment. Website no longer in my favourites, he just lost any chance of my custom.
     
  20. DJG2645

    DJG2645 Jan 18, 2020

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    Thanks for going to visit and updating. That is very interesting and slightly odd behaviour of the owner. I totally understand the online presence but on their site and eBay it looks like a fully functioning retail outlet. Why pay for a retail until and not open it...very odd. Anyhow, thanks again I really appreciate the help and I'll also be avoiding them even if their watches do look nice.
    This forum is excellent in the short time I have been a member I have learned a lot. I am confident I'll find my first vintage seamster soon :)
     
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