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My New Tri-Compax from Private Eyes Tokyo

  1. aap Mar 31, 2016

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    Sharing with the forum my newest acquisition, a Tri-Compax 222100-2, which I got from one of Japan's most reputable watch stores - Private Eyes. The store was perviously featured on Hodinkee here - https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/watch-shopping-in-japan

    I started the negotiations with the store's owner, Endo-San early February, since I was scheduled for a family trip to Tokyo end of March. I also sought the advice of @jordn. He pointed out that it's not in 100% condition, but it is a very honest watch, all original and priced well for its condition, in which the dial is oxidized. I remember what Jeff Stein said in a video interview for Crown & Caliber, stating that his motto is "Condition only matters on the second one...once you have one then I might think of trying to upgrade. On the first watch it has to be something you like, something you'd enjoy wearing."

    I figured I cannot afford the same watch in its pristine condition anyway (approx. Euro 15k), I like the patina on the dial and I really wanted to buy from Private Eyes during my trip. So, I committed to buy the watch from Endo.

    We arrived at Tokyo the evening of March 30 and yesterday, with my wife and kids, went to the store. Here are some pics . I'm including that of the store's as the store is really nice. It's small, intimate and has dashes of quirk. It's more soulful than the other watch stores here. You really feel it's run by people who love watches deeply.
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    My kids' reflection on the store's window:
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    Looking around the store was overwhelming. Not that there were that many watches, but the ones they had were just great ones in excellent condition. I ended up buying this also:

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    Finally, my UG Tri-Compax:

    Here are my kids learning how the various dials are adjusted:
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    I love those lugs!
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    The pics do not do justice to the watch. The goldish patina linen dial is beautiful.
     
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  2. khmt2 Mar 31, 2016

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    Very nice catch! How much was the damage?
     
  3. aap Mar 31, 2016

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    Thanks! It was USD 6000.
     
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  4. Severin Mar 31, 2016

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    Lovely watch and photo exposition. In addition, it's always great when the little ones can participate in the fun! Thanks for sharing and congrats.
     
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  5. aap Mar 31, 2016

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    Yes. My lil ones were very much into it. I'm dead!
     
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  6. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Mar 31, 2016

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    Wow! That's an amazing deal. Stunning!
     
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  7. driver1969 Mar 31, 2016

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    Wow, lovely shop and beautiful watches. Some day I'll make the pilgrimage and hopefully make a nice purchase.
     
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  8. jens0125 knows that watches were made to be worn Mar 31, 2016

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    Great piece... That longines mono pusher is very tempting as well
     
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  9. watchknut New watch + Instagram + wife = dumbass Mar 31, 2016

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    Wow, very cool, I was expecting a 5 figure damage report because of the Hodonkey feature.

    Thanks for sharing, looks like a great experience.
     
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  10. aap Mar 31, 2016

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    It was!
     
  11. Jonatan Mar 31, 2016

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    Thank you for the pictures ad the report, made me feel like I was there. Great watches
     
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  12. Jminchoi Mar 31, 2016

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    Nice report, Tokyo is awesome for finding secondhand watches in good condition. And the exchange rate (at least with the USD) is still pretty good.
     
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  13. aap Mar 31, 2016

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    What other stores would you recommend? [emoji3]
     
  14. DirtyDozen12 Thanks, mystery donor! Apr 1, 2016

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  15. aap Apr 1, 2016

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  16. Syrte MWR Tech Support Dept Apr 1, 2016

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    Beautiful, congrats and enjoy it. :thumbsup:
    It's just me, but I find it in very good condition, actually. Doesn't look new, but again, there's nothing wrong with a vintage watch showing some signs of age.
     
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  17. aap Apr 1, 2016

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    Thanks! There are examples of the same model that are close to flawless - the lumes are still present and the dial, unoxidized, and therefore still silver. Here's the euro 15k example from Sassella - http://www.sassellaorologi.com/scheda.asp?id=50480

    But I personally love the goldish patina from the oxidation. A bit off tangent, but slightly related, I love slightly oxidized wines like those from Rioja. So, I guess there's a pattern. Haha
     
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  18. demollo Apr 1, 2016

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    Awesome pieces, wear in good health !
     
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  19. Tony C. Ωf Jury member Apr 1, 2016

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    Lovely! Endo is terrific.
     
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  20. aap Apr 1, 2016

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    Too bad he's out of town. So we didn't meet. All my correspondences with him was great though. And his staff were cool.