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Paris Day Trip with the Perfect Ending

  1. cristos71 Jul 4, 2018

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    Had a bit of luck in a French auction last week and having sworn to myself to never again deal with the very slow and very expensive French shipping companies these Paris auction houses seem to employ I decided to take a day off, jump on a train and collect it in person. It worked out a little more costly but was certainly much more fun than paying €150 for 'special shipping' and to then endure the usual two week wait for a package that only has to travel 500km.

    Here's the picture from a few weeks ago that started the journey, grainy and low res, the watch I was interested in is bottom right. It's a Mulco Prima chronograph calendar moonnphase. Not something I was hunting but an interesting watch and ripe target of opportunity never the less. These have a good sized 38mm case and a Venus 187 movement.

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    The auction house eventually provided me with a slightly better picture and a very concise condition report, "It is very good". Not much, that's for sure, but certainly enough to warrant a bid by my way of thinking :D

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    Just after 7am for the first of three trains to Paris....

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    ....which of course had a ten minute delay for a nine minute journey :rolleyes:.....

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    A quick dash and I made my connection to Amsterdam Central and there the Thalys was waiting :)

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    11.30 and I've arrived at Gare du Nord and from here its a couple of km walk to the auction house on Boulevard Montmartre

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    After quickly picking up the watch and noticing it was already after 12pm I decided it was clearly time for lunch and a local bistro provided a hard earned half dozen gastropods washed down with a glass of well chilled Pouilly-Fumé.

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    The train ride back home was taken with a case clean, a Polywatch session and a strap change,

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    Then back home for the real highlight of the day....England finally winning a World Cup penalty shoot out! :)

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  2. Shabbaz Jul 4, 2018

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    Haha. Well done!
     
  3. Dan S Jul 4, 2018

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    Very nice chronograph! I have only seen a few of those Mulco Prima pieces, but I have been impressed by them. Fun little adventure to pick it up as well. By the way, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the moonphase Venus is either a 13''' cal 187 (with a cal 150 base movement) or a 14''' cal 184 (with a cal 175 base movement).
     
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  4. The Father Went out for smokes in ‘78 not seen since Jul 4, 2018

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    Love those watches with the moonphase complication. Don’t know about those snails though.
     
  5. cristos71 Jul 4, 2018

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    You're absolutely right, this one is a 187 and I have edited my typo.
     
  6. ClarendonVintage Jul 4, 2018

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    Escargots are absolutely delicious
     
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  7. sjg22 Jul 4, 2018

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    Outstanding - sounds like a great day and well worth the time and travel!
     
  8. Mods I'm not really an ΩF mod but I play one on TV Jul 4, 2018

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    @cristos71 Super watch :) and you are right...England winning on pens really was a highlight of the day :)
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    Leave some moon phases for us mere mortals :D
     
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  9. Gavin It's the quiet ones you have to 'watch' out for. Jul 4, 2018

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    That's time well spent. Congrats!
     
  10. STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 4, 2018

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    Great write up and thanks for sharing. Striking watch in great condition and liking those pointer subdial hands. :thumbsup:

    And the ( Common garden snails as there known as in Australia ) Escargots look well seasoned and tasty
     
  11. jumpingsecond Jul 4, 2018

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    Damn I'm moving to Europe!
    Somebody tell my wife.
     
  12. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Jul 4, 2018

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    Great pics ... great watch ... wish I could cruise to Paris like that without jet fuel.
     
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  13. merchandiser Jul 4, 2018

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    Congrats on the new purchase, very nice piece. I like the one that you wore for the journey to pick it up too:thumbsup:
     
  14. Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Jul 4, 2018

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    Well I’m not beating this post anytime soon.

    Great watch great post.

    I won’t call you names if you give me a deal on that omega moonphase. ;) otherwise your a xxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxx!
     
  15. Draven Jul 5, 2018

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    What a great day!! Sounds like you really enjoyed it and got yourself a beautiful watch there. Heres to the next adventure :thumbsup:
     
  16. ewand Jul 5, 2018

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    tres splendide!
     
  17. jaguar11 Jul 5, 2018

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    A nice read!
     
  18. Ashman Jul 5, 2018

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    Sounds like my dream day! Being from central US where we don't do a whole lot of trains, I quite enjoyed my trip on the Thalys train from Paris to Amerstedam last summer, I just wished I would gotten such a gorgeous watch during my trip!
     
  19. Delbok Jul 5, 2018

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    Very nice story ! The trip was worth it even for the escargots and the Pouilly Fumé! :thumbsup:
    and great watch of course ! :D
     
  20. Lonestar insert Schwartz joke HERE Jul 5, 2018

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    nice-write up and lovely watch! Thanks for sharing :)