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  1. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    Just back from the Brunel University Clock & Watch fair (http://clockandwatchfairs.com/ - nice to see @Bahnstormer, @neilfrancis and James V too.

    For those in the UK that haven't been, imagine a university sports hall with about 80 stalls laden with all kinds of stuff. Many are watch traders who arrive with a couple of boxes of watches, and there are lots of stalls selling bits to repair clocks etc.

    Does anyone fancy chipping in for a stall? It's about £70 but it means you get in earlier than the 9am start so could have a good swing around to see if there's anything worthwhile before the riff raff arrive. Also, if we each brought along a handful of things we'd be prepared to sell, I'm sure the overall quality would be better than most of the traders' wares...
     
  2. Nathan1967

    Nathan1967 Dec 2, 2018

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    Sounds like a good strategy! I’m interested. This time next year...




    Do you the date of the next fair?

    Do you have any pictures of the stalls stuff being sold?

    Cheers

    Nathan
     
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  3. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Dec 2, 2018

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    @ewand - where and when are you thinking?
     
  4. ICONO

    ICONO Dec 2, 2018

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    Definitely interested in joint venture

    Have a stack of Seamasters & Longines, to clear out of the safe....maybe a lot more

    Keep me posted please
     
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  5. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    Thinking about March in the Midlands, as that's always a bigger event...
     
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  6. Gaz6263

    Gaz6263 Dec 2, 2018

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    I went and having been going for years, was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was. Traded a Heuer, I wasn’t wearing, for a couple of other watches with Nicki on the military watch stall. Also had a chat with Alex (Dablitzer), who had a stall. Say what you will about him but his stall had some cracking pieces.
     
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  7. CPRwatch

    CPRwatch Dec 2, 2018

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    I could be interested in this , haven't got much to get rid off but will happily assist on the stall . I usually go to the fairs at the national motorcycle museum .
     
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  8. padders

    padders Dec 2, 2018

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    I normally go to the Midlands one which is noticeably bigger than the Brunel fair. While I am not in a disposal mode at present, would love to meet fellow forumites so LMK if you do take a stand. It moved recently from the Motorcycle Museum to Ryton in Coventry which is less convenient bit still easier than Brunel.

    These are great events, I have bought several very nice pieces at very reasonsble prices.
     
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  9. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Dec 2, 2018

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    We're gonna need a bigger table...
     
  10. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    Schedule for next year …
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    @jimmyd13 I wonder if it's worth getting a stall for the March 10th fair?
    @Nathan1967 Check out the Gallery on http://clockandwatchfairs.com/ for pics of the kind of thing on display

    TBH, there's a lot of crap up for sale - quite obvious frankens, fakes, over-polished PoS, stuff that's just knackered (I tried a Seiko Bell-matic out today whose alarm was kaput, and looked at a Seiko World Time that was missing the world-time hand and the bezel didn't rotate). So, there's a load of stuff sold there which will need immediate action in order to get it right... but there are diamonds in the rough.

    I reckon if we collaborated we could maybe get one or even two stalls (@neilfrancis I like yer thinkin), bring along 10 watches each that we'd be prepared to sell (for a sensible price, obvs) and if we each chipped in £10 or £15 even if we didn't sell anything it'd still be an OK morning out...
     
  11. CPRwatch

    CPRwatch Dec 2, 2018

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    We may need two at this rate .
     
  12. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    Previous catches for me at the Brunel or Midlands fair...

    NOS Heuer Silverstone bracelet - £250
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    Heuer Carrera reissue - £1300
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  13. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Dec 2, 2018

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    I'd certainly be interested in any of the fairs around the Midlands
     
  14. Nathan1967

    Nathan1967 Dec 2, 2018

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    Sounds like it could be great fun! I’m in for March, let’s give it a whirl!:thumbsup:
     
  15. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Dec 2, 2018

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    CV8 3FL is a fair drive and likely requires an overnight for me, and maybe for most based in/near London.

    But we could make a semi-weekend of it.. have GTG on Saturday night somewhere...pub, fish & chips.

    Brunel, obvs more convenient for London. I'd be in for December.

    April date a clash with the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. And nothing, other than Paris-Roubaix, trumps RVV for my springtime Sunday attention.

    Maybe we should set up a WhatsApp Group for all interested? To liaise on locations, dates, etc.
     
  16. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    Good idea, Neil. I'll set it up … anyone who wants in, ping me your name and mobile via PM and I'll add you
     
  17. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Dec 2, 2018

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    Neil, I have an old friend lives in Leamington and commutes to London by train a couple of times a week. It's not an hour, if I remember correctly.
     
  18. neilfrancis

    neilfrancis Dec 2, 2018

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    For an 8 am start, I'd wanna be about 2 minutes away...:)
    I am over an hour away from any London station with trains going that way, maybe more at 0700 on a sunday.
    Plus... it's the GTG, beer, etc with OF'ers that's the main event ... in some ways.
     
  19. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Dec 2, 2018

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    Fully understand ;)

    Anyway, I can always pull together 10 or 20 watches that I'd part with for the right price (and those prices aren't greedy). It puts more in the kitty to buy the next one.
     
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  20. ewand

    ewand Dec 2, 2018

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    That's a great idea, to have a GTG nearby. Time4SeveralPints :)

    There's a decent hotel not far away, that I've stayed at before when I organised a cycling event - could be a starter for 10
     
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