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Wishful Thinking - Watches that have unrealistic price expectations

  1. MSNWatch

    MSNWatch Vintage Omega Aficionado Staff Member Sep 29, 2013

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    Lex4TDI4Life Sep 29, 2013

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    Joe K. Curious about this text thingy below his avatar Sep 29, 2013

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  4. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 29, 2013

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    Yes, some sellers seem to think having the retailers name on the dial adds some rare value and provenance.
     
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  6. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 29, 2013

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    I think part of it is people find a vintage Omega from 50 years ago that still works and think, well Omega's are expensive watches today, this vintage one most be one of only a handful of surviving watches from that era. Or similarly get info along those lines from the corner jewellery store battery-changer.

    I had an experience with a guy that owned a Rolex "Star" pocket watch (gold filled) with box who thought he was going to buy his family a new car with the proceeds.
     
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  11. woodwkr2

    woodwkr2 Sep 29, 2013

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    It does. At least, I like 'em. And if you look toward Patek auctions for guidance, the retailers name does add value, rarity, and provenance.
     
  12. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 29, 2013

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    Tiffany & Co on a Patek is one thing, Meister or Turler on an Omega is something rather different.
     
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    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Sep 30, 2013

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  15. Dash1

    Dash1 Formerly: Ash Sep 30, 2013

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    Yes, it's funny that - for me it detracts from the value.
     
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    Stewart H Honorary NJ Resident Sep 30, 2013

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    :D
     
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  18. cvalue13

    cvalue13 Sep 30, 2013

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    On most of these, clearly the buyers are a bit silly, especially when the numbers are astronomical.

    On a few others, typically where the price is, say, double the value of the watch, I think there is actually some strategy involved at times. I think these webs catch a few flies, who make an apparent lowball offer that gets accepted.
     
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  20. Habitant

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    I think there's a message in this: 'we' - the folks on this forum - have varying degrees of knowledge and vast amount of passion. But the general public out there just want to buy a watch, maybe even a cool watch, no knowledge or expertise needed. If not, would the multi-coloured dials of India and Orange County or the fantasy dials of the Ukraine continue to sell? I think most of us here can smell a dog, but perhaps 'outsiders' can't. Caveat emptor, I'm afraid.
     
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