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Jesus, and dirty:o Looks like I win the Soap Scum award on this one:(

 

LOL!!! ;)

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My first and only TAG is coming up on 30 years now and runs like a top:biggrin: (Slightly flashy)

 

Jesus, and dirty:o Looks like I win the Soap Scum award on this one:(

LOL - this is awesome, I almost thought it was a swatch :)

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LOL - this is awesome, I almost thought it was a swatch :)


I bought this back in 1986 I believe right after Heuer became TAG, pretty sure this is one of the first of their Formula's then. Speaking of bargain buy and great bang for the buck I paid a whopping $187.50, purchased three other band sets so I could put the Rasta touch on this one and as I said before she still works like a charm several batteries and two service's later:biggrin:

 

I'm not proud of that LOL Glocks:o But I must accept the credit since it's on film/file!

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Browsing the gallery in this thread has shown me some awesome looking watches!

 

This non-watch guru comes bearing some questions about a particular watch I'm interested in getting.  The watch is a Breitling, identical to this one with the exception of it having this two-tone bracelet (two gold stripes running down the centre).  I'm obviously buying it used and I don't believe it comes with any paperwork, so I'm looking for advice on any easy ways to spot a counterfeit.  I'm familiar with the chap selling it and I know there's nobody laying in a ditch unable to tell the time, but if you could offer any pointers that would be awesome.

 

Finally, how much should I offer?  He mentioned €800 but I think there may be a little wiggle room.

 

Another adventure begins.  :smile: 

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I don't remember who had asked about them but someone mentioned Ball Watches a while back.  I have owned a few of them and still have 2.  I have a Fireman Racer 2nd generation and a Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU.  I actually sold a white dialed NEDU a couple years ago and regretted it (only watch I have regretted flipping), so when a used one came up at my AD I snatched it up.  I will try and get pics up later of them in all their tritium glow glory.  Until then I will add this as a place holder.  It is a 1912 Waltham early Feb. by the serial number. The case is a NOS case as the original was really beat up when I got it so I replaced it as the movement and dial are in excellent shape.

 


Edited by Oklahoma - 1/30/16 at 10:13pm
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I don't remember who had asked about them but someone mentioned Ball Watches a while back.  I have owned a few of them and still have 2.

It was probably me. wink.gif
I also have a Fireman Racer and it is definitely one of my favorites.
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Browsing the gallery in this thread has shown me some awesome looking watches!

 

This non-watch guru comes bearing some questions about a particular watch I'm interested in getting.  The watch is a Breitling, identical to this one with the exception of it having this two-tone bracelet (two gold stripes running down the centre).  I'm obviously buying it used and I don't believe it comes with any paperwork, so I'm looking for advice on any easy ways to spot a counterfeit.  I'm familiar with the chap selling it and I know there's nobody laying in a ditch unable to tell the time, but if you could offer any pointers that would be awesome.

 

Finally, how much should I offer?  He mentioned €800 but I think there may be a little wiggle room.

 

Another adventure begins.  :smile: 

 

The best advice I think anyone can give/get when it comes to buying a pre-owned watch is:

 

First, buy the seller.  Who is this guy?  Do you know him personally?  Is it a long established re-seller of watches of a similar caliber?  You say you are familiar with him - only you know what that means.  Would he know a good fake if he saw one?  Are you familiar with him, or do you trust that he is selling an authentic watch?   If you are asking here, I'm going to assume that aren't familiar with watches like this (or you would be part of a watch form already and be asking there) and that you have doubts about it.  That alone, if it were me, would make me walk.

 

Second, handle the real thing.  A lot.  You can read all the junk on the internet on how to spot a fake watch and, frankly, it probably won't help you at all.  The reality is that fakes are made in so many different factories, by son many different people that each fake may or may not have something totally different that's wrong with it - the fonts, the dial colour, the crown, the hands - or nothing at all.  For me, many good fakes are really hard to spot.  Sometimes it just 'feels' like something isn't right.  You only get that by being familiar with the real deal.  Go to an AD at look at the new Aerospaces.  

 

Third, do your research.  A big flag is that a particular watch didn't exist (I'm not saying in your case, but in general).  I knew a fellow who found a left-handed Seadweller!  Never heard of one?  No kidding.  (As an aside, that particular watch happened to be authentic but so rare that even he didn't even know about it.  'He' is also someone who happened to literally be the guy who wrote the book on exotic vintage Rolex - true story).  Anyway, is the price he is asking too good to be true?  How did he come to get it?  What's the history?

 

No matter what, buying used is a risk, no matter how good the dealer or how experienced the buyer.  Look what happened to John Mayer not too long ago.  It can happen to anyone.

 

I don't know if that helps, but there you go.

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The best advice I think anyone can give/get when it comes to buying a pre-owned watch is:

 

First, buy the seller.  Who is this guy?  Do you know him personally?  Is it a long established re-seller of watches of a similar caliber?  You say you are familiar with him - only you know what that means.  Would he know a good fake if he saw one?  Are you familiar with him, or do you trust that he is selling an authentic watch?   If you are asking here, I'm going to assume that aren't familiar with watches like this (or you would be part of a watch form already and be asking there) and that you have doubts about it.  That alone, if it were me, would make me walk.

 

Second, handle the real thing.  A lot.  You can read all the junk on the internet on how to spot a fake watch and, frankly, it probably won't help you at all.  The reality is that fakes are made in so many different factories, by son many different people that each fake may or may not have something totally different that's wrong with it - the fonts, the dial colour, the crown, the hands - or nothing at all.  For me, many good fakes are really hard to spot.  Sometimes it just 'feels' like something isn't right.  You only get that by being familiar with the real deal.  Go to an AD at look at the new Aerospaces.  

 

Third, do your research.  A big flag is that a particular watch didn't exist (I'm not saying in your case, but in general).  I knew a fellow who found a left-handed Seadweller!  Never heard of one?  No kidding.  (As an aside, that particular watch happened to be authentic but so rare that even he didn't even know about it.  'He' is also someone who happened to literally be the guy who wrote the book on exotic vintage Rolex - true story).  Anyway, is the price he is asking too good to be true?  How did he come to get it?  What's the history?

 

No matter what, buying used is a risk, no matter how good the dealer or how experienced the buyer.  Look what happened to John Mayer not too long ago.  It can happen to anyone.

 

I don't know if that helps, but there you go.

 

Thank you for taking the time to give just a useful and detailed response!  I have bought other non-watch items from the same seller over the past 12 months and haven't had any problems.  He seems to deal in liquidated estates and buys these things in auction lots.  The watch had a serial number stamped on the back but no other paperwork/box.

 

I bought some things off him today and just got back from picking them up.  I got to handle the watch and my feeling was it is probably authentic, but not willing to stake my life on it.

 

Unfortunately, he did some of his own research in the meantime and jacked the price up further so that kind of made my decision for me.  That's the thing with these seemingly good deals, if you're unwilling to take a gamble then you may miss out completely.  Slightly gutted but I can put that money to other good uses... :).

 

Thanks again.

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My pleasure.

 

If it's gone, it wasn't meant to be.  Que sera sera.  You may have dodged a bullet - who knows!

 

If you really love the Aerospace, keep your eyes open, they often come up for sale and aren't rare so if you really want one you can easily find one again.  Happy hunting! 

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BOOM!

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BOOM!


Nice - when I saw the "BOOM" before seeing the watch, I thought "Oh man did he just get the MR-G?" Snazzy watch you've got there, nonetheless. beerchug.gif
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Edited by Bob A (SD) - 2/4/16 at 6:45pm
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Nice - when I saw the "BOOM" before seeing the watch, I thought "Oh man did he just get the MR-G?" Snazzy watch you've got there, nonetheless. beerchug.gif


Going to take a little while to back that kind of scratch up but I'll get there:wink_face:

 

In the mean time:biggrin:

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This is my everyday watch. A Timex Indiglo I received as a Christmas gift from my sons when they were ages 8 and 6 years old. It's gone through about three bands and uncounted battery replacements, it tells time and the date and will light up if I press the crown. That's it and it is my favorite watch of all because of who gave it to me. Unless it breaks and cannot be repaired I will never replace it.

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Uh, my sister just showed me these today. The want is so strong, but I just booked a trip to Tokyo, and budget's a bit too tight at the moment. 

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