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    WWII Military Watches in window of Austin Kaye



    Last edited by AndySquirrel; 13th July 2018 at 20:36.

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    Omph!
    Makes me want to cry remembering the prices I used to see in that window
    I remember seeing a Greenlander for £900 10 years ago, now £5995!!!!!
    Omega 56s were £300
    On the plus side I paid £50 for my Eterna WWW about 5 years ago.
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 13th July 2018 at 19:55.

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    Someone on here has a Greenlander,

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandylegss View Post
    Someone on here has a Greenlander,
    or two..


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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    or two..

    Rub it I why don't you!!!!!! :-)

    A nice pair!

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    Haha. OK, here's the rest :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Haha. OK, here's the rest :-)

    You can go off people you know!
    My father is a collector of the dirty dozen he is missing Grana and IWC the tight git!!!!

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    That's if you can find a Grana.

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    Finding 'em is not that difficult, finding enough readies is the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    You can go off people you know!
    My father is a collector of the dirty dozen he is missing Grana and IWC the tight git!!!!
    Is that Charles@UW on the MWR forum? He's missing those two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Is that Charles@UW on the MWR forum? He's missing those two.
    No it's not him

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    The price seems ridiculous especially the Longines, at least 200%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Haha. OK, here's the rest :-)

    Now you are showing off!

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    When you see the prices of military and a lot of vintage watches are going for today makes you glad you got into this hobby early. Think I added two wristwatches a civilian and a issued one that was a project still in progress and two Military clocks a deck clock and chronometer military clocks are some times under the radar so a good way to get a military timepiece fix this year only buy deals and there harder to find I am defiantly slowing down. Now does that shop if you show up in person do they let you haggle on price or are they firm ?
    Last edited by River Rat; 17th July 2018 at 16:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat View Post
    Now does that shop if you show up in person do they let you haggle on price or are they firm ?
    Austin kaye haggle????
    No chance...
    It's in prime position on the Strand
    They might knock 50 quid off but that will be you lot. They are relying on a rich tourist walking past and taking a fancy to something in their very nice window display. It is one of the best watch shops in London for window shopping.

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    Does anyone recall a few years ago AK was promoting and selling MWC 'military watches' ? I stopped buying from them when I saw the MWCs in their window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    Does anyone recall a few years ago AK was promoting and selling MWC 'military watches' ? I stopped buying from them when I saw the MWCs in their window.

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    How long ago? I can't say I remember them and I suppose I've been licking the windows, on and off, for about 10 years.
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    How long ago? I can't say I remember them and I suppose I've been licking the windows, on and off, for about 10 years.
    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...ilitary+Austin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    How long ago? I can't say I remember them and I suppose I've been licking the windows, on and off, for about 10 years.
    And they still list MWC watches https://www.austinkaye.co.uk/mwc-watches

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    Very nice pieces but prices seems way to much, I get it, you get warranty for some very old watched but even so...

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    Bugger me side ways.
    They certainly are getting more expensive by the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    Omph!
    Makes me want to cry remembering the prices I used to see in that window
    I remember seeing a Greenlander for £900 10 years ago, now £5995!!!!!
    Omega 56s were £300
    On the plus side I paid £50 for my Eterna WWW about 5 years ago.
    Go back in time to the 1950's you could buy all of these military for £12.50 from adverts in the Exchange & Mart

    How I wish I had paid more attention

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    I bought a JLC WWW for £5 from Keys Govt. Surplus, Bells Rd, Gorleston-on-Sea in 1967 … but in those days I knew nothing about watches. Dealer had other WWW watches e.g. Omega, … and a modern Hamilton.

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    Last edited by sundial; 16th December 2018 at 10:41.
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    https://www.austinkaye.co.uk/vintage...rd-april?back=

    … hmmm … just a little more realistic .

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    or two..

    stunning!

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    Eye watering prices! If you are looking for ‘reasonably’ priced issued watches that actually were worn during WWII but don’t seem to get the collector attention at present, then I think the ATP watches are still a good bet. Due to their plated cases, not easy to find in great condition, but this is part of their charm.



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    Not bothered about Radium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndySquirrel View Post
    Not bothered about Radium?
    I always forget about that when looking to buy really old watches... If i were to start collecting watches with Radium lune, would it be smart to invest in some sort of lead lined watch box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jared View Post
    I always forget about that when looking to buy really old watches... If i were to start collecting watches with Radium lune, would it be smart to invest in some sort of lead lined watch box?

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    Handy if visiting Chernobyl and collection radium watches


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    Quote Originally Posted by jared View Post
    I always forget about that when looking to buy really old watches... If i were to start collecting watches with Radium lune, would it be smart to invest in some sort of lead lined watch box?

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    You don’t need lead, but a metal box is a good idea. At least as important is good ventilation to clear away the radon gas which the radium slowly decays into.

    Also watch out for the lume crumbling and leaving particles of radioactive dust on the dial and in the movement. If you shine a UV torch on the watch sometimes you can see small pieces of lume that have broken away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jared View Post
    I always forget about that when looking to buy really old watches... If i were to start collecting watches with Radium lune, would it be smart to invest in some sort of lead lined watch box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickleB View Post
    Yep...all things are relative, as they say.

    As I've posted elsewhere, an intact Ra lumunised watch isn't much of a hazard. Until, that is, you need to open it for servicing. Then the hazard increases greatly and has the potential to affect more people. The MOD spent a lot of our money replacing and getting rid of its Ra luminised equipment. They did it, IMO, for a very good reason...Ra is nasty stuff. I wouldn't want it in the same house as any children...there are plenty of other good looking watches without any Ra attached (or floating about).

    ...click on the button to explore the thread.

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