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    Master RustyBin5's Avatar
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    If you list it for sale do you stop wearing it

    Noticed quite a few watches for sale being still worn daily by the owners, just wondered if Iím in a minority of 1 in boxing up any watch I put up for sale lest I put I ding on it. Like to see what consensus is on this. Not seen it discussed when I searched.

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    I always thought most of them were just photos so they buyer can see how the watch looks the few where buyers are still wearing them I assumed was just over a couple of days to ensure the timing was good especially on a watch thatís not been worn much. If it did get a knock then I guess the price would too.

    Personally though I donít wear it once itís up for sale.

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    I don't wear them once they're for sale incase condition changes but don't see any problem folks doing it as its their property.

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    I wouldnít wear it but I wouldnít box it up either in case any potential buyers want additional photos or videos etc.

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    Once cleaned and photographed, I wouldn't wear it.

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    Yes! It annoys me when I see people wearing what they're selling. By the time it's sold is it going to be in the same condition as stated in the ad?

    I have a psychological thing going on as well so when I decide to sell something, it's final and I need to pack it away to stop me changing my mind.

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    Personally I wouldn't wear the watch - if I'm selling then I don't want it therefore won't wear it.I've noticed a lot of watches recently coming up for sale that are still stickered up and brand new - these seem to be desirable models bought by speculators rather than wis....think L.E.speedies etc.You can get an idea of the type of person you're dealing with through PM's on this forum and genuine people will protect their reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tz-uk73 View Post
    I wouldnít wear it but I wouldnít box it up either in case any potential buyers want additional photos or videos etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by jpjsavage View Post
    Once cleaned and photographed, I wouldn't wear it.
    As above.

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    I wouldnít wear it anymore, aside from a car I wouldnít use anything that is up for sale as like other posters said, the condition can change

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    When I sell, I take the photos then I pack it up ready to post.

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    As above

    If I am selling it then I don't want it any longer - if I want to wear it then I would be keeping it

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    If itís for sale it stays in the box (but not sealed-up) and remains unworn thereafter, unless wrist shots or an Ďon wristí timing test are requested by a buyer.

    I also make it clear when the photos were taken i.e. do they represent current condition.

    As a buyer, Iíd be annoyed to have scrutinised a sellerís pics only to later find some glaring new marks not disclosed in the sale ad (within reason of course - even the best, sharpest pics canít show every little blemish, or how it plays in the light).

    If Iím selling, it tends to not be getting much wrist time anyway, so itís no hardship, simple common sense and just shows respect to a prospective buyer. Not that I flip watches with any regularity anyway.

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    Like others, I would not wear. Having hopefully accurately described the condition of the Watch, it needs to be in that identical condition when a buyer comes along.

    What do you do if you scratch it etc, amend the sales listing and reduce the price. Not worth the bother.

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    I don't understand why people wear watches they have listed for sale. I obviously don't.

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    Same as everyone else here in that I wouldnít wear a watch once Iíd put up an ad to sell it. I donít package anything up until Iíve got a deal confirmed, though, just in case anyone needs additional photos.

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    If I stopped wearing it, that would be the reason to offer it up for sale. Wearing while selling would feel the other (wrong) way around, but hey, that is just me thinking.

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    The only justification to me would be if it was your only watch which is unlikely on here, as others have said if you post to sell then why risk any change to condition, I certainly wouldnít.

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    No I box it up ready to post quickly and to ensure itís condition stays as advertised.

    I would have tested its function and timing before listing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    Same as everyone else here in that I wouldnít wear a watch once Iíd put up an ad to sell it. I donít package anything up until Iíve got a deal confirmed, though, just in case anyone needs additional photos.

    Simon
    Precisely this; Iíd feel I was wearing the new ownerís watch as soon as it was for sale - even if that new owner hadnít yet stepped forward to do the deal.

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    If it's a mechanical I might wear it for a few days to keep an eye on accuracy.

    Trouble is, when I do this I tend to remember what I liked about the watch in the first place and never get around to listing it!

    Watches are made for wearing, so I don't see it as a problem. If a watch was damaged at the last minute, I'd obviously expect the seller to say and give a buyer the chance to pull out or come to an agreement on a lower price.

    I guess all these safe queens with stickers and tags are never meant to be worn anyway...

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    Iíve only ever sold to dealers so no as the watch is gone straight away.

    If I was doing a private sale then yes Iíd still wear it, who knows how long it would take to sell?


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    Once Iíve advertised a watch for sale, itís boxed up and not touched until itís shipped to the new owner.

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    I donít wear them for two reasons...

    Iíve normally gone off the watch hence why itís for sale and secondly, I certainly wouldnít want to damage it in any way as I ensure I describe the condition very accurately

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjb View Post
    Once Iíve advertised a watch for sale, itís boxed up and not touched until itís shipped to the new owner.
    Same with me.

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    Same as the majority of others have said, I'd not sell a watch I'm still wearing nor would I wear a watch I was in the process of selling.

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    Yep, same as most here - I consider once its photographed, I won't wear it. If I had a particularly special occasion I might but in general not. I have once or twice done a 'final wear' as a goodbye though!

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    Once itís for sale I am already emotionally detached from the watch so I would probably no longer wear it just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilA View Post
    I wouldnít wear it anymore, aside from a car I wouldnít use anything that is up for sale as like other posters said, the condition can change


    Thereís more chance of damaging a car that you have for sale than a watch ,surely that would stop you using a car if you applied the same logic ?

    Never sold a watch that Iíve worn , nothing would stop me from wearing one that I was trying to sell on the basis that if anything changed in its condition I would bring it to the buyers attention, no different to when Iím selling a car , the same would apply .

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    It's a bit like having a final 'one for the road' with a girlfriend that you are dumping.


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    I don't have a problem with a seller wearing their own watch while it's for sale. If I had agreed to buy it though, I would expect them to stop wearing it.

    As others have said if I'm selling a watch it's because I'm no longer wearing it so the situation is unlikely to arise.

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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster73 View Post
    Thereís more chance of damaging a car that you have for sale than a watch ,surely that would stop you using a car if you applied the same logic ?
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    True, but when I was younger I only had 1 car so had to drive it while up for sale. Fortunate enough to leave a car parked up now as I have more than 1 :)

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    The reverse applies also
    When you don't wear a watch you sell it

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacifichrono View Post
    Yes.
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    Mostly,yes....well...101% yes

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    No I wouldn't do that, would be bad if you picked up another mark after pics were taken.

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    But mostly you don't stop driving your car if you've advertised it for sale, do you? You don't move out of your house when the 'For Sale' board goes up....Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGrumpy View Post
    But mostly you don't stop driving your car if you've advertised it for sale, do you? You don't move out of your house when the 'For Sale' board goes up....Just saying.
    But watch is not a necessity like a car or your house esp if you have more than one.
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    Iím in a slightly different posotion from most, usually Iím selling a watch Iíve restored from my collection Iíve decided to move on. In both cases Iíll almost certainly do some refinishing work to make the watch as good as it can be, and if itís a freshly restoed watch it needs wrist time to regulate to my satisfaction so it has to get some careful wear. However, I donít like wearing anything after refinishingís complete, the slightest scratch or mark will show and itís up to the new owner to put his own fine scratches in it!

    A watch should be sold in exactly the same condition as the photos show it to be, rnning the risk of adding more marks or scratches is unwise unless youíre confident to polish them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjb View Post
    Once I’ve advertised a watch for sale, it’s boxed up and not touched until it’s shipped to the new owner.
    Same goes for me.
    Or the watch is withdrawn from sale.

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    Only if I'm buying it off myself

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    Absolutely - once photos have been taken and a description of condition written, it's straight into the box and untouched unless specific photos are requested. I've noticed a few times on here people putting up photos watches being worn that are on SC, and unfortunately some of those times it's clear the watch is indeed still being worn, and it's not just an old photo being posted. So the seller isn't hiding the fact that they're still wearing it, just they're not being open in their sales post that it'll continue to be being worn...I dislike that greatly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velorum View Post
    As above

    If I am selling it then I don't want it any longer - if I want to wear it then I would be keeping it
    This ^^^ if I don't wear it and I decide to sell I'll photograph the watch but that's the end of it, I wont box it up incase more photo's are required.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Simple answer, yes.

    I might put the watch on and post a photo in another thread to show it off, hopefully sparking interest if it was slow selling, but this would be in the house and put straight away after...

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    You say "still been worn daily"how do you know this to be fact,what makes you think they are been worn by the seller(s) up to the day it's gone!?.

    Once I post a watch for sale I'll not wear it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpjsavage View Post
    Once cleaned and photographed, I wouldn't wear it.

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    This.

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    Yes.


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    After they've been checked over, cleaned and photographed I won't wear them again.

    I was a bit annoyed when I bought a watch from SC (a while ago now) only to discover that the sales photographs had been taken when the watch had just been unboxed and was minty new, not after it had been worn for a few months!

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    I might wear a watch for a couple of days or so before putting it up for sale just to make sure that things are as they should be, then I'll take 'photos (possibly including wrist shot) and put it in the watch box until sold. I'd keep the watch wound (if mechanical) whilst for sale and only box it once money has been received, before boxing I'll fully wind it and set the date and time so that when the purchaser receives the watch it's ready to wear from the off bar bracelet adjustments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardShark View Post
    before boxing I'll fully wind it and set the date and time so that when the purchaser receives the watch it's ready to wear from the off bar bracelet adjustments.
    That's really thoughtful, I'm going to do that from now on.
    Last edited by Rocket Man; 1st January 2019 at 16:54.

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