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    The one that you will not trade or sell

    Without lengthening this further, please show the one watch that you will never part with: -

    I know that cynicism always raises it´s head with a statement like that, but nevertheless...

    Here is mine. - I only wear it during summer, and due to personal history I will not let it go.



    Thanks,

    J.

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    This one. I have a few watches I would struggle to part with but this would be the last one standing. I bought it from Fishman via SC and then found out that the original date of purchase is a significant date for me. So it would be my "keeper".

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    Watches are small and take up no space, so why sell them in the first place. There are loads of those suffering from sellers remorse, so why voluntarily join them.

    Buy them and hold onto them is way the best policy.

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    This one more than the others because it had a bad start to it's life. Longines WWW from 1945, most of the past 74 years spent buried in a field in Wales.



    Restoration credit to John Senior

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    When it comes to posting pics, I am useless.

    Suffice it to say, the one watch that I will never sell is my Submariner Date. My old faithful, and I used the bezel to time my wife's contractions on my first born.

    There are two, but the question only begged one, and this would be it.

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    trident-7 - what a superb job on restoration of that Longines. A keeper for sure.

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    Bought this for my 50th (well a year early) 4 years ago, before the times of ludicrous grey prices/ waiting lists. At the time I felt hard done by because I paid full retail and the only freebie was a bottle of champagne. How times have changed, it is one of a few watches I own that is going nowhere - until I croak then it’s on to my son.

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    trident-7. Your Longines Greenlander is amazing and I know from your pictures that you have an impressive collection of military watches. John Senior must be a magician to have transformed that particular watch into its present form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    Watches are small and take up no space, so why sell them in the first place. There are loads of those suffering from sellers remorse, so why voluntarily join them.

    Buy them and hold onto them is way the best policy.
    Hmmm not exactly answering the Op's question is it.
    "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    trident-7. Your Longines Greenlander is amazing and I know from your pictures that you have an impressive collection of military watches. John Senior must be a magician to have transformed that particular watch into its present form.
    Yes, he's certainly got skills. More on the back story here:

    https://www.mwrforum.net/forums/show...ht=freshly+dug

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    Watches are small and take up no space, so why sell them in the first place. There are loads of those suffering from sellers remorse, so why voluntarily join them.

    Buy them and hold onto them is way the best policy.
    Usually for an upgrade. Not feasible for most people to keep adding without something going

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Yes, he's certainly got skills. More on the back story here:

    https://www.mwrforum.net/forums/show...ht=freshly+dug

    The skills and ingenuity of top watchmakers never cease to amaze me. Fantastic result and what a superb watch to have found.

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    I have my grandads Rolex Day date tucked up in a local safe , thats going to my son at some point , also I'll never sell my Bond Seamaster



    My wife bought me an Accurist Chrono when we got engaged and I wont sell that not that its worth anything , and for the same reason other presents like my Speedmaster Moonwatch for my 50th, a Timex for my 40th will likely never be sold

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    Try not to feed the troll, chaps.

    Here's mine, a present 25 years ago, and my daily wearer when a young man.


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    Fully stripped and serviced by myself (and amazingly it still works!). Relumed perfectly by James. It's not my most expensive or 'upmarket' watch, but it's the one that I've just totally bonded with and is worn almost to the exclusion of all others. It's 'my' watch if that makes any sense.


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    Of them all, this would be the "one" I'd never let go... not worth a fortune, but hard to find and running to perfection after 33 years.




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    This (reasons given elsewhere):


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    This one as it was a present from my wife.

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    The Damasko in the middle.....first proper watch, bought it three times sold it twice but never again will it go on sales corner.

    Untitled by Adam Stringer, on Flickr

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    https://i.imgur.com/sOoAYsG.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/QL6swr3.jpg
    The 2254 was bought with an inheritance from my grandmother & was my first proper watch. The DJ was a present for my 50th, both keepers.

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    GS SBGR053, bought with an inheritance from my grandmother and my only watch for quite a while.

    Also a Golgo13 Tuna, bought while on honeymoon in Japan.

    Really I could manage with just these two. But where's the fun with that!

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    This is never leaving me.

    IMG_20190608_110304 by ataripower, on Flickr

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    This:


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    Not got mine yet!

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    Quite possibly the new one incoming

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    This was bought a 21st birthday present from my parents in 1977. Although I would never wear it now I would never part with it.


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    Seiko Shogun

    Had one, sold it when I sold most of my collection, the only one I bought again...

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    My first mechanical, bought with money from my grandmother.

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    This one will stay forever
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    My First


    And my Dad’s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    My First


    And my Dad’s

    Those are so elegant and well proportioned. More so than the equivalent models in the current Rolex lineup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coredriller View Post

    This was bought a 21st birthday present from my parents in 1977. Although I would never wear it now I would never part with it.
    I guessed 1977 before I scrolled down and saw your line of text - That red digital display had a shelf life no longer than 18 months.

    I would reverse the thread question by saying the only watch I would let go is a 44mm Superocean. The rest are long paid for and going nowhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Those are so elegant and well proportioned. More so than the equivalent models in the current Rolex lineup.
    They're both exquisite. At the risk of asking a stupid question, what are the differences between an OP Date & a Datejust?

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    My Omega PO, 40th birthday present from my wife. Not only is it about the watch but the whole experience of buying it. Booked into a rather nice hotel in Manchester and spent the day in David Robinson's with Hannah who was brilliant. Once purchased we were off for a great meal and a few pints. One of my best days👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    My Omega PO, 40th birthday present from my wife. Not only is it about the watch but the whole experience of buying it. Booked into a rather nice hotel in Manchester and spent the day in David Robinson's with Hannah who was brilliant. Once purchased we were off for a great meal and a few pints. One of my best days👍
    Definitely agree that the story that goes with getting the watch is a really important part of the whole experience - every watch needs a story.

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    Never say never, but this one is a good bet for me...

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    This…. Brought it when I was 34 and my son will have it when he’s 34



    Probably quite a few others I would let go either…. But, the PAM is going nowhere…

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    Grandad's Seamaster

    Omega Seamaster - 1965
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    This - my mothers engagement present to my father in 1958, restored by Brendan (Webwatchmaker) from this


    to this:-

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    This Planet Ocean, my first Omega, and I like it as much now as when I bought it.


    Last edited by oldoakknives; 17th June 2019 at 08:49.

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    Bought to celebrate my 50th....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy2254 View Post
    They're both exquisite. At the risk of asking a stupid question, what are the differences between an OP Date & a Datejust?
    I think it’s simply a size thing. The 15200 is 34mm. Fairly sure Male designated Datejusts are all 36mm or greater.

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    Wanted a Seamaster for many years and finally bought this with the proceeds from selling my Heuer Autavia GMT



    I pretty sure I’ll have this for ever, but am still kicking myself for selling the Heuer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chalet View Post
    I think it’s simply a size thing. The 15200 is 34mm. Fairly sure Male designated Datejusts are all 36mm or greater.
    Thanks. Enjoy them both.

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    This one was a recent gift from my dad, which needed some TLC to get it going, we sourced the parts (started as just a crystal and hand set and rapidly escalated to needing movement parts and a service).

    We put it together and this Smiths from the early ‘50s with its horned lug steel case and Hillary dial is my never sell or trade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Bought to celebrate my 50th....

    Nice one mate, proper sub.
    January 31st 2020 11pm. Party on.

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    My BLNR, had it the longest, was my only watch for a number of years and did a perfect job. Plus my 5 year old thinks he's getting it when he's older...


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    A year or so ago I would have said my Ed White Speedmaster (complete with 7912 bracelet and No. 6 end links). However, I think this may be going soon as I continue my cull.



    I have recently purchased a Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 and right now it's the only watch I am wearing. No wrist shot yet but here's a generic shot (like you need it!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by JC180 View Post
    My BLNR, had it the longest, was my only watch for a number of years and did a perfect job. Plus my 5 year old thinks he's getting it when he's older...

    Replace ‘5’ with ‘12’ and I could’ve written that post!


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