Watches For Sale

La Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

La Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

I was browsing YouTube last night after putting my tools away and came across that comment. I know I should stay away from the “Best Replica Watches” video’s but I can’t help it. It’s a guilty pleasure like watching TMZ (I don’t watch) or scratching five seconds longer than you need to. The reasons for buying these obvious and horrible looking fakes is always pretty much along the same theme. “Most people can’t afford them and they look exactly the same so I’d be stupid not to” I saw a great one last night that tested the boundaries of stupidity and maybe went just a little over the edge. and I quote: ” these are not fake, they are real watches, just replicated and still with high standards” I can just see this kid with his shirt sleeve rolled up hanging out at the local skate park with his bright mineral glass blinding his friends as it catches the sun. All you need to top it off is a pocket full of replica one hundred dollar bills and everyone will think you made it big!

What`s missing is, by the time you can afford a Rolex Submariner or an Omega Aqua Tera it`s less about what it looks like and more about what you have on your wrist.  Knowing the craftsmanship and artistry that went into making your watch gives you a satisfaction that you just can`t replicate. For the price of one of these “good fakes” you can buy a sterile Submariner homage with a good quality ETA 2836-2 movement that will last for the rest of your life if maintained properly. The plus side is you won’t need to throw it away later when you decide to buy a Rolex.

Maybe they should change the campaign’s name to Fake watches are for people who don’t mind being laughed at.

1952 Bulova dress

1952 Bulova dress

Picked this up at a live auction last week (along with the worlds ugliest ashtray) and it’s in pristine condition. It’s a mid size at 31mm with no brassing at all although it does carry the scars of sloppy uncasing on the bottoms of the lugs. Polishing the case and crystal was all that was needed. The movement is a 17 jewel adjusted 10BRC automatic also in excellent condition. After a quick COA it’s up for sale and ready to wear. It comes with the period correct flex band which is in great condition but it’s a hair plucker and painful to wear if you’re a little furry on the arms. I’d change it to a nice leather band.

Bulova 10BRC Automatic 17j Adjusted

Bulova 10BRC Automatic 17j Adjusted

1932 Bulova cal 7AP

1932 Bulova cal 7AP

One of my first Bulova’s and still one of my favourites is this 21 jewel cal 7AP. It’s clad in a rose gold case that gives it a warm glow. It’s a small watch by today’s standard at 33 x 21mm but switched over to a leather strap it’s quite wearable and always receives compliments. Bulova has lost much of the prestige when it comes to their designs and movements but it’s easy to see why they were at the top of the industry in the early to mid 1900’s

Bulova cal 7AP movement

Bulova cal 7AP movement

Bulova cal 7AP movement

Bulova cal 7AP movement

The finish on this era of Bulova movement is as good as any American made watch at the time. These were anything but an ordinary watch and the finish reflected that. This watch will get a restoration rather than a refinish. The white areas of the dial will be cleaned and given a light wash of white water base acrylic that can be removed at any time in the future. The hands will be cleaned, polished and re-blued which should improve the readability greatly. For Sale