I can’t believe I was able to acquire 3 of my grail watches

Jan 07, 2021,10:57 AM

All at the same time!!!  A Roger Smith Series 2, a Vianney Halter Classic and a Greubel Forsey double balanceier...wow, what a day, the stars aligned on a massive trade; timing and patience is everything!  I’ve never owned any of these brands but have salivated from afar, now I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.  Please share the excitement with my, quick not so great pictures below.  The Roger Smith is by far my favorite and most exciting of the three...Jim

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Thanks Obeesy,

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-11:14
The RWS is beautiful, the series 2 is in my opinion the one to have… Jim

Hi Fab, I am so fortunate to have a collection to draw off of

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-11:34
To make this trade happen, there was cash involved as well! Independence’s are about the only watches I buy anymore and Patek Philippe (for me) in right there with RWS in their own independent way. These three watches will make it tough for me to get exci... 

Now this is what I call call Blockbuster trade!

 By: darmatgre-1 : January 7th, 2021-11:05
Three killer timepieces coming back your way. I shutter to think what you released to acquire these three. Well done! Darren

Thank you Darren

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-11:42
The last trade I did had 15 watches from me acquiring just three coming back. I’ve purchased way too many watches over the years and I committed to myself about two years ago to refine my collection two less quantity and more quality. I think we’ve all ha... 


 By: john c : January 7th, 2021-12:51
just beautiful trio

This is indeed the mother of all trades!😃

 By: agyzace : January 7th, 2021-11:06
Superb trio! Love the RWS big time. Enjoy in the best of health!

Much thanks Tony...Jim

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-11:48

It was a well thought out trade Clueless Collector

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-11:54
But it came together quickly, with these kind of pieces you have to move quickly or they are gone. You are correct about the adrenaline and excitement, I’m still processing it myself...Jim

That’s a big big day. Congrats.

 By: Jay (Eire) : January 7th, 2021-11:40
I was half thinking about the Classic when I saw it come in, but I’ve just done a multi watch trade myself and so it wasn’t obvious to me what I might give up. Timing is everything. Three really big hitters, and each so completely different. Congrats agai... 

Yes Jay timing is everything and these watches are all so different.

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-12:00
The independent watch market is hot right now and you have to be on your toes to get the ones everyone else wants. I passed on a classic about three months ago and that timing cost me at least $5K so this time I was prepared. Now I just have to keep it aw... 

I appreciate it Bill...Jim

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-12:01

Hi Horology

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-12:05
Yes I immediately changed the home page picture on my phone form my wife and me to the RWS, my wife saw it and said “hey where is my picture?” ! I replied, “I now have a mistress” ...Jim

Brilliant! That is the best mistress to have and I am sure your wife agrees!

 By: Spencer Karrington : January 7th, 2021-12:37
I remember Jay Leno said the same thing about his cars :p

I Spencer, I tell my friends I have one wife and many mistresses,

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-13:12
All they have to do is look at my wrist to see what I mean … Jim

Lolz, hilarious

 By: Spencer Karrington : January 13th, 2021-02:35

Damn!!! that is one hell of a collection of grail watches!!

 By: Spencer Karrington : January 7th, 2021-12:35
Congrats on this incredible collection and hope you enjoy it in good health, wealth and happiness! Please share as many pictures of your masterpieces as you have!

Thank you!! I can not wait!!

 By: Spencer Karrington : January 13th, 2021-02:36

Thats one incredible and amazing trade 🤯

 By: Watchonthewrist : January 7th, 2021-12:57
I don’t know what you traded for these grails but you have made a excellent choice imho . A RWS and a GF are both on top of my ,, i wish,, list . True Masterpiece and both gorgeous but so different. Love them. You started this new year with a bang. Don’t ...  

Hello watchonthewrist

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-13:17
Is that the salmon dial VH? Beautiful watch, I was actually wanting the white gold VH but the pink gold is gorgeous as well and I’m very happy with it along with the RWS and the GF. I’ll have to go along way in the next 11 months to beat this deal!… Jim ... 

Sure, but where's your Rawlex?

 By: BigFatPauli : January 7th, 2021-13:30
I am 100000% kidding! Holy smokes that's an amazing trio!! WOW! Wear those amazing watches in the best of health and thank you for sharing!

I think I have about five Rolex watches

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:33
I think I have about five Rolex watches, I only get to where the platinum 50th anniversary since my wife is commandeer the others. Thank you for your comments and I am enjoying this amazing trio of watches and every minute… Jim

Jim, my friend: Huge, Huge congratulations.....

 By: ChristianDK : January 7th, 2021-13:58
I am SO happy for you. My jaw just crashed on the floor when I scrolled down to see your catch. This is incredible. Both Roger Smith and Vianney Halter are on my dream list. And my respect for GF is way up there. Like you, the RS would probably be my favo... 

Thank you Christian, there certainly is a lot to digest,

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:39
The fact that this trio of watches even came together for me, the ability to trade other watches and improve my collection by 1000% it’s just amazing for me. I actually started off with the RWS and the Viani Halter and then the GF came out and I couldn’t ... 

OMG, what a trade Jim. You have to send me a message and tell me hơ ít happened and what was involved. Must have been crazy and knowing you a bit it probably took some time to think about as well. What more can I say but a huge congrats...

 By: holdemchamp1225 : January 7th, 2021-14:27
each and every one of these 3 are grail worthy pieces. That VH is amazing, the GF is beyond, and the RWS is just next level. Bravo my friend 👏 🙌 👍

Hello Mr. Justin, thanks for the congratulations.

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:51
The Roger Smith and Viannney Halter were kind of no-brainers for me but you got me started on the GF’s with that new 39.6 mm. That being said, I have always loved the Double Balancier even though it’s about 43 mm. It fits my wrist fine and I love the comp... 

Wow! Congrats!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : January 7th, 2021-15:00

Thank Yacomono, much appreciated… Jim

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:52

Congratulations! VH, RS, GF together at the right place and right time for a trade is mind blowing.

 By: Monopole : January 7th, 2021-15:47
Does not get any better and what a start to the new year. Enjoy!!! 🥂🥂🥂

You are so correct Monopole,

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:55
The new year could not have started out for me any better. I am so fortunate and will enjoy these grail watches for a long time to come, god willing and the creek don’t rise ...Jim

What a trade!

 By: S F : January 7th, 2021-16:00
Massive! I think I am feeling the adrenaline rush too.... Big congrats and what a happy new year you are having! Cheers🥂

Cheers to you also SF and happy new year!

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:58
Cheers to you also SF and happy new year! I indeed started the new year off with a bang...Jim

I will enjoy these watches in good health Natnut

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-19:59
As long as I can, thank you for the congrats...Jim

Hello Ed, “seventh heaven“ Is a great way to put how I’m feeling right now

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-20:00
Is a great way to put how I’m feeling right now.

Now that you mention it it is kind of like the hat trick :-)

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-20:01
Now that you mention it it is kind of like the hat trick . Sometimes a star is just a line perfectly and you have to know when to jump… Jim

Congrats on your insane trade!!!

 By: jleno : January 7th, 2021-17:12
All three of those are top-tier dream pieces! I'm especially curious about the GF, would love to see more shots and info about it whenever you get the chance!

Hi jleno, all three are very special watches to me.

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-20:10
This GF was a surprise I didn’t expect the day I went to pick up the other two watches. I’ve always wanted one and especially the double balancier. Tourbillions are not my thing but I consider the resonance and double balancier Real difference makers in m... 

Absolute home run of a trade, regardless of what you sent out.

 By: andyhud : January 7th, 2021-18:09
I just keep looking at the pictures wondering which I like best... it is probably the RWS but by a narrow margin. All of these are grails for sure. Congrats! 2021 is off to a hot start.

I like your style Andy.

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 7th, 2021-20:12
You’re in the right ballpark when you say it doesn’t really matter what I had to give up to get these three watches, it was an opportunity I just could not pass up even though I didn’t expect to get the GF at the same time. Yes 2021 is off to a hot start ... 

WOW You start 2021 in an incredible way !

 By: Mike H : January 7th, 2021-23:25
Huge congrats I am speechless ! What a start ! 3 major acquisition, each of them would be enough on its own ! 💪👏👏👏

Thank you Mike, yes I was very fortunate to find even one of these that alone all three!

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 8th, 2021-16:29
Thank you Mike, yes I was very fortunate to find even one of these that alone all three! Enjoy your weekend Mike… Jim

Would really love to read about the entire chase

 By: chintu : January 11th, 2021-05:15
Would love to know about how you hunted these grails down ; the time that it took; and what pieces from your collection that you had to let go and the way you reasoned that out?

Holy cow!

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : January 8th, 2021-05:02
I don't know what you had to let go, but each of this is a masterpiece. Now you need another wrist to look at this magic altogether.

:-) yes to race would be handy right now…

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 8th, 2021-16:30
Thanks for your comments DS galaxy, enjoy your weekend… Jim

Thank you JK, enjoy your weekend… Jim

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 8th, 2021-16:30

You just won 2021, Sir!

 By: Watchcph : January 8th, 2021-07:42
No coming back on this trade. Such wonderful choices you have made, and at the same time! Very different visions for watchmaking between them, three mountain tops. Each different in respect to finish and towards mechanical structure. Perfect complementari... 

Right on the money about three completely different watches.

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 8th, 2021-16:33
I have been actively looking for the VH + RW Smith but the GF came out of nowhere, still three watches with three distinctly different stories especially from an aesthetic and mechanical point of view. Enjoy your weekend watch CPH… Jim

That is really one for the ages

 By: donizetti : January 8th, 2021-12:03
the watch collector equivalent of Soros' bet against the pound. Huge congrats!! Andreas

Well Donizetti I don’t know about Soros’ bet against the pound but

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 8th, 2021-16:38
Sounds like it was a long shot or a huge risk! Definitely putting this together was a longshot but I don’t look at it as a risk at all, dollars aside the enjoyment I am getting and will get in the future is very secure in my mind. Enjoy your weekend… Jim ... 


 By: donizetti : January 8th, 2021-23:43
I just meant it in the sense of - smart trade reaping huge analogy only goes so far. Best Andresa

Massive Attack 💣

 By: mrds : January 9th, 2021-00:36
...is what comes to my mind! All of them stunning, all of them masterpieces, all of them distinctively different, and all of them true connoisseurs timepieces. What a day this must be for you. I applaud. Enjoy! And try not to overdose, dear Jim. Daniel

Thank you Daniel,

 By: GreatPilot@me.com : January 9th, 2021-18:15
I’m on a trip to Austin Texas and only took one (GF) with me, it was very hard to leave the other two at home … Jim

Wow that is incredible

 By: Grail-Watch : January 13th, 2021-11:03

Huge congratulations Jim...

 By: mahesh : January 14th, 2021-12:11
One, a magnificent trio that shows great taste Two, focus to stay on target Class apart ! Best, Mahesh.,

All three are AAA Independents

 By: jmpTT : January 15th, 2021-18:00
These are watches that ooze quality and creativity. Any one of these could be the most special watch of a great watch collection. Must have been a fun trade to put together. This begs the question though, is there any single watch in the world that you’d ...