Our event for Friday 26th “Bought on a Whim” is OPEN now!!

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-12:37
Dear friends:

I have the pleasure of being your host this weekend.

Our theme requires some kind of confession from me and from our participants. Let me explain:

The buying of a new watch usually requires much thoughts and planning and previous financial study and many times a long long hunting too but it happened to me (and I suspect it happened to almost all watch lovers/collectors here!)  that some unplanned or impulse driven purchases happen along our long long horological journey.

So… I’m inviting to share the watches bought under these circumstances and tell us a little around these “impulse buys” which brought home these timepieces “bought on a whim”.

You may post your confessions… ups! I meant your entries right now in this same thread.

As usual our event begins today Friday 26th and will close on Sunday 28th afternoon about 5 PM UTC.

Participants may submit photographs for any or both Static and Wrist Shot categories.
A Best Watch of the Week category will be awarded among all watches shared along our event.

I wish all our friends a wonderful weekend and an enjoyable and very fun edition of WS!
Best cordial regards 

I will be sharing some of my “bought on a whim” watches later…

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-12:46
Here one of them.

While visiting one of my favorite vintage watches shop I viewed this 1960’s Longines Conquest on the wrist of one of the assistants of the shop owner.

I asked him to show it to me and fell in love with the overall great condition of the watch, the charming patina of its gold case and the beauty of its dial. I asked if it was for sale and after he said yes we closed a deal and took it home.

That’s gold patina!

More unplanned purchases will be shown later!
Cheers! Abel

I feel we all need to get some popcorn and pull up a chair ….

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-13:07
I can wait to see more of your “impulse confessions” dear friend 😉

Ha ha ha!! Thank you so much dear Captain! I feel…

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-13:17
… we will have a very fun weekend viewing and reading the confessions of our friends answering our theme.

Will be posting more of my sins in a few minutes.😉

I look forward to receive your entry my dear friend!!

I shall return !

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-14:08

Ha ha ha!! Perfect! Can´t wait to read your post dear friend! Cheers!

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-14:27

Fantastic watch on a whim

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : May 26th, 2023-16:00
It looks like the cyclops is outlined in gold. I've never seen that before. Pretty fancy.

Thank you so much Ron for your kind comments. I´m glad you like this watch. The cyclops is on the inside of glass and it is not outlined. It is probably a light reflex from the golden indexes.

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-16:27
I have another watches: a diving model from Ulisse Nardin and a vintage Engineur by IWC which also have the cyclops inside glass though of course an outside cyclops is more generally adopted by Rolex and many other brands. I feel the cyclops inside is more streamlined and pretty looking than outside.
Best cordial regards, Abel

My AD, whom I am friends with was having a watch show and I decided to go.

 By: Thomas_3 : May 26th, 2023-13:07
Went in looked around and spotted this.  Decided right then that I wanted it, so I walked out with it.
The rest as they say, is "wristery". smile smile

That truly is an unplanned buy Thomas!! Thank you so much…

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-13:20
… for sharing this fast purchase with us.

Big congrats on s great buy. How not to fall in love at first sight?

Keep enjoying and loving it so much!

Great theme, Abel! And happy to participate without any shame! 🤣

 By: AlexSunrise : May 26th, 2023-15:06
Beautiful Longines you found!

I’m curious to see all your other ones you will share with us.

Here are a couple of mine.
The Movado Kingmatic is a recent find, and a model that thanks to fellow member Renerod, I knew of, but not really looking to get one. Lo and behold, this one popped up in FB marketplace and I just couldn’t resist. wink

And, this Seamaster 300 is the result of late night internet browsing. Found it at a very reasonable price, and the patina on the dial, plus the faded bezel was what drew me in. You know the story, and a couple of clicks later, it was on its way to me.

Great weekend to all,


Hello dear Alex! No shame with unplanned purchases! Well done! I guess most of us have had a whim impulse sometime during the collecting journey. I look forward for many entries this weekend.

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-16:34
You share a great couple and I´m sure you have no regrets about following your impulse to own them.

Movado is a brand I admire so much. You got a very classy and classic timepiece here. And the Bond SM ... you did so well to follow your whim! I own the same watch (quartz movement) and also has a very nice patina on indexes and bezel which adds to its charm. Well done my friend!

Thank you for sharing with us and I´m happy to know you liked my Longines. I had posted a few more watches bought on a whim just a few minutes ago. Hope you´ll like them too.

Have a nice and relaxed weekend dear friend.

Nice Seamaster …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-10:18
I really enjoy these great diver inspired watches.

They are easy as pie and have a cool factor to them with how they’ve patinated over time

 By: AlexSunrise : May 28th, 2023-13:48

Is THIS even a ligitimate whim?

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : May 26th, 2023-15:20
Many years ago I wanted a BIG watch. This one is big (52mm) and in my eyes looked pretty and had a vintage look. So on a whim I bought first and then read later about what I had bought. Oh no! A pocket-watch conversion frowned upon by watch enthusiasts. I assume the dial is a replacement and the etching new. The movement might be real and old. When running, it goes TICK TICK TICK so LOUDLY that it can be heard from across any room. It's so loud that the previous owner couldn't stand the noise so sold it to me. For what it's worth, I think it's funky. I wear it once in a while for variation (and to annoy others who are in the same room with me). Ha!

Hello Ron! Absolutely it is a legitimate entry! You purchased on a whim and without making a previous study of the piece which is a risky move of course but most important thing is...

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-16:41
... that this piece is still making you smile and feeling joy when you wear it on your wrist even if knowing that it is not a true original creation of the Maison.

Having a big size pocket watch movement inside explains the high noise of its tick tack when running. That adds to the fun of it.

Keep enjoying it so much and thank you for sharing with us. Hagwe! Abel

As promised here are more watches which were bought…

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-16:02
… on a whim:

The “real” James Bond watch was made by Swiss brand Moeris. Even a red bar marks the seventh “7” minute or second honoring the 007 license to kill!! How could I let it pass the opportunity of owning it? 😂😂😂

Another unplanned buy:

This colorful and funky Zenith Defy from the 1970’s was impossible to pass it when I viewed in a window of a vintage watch shop at a ridiculous price.

These two Seikos were purchased from Amazon when I was searching to buy some books. I had always loved de Green dial Alpinist and the beauty of Arab numerals on the dial of this Seiko 5. I couldn’t resist to click on the ads that popped on the PC screen to buy them! 

And finally a Laco Pilot’s watch bought by impulse while visiting another watch shop

Have a wonderful and relaxed weekend my dear friends!!

Look forward to receive your confessions! 😉


Really interesting …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-18:52
The Moeris was a good choice for an impulse purchase 👍

Thank you so much Captain! Yes, you see: I couldn´t scape from the temptation. Lol!

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-19:12

Resistance is futile !

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-19:34

Ha ha ha!! True! Lol!

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-21:53

All really cool, Abel, but that Zenith is cherry on the cake!

 By: AlexSunrise : May 28th, 2023-13:47

Thank you Alex for your kind comments. I´m glad you like the old funky Zenith so much!! Abrazos mi amigo! Abel

 By: Subexplorer : May 28th, 2023-14:19

My Longines whim - long story but a less than 60 seconds event!

 By: chippyfly : May 26th, 2023-16:10
It was just over ten years ago and I attended a well-known London auction-house.  I was looking to bid for a particular couple of lots, both G-P’s.  One third through the lots came this 35mm Longines displayed on the large screen, which caught my casual attention.  I checked the catalogue and saw the estimated bid price-range at mid-three figures, which I thought was very optimistic, but what do I know as a novice?  The auctioneer described the Longines, a Jamboree reference 6884 17caliber 280, as being recently overhauled.

A great silence prevailed across the room.  The frustrated auctioneer offered that he would accept a lower bid than catalogued and suggested a still three-figure starting price.  Silence remained in the room and at the telephones.  Down went the auctioneer’s suggested starting prices, lowering each several times and it became obvious to we silent bidders there was no minimum reserve on this lot.

I took more interest because by now this lot became attractive.  I would maybe “rescue” this, by now bargain, to wear in the garden or elsewhere where damage would not matter too much or maybe make a present of the watch to a needy youth where I did voluntary work.  It was a Longines with a good reputation for its movements.  Those were my brief thoughts.

When the auctioneer’s suggested starting price reached a mid-two figures level, I put up my paddle.  Immediately followed a couple of other bidders, each with two-figure bids incremented by £10 on the previous bids.  I again put up my paddle and down came the hammer!  The “bargain” watch was mine!

Later, my bids on the two G-P’s were also hammered to me, so I went home with three watches to add to my small collection.

For the purists, the Longines dial was obviously refinished and to a good standard but with strictly “artistic licence”.  I have never found the signature other than Longines printed in upright capital letters instead of inclined as here, the script name “Jamboree” is missing (good!) from the space between the centre and 6, the minute markers are printed 1mm radius too far from the centre and “SWISS MADE” should be printed smaller at 6 outside the minute markers.  The lot came fitted with a new but very cheap low quality black strap, which I replaced as shown.  I managed to find and replace the then generic crown with a signed one and a NOS signed pin buckle.  The watch keeps good time and dates from about 1963.

I quite like auctions with the associated bid-making adrenalin uplift.  I have learned that if you want to increase the chance of winning a bid against the online bidders, you must attend the room in person.  Catch the eye of the auctioneer as you bid.  I proved this during covid restrictions where only six people were in the room and I won my price-limited bid for a Must de Cartier Tank against a lot of online interest.  



Hello Clive! Thank you so much for sharing the story behind your nice Longines bought on a whim. Even if its dial has been redone and most purist collectors won´t approve it´s a beautiful classic timepiece .

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-19:06
And the events around it´s purchase makes it very special for you. This makes it worth keeping and enjoying in your collection I feel.
Guess many of us own watches which are not "perfect" from the strict purists standards but we still value and enjoy in our collections. At least I own a few with these "flaws" but still they make me happy.

You make some interesting points regarding attending an auction and feeling the thrill of bidding and competing with other possible buyers on site. Regret to say I never had the chance of having the experience and I look forward to do it some day soon, even if not being to buy a piece, it must be a very exciting experience I think (and also very rewarding to win and buy a coveted piece at a convenient price!).

Have a nice weekend Clive. Best, Abel

Thank you Abel for your kind remarks.

 By: chippyfly : May 27th, 2023-13:30

You are very welcome Clive! Cheers!

 By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-13:58

Like you said i think it happened to almost all of us.

 By: Watchonthewrists : May 26th, 2023-19:04
I saw a watch for sale at a local website with a private seller and because it wasn’t that far away I planned a day to see it in person. When i visit the sellers house and looked at the watch I wasn’t sure if it was something for me (bit to small for my taste) but I noticed a watch on his wrist from the same brand but definitely more my style . After taking a closer look at the watch i ask him if maybe that watch was for sale too . A Few minutes later I walked out the door with another addition to my collection 😉

Hagwe 🤗

Hello Watchonthewrists! Stunning timepiece you share here with an interesting story of being purchased on a whim behind.

 By: Subexplorer : May 26th, 2023-22:23
It is always interesting to be alert and take a look at the timepiece a watch seller is wearing. It often happens it is an interesting piece ... and to discover it is also for sale can lead to a satisfying unplanned purchase.

Well played! Thank you for sharing with us! Hagwe! Abel

Whims … I’ve had a few ( Frank Sinatra) 😉…

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-19:05
Well it’s time to confess a few …

The Tudor “Blue” …

Tudor got me again …

Synchron military …

I still love them !
The list is long, back soon with more 😱
Best regards 
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