Is THIS even a ligitimate whim?
May 26, 2023,15:20 PM
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!
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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 s...
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 ...
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!! Cheers! Abel
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.
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. ...
Nice Seamaster …
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-10:18
I really enjoy these great diver inspired watches.
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...
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 colorfu...
Really interesting …
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-18:52
The Moeris was a good choice for an impulse purchase 👍
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 att...
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 t...
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 Captain ...
Regrets … I’ve had a few !
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2023-23:03
But then again too few watches to mention I did what I had to do … I bought them without exemption !
Ha ha ha!! I feel Frankie would’ve loved…
By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-00:37
… your horological version of his song! 👏👏👏 (And you know: the only regrets a collector has are those pieces he didn’t buy! 😂😂)
Haha ! …
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-08:00
Excellent Abel !
By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-13:26
Thank you so much for your kind words Abel
By: ChristianDK : May 30th, 2023-12:38
Yes, Im very happy with the charms of the Benrus. I think I enjoy the proces of thinking and researching what I wnat to buy and try out several times. This has also become a problem in recent years where one needs to decide instantly and even sometimes bu...
I totally understand. Those have been my concerns as well.
By: ChristianDK : May 30th, 2023-19:15
I’m sorry to hear that though. I thought Omega was still possible to get high quality at reasonable prices. Sounds like that door has closed as well. The Tourbillon is exquisite. I can understand why it is your grail. I hope you will find a way to make it...
Omega parts are still available . . .
By: Dr No : May 30th, 2023-19:23
. . . but the efforts one has to make to find them are getting to be unreasonably difficult. I've written about this a few times over the last several years; the cumulative effect of those 'adventures' have simply become tiring. Or, to put it another way,...
Legendary Benrus …
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 29th, 2023-10:28
A wonderful watch to have picked up on a whim. Good to have you joining this weekend Christian. Best regards Captain
Happy Friday all! (Okay let’s try this again).
By: RabidManatee : May 26th, 2023-22:04
In chronological order (and ascending cash outlay as it turns out): I was driving around S. Florida and came upon a watch store. Saw this, looked cool, was only a couple of hundred bucks new… it followed me home. Thought process: “Cool, yellow… I live in ...
Thank you so much RabidManatee for…
By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-00:33
… your good wishes. If you have confessed in a post made in a different thread please repeat it here. 😉☺️☺️☺️
Vacation confessions 🤔…
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-09:53
A Seiko diver is always lurking to catch our eye. This one hooked me ! ...
By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-14:50
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-09:42
Dangerous for the wallet 😉 Nice shot !
By: KURT_DAVID : May 27th, 2023-10:58
and thank you.
Always a pleasure Abel, Wristscan is fun!
By: KURT_DAVID : May 27th, 2023-17:21
Yes you are correct airports are inviting for whim purchases. My good lady always makes a beeline for the expensive perfume and luggage stores 🤷🏻♂️ 🍻
Loving this shot!
By: Drek : May 29th, 2023-10:51
I always enjoy seeing how the water magnifies and warps the dial 👍
By: KURT_DAVID : May 29th, 2023-14:52
Agree, no two photos the same. I was lucky with the sea state due to offshore wind. Looking forward to a lot more of this theme🌊 throughout summer. 😉
By: Drek : May 30th, 2023-20:27
the sea is getting quickly warmer now so more water shots to come 😀
It would have
By: Drek : May 27th, 2023-09:58
to be my Omega 2383-5 I was in Vaxjo in Sweden when I saw an opticians and watch shop (which I thought a slightly bizarre combination). My curiosity peaked I went in to have a browse and walked out with this, my first Omega 😀 ...
By: Drek : May 28th, 2023-16:06
You were bang on with the age, it’s 1944/45. It is in good condition, but the dial has been restored and the crown replaced. Although the case and movement all match up as they should. I’ve definitely enjoyed wearing it 😀
You are very right there
By: Drek : May 28th, 2023-19:58
I also enjoyed researching the watch after I bought it, which was the opposite of normal. Like walking a different way home, it’s always good to go a different way once in a while 😀
By: jml_watches : May 27th, 2023-10:55
The upside is that when you don't really love it, there aren't any consequences. There are then those where you only went to look, but that's another story. Cheers JML ...
Seiko got you ! …
By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2023-13:49
Looks good on your wrist, nice shot.
Another whim acquisition remembered - my Casio left by a mermaid/merman!
By: chippyfly : May 27th, 2023-12:53
Cyprus holiday many years ago snorkelling in Coral Bay. A flash of reflected sunlight caught my eye about ten feet below among stones and sand. Was it a lost jewel or just silver foil trash? Deep breath and down I swam to see - this watch! Back up for mor...
When I saw it....
By: sergio : May 27th, 2023-17:19
the first time, in a matter of nano seconds, I had my credit card at the ready. Easy does it, right? Not so fast, since it would take me some 3 or 4 years (I don't remember correctly) to actually strap it to my wrist The Panerai "composite" material used ...
You're not going to believe this, but . . .
By: Dr No : May 27th, 2023-19:00
. . . I swear it's true: I had no idea what this week's theme would be until just now. 🤚🏻 Yesterday, I stopped in at the Grand Seiko boutique to check out the latest manual wind models after discussing them with Cazalea earlier this week, without any inte...
By: Subexplorer : May 27th, 2023-20:39
By: 111forza : May 27th, 2023-20:00
Took the picture today whilst out cycling on the local British waterways canal network ...
Three,all bought on vacation,unexpected
By: halkcb : May 28th, 2023-03:39
....picked this up while browsing at store on way on way to airport...never saw one before,but struck by its simplicity and elegance....still enjoying it A pleasant dinner and an enjoyable stroll next morning down the road to Harrods and this beauty was s...
By: KCLQMULKU : May 28th, 2023-08:51
One I can remember was my first Patek many years ago. I was aiming to purchase the 5196J at the time, but all they had was the G and so I walked out with the 3919R. The most recent whim purchase however was this Mathey-Tissot MassenaLab tribute. About 10m...
Thank you so much Abel!
By: KCLQMULKU : May 28th, 2023-19:18
Of course now, given my tastes for white metals, I would have made different choices. 😆 But then everything happens for a reason and any changes back then could have significant changes to my collection now... I am happy of course with the M-T I spontaneo...
By: Timeout : May 28th, 2023-10:02
This is the only one that meets the criteria for me. Doesn’t get many outings these days. Took an absolute age to get back from service a year ago - but worth the wait! Enter text ...
It’s a head scratcher !
By: Wachnut : May 28th, 2023-15:42
Dear Abel , at first I didn’t really think I had anything to post as most of my “serious “ Swiss watch purchases have most definitely not been on a whim and only after some thought / research ! But then I realised that didn’t hold for some of my microbran...
Here are some…
By: KMII : May 28th, 2023-15:43
Hopefully not too late 🤞🏻 ...
Never too late my dear friend KM!!
By: Subexplorer : May 28th, 2023-16:39
Looks like you have been tempted many times to make a purchase on a whim! 😉 You did well. These are great watches to enjoy on the wrist, I’m specially fond of the last GS with red inscriptions on dial , your vintage Minerva and the Chopard. Thank you so m...
Superb, bought on a whim ….
By: KURT_DAVID : May 28th, 2023-17:35
… listen to your heart or head more often lol, cracking set of impulse buys. In fact a great collection period. There’s something about the Seiko Tuna that appeals to me, quite fond of the Street Series Seiko Tuna. One caught my eye a couple of weeks back...
By: Weems@8 : May 28th, 2023-20:35
very rare watches posts. So impulsive purchases makes a variety of all kind of watches. I can hardly say i did. A bought on a whim when i was no watch collector at all. As the price was not that high, also in the time i did the whim purchase, i wil rememb...
Hello Weems! Thank you so much for your entry.
By: Subexplorer : May 29th, 2023-01:43
Interesting to read that you still own one of these watches bought in a whim before you collecting journey begun. Guess some things remain important no matter our experience with watches. One of them is that the fun of the game is that we get joy when we ...