WS for the 1st of November - hunting - is go...

Nov 01, 2019,05:04 AM

As every hunter worth their weight in stuffed boar will know, starting early is essential to hunting success πŸ˜‰

The theme for the WS this week, as announced, is hunting. I believe most of you will have stories of prolonged stalking of a specific β€špreyβ€˜, of it appearing suddenly in front of you, of pieces that keep on eluding you... whatever your story, a couple of words next to the picture would be appreciated. 

As always the WS will run till Sunday 17.00 GMT and judging in the three regular categories - WS, Static and WotW - will take place in a separate post. 

Looking forward to your entries and stories and wishing you all a great weekend!

Here are mine. 

Starting with the Minerva Pythagore. It was both Liviusβ€˜s superb pictures as well as seeing ÁdΓ‘mβ€˜s live during my first live GTG with another Purist that did it for me. Took a while till I found it - and on the day I was made moderator I got it 😁

The P15 is related. ÁdΓ‘m and me discussed a Club watch during that meeting and I have done my utmost in pestering everyone who would and wouldn’t listen that making one would be a great idea. And the team that did it made a spectacular job of it. My hunt for it was also quite long. Committed from the start, I had to back out, as the tax authorities decided to interfere. Then finally, when most were delivered and my pecuniary situation improved, I managed to bag one of the final ones. 

The Doxa Searambler is perhaps not one that’s exceedingly difficult to get but it took me years of lusting after one before I pulled the trigger. One of the few brands available during my childhood, it had a pull all of its own, on top of its undoubted rational attraction. 

And finally my Vacheron Constantin 1972 Prestige de la France. A grail watch for so long. When it came into my cross hairs earlier this year I pulled the trigger straight away. 

Looking forward to your hunting stories πŸ‘πŸ»

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Hello dear friend KM!! Nice to have you hosting this week end! A great Theme, and superb watches and stories you bring to open the thread for this new session of our Wrist Scan...

 By: Subexplorer : November 1st, 2019-05:19
... We usually say that every watch in our collection has an story behind and you demonstrate here that this is absolutely true. The hunting and capture experiences of certain pieces are specially thrilling as you tell us here. IΒ΄m sure we will be viewing... 

Thanks a lot for your kind words, Abel!

 By: KMII : November 1st, 2019-08:41
And definitely looking forward to your stories πŸ‘πŸ»

The story of my life... Most of the watches I got were the outcome of a long hunt.

 By: amanico : November 1st, 2019-05:26
I just posted this one and the story behind: The 6542 is another one which took me a loooong time before getting it. There are some others which have a special story, such as this one, which I bought in 2008 or 2009, Which I traded in order to get that on...  

Even if some events you could do without...

 By: KMII : November 1st, 2019-10:05
There are great hunting stories here, Nico! And the pictures are great as always πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Three very nice watches my friend

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:01
But the DSA is without a doubt my favorite. WOW 🀩

Yes, I realized.

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:19
I think you can remove impossible πŸ˜‰

Haha, yes it was too late when I wrote it πŸ˜‰

 By: ChristianDK : November 3rd, 2019-01:18
They are impossible to find. I have been looking for some years now.

Persistence pays off πŸ‘πŸ»

 By: KMII : November 3rd, 2019-01:33
Keeping my fingers crossed 🀞🏻

😊 Thank you, Kristjan

 By: ChristianDK : November 3rd, 2019-01:36
I Will definitely keep looking. One day it must happen.

:))) [nt]

 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2019-01:32

Great to see and hear your β€œHunting” stories KMII....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 1st, 2019-06:00
The Minerva with its classic beauty and movement, the Doxa I completely understand, what collection would be complete without one to rely on and finally your superb Vacheron 1972 Prestige de la France, simply gorgeous ! Good hunting for your next piece πŸ₯‚ ... 

Likewise 😊 [nt]

 By: KMII : November 1st, 2019-10:06

Thanks a lot, Captain Scarlet!

 By: KMII : November 1st, 2019-10:06
The list remains long, as usually, so there will be many a hunt to come 😊

Hunting is the true essence of our sport ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 1st, 2019-14:52
This subject immediately makes me think of the ones that got away !... I can however share some of the ones that I stalked and then bagged over the years... The Hublot β€œAll Black” produced less than 250 as Hublot had difficulties with production at the st...  

All really cool stories, Captain Scarlet!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-01:23
Especially like the Navitimer - here goes me thinking beads of rice were for bracelets only πŸ˜‰ Thanks for joining πŸ‘πŸ»

Thanks KMII...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-01:56
I have some other great ones to share with you one day πŸ˜‰

It can be arranged πŸ˜‰ [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-18:46

Very cool capt

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-10:33
Amazing dial and patina on your navitimer πŸ‘Œ

Thank you Christian...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-11:20
I’ve had it for over ten years, my personal patina is almost as good ;-)) ... Hope that you are having a great weekend. Kind regards The Captain


 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:22
Stuck at work procrastinating a bit πŸ˜‰ Best C

Agree with you dear Captain! Hunting for new pieces...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-20:11
... for our collections is a big part of the fun of our β€œsport”! Patience and perseverance are needed to bag a Big Game trophy as those you show. And an steady hand to oull the trigger when the right moment arrives of course!! Hagwe! Abel

Thanks a lot, Captain Scarlet!

 By: KMII : November 3rd, 2019-16:31
About two weeks to go till the next catch and then there’s another in December πŸ˜‰

IΒ΄m sure that all members of this Forum have more than one watch hunting story to tell us. IΒ΄m no exception and as a matter of fact I have several...

 By: Subexplorer : November 1st, 2019-08:37
... stories to tell but wouldnΒ΄t like to bore my friends with all of them. I will show three watches which are among my most beloved ones: First my Panerai 587 Marina Militare a watch which was not very easy to find in 2014, the year it was unveiled. I wa...  

Que si! Un Milagro. [nt]

 By: amanico : November 1st, 2019-13:19
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Three fantastic stories, Abel!

 By: KMII : November 1st, 2019-10:56
Really looking forward to seeing your Flightmaster finally on your wrist! Art seems to be behind stories with so many of us - and always in a great way 😊 Thanks for sharing your stories and the great pictures πŸ‘πŸ»

Great Hunting stories dear Abel ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 1st, 2019-14:56
All very different but a happy ending for all of them. Congratulations πŸ₯‚

Thank you Captain!! Appreciate your compliments! Though I must...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-20:16
... say that even the best of hunters sometimes miss their targets ... and I’m not exception! You know : the only thing a collector regrets are those pieces he missed catching! Lol! Cheers! Abel

I can’t get over the moonshine

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-10:36
Not Normally my thing, but is has a very captivating β€œsomething” about it. Very cool Flightmaster. It is really a special and interesting design that I like a lot.

Thank yiu so much Christian! I’m not deep into...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-20:19
... gold watches myself. But this Moonshine edition was really something!! It didn’t let me sleep till I was assured that one was asigned to me. The Flightmaster is truly a cool watch. I feel collectors still don’t pay this model the attention it deserves... 

Great stories to go with great watches.

 By: TheMadDruid : November 3rd, 2019-07:58
And especially your collaboration with that Bond villain!

most of my watches have a long germination period

 By: donizetti : November 1st, 2019-13:01
but this one was especially hard to get, because of that specific version of the dial and especially the bracelet. Best Andreas ...  

Hi Andreas...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 1st, 2019-13:32
Your Lange looks superb, it’s a strong look on the bracelet and seldom seen on WristScan. Thanks for joining us this weekend.

Superb watch Andreas! That wonderful dial adds charm to this beautiful timepiece. A long chase and hunting adds fuel to our desire and joy to the catch. Great Hunt!

 By: Subexplorer : November 1st, 2019-13:56
This watch is well worth the wait and IΒ΄m sure you are enjoying and loving so much. All the best, Abel.

Fantastic piece, Andreas!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-01:24
And right you are, very, very rarely seen πŸ‘πŸ»

Stunning! [nt]

 By: CGJ0 : November 3rd, 2019-01:48


 By: jml_watches : November 1st, 2019-17:34
sometimes its a waiting game Saw this in London a few years ago and went to try it on, but it was one where I wanted to think about it. I was due to go down again in a few weeks and had the idea, that if it wasn't sold I'd get it. sometimes a watch choose...  

It’s a fantastic piece, JML!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-01:25
And clearly meant for you πŸ‘πŸ»

It was obviously meant to be ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-05:20
It’s funny how this happens sometimes. Looks good on your wrist πŸ‘Œ

Dear JML

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:03
I envy you. This is a superb catch. I always loved this watch

Thanks :)

 By: jml_watches : November 3rd, 2019-01:36
It's so good I've been able to resist any other Memovoxes so far. Cheers JML

Hi JML!! I share your thought that some times it is ...

 By: Subexplorer : November 3rd, 2019-04:06
... the watch that chooses us !! They just wait for the guy they wish to belong. In any case hunting and collecting require a big dose of waiting, patience and perseverance to find and catch our trophies. Beautiful watch! Hagwe my friend! Abel

I must've told the story of my decade-long hunt for a 910 Flightmaster . . .

 By: Dr No : November 1st, 2019-20:00
. . . half a dozen times by now. The short version is: found on Craigslist early one January morning three years ago, and acquired three days later . . . . . . after meeting the original owner in a bank lobby. Four hundred miles away in Glendale, Arizona ...  

If the kids give me some spare time I also need to share my Art Seiko story 😊

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-01:30
The Flightmaster story is so you, Art πŸ‘πŸ» Btw. if you happen to spot another Flightmaster... 🀞🏻

Please do 😊 [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:07

Here you go πŸ‘πŸ»

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-12:15

What a great story πŸ€— [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-12:56

What a great story dear KM and Art!! Somehow...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-20:02
... I missed that post! I’m happy to read it now! Art is a great Hunter... and a great gentleman and friend!! Thank you for sharing dear KM!! Abel

+1 Art is a true gentleman. [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-20:33

Absolutely! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : November 3rd, 2019-08:16

Thanks Christian!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-23:01
Art, as so often, is the hero 😊

Great hunting story Art....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-05:26
Calling in Abel made this a precision strike.... Abel, (licensed to kill) 007 ;-))

Ha ha ha!! When talking about FM hunting...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-19:56
... all the merits go to Art! Cheers! Abel

Credit for that amazing long range kill shot . . .

 By: Dr No : November 3rd, 2019-23:03
. . . really goes to you, Abel. I was just the spotter and beater ;-) . . .

Amazing Flight Masters

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:06
I especially love the colors in the design. Almost a modernist painting. A very cool piece for the knowledgeable collector πŸ‘Œ

The Flightmaster is, in a sense, the paradigm of watchmaking . . .

 By: Dr No : November 2nd, 2019-11:12
. . . for its era. There's really nothing like it from its place and time during the late '60s. Art

Yes - I really appreciate the point you make

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:16
I think it will keep grow in popularity. It is such a significant and great design.

Godfather 3: "Finance . . .

 By: Dr No : November 3rd, 2019-22:46
. . . is a gun. Politics . . . . . . is knowing when to pull the trigger." The same lesson applies to watch hunting ;-) . . .

Great story dear Art!! I’m sure nobody can win you as a ...

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-19:55
... Master of Flightmasters Hunter!! You bagged two great trophys for sure!! I can’t thank you enough for my FM !! Hagwe my friend! Abel

Believe it or not, I just found another Flightmaster locally, this time . . .

 By: Dr No : November 3rd, 2019-22:40
. . . a 911. Not in perfect shape, but not bad, either. And yellow hands! If anyone's interested, give me a holler. ;-)

I think I have 2 in that category

 By: S F : November 2nd, 2019-00:20
PAM140 - Got stuck in my head big time when I saw one during a gtg. Not many going around, took some time to find one. GMTM1675 PCG gilt chapter ring. A lot of patience required and many anxious moments when looking for one. ...  

Two great trophies, S F πŸ‘πŸ»

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-01:31
And the pictures to match 😊

Thank you KMIIπŸ™πŸ» [nt]

 By: S F : November 2nd, 2019-04:22
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GMT Master ....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 2nd, 2019-05:33
Locating a good one would be a major hunting trip for any of us. It’s a great watch to bag SF πŸ‘Œ

Amazing 1675! [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:08

These are Big Game Trophies dear S F!!

 By: Subexplorer : November 2nd, 2019-20:06
Glad you could bag both of them!! Hagwe! Abel

My big pleasure my friend! [nt]

 By: Subexplorer : November 3rd, 2019-08:15

Good morning (here anyway), KM.

 By: TheMadDruid : November 2nd, 2019-06:14
I had a great watch, and a great story ready but my friend Boo-who is not officially a member of WatchPro-got a little pushy about showing off a watch he claims he had been hunting for a very long time. The funny thing is he only starting wearing this a f...  

LOL πŸ˜‚ it looks familiar to though

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:10
Could you please tell him to post it in the Journe forum because we miss him! 😊

Boo Hoo is a great hunter, Padj!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-23:04
Gotta be cautious that you do not turn into prey πŸ˜‰

Big congrats to you and Boo for this new hunting trophy!!

 By: Subexplorer : November 3rd, 2019-04:00
This surely is good hunting! FP Journe are lovely watches with a strong personality. Enjoy it so much!! All the best! Abel

the usual suspects?

 By: terbaboom : November 2nd, 2019-09:06
it was more waiting than hunting for me when this daytona finally came, i even had both black and white dials to choose from. those were the days... as for the James Cameron DSSD, i expected a bit of a wait from my AD, but it came within a week of asking ...  

A solid pair. Very nice πŸ‘ [nt]

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:11
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Those were the days indeed 😊

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-23:05
Two cool watches πŸ‘πŸ»

Great watches and stories, Kristjan

 By: ChristianDK : November 2nd, 2019-11:00
I think you found a great theme. There is a story to every watch. From the lusting to the catch. Have a great weekend πŸ˜€

Likewise, Christian!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-23:06
And looking forward to seeing yours πŸ‘πŸ»

The hunting theme is a good one and very apt

 By: Abacus : November 2nd, 2019-17:56
This is my office watch which I got after a lot of nailbiting, wondering if it would be sold before I could buy it. It's just a simple, modern Longines but I think it's very well done. ...  

Fabulous Longines indeed!

 By: KMII : November 2nd, 2019-23:08
And I really applaud them for resisting the impulse to put a date wheel on everything πŸ‘πŸ»

this may not qualify, since the hunt has not been completed...

 By: terbaboom : November 3rd, 2019-00:26
was at the Leica boutique earlier and may start a hunt/wait for this. the one in the picture is a dummy have a nice day, everyone! ...  

It qualifies for sure...

 By: KMII : November 3rd, 2019-01:04
It’s simply an ongoing hunt πŸ‘πŸ» Cool piece, too!

With you on that. [nt]

 By: TheMadDruid : November 3rd, 2019-07:52

OH No hunting for Omega the bloodred strap ties the flow

 By: Tegis : November 3rd, 2019-01:37
Ok might not have a great story but still give it a shot. ...  

Too good, Tegis! [nt]

 By: amanico : November 3rd, 2019-01:35

It is a fantastic shot!

 By: KMII : November 3rd, 2019-02:07
Very imaginative interpretation πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Here’s mine:

 By: aperna : November 3rd, 2019-04:54
I was just finishing medical school in 1980. For four years I have been reading advertisements that Rolex took out in Time magazine on a weekly basis. I wanted one so bad but obviously my negative net worth made it impossible. Upon graduation my wife surp...  

Thanks a lot for these, Tony!

 By: KMII : November 3rd, 2019-06:40
And two wonderful stories to go with them πŸ‘πŸ» Thanks for joining in!