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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by chien-andalou View Post
    Or is it just too easy to sell them like this?
    ^ This.

    How many buyers are actually going to the internet to source old Soviet watch catalogs, pouring over said catalogs to find an exact model (if they can) to compare against for legitimacy, then consulting with other 'eksperts' in the field to discuss the relatively likelihood of one part being used over another? I can say with great confidence: not many.

    If I had to guess, I'd say the vast majority of casual watch buyers – and even many collectors – simply go online to a place like eBay, find what they like, and click "Buy it now".

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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mroatman View Post
    ^ This.


    If I had to guess, I'd say the vast majority of casual watch buyers – and even many collectors – simply go online to a place like eBay, find what they like, and click "Buy it now".
    Sounds like pure bliss to me!!
    But then again, doubts might appear like dark clouds at the horizon. And each time you look full of pride at your beautiful watch, you sense something's off, and it starts with a hint of a whisper but after a few days it gets louder and louder: wrong hands, WRONG HANDS, WRONG HANDS!, till lightning strikes and suddenly you are not wearing your beloved watch anymore, but you can only see it for what it is, a (terrifying scream and dramatic music) FRANKENWATCH.
    The horror!

    So, yeah, for some the simple way is to come to F10 and ask some very nice people for their help and opinion.
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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by chien-andalou View Post
    But then again, doubts might appear like dark clouds at the horizon. And each time you look full of pride at your beautiful watch, you sense something's off, and it starts with a hint of a whisper but after a few days it gets louder and louder: wrong hands, WRONG HANDS, WRONG HANDS!, till lightning strikes and suddenly you are not wearing your beloved watch anymore, but you can only see it for what it is, a (terrifying scream and dramatic music) FRANKENWATCH.
    The horror!
    I know you're being facetious, but this is, like, exactly what happens to me 😂

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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2


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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mroatman View Post
    I know you're being facetious, but this is, like, exactly what happens to me 😂
    Happiness from old watches, a fragile state of mind indeed.

    Luckily some threats are easier to spot than others. Two more regrettable Poljots on ebay:
    a stadium with a dial combination that screams Franken,
    and the green one seems to be having serious issues with hands, crown and even movement? No wonder it is cheap.
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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwalker View Post
    A-okay by me 👍

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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by chien-andalou View Post
    and the green one seems to be having serious issues with hands, crown and even movement? No wonder it is cheap.
    Perhaps a worthy contender for this old thread: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/fra...l#post43208394

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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by mroatman View Post
    Perhaps a worthy contender for this old thread: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f10/fra...l#post43208394
    Here's a recent franken that made me cringe a bit

    Early USSR POBEDA ZIM RARE GREEN DIAL 1959 year 2q-59 Serviced | eBay

    On another note.. Is this vostok precision legit? Also is that a copper dial? I almost never see this type of dial on russian watches. Blued hands as well?

    Vostok precision class Authentic 22j Cal.2809 USSR (Serviced,Oiled) | eBay
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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwalker View Post
    Here's a recent franken that made me cringe a bit

    Early USSR POBEDA ZIM RARE GREEN DIAL 1959 year 2q-59 Serviced | eBay

    On another note.. Is this vostok precision legit? Also is that a copper dial? I almost never see this type of dial on russian watches. Blued hands as well?


    Vostok precision class Authentic 22j Cal.2809 USSR (Serviced,Oiled) | eBay
    Looks good to me. I think it's the warm lighting that makes that dial look coppery. Yes, blued hands.

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    Re: Q&A Expertise thread: Is this watch legit or a franken? Part 2

    Hello dear comrades, what do you think about this vintage Amphibia?

    Many many thanks in advance

    Enviado desde mi ALE-L21 mediante Tapatalk

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