As always, when it is necessary, I bring you a fresh portion of our favourite Donkeys' fails, ridiculous fleecing, and hype verily obnoxious. Lads and lasses, for your education and entertainment- this is your Bring a Brain!
First, as always, let's start with the Fleecers' Den, and the watches up for sale.
First, this Eterna KonTiki:
"...features an automatic movement to boot." If that movement is truly so great, you surely could include a pic of it, no? Of course, their legendary research skills (read: being completely unable to ask Uncle Google about anything) have not led them to establishing the year of manufacture of the watch. According to the serial provided, it dates to 1962- although it's them who should know it. The end pieces of the bracelet don't look like they match the case either. The bracelet, if signed as a KonTiki one, belongs on a KonTiki, only it may be, that not on this particular KonTiki.
"This watch is a great example of how you can get a lot of watch for not a lot of dough." For the price of an Omega Constellation Pie-Pan, how about no?!
Next up, a Kelek chrono:
"Stars and Stripes..." Ummm, no, I don't think so. Unless the stripes on the US flag turned orange, no, it's not. That's pretty bright orange on that watch, so their theory about that being a result of fading has me completely unconvinced.
Now, a Cyma Time-O-Vox:
The price is, as always, obscene. But the best part starts here: "With this Cyma Time-O-Vox, you will never be late." Actually, yes, you will, as the regulator points all the way down to "R" (slow), which means that the thing does run slow, and it likely didn't get serviced in quite a while.
That's it for the Shop- now, it's time for the column, to which BaB owes its name...
Looks like hyping redials and replacement dials is the new pillar of the Hoodwinkee hype agenda, as they did that once more:
And the asking price for that Patek is twice what it sold for before, already after it had its dial replaced. That's a part of why I think that the editorial hyping redials was such a lot of pesty claptrap - now other fleecers took it for a green light for asking obnoxious prices typical for watches with their original dial, for watches with replaced dials. I'm tellin' ya, frankens gonna be next.
The Buyer Beware part might warn a few utter rookies, which is good, although that redial is very, very obvious, and extraordinarily crappy. What has me amazed, is that there is no mention of another big mistake found on that dial- there should be no "Perpetual" there, as the Veriflat was hand-wound.
Next, this, especially the part about that cal. 135 chronometer:
Yes, it only confirms the trend for hyping questionable watches. They acknowledge the issues of this watch themselves. Then why, by Jove, why are they hyping it?!!!!! Hands with empty space intended for lume, no lume on the dial, and the dial looks new and shiny. With a watch, that would have been in the top of the range that Zenith had to offer back in the day, dismissing these issues is, pardon me, an extraordinarily idiotic thing to do. IMO, there are two plausible explanations:
1. The dial was lumed, but has been redone; looking at the fonts, likely using "master stamps", a lot of which, for the fonts used by a lot of manufacturers, have made their way to independent watchmakers and restorers.
2. The hands are incorrect replacement parts, likely correct for cal. 135 Zeniths, only not for this particular reference.
Now, let's get to the part about the fake MN-stamped watch. These engravings are not shady. They. Are. Fake. As fake as fake engravings get. Crappy beyond measure. There's really no need of getting euphemistic about something quite as obviously wrong. There's one more thing in that part, which annoyed me- "...all military collectors agree..." All? Since when do you speak for all military watch collectors?
Let's move to a slightly smaller, but no less entertaining mistake, concerning a contemporary reissue of a vintage watch- the Panerai Mare Nostrum.
"...and comes in a wooden box that is shaped like the Luigi Durand De La Penne, an Italian Navy destroyer ship from the era of the original Mare Nostrum." Nice, but either a misunderstanding, or someone got "creative" there, because the first destroyers of the Luigi Durand De La Penne class were built in the early 1990s, which matches the period of the first reissue of the Mare Nostrum, but not of the original Mare Nostrum. The original watch was launched in 1943, when Mr. De La Penne was an officer in the Marina Militare, but no one has yet had the idea to name a ship in his honour.
It's time to move to the icing on the cake- an issue, brought to my attention by a friend (if you're reading this: thanks, buddy!)- Hoodwinkee now does false advertising, with openly misleading information featured in advertisements on other sites.
Have a look at this:
Yes, it's an advert for the offer of the Shop, and more precisely- for that "hourglass" of theirs, with nano-balls that aren't "nano." The price given in the advert is the deposit that the buyer has to pay upon ordering it. A proper information that the prices shown in the ad are not full prices, is nowhere to be found. Sorry, dear Donkeys, but even in car adverts, the apparently low price will be annotated as, say, the first instalment of a 50/50 credit, or whatever. Maybe in fine print, but it will. This ad, meanwhile, deceives the potential buyer. Are they so ashamed of the prices for what they sell, that they have to resort to pulling off stuff like that? By Jove!
That's all for this Bring a Brain. As always, I hope you all have enjoyed it, and as always- Bring a Brain will return if necessary!