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    Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Hi Guys and gals...

    Bought this at the weekend.... bit of a gamble, as the attached pic plus the desciption:

    Garrard watch, good condition, full working order!

    was all I had to go on!

    I did not want to ask the question about the case material... as i did not want the response posted on the listing! Im hoping for GOLD...

    Has been shipped and should be here tomorrow (or thursday!)...

    Gamble too far??
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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    You've got a good chance that its gold. For those that don't know, Garrard is a high class UK jewellers - lots of long service award gold watches.

    Even if its not, its a nice watch. Let us know.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Worth a shot. Even if it's goldfilled or even gold plated it's a nice watch.

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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    You've got a good chance that its gold. For those that don't know, Garrard is a high class UK jewellers - lots of long service award gold watches.

    Even if its not, its a nice watch. Let us know.
    Ive only ever seen solid 9ct gold cases... doing a quick search at the time of the auction... a few s/s case watches came up... but couldnt see a gold plate... fingers crossed!

    Either way, Garrard seem to use good quality swiss movements! So im hoping for a nice watch
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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Doubts are setting in...

    Doing a search for Gold Plated Garrard watches on my lunch break... there are a few!! Even-though Im working late tonight... I hope I make it home to find a good surprise....
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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Doubts came true today...




    Other than the gold plate case (which I was expecting in the end - due to post auction research)... I was not best pleased to see the s/s case back inscribed!

    Inside the watch is running on a Preseux 7040.... also signed Vetta 40.

    I think this is a good example of getting excited at auction... not having enough time to do the right research... and making assumptions... hopefully, I can get what I paid for it!

    Lesson learned... until the next time!!
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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    I was not best pleased to see the s/s case back inscribed!

    Lesson learned... until the next time!!
    Personally I like inscribed backs - especially if they are dated. Even undated inscriptions add human interest. I know some collectors don't like this, but then they probably don't like anything but effectively NOS watches anyway.

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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Personally I like inscribed backs.
    I wish all buyers were like you!

    If I was buying for myself.. I would not mind! The nice thing is, it was given by a company I know... Leyland Cars!
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    Bad Luck.

    I wondered who got it in the end, as I was one of the underbidders on this one. My maximum was £28.89, simply because I myself wasn't sure whether it was gold or not. It's still a nice watch. Had I got it (for that price) I'd have been pleased, as it's a nice, good quality vintage dress watch by a good retailer.
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    Re: Im a gambling man... is this a gamble too far?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Personally I like inscribed backs - especially if they are dated. Even undated inscriptions add human interest. I know some collectors don't like this, but then they probably don't like anything but effectively NOS watches anyway.
    Agreed, and it can sometimes be quite synchronistic when you get one with a certain date. I bought a watch off eBay years ago, and the seller never ever showed or described the back.
    Imagine my surprise to find that it was dated with a full date- my birth date! It was 2 years earlier, but still so cool.

    My other favorite is this Eterna. The name was so unique, when I first posted it here, Google picked up the name and the owner's son found the post (and joined WUS to reply).

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