WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing
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    Question WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    Hello Folks, Lately, as a result of reading WUS, Ive fallen in love with trench watches. The oldest watch I own is probably from the mid 20s. A Waltham, cushion case watch in a G.F. chased case with very widely spaced lugs. A very different beast from a Trench. To keep this short and sweet, I basically want advice on how to search on eba.... using terms other than "Trench" to widen my scope from the obvious. Maybe this is a pointless question. I guess Ill find out from any responses, that is, if there are any. Also is it possible to buy a working Trench for less than 200 bucks? An Ingersoll or some such inexpensive, non sterling silver, brand would do the trick. I saw a nice one. Broken though and I dont have any watchmaking skills. Thanks in advance. P&P

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    Re: WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    Yes is my answer, easily, to the price even in silver and after servicing. Avoid Borgels though as these are collected heavily.
    Avoid also cylinder movements if you want something you can use.

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    Re: WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    Search eBay on age, that helps.

    Advice for various categories of folk:

    Flippers - buy low and sell high but don't quit your day job!

    Beginning collectors - buy interesting

    Geezer collectors - buy condition

    Now, after you have done some collecting, we expect a report!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    I got this in a lot of old Ingersoll watches

    It wasn't working so I had to replace the balance
    You have to just keep searching for badly listed items if you don't want to pay too much.
    If you know what you want and don't mind paying then good running watches will usually be listed properly.
    Well that's my experience anyway!

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    Re: WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    Thanks for info folks. In my blind searching I found a terribly listed Trench which was a working watch in decent condition. The auction ended at 7 am in the morning, and I wanted to be in for the end action. It was at $1.40, 8 hours before close of auction. Set my alarm and slept right through it. Watch sold for 18 bucks. Painful learning lesson. Always put a bid in, no matter how good your intentions and strong your motivation. Ah well. There will be another, coming down the pike. he says hopefully.

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    Re: WANTED: Info on Trench Watch Purchasing

    That's annoying. For things I really want I put a snipe on. I use 'myibay' - free and easy to use. Or you could buy a louder alarm.
    Mirius likes this.
    Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."

    Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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