You don't get much for a penny nowadays

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    You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Here it is:



    It was listed as:"Here is a 17 jewels premia watch with black leather strap, it has never been worn but needs a new battery. I don`t think it is an authentic 17 jewel but is a nice looking watch never the less. "

    Well, thenew battery wasn't needed - the watch started going on the first wind thanks to:




    As suspected, a good ol' Chinese Standard Movement.




    The bit about it not having been worn was wrong - the strap has seen some wear. And there is a screw missing from the train bridge. But I'm not sending it back.

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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    They saw you coming.... you blew a 1er on that........
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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Marrick,

    I think you have done very well, even with the £2.50 shipping charge, which I suspect is more than the stamp on the packet.

    As you most probably know, a good CSM can be very satisfactory and runs accurately, even if built by an ostensibly
    "lesser" maker, if it has been properly maintained and serviced. It makes me wonder which company built this one. Nowadays the reputation of the CSM has been somewhat tainted in the minds of the general public as a lot of bottom-of-the-barrel examples are used in the eBay "penny dreadfuls", but the CSM was never intended to be a low-quality movement; an early high-end CSM by a reputed maker would be at least as good as most of its contemporaries.

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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Thank you. I can't see any other marks which would indicate the maker.

    I got another CSM today which I've posted in the Chinese forum.
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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Well done, what can you get for £2.51 in England these days, a pint maybe?

    Just keep away from French Fleabay please or there'll be nothing left for me!!!!!!

    You must have far too much time on your hands to have such a well practised "eye for a bargain"

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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Quote Originally Posted by john87300 View Post
    You must have far too much time on your hands to have such a well practised "eye for a bargain"
    True I'm afraid. But 1p is my record!
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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Quote Originally Posted by john87300 View Post
    Well done, what can you get for £2.51 in England these days, a pint maybe?
    Not on the south coast... £3.50+

    Just out of interest Marrick, how much was the postage? did the seller even make a penny?
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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    My local pub has bitter at £2.00 a pint, but £2.50 - £3.00 is more usual. The postage was 92p - so he did alright if he didn't have to drive to the post office.
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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    True I'm afraid. But 1p is my record!
    My best so far is 1€ + 2€ postage for a mint Timex Expedition analogue/digital, so I've a lot of ground to make up to match your score! Mind you, unless someone pays me to take their watch your record can hardly be beaten!

    (But I was given a old "Rolex" copy with a half decent Citizen movement inside by a friend, as he found it "too gold"!, needless to say it's hidden away in a box whilst I look for a suitable non working Citizen 7 Crystal to put the movement in it. Until then it will never see daylight again.)

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    Re: You don't get much for a penny nowadays

    A penny!!!!.

    I've never won a watch for a penny but recently won a Helvetia for £1.96 which is the
    least I've ever paid for a running watch.
    Well done.

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