I need to update my sig, but the JLC and Ball are gone, and a new Seiko (sorry...'GRAND' SEIKO) has arrived.
I've been toying with the idea of flipping the JLC for years (great watch...I was just not wearing it anymore, and at ~13 years old sure a service would be due soon), and the Ball was on my hit list to get rid of (I no longer liked it, and the non-Grand Seiko was its replacement).
Today, the planets aligned. Packed up the two watches (the dealer I was going to buys for cash, and gives good prices - and they are also the GS dealer) and headed downtown. Get in, the guy that does the trade-ins is basically staring me down as I walk in. Hand off the two pieces and he goes in back to evaluate, I head to the GS case with another staff member, and there is a Snowflake in there, still wrapped up. They got it Wednesday. The store had about 20 different GS models in stock. Looked at a few, looked at some Omegas, but the Snowflake kept pulling me back. I've been aware and interested in this piece for years, and I was happy to actually see it there. No idea how hard to get they are in reality.
Right as I finish up looking, he comes back with the appraisals, I was very, very happy with what I saw, and 20 minutes later I walked out with one new watch and two old ones which will likely have new homes in a month.
First impressions are cautiously good. I have been in the hobby long enough to not have much honeymoon phase - I know what I like, and more importantly, what I do not. The watch fits well, the titanium is new and interesting (everything else I have is heavy or on a strap), and more importantly, there is just a little 'something' here. The dial texture, the sparkle of the hour markers and hands, the perfectly smooth sweep of the second hand (oh, and the fact it is a Spring Drive!!!) all add up to something 'interesting'. In the best way possible, it feels like jewelry. On paper, this watch is close to the JLC, but in practice, they feel worlds apart (not geographically, even if they were made by the same brand). That is what I need in a watch, there has to be that little 'something' that makes it more than just a watch.
Anyway, I unloaded two watches I was no longer using at all, have something new and interesting to enjoy, and it was all painless and easy.