Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?
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    Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    For a few years now, my only watch has been an Omega Seamaster 2264.50 that I modded by adding a Longines VHP thermocomp circuit board. I love the timeless looks of the watch and the fantastic accuracy that it provides.

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    Recently, I decided it was getting time to add another HAQ a bit dressier, so I started looking for a Citizen Chronomaster. I've never been able to like the little power meter of the EcoDrive models, so I've really been looking for a model CTQ57-0955. Well, I just happened to be looking on Watchrecon this past weekend and what do you know, a nice used example is for sale on this very site. When I found it, the ad was 6 hours old. However, the watch was bought only 3 hours later. So I was out of luck.

    I've noticed that good Citizen and Seiko HAQs hardly ever show up on the used market. Is it just because so few are bought, or because the people who buy them value them so much they never sell them. Inquiring minds want to know...

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    The A060 movement doesn't have the PR indicator. There are fewer models...AQ-4000 series for The Citizen models, and it's being used in the newest version of the Chronomaster.
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    As to why you don't see many used...I'd start with almost complete disregard by the manufacturers. Publicity??? HA! JDM only. And HAQ is not exactly front and center even then.
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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    The Certina HAQ turn up occasionally

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    The good news is that it seems there is something of a quartz revival going on. So hopefully manufacturers get more interested in HAQ offerings as well.

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    Sales are very small new, so bound to be very few on the used market.

    People don't buy obscure JDM watches just to flip them, so I imagine once bought they stay in a collection.

    Your thermocompensated SMP is almost the perfect watch. Even has the best dial and hands - I've got the GMT with the same.
    If only Omega had bothered to make it!

    I've seen a couple of aq1030-57e pop up on eBay in the UK, so I know I'm not the only person mad enough to buy one.

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    Used Seiko haq models like King Quartz show up on Ebay. And Yahoo Japan auctions can be a good source for haq watches.
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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    It doesn't help that some HAQs are not properly labelled on eBay. I saw a nice-looking Longines Lyre VHP (with the fabulous old dual oscillator movement) for sale, recently. No mention of 'VHP' or high accuracy or thermocompensation, or even the movement number, so it was completely missable.
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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    In a way It adds to the thrill of the hunt. Knowing the terminology that disguises an haq can lead to some finds. Some sellers don't know a 9923a movement, model name VHP or PSR 10 means something special.

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    Could it be that it is a quartz and selling it will hardly get you 50% of what you payed?

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    Re: Why are used HAQs so hard to come by?

    Quote Originally Posted by Igorek View Post
    Could it be that it is a quartz and selling it will hardly get you 50% of what you payed?
    Quartz Grand Seiko seem to hold their value about the same as their mechanical and spring drive sisters.

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