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Joe C 2:00 Wed May 20
Watch Owners of WHO - Watch Winders
Looking for reccomendations on a decent dual watch winder.

Needs to have sperate programs per watch - there's a vast selection out there, so if any of you can recommend one that would be great.

Ta!

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yngwies Cat 12:19 Thu May 28
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Does Who have a Watch Winder General in its ranks?

Moncurs Putting Iron 11:40 Thu May 28
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Eerie Descent 11:05 Thu May 28

Jelly Pants?

Eerie Descent 11:05 Thu May 28
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WatchGRINDR

Joe C 1:07 Thu May 28
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Vexed - yeah, I probably should have been a bit more descriptive. That was the third of, now, five watches I’ve bought from them and is the only one I’ve had issues with - was more that their service recovery was beyond anything I’d expected or experienced with anyone else

Vexed 1:01 Thu May 28
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Joe C 12:38 Thu May 28

Is that a good advert for Watchfinder? I cant really make up my mind. Great that they sorted it. Bit shit that they were happy to sell you a watch that likely hadn't been serviced and then let some fucking junior prod it around! At least they were apologetic and two services are not to be sniffed at. Hmm.

yogib 12:59 Thu May 28
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Anyone got any experience of deals getting watches serviced? I've got a couple of Cartiers, a Porsche Design and and a couple of TAG F1's that need servicing, wonder whether Watches of Switzerland or Watchfinder would do a deal.

Joe C 12:38 Thu May 28
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I’ve found Watchfinder very much worth the small premium you pay.

As said, they’re the service house for many major brands. I bought my, then, 3 yr old Tag Monaco from them about 18 months ago - was an edition I’d missed when new as was buying a house at the time, and was very keen to get. So when one came up a few weeks before my 40th, I bought it as a present to myself.

It developed a small problem with losing time after about four months - so I bought a winder in case it was me leaving it too long - which did nothing. Watchfinder took it in for repair under their warranty. Came back a couple of weeks later and was actually worse by the time I’d walked back to the office (hit around quarter past whatever hour it was and just stopped).

Suffice to say I was a bit pissed off at that point and took it back again and started talking refund. They said they would send it off again, and if it was still faulty would refund me in full. A few days later, I got a call from their head engineer who apologised and said it was an oversight with a junior member of the team and a sign off was missed, he was aghast, he would personally affect the repair etc.

Got the watch back a week or so later and it’s been right as rain since.

About six weeks after that I got a phone call from their CEO saying he had personally reviewed the issue and had put changes in procedures in place to make sure it would never happen again, and, by way of apology, they were giving me the next two full services of the watch for free.

Can’t really argue with that.

And to bring this thread back round to my opening question - I bought another Wolf Heritage cube as they come with a cable so you can daisy-chain them off one power supply.

Also went for the Breitling SuperOcean I mentioned as well - from Watchfinder again. That turned up yesterday and I’m very happy with it

OccupyGreenStreet 3:23 Wed May 27
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Thanks MPI - good to have that insight, might save punting out on a bad investment.

w4hammer 3:19 Wed May 27
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i agree- looked at it and just didnt quite work- i .like them alot cleaner/simpler..

Bungo 2:24 Wed May 27
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w4hammer 2:07 Wed May 27

Nice, and probably one of the least cluttered chronograph faces out there.

This one is probably top of my list currently but a bit busy visually for an IWC.


https://www.iwc.com/us/en/watch-collections/portofino/iw391036-portofino-chronograph.html

w4hammer 2:07 Wed May 27
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bung

this is the one i fancy

https://www.iwc.com/us/en/past-collections/portugieser/iw371445-portugieser-chronograph.html

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:49 Wed May 27
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Around 2005 onwards is the time period that they moved away from decoration and used the Groups movements.

No coincidence that the prices become more attractive at that point. If it were me, I would be looking at something else.


Sorry to be a party pooper.

Bungo 1:47 Wed May 27
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w4hammer 12:18 Wed May 27

It's funny, after going through the usual suspects of chunky dive watches, I'm very taken with IWC at the moment.

I'm ooking at very simple Portugieser or Portofinos at the mo. Too many options makes it very hard to make a decision though. 50% off would have been good though!

OccupyGreenStreet 1:23 Wed May 27
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MPI - had been keeping an eye on ones roughly 10-15 years old. Anything I’ve seen on sites like Chrono24 from earlier - 1990s- are often serious money.

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:11 Wed May 27
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Occupy

When you say older, what age you looking at? If it has an in-house movement and not an ETA based then you might be ok.

As I said make watch finders earn their inflated prices by giving you evidence. If unconvinced then walk away.

OccupyGreenStreet 1:08 Wed May 27
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Thanks for the heads up. Looks as if i have to have a rethink about maybe getting an older basic PAM, certainly need to do a bit of research. Had been looking at the entry level Luminors P00000 and P00112.

Vexed 12:52 Wed May 27
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Moncurs Putting Iron 12:48 Wed May 27

The time teller is a two bob unfunny gobshite who I'd like to stab. Most YouTubers are to be fair.

Vexed 12:49 Wed May 27
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The problem is that if Panarai can't even tell the difference between a real and a fake then watchfinder have no chance. But by that token nobody can claim to have been sold a fake.

Panarai are going to struggle increasingly as the fashion for smaller watches carries on. The days of massive hulking monstrosities is coming to an end thankfully.

Moncurs Putting Iron 12:48 Wed May 27
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The Time Teller is a loud sometimes annoying Youtuber but he's very informative.

Moncurs Putting Iron 12:46 Wed May 27
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OccupyGreenStreet 12:21 Wed May 27

Depends on the when.

Two things Panerai did to make it easier for fakers:

1) Move away from in house movements to generic
2) Moved away from decoration of their movements

So counterfeiters had access to the movements and no need to mimic decoration


With regards to Watchfinder Bungo is right you pay a premium for their expertise, and they have that reputation at stake.but I wouldn't assume and would ask them to tell you why they believe it is genuine.

Bungo 12:38 Wed May 27
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OccupyGreenStreet 12:21 Wed May 27

Watchfinder are registered service agents for several top brands. I would be very surprised if they don't check that all their stock is genuine.

If they sold a fake it would be catastrophic for them.

I would hope that they check all S/Ns with the manufacturer at least.

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