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Sometimes a watch has your name on it

November 14 2006 at 2:16 AM

alex  (Login argg)
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Moderating the VC forum has been a tremendous experience for me. Not only have I learned alot on the way but have met some true gentlemen which I can seriously consider as friends. Please bear with me while I narrate my story.

Lets rewind back to Nov 2005: its a cold and windy month. Following the Quarter Millenium auction 6 month before there were hardly any interesting VCs available at auction and I had been on the look out for a large tonneau VC for quite some time.

Arrives the Antiquorum Geneva auction catalogue and there I see what I had been looking for a 40mm tonneau cambré VC from the 30s. I immediately send a mail to IanS asking him if he could check the watch out for me during the pre sale exhibition. He sends me a detailed report with mouth watering photos. I instantly but an online absentee bid.

But wait a minute, this is an Art Deco watch....oh oh... Art Deco + VC spells Doc and I had the gut feeling that my Viking friend would be bidding on this lot too! I emailed him hoping he would say that he was not interested but of course thats like saying that my tax man is human...just not possible

Anyway, we emailed back and forth trying to convince the other not to bid (and like the fool I am I even sent him Ian's photos). Ensued long hard negotiations in which I came out victorious I agreed not to bid in exchange of a box of those wonderful Swedish spice cookies (which I'm still waiting for BTW.. )

As expected Doc got the watch, he told me it was fantastic all that I had left were my eyes to cry with!

But that watch had my name written all over it. Recently Doc told me that he had acctually nevr put the watch on his wrist. I tried my luck and offered to buy it from him but he needed to think since he had never sold a watch before. I jumped with joy when his positive answer came. Not only did he agree to sell me the watch, he would not make a euro on me and sell at the paid price and he even sent it over before I had even sent him the funds!

Well here it is on my wrist exacltly one year after the date of auction:


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And a special tribute to Doc: a wrist shot

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julian
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A true friend and a lovely story.There are gentleman in this world.

November 14 2006, 3:09 AM 

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Doc
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When I see that watch,

November 14 2006, 3:23 AM 

with the right strap on it,
I ask myself how the h-ll I could sell it!

It's a beautiful watch on a too hairy arm,
but on the other hand with, of course,
a very nice shirt!

To be honest, this is the first watch I ever sold,
and to sell it to Alex, is just a plain pleasure!

Ever since I got it, down, deep in my heart,
I knew it was Alex's watch from the beginning!
That's why I never put it on my wrist,
not even took any pics of it!
Just put it in the vault.

So for me, it's more joy to give it back,
to my dear friend,
then to own it.

Wear it with pride and keep on being what you are,
one of my closest friends

Doc

 
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DTL
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I love happy endings...

November 14 2006, 6:55 AM 

That watch screams Doc to me and I'm not surprised at all by how it turned out as Doc is a gentlman in every sense of the word.
Enjoy it...'tis a beauty.

 
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jérôme
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I told you i love this watch but.....

November 14 2006, 7:02 AM 

too bad Doc sold it to a crook like you.....

 
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alex
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hey!! this is a cocktail party and

November 14 2006, 7:15 AM 

you're not getting any petit fours if you continue behaving like this

 
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jérôme
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No petit fours, i'm on diet dude (nt)

November 14 2006, 7:36 AM 

nt

 
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a.ler
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a beautiful watch with a lovely fairy tale. nt.

November 14 2006, 7:36 AM 

nt.

 
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Paul Boutros
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A tale of two gentlemen...

November 14 2006, 7:52 AM 

Congrats Alex, it's a wonderful watch in every way. Whether it's in yours or Doc's hands, I can't imagine better owners.

Hope you're well,

Paul




 
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MTF
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Very yummy >>

November 14 2006, 7:53 AM 

on either hairy wrist

Seriously, I seldom remark on other people's watches unles they ask for "an honest opinion"; this little beauty made me scroll to every photo!

Your shared joy is what binds your friendship,
MTF

 
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timerider
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Congratulations to you both>>>

November 14 2006, 9:13 AM 

Congratulations to you both, but this really isn't a great surprise as you are both gentlemen cut from the same cloth--at least similar, with those great shirts we see in the wrist shots! Seriously, this may be the quintessential tale of the PuristS spirit in action and deed.
Merci and best regards,
Tim

 
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Kevin
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Time?

November 14 2006, 3:17 PM 

Does it still keep great time?

 
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alex
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perfect time! (nt)

November 15 2006, 1:20 AM 

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ThomasM
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great story, great watch. Thanks for sharing this, Alex, and chapeau, Doc! (nt)

November 14 2006, 4:56 PM 

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Kazumi
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The only thing better than a great watch buy...

November 14 2006, 7:53 PM 

The only thing better than a great watch buy is one with an equally great story behind it.
Cheers to you Doc, that was a mighty nice gesture. And, congratulations to El Jefe for another great acquisition.
Thanks for sharing, we could use more stories like these.


Best Regards,
Kazumi

 
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WHL
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I love stories like this....

November 15 2006, 5:43 PM 

you know, when good things happen to bad people...

Congatulations Alex, it is a beautiful watch. Doc, you are a true gentleman.



Bill

 
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DTL
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LOL!!!

November 15 2006, 7:12 PM 


 
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alex
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Now its your turn Bill. How about sending me your

November 16 2006, 3:06 AM 

enamel dial piece?

 
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WHL
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How about you wire me a large sum of money! nt

November 16 2006, 5:07 PM 

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alex
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you are so materialistic, I'm disapointed (nt)

November 17 2006, 1:12 AM 

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