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Doesn't all these "patina"-crazes start with...

August 10 2012 at 1:59 AM
Sigurd Helge  (Login sigurdhelge)
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Response to What does the forum think about the proliferation of 'faded' inserts?

...the need for the focused and very dedicated top collectors to get rid of less desirable pieces at a premium sales price?

Surely, the "faded inserts" and "tropical dials" demand is based on irrational fashion trends (much like "patinated jeans" a few years ago). Irrational in the sense that traditional watch collecting is focused on condition, the better condition -the happier collector. I seriously doubt that these patina anomalies on reasonably common models are held in high any esteem among the "real" high end collectors. However, creating a "thing" about these "desirable" anomalies coupled with "innovative" pricing will ultimately serve the high end collectors in generating sales for pieces not desired.

It's if you were a high end sports-Mercedes collector and found out that you could actually get rid of your old rusty specimens at a premium price instead of making an expensive restoration effort before selling. Who wouldn't?

I guess it just goes to show the totally ridiculous logic of the watch collecting (and fashion) market.


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