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Hello and welcome to the 22nd instalment of Bring a Brain! This one will be shorter than BaB usually is, but then again, it isn't the purpose of this watchdog/comedy series to consist of long episodes, but ones that will serve as a source of knowledge and laughs. Lads and lasses, this is your Bring a Brain!
First, a certain advertorial site's Shop, and their listings.
This Omega Geneve has escaped my attention the first time, but it does deserve a good look - mostly because the movement is just one big "nope."
First of all, the ref. 14703 has been introduced in the 1950s, in 1959 to be precise, but the serial of this one points to 1960-1961.
The rotor is heavily worn, and the tone of the plating on it is quite noticeably different than the one found on the rest of the movement. The wear to it is quite extensive. The case back appears to have traces of rubbing. Which means that a)it's not the first rotor that it has, and b)this one also was or still is rubbing against the case back.
"Caliber: automatic caliber movement." No, seriously, it's right in front of their eyes. It's an elephant in the room, and it sits right on the train bridge, and they just happen not to notice it, going with the usual annotation for movements that they were not capable of identifying. By Jove, who was in charge of authenticating this watch?
1930s Universal Geneve chrono:
First of all, it's not signed "Compur" anywhere... Ahhh, the struggle for giving nicknames and model names that a watch never had. What it does have, is extensive wear to the movement. Not like it's all caked in filth and old grease like the movements in most of the watches they sell, but obviously, whoever owned it in the past, skipped service more than once, and didn't really take good care of the watch. "Light wear to the case", as they put it, appears to be some rather heavy pitting in the steel, and Breguet numerals - unlike the numerals on this watch - happen to be italicized.
"The movement is in running condition, and the date function is advancing correctly at this time." Sounds almost as if it was to break down the moment it reaches a new buyer. That said, obviously unserviced (well, that's the most unfortunate standard there, no?), and while the movement's not all greasy and filthy, it will require a service.
Now, lads and lasses, it's time for YouTubers who pretend to know anything (with a rather poor result), and their shop! Lads and lasses, T&H!
Just look at this:
Dirt-common 1980s quartz, and...$885? It's the 7th of February, not the 1st of April! You've got to be bloody kidding me!
Now, this Omega:
The dial is in poor condition, and the date disk looks repainted. I mean, the dial's all worn, and then there's the wonky 8 on the date wheel, the background of which is as white as The Grand Tour's Richard Hammond's teeth.
Most Omega Calendars from the early 1950s were signed "Swiss Made", not "Swiss", and most of them belonged to the Seamaster collection - this one is marked neither Seamaster nor Calendar, which is rather odd. Not that these things necessarily indicate a redial, as the printing, font and minute track alignment appear to be OK.
Let's move to another shop - previously, BaB has covered their fondness of the Cape Cod cloth and the dremel. Today...Yes, we're gonna look at some more cases of capecodclothicide.
"Mint condition, professionally and lightly polished." No!!! Either it's mint, or it's polished. Can't be both. Just like something can't be clean and dirty at the same time. "Up for sale, this very clean Land Rover Defender, which just drove through a swamp and a muddy pasture full of sheep droppings." Yes, that adds up the same way as their assessment of the condition of the case.
"Precise chronometer-grade manual-winding movement with sweep seconds." Where do you see a sweep second on this watch? By Jove...
"Professionally polished to factory specs, showing no traces of use." That's the nth time they use that lengthy oxymoron. Most listings have that - it's like Groundhog Day, same scenario (capecodclothicide) over and over again.
Same case condition assessment. Episode VII: The Dremel Awakens
Episode VIII: The Last Cape Cod.
That's all for this instalment of Bring a Brain! Hope those who sought entertainment, were entertained, and those who sought knowledge, were illuminated. Until next time! Bring a Brain will return if necessary!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation