This is not a bad watch... but its purchase was an educational process.
In ‘06 I was not aware of the schillmanship common to some watch “brands”. On Fleabay I happened to notice this watch with no reserve... there was another listing for the same watch with a “Buy It Now” price of $1,200. So I went back to the first listing, bid, and eventually won the damn thing for $40. I figured I was the smartest guy on the innerwebz.
It arrived and really was a nicely put together watch, on a good bracelet, with a handwindable auto movement, and even my watchmaker’s wife commented, “that’s a nice watch...”. But nobody, and I mean NOBODY had ever heard of Louis Bolle but, then again, not a lot of people had heard of Hans Wilsdorf, either... I eventually learned LB was a made up character to give this watch faux-provenance. And found that particularly annoying. Why? Just build the shit without a story!
It took me about 6 months to figure out the whole thing was just a conjured (no offense) ruse... and even though I didn’t spend real money on it, I was pissed. Eventually, though, I simply chocked it up to an horological education.
I slapped on a croc band worth waaay more than the damn watch and every now and then I’ll wear it gratefully... because I didn’t know about a Shop, Davis, or Skelton world. At least it was a just moment between myself - and my awareness.
Oh yeah - and my ‘masks’ finally showed up. I haven’t figured out how to smoke a joint with it on... but I’m willing to conduct more r&d!
Peace out, Lords
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