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Vintage watch Wednesday: Apol_of_your_eyes

by Michael Weare
14 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Tissot Automatic Seastar

If you’re in the market for an affordable vintage watch from the last two to three decades, apol_of_your_eyes on Ebay Philippines is your man. I don’t know where he gets his stock, but he has a seemingly endless supply of lower range Omega’s, Rado’s, Les Must de Cartier’s, TAG Heuer’s, Seikos, Citizen’s and much more besides. He starts the bidding low, I mean as low as it can get at $0.01, and trusts in a multitude of bidders to pump up the price to the point where he turns a quick profit. And nine times out of ten it works.

His watches normally attract a serious amount of bids, at least 40 to 50, and a major bee storm of bids appear whenever a half decent TAG Heuer goes up there. I know, because I have tried bidding for a few of them. He sets the bidding for at least five days so there is plenty of time to attract a horde of watchers, bidders and lurking snipers.

Seiko S-Wave

The watches work and are in generally excellent condition. The one thing you have to remember when buying vintage watches is that they are simply not the same size as today’s wristy behemoths. The average watch size in the 80’s and 90s was around 38mm to 40mm max, sometimes smaller, so it’s a considerably reduced watch. But to compensate for lack of size, there is the pleasure of gazing at some genuine retro styling that modern catalogue revision watches just cannot quite seem to emulate.

Apol_of_your_eyes is based in the Philippines. He plays by his own rules. He doesn’t reveal where he gets his stock, he doesn’t want to exchange, part exchange or buy anything vintage you may have on offer. What he does have is a seemingly endless supply of Seiko rarities you would not normally find outside of Asia. Seiko often markets different watches to different parts of the world, so if you are looking for a rare vintage big name Japanese watch, Apol’s site is a good place to start.

Omega De Ville

His Swiss brands, such as TAG Heuer, Omega and Tissot, tend to be from the lower reaches of the range, and, hailing, as many of them do, from the 80s or 90s, many of the movements are quartz. In that era quartz was definitely king.

Due to the high amount of bids that his watches attract, not just from the Philippines but from around the world, it’s all too easy, despite yourself, to get into a bidding war, pumping the price up to way over its true market worth. Avoid the temptation, just sit there on EzSniper and settle on a price you are willing to pay based on your own market research into the value of the model.

Rado Diastar Day Date

Apol sells vintage watches fast and furious and so far has notched up 7,771 sales with a 99.8% feedback rating. It’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time, but on the couple of occasions I have bought from him the watches have arrived promptly and exactly as described. Certainly worth a look in the run up to Christmas, because you might just grab a rare little bargain.

 

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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