Loads of junkies (I will not buy any more junk watches)

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  1. Dano4734

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    as punishment for acquiring so many absolutely junk watches I have go to the blackboard:

    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches,
    I will not buy any more junk watches

    However, I probably will anyway
     
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  2. Tim Fitzgerald

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    I.m sure we all have those day's
     
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  3. Rick Hufnagel

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    I had to really come to terms with this too dano.

    I feel like I buy better watches than I used too. If I want a watch, I have to learn something from it, that's what I've been doing now. Wether it's repair, or research. I have picked up a few watches that can be construed as "collectable", and I have a list of certain watches I'm waiting for.

    I bought two irrelevant watches late last week, both inexpensive. One is american for the English market I'll show when it gets here (not a high grade, just really neat). This has nothing to do with my collection or research, but once I found it I couldn't get it out of my head.

    The other is the openfaced version of a watch I already have, and the roller Jewel is broken, which is the next repair I want to learn. A good victim it shall be!

    When I get tired of some, I sell them, and try to replace them with better ones.

    If we have to write on a blackboard for buying junk watches, I'm gonna need alot of blackboard space!
     
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  4. 12V6GT

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    Well, I agree it's a hard problem. I keep thinking, "This one would be fun to fix." Also, since I'm a total amateur, I think that when I buy these 'junk' watches I have unlimited time available. Thus, I clearly have more projects than I ever will get done in my life time. So, it's the 'hunt' that's fun, a little fixing, a little learning, a little research, and the 'junk' watches let me do that cheaply. :) So, when my Son, has to sell all this crap off when I'm gone, hopefully somebody else will be buying 'junk' watches. :) Stay the course Dano! Buy more 'junk'! It's totally okay!
     
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  5. Lee Passarella

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    Been there and done that so many times that I need a long break from buying anything, good, bad, or indifferent. My only redemption is that since I couldn't fix a watch to save my life, I buy my junkers in pretty decent, working condition. Still doesn't make them worth much.
     
  6. Jim Haney

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    Is this a REAL thread? Looks like some posters have too much TIME to waste
     
  7. Rick Hufnagel

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    I guess there's always enough time to express discontent
     
  8. Rick Hufnagel

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    It's not really an intention of mine to fill up anything with b.s., I was just responding to Dano obviously having a bad day and blowing off some steam.

    I can agree that it's not the model of the message board, but it happens.

    If I wanted to draw a response unrelated to american pocket watches, it would look like post #6 or #7. :eek:;)
     
  9. Jim Haney

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    Sorry if I offend, however, It would be the best decision to "NOT respond to this nonsense, in that, it may discourage this non-appropriate posting

    :eek::D;)
     
  10. rolandantrobus

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    Well I'm all for this non-appropriate post. I like it and if you don't, don't bother reading and writing in it.
    Since when did we go all "highbrow".
     
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    I must admit when I first saw this topic I was wondering where it should
    go, and if it would be better off in "Members news and views" or "Member comments and discussion".
    I don't think it's a bad topic(some of the responces are interesting and humerus),
    it's just where on the Forum should we have a conversation about the
    bad choices people have made while collecting. This is
    a universal topic and not specifically about American Pocket watches,
    no particular types of watches are referenced
    (it could also pertain to clock collectors bad choices).

    I have decided to move it to members news and views.


    Rob
     
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  12. Marty101

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    In my opinion,Dano's only problem is a lack of tables. If you buy junkers,you have stock for potential winners.

    My obsession,personally, leans toward the potential in restorations and repairs.

    My mantra leaned toward the positive-anything-such as:

    "I WILL restore some of these junkers" or "I WILL hear some ticking in this pile of junk soon" etc.

    -Consider my madhouse of a shop:
    Not counting shelving,cabinets etc. I have two main tables and a bench. They cover (1) junkers,parts movements,hopeless cases,"stock" etc.,(2) my current dozen or so projects-repair jobs and hopefuls, usually waiting for parts or inspiration...and (3) my bench for finishing work,touch-ups,quickie repairs,experiments and whatever else.

    All the "junk" is my stock for whatever comes out of the other end at #3 above. Restoring junk to treasure is where it's at,and it takes a large pile of "junk" to keep me supplied in the stock I need. One of the most wonderful things about this horological world is it has never bored me. Specializing in any corner of this hobby can take years. Things still remain open ended. There are always unexpected surprises.

    Then I have my desk with computer and a couple small tables for "spill-over" just to keep things hopping. :) Whew-I better quit!
     
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    One of my biggest thrills is turning a pile back into a watch! Love your enthusiasm, I'm going to have to try that when I'm beating my head off my work table later trying to get one together!
     
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  14. Dano4734

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    Here is a better idea jim Haney since it really does appear you have no sense of humor or wish to simply throw stones a fellow collector how about simply deleting all of my posts and we can both go our separate ways
     
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    Jim has strong feelings about what is appropriate in the American Pocket Watches forum. I think this thread was initially posted there. He should not have made his remarks as relating to the entire message board. This discussion is entirely appropriate and useful in the context of how we all deal with the urge to pick up "interesting" things.

    I have a pretty nice collection of Barraud watches, clocks and chronometers, but I have a lot more junk movements that I have bought to provide a back fill to understand what they were doing at any particular point in time. The intellectual content of those watches is just as important as the fine examples. the only issue is the need to catalog and store them. :)

    I would never try to fix one myself. It's brokenness is part of its story.
     
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    Well I can say this about my collecting in general. Most of my collection would probably be considered "junk" by most die hard collectors. From my 200+ clocks and 150+ watches they are all priceless to me. Unfortunately I'll never have the time to repair them all, but I have saved several from trash heaps and being "punked". Eventually my junk (I hope) will be someone else's treasure. Be Careful what you say, I always tell my better half "no more clocks or watches" and then I see something I like. This is part of collecting and the discussion belongs here just as much as repairing does.
     
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  17. Marty101

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    We all get grouchy;I can be a real blankety-blank of a blank some days. Some of my PW's can be just as bad! But I haven't thrown one against the wall yet. :)
     

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