View Full Version : A day in the life of a watch dealer.

08-26-2009, 05:59
Probably the most insance email I've had all year. The email pertains to a standard LeCoultre alarm.

".... just that you have never been to engineering School or in a confidential development program"
" ... am going to take it apart if you don't want it for review and have each part analyzed with a precious metal spectrometer"
" ... Most likely this watch was made for someone in a Government identity protection program of some kind"
" ... Probably someone in technology development "

----- Original Message -----
To: zafbasha@classicwatch.com
Subject: Hello, I have a Question for you about a one of a kind Lecoultre wrist watch.

Dear Sir or Mam, to who it may concern. I have a one of a kind hand made Le Coultre Memo Date wrist watch. Hand made by Louis Cottier , I believe as I have not taken it apart yet to confirm my suspicion but my suspicion is running at an 100 % accuracy rate these day's. It is a Memo date but looks like a Memovax and it does not have the world time Dial. No it is not a fake, promise ya.. .It is some kind of experiment or prototype watch or possibly a personal job for a tech brother working on the project together ext ext Not a production ready model for sure as far as I can tell anyway from my limited capacity to search for obscure watch information.. . There is writing on the back that says Vast Love and under that is written one more word, it's a very [Ugly- child like writing] multi panel script graphic description of the watch model . If you don't know what a multi panel graphic is that means nothing bad, ,just that you have never been to engineering School or in a confidential development program. I am sure before I open it that it will be a multiple model modification watch that looks normal up top...A BASTARD in the most fundamental sense. Worth a million $$$ or nothing depending on whom likes it and what exactly it is. I am only an expert with some things and this is not my battle .Ok so you say there is no such thing then it will not be hard for you to prove me wrong. But I am only wanting to give a project for the kids to work on not challenge you .This watch was very personal I am sure. Probably made for someone who you can't trace. I am 100% sure of that. I say this because many of the watches from this collection I bought cannot be identified and they all fall into a serial number block in between runs. or the serial number searches come up info not available, even after private label searches as well, in most cases.. I am going to take it apart if you don't want it for review and have each part analyzed with a precious metal spectrometer and develop a full interior description of the movement and all it's not so obvious up grades , then it will be prostituted to the vultures in the watch community to bid on.. I wanted you to have it first how ever as that seems the right thing to do for the sake of greater education and understanding in development. Most likely this watch was made for someone in a Government identity protection program of some kind. Probably someone in technology development .The sad part about this is that some one who owned this for some time or there watch maker thought the bottom came off to access the movement not realizing that the movement was set in a diver dish and that the movement came out threw the top after removing the crystal .They chewed the hell out of the case..There are years of gouging marks on it..Sad but at least there is much left to work with... This all sounds weird I know but you have to imagine what I have been threw with this collection I bought. I almost wish I didn't buy it truthfully...

08-26-2009, 06:16
As we say in the UK a few slices short of a loaf.

08-26-2009, 07:09

08-26-2009, 07:17
it's a little better than the last e-mail I got yesterday afternoon:


I have just inherited this lady's watch. It says Ingersoll, 5 jewels (picture of 1950's lady's Ingersoll on expander)... please can you tell me all about it, and where I can it valued because I want to sell it....

I have a little wooden club behind my desk with drawing pins sticking out of it, and I gently hit myself over the head with it every time I get a message like this... needless to say, I suffer a lot of bloody headaches...


Don Aldo
08-26-2009, 07:30
The most disturbing line, for me, in all of this is:

But I am only wanting to give a project for the kids to work on not challenge you .

Disturbing because I assume he's referring to his own kids.

Unless, of course, he's referring to the kids who are working in the secret government experiment of which he's perhaps given too much information on but, for the sake of the education of all of internet watchdom and all of humanity including smarter animals like dolphins and cockroaches, and his own personal safety (shut-up you little devil hanging on my left shoulder telling me to kill, kill, kill!) needed to be done.

08-26-2009, 07:46

08-26-2009, 07:58
"Vast Love"

08-26-2009, 08:09
"Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures.."

Ash, "Army of Darkness"

08-26-2009, 10:16
hang in there Zaf. your solid reputation is well known.

08-26-2009, 10:51
142 already read this BS , will make 142 x 10 min = 1420 min /60 = 23.66 hours, each hour 80 $ = 1893.33 US $

not bad for a BS watch guys, Zaf you can send my funds to my paypal account ok :-) Best from Germany Jürgen

08-26-2009, 11:06
By my calculations, that's about 17 Euro.

Joel M in New Jersey
08-26-2009, 11:13
of deranged people you come in contact with! LOL! But this one will be hard to beat!

Keep the faith… Joel M

08-26-2009, 12:16

08-26-2009, 12:35
...about the millions of dollars they have that they want 'transferred' into your bank account, for which they'll give you a generous commission...

If you visit him, please make sure you wear your aluminum foil hat, to keep the aliens from reading your mind....



08-26-2009, 13:13
Sounds like some of the Hollywood screen writers we deal with. They come up with stories that make you scratch your head and say, WTF are you talking about.

It only makes sense in their mind. No need wasting your precious time trying to figure it out..........it'll never happen.

08-26-2009, 13:46
Don't forget even paranoids have enemies. I find nice loopy paranoids that you can see coming a mile away preferable to the obsessive compulsives who seem to gravitate towards watch collecting. You know the ones who send you dozens of emails wanting to buy and afterwards dozens of emails fretting about this or that.

Patty A
08-26-2009, 15:13
I too have the same special watch.
Mine came with a secret decoder ring & special transmitter to call home & have the mother ship come pick me up and take me back to Pluto.

True story...............

Ed S
08-26-2009, 17:02
Yea, me too. E

Joe A.
08-26-2009, 17:16
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08-29-2009, 11:50
I think this loon called me in the 1980's when I worked in a Yamaha shop.

me...Hello, parts.
loon...Is this parts?
me...It sure is.
loon...Are you the parts guy?
me...I am today.
loon...I got these points at NAPA, will they fit my motorcycle?
me...I don't think NAPA sells motorcycle points.
loon...Yeah they do, these look just like mine.
me...What model motorcycle do you have?
loon...XS 650
me...Ok, the 'Triumph of Japanese engineering'.
loon...NO Dammit! It's a Y-a-m-a-h-a.
me...Ok, what year model?
loon...I dunno, they all look the same.
me...Not exactly, what color is it?
loon...I painted it!
me...Spoke wheels or cast wheels?
loon...You mean mags?
loon...It don't have mag wheels, they're aluminum! (getting hotter by the second)
me...Ok, I can not tell much about the NAPA points on the phone.
loon...I've got 'em right here in my hand!
me...Ok, hold them up close to the phone so I can see them.
(a bunch of phone handling noise etc)
loon...You are a Smart Azz SOB, you know that?
me...I get by.
loon...I'm gonna come down there and whup your azz.
me...Ok, come on.
loon...What do you look like?
me...Just ask for De---.
loon...I'm on my way. Slam!

About 30 minutes later a good ole boy wearing a black zipped up leather jacket stomped into the shop.
loon...Wheres that SOB named De---?
salesman...In that office right over there.

We all went to the showroom, mechanics and all...this was not our first rodeo.

A bunch of hollerin' and shouting, then the loon comes flying out of the office looking over his shoulder.
De--- was right behind him and grabbed the loon by the jacket at the back of the neck and seat of his pants.
The salesman was politely holding the front door open.
The loon went out the door airborn longways and hit in the cactus/weeds/rocks 'landscaping'.

The loon limped over to his pickup truck, fired it up, shouted "I'll be back!" and burned a little (very little) rubber making his exit.

I ain't De---.
De--- was a 260 pound Pro Wrestler aka 'rassler'.