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Old 03-20-2017, 11:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A little background on this one. Some dude was buying this watch from his buddy, some reason or another the deal didn't happened. So when this guy was going to return the watch he sat it on the roof of his car, and drove away. When he realized what he did he came back. There is more to the story but it isn't my place to tell it.

I bought the watch from him at a low price due to all the damage. Now I am going to resurrect it some, and maybe do some subtle mods to it. I haven't decided yet.


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Ouuuuccccchhh ! How long till the dude realized that the watch wasn't on his wrist ? Obviously a high traffic area. Did he compensate the original owner ? Thats like having to make 3 years of payments on a car that you wrecked.
A crystal, a set of hands and ALOT of time on the polishing wheel should net you a nice Rolex on the cheap. Congrats, and good luck.
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DAMN!!!!!
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I would spend a "G" note and send it to Rolex for repair, you should get it back from them like new, unless it's a complete basket case.
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WOW!!!!!! You got the infamous Bruce Williams Air King????????

May I be so bold as to ask how much you paid him for it?

I really thought he himself would send it to Rolex or some other local Rolex doctor to see what could be done.

I hope you got the whole shootin' match, that he didn't hold anything back: box, papers, bracelet, hands, crystal shards, etc.

You are going to forever be a part of a legendary event in the online watch world!!!!!

PLEASE keep us posted!!!!!
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Did he compensate the original owner ? Thats like having to make 3 years of payments on a car that you wrecked.
The way I understood it, the guy liquidated his entire collection in order to purchase this Air King, his ultimate Grail. But then the other guy who sold it to him had second thoughts after the sale was over and done, and he wanted to buy the Air King back. So Bruce (the guy who left the box on top of the car), drove off to undo the deal, not realizing that the Air King wasn't safely strapped inside the car.

This sale is a real surprise twist! I didn't think Bruce would sell the remains off.

Very interesting!!!!!!
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Please keep us posted. Would love to know what can be salvaged...
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The way I understood it, the guy liquidated his entire collection in order to purchase this Air King, his ultimate Grail. But then the other guy who sold it to him had second thoughts after the sale was over and done, and he wanted to buy the Air King back. So Bruce (the guy who left the box on top of the car), drove off to undo the deal, not realizing that the Air King wasn't safely strapped inside the car.

This sale is a real surprise twist! I didn't think Bruce would sell the remains off.

Very interesting!!!!!!
So instead of a grail. He now has nothing but what he made off of the charred remains of the Air King ? Don't understand why he would undo the deal. Once a deal is done, there is no looking back. Especially if I sold my whole collection to acquire it. Very interesting indeed.
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So instead of a grail. He now has nothing but what he made off of the charred remains of the Air King ?
Well, as far as we know anyway. I've read some comments of others asking about a Grand Seiko, and Breitling, and an Explorer II that he seemed to have owned, wondering how all of those would be needed to come up with $6.2K for the Air King.

Also from what I have gathered, he was criticized for going on his YouTube channel to ask for financial help after the accident (I can't find such a video, though, so maybe he took it down????).

Then, out of sympathy, the guys at Watchuwant sent him a brand new Bell & Ross to keep, and Andy Hunter lent him a Rolex to borrow and do a review of until he gets past the whole Air King incident.

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Don't understand why he would undo the deal. Once a deal is done, there is no looking back. Especially if I sold my whole collection to acquire it. Very interesting indeed.
Exactly!!!!!!

So much about the whole thing is a real head scratcher.
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So instead of a grail. He now has nothing but what he made off of the charred remains of the Air King ? Don't understand why he would undo the deal. Once a deal is done, there is no looking back. Especially if I sold my whole collection to acquire it. Very interesting indeed.
There is more to it than that. Not to derail Terry's thread, but basically yes, the watch was wrecked, he paid the guy the full price back, then made a youtube video crying like a little girl, and in the end of the vid, asked his subscribers for donations.

The video is now taken down, as the comments got out of hand, which was to be expected.

Another youtube channel ended up gifting a Bell and Ross to Bruce. So he has that, plus what he sold the watch to Terry for.

That is a quick cliff note version.
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I recognize that watch. haha

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Classy guy this Paul Pluta. Could he have dropped any more F-bombs in 5 minutes ? Was that 500 US dollars? Talk about your repetition. This guy think he's the Regis Philbin of watches ?
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There is more to it than that. Not to derail Terry's thread, but basically yes, the watch was wrecked, he paid the guy the full price back, then made a youtube video crying like a little girl, and in the end of the vid, asked his subscribers for donations.

The video is now taken down, as the comments got out of hand, which was to be expected.

Another youtube channel ended up gifting a Bell and Ross to Bruce. So he has that, plus what he sold the watch to Terry for.

That is a quick cliff note version.
A Bell & Ross huh ? This Bruce must be a hell of a guy. Getting a nice watch like that for making one of the epic screw-ups of all time.
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A little background on this one. Some dude was buying this watch from his buddy, some reason or another the deal didn't happened. So when this guy was going to return the watch he sat it on the roof of his car, and drove away. When he realized what he did he came back. There is more to the story but it isn't my place to tell it.

I bought the watch from him at a low price due to all the damage. Now I am going to resurrect it some, and maybe do some subtle mods to it. I haven't decided yet.


I'd keep it like it is. Its internet famous.
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Classy guy this Paul Pluta. Could he have dropped any more F-bombs in 5 minutes ? Was that 500 US dollars? Talk about your repetition. This guy think he's the Regis Philbin of watches ?
I will confess, I really enjoy Paul Pluta as Archibald Chesterfield III, a.k.a., Archie Luxury.

I've learned a lot by listening between the F-bombs, and there are many videos where Archie recedes into the background and it's Paul Pluta speaking to you again. But Paul does such a great job, it's hard to know where he ends and Archie begins sometimes.

Paul really knows watches and has very sound reasoning behind his recommendations on how to spend money on them. There are plenty of more sedate videos, too. It's not all harsh, crass Archie.

Paul did a great video for an 18-year old viewer who wanted to know what advice about watches and life Archie had for him. It was really great! Check it out ...

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I'd keep it like it is. Its internet famous.
Yes, the watch has officially gone viral. Wonder if its the first Rollie to undergo such punishment.
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Damn... That's the only Rolex that interests me. Keep us posted, Terry!

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I will confess, I really enjoy Paul Pluta as Archibald Chesterfield III, a.k.a., Archie Luxury.

I've learned a lot by listening between the F-bombs, and there are many videos where Archie recedes into the background and it's Paul Pluta speaking to you again. But Paul does such a great job, it's hard to know where he ends and Archie begins sometimes.

Paul really knows watches and has very sound reasoning behind his recommendations on how to spend money on them. There are plenty of more sedate videos, too. It's not all harsh, crass Archie.

Paul did a great video for an 18-year old viewer who wanted to know what advice about watches and life Archie had for him. It was really great! Check it out ...
Five minutes into it and the guy still hasn't mentioned a watch. Couldn't take it anymore. Maybe later...
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The hands may be gone but the cannon pinion actually looks relatively unscathed. Movement might actually be OKish

New case, hands, dial, crown and crystal shouldn't cost more than $5000-$6000 and it'll be good as new...

oh wait...
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My bet is if Archie gets the watch for $500, he will have his advertiser "Watches On Time" fix it up on the cheap, then hawk it on the net as a Promo.
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