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Old 08-30-2019, 01:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently in a bout of deep depression due to my computer misfiring a sniper bid in the last 7 seconds of an ebay auction. I followed an Oris Big Crown Commander for the better part of a week. It was an older watch that was in magnificent condition. Communication with the owner revealed that the original strap was getting a little long in the tooth. But the watch itself had nary a scratch anywhere.
So comes the last hour. The excitement building as she's holding steady at $275. To me, easily worth $600. I could feel that mint ETA 2824-2 ticking away in my hand. But alas, I throw down my bid of $355.56. (don't ask, its a luck thing) But something odd happens, as if the Watch Gods said not today son. For some odd reason, my bid did not go through. When the smoke finally clears, some schmuck walks with my watch for $280. I still don't know what happened. Same routine I use every time.
Needless to say I'm devastated. I don't see another one of these coming along the pike anytime soon. A few pics of the object of my affection.
I'm going to find some place to quietly weep...





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Tough luck but clearly wasn't meant to be. There'll be other opportunities
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You better keep your boot on, because the Captain has something else planned for you.
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If it didn’t happen, it’s because something better is on the way. I hope it’s the same watch, only better, and you get it for less!
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Old 08-30-2019, 01:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Really is a beauty Forza, but like the guys are saying it was just meant
to be with this one this time around. ..There are so many watches out
there, and maybe you'll discover a showstopper from a brand you didn't
even know, or know much about.

Could be new, or vintage, but it will reveal itself, and in no time you
will be on cloud 9 I bet.

Oh, and who knows?! Maybe one of these will pop up again !
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Years ago I got real tired of computer glitches and missing out on too many items in the last seconds. Then a few "Snipe" programs started showing up. I signed up for one and never missed a bid! Unless the item had gone above my max without me noticing. The program also sends me a notice in these cases, as well! They cost pennies on the dollar and you don't have to be hovering over your computer, laptop, phone, etc. I even get an IM telling me if I won or not! It also keeps me from getting "auction fever" and going over what I really wanted to pay.

My life is so much better now!!
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Years ago I got real tired of computer glitches and missing out on too many items in the last seconds. Then a few "Snipe" programs started showing up. I signed up for one and never missed a bid! Unless the item had gone above my max without me noticing. The program also sends me a notice in these cases, as well! They cost pennies on the dollar and you don't have to be hovering over your computer, laptop, phone, etc. I even get an IM telling me if I won or not! It also keeps me from getting "auction fever" and going over what I really wanted to pay.

My life is so much better now!!

Yeah, but for me its all about the thrill of the chase. I see your point. But I want to be there at the end.
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Years ago I got real tired of computer glitches and missing out on too many items in the last seconds. Then a few "Snipe" programs started showing up. I signed up for one and never missed a bid! Unless the item had gone above my max without me noticing. The program also sends me a notice in these cases, as well! They cost pennies on the dollar and you don't have to be hovering over your computer, laptop, phone, etc. I even get an IM telling me if I won or not! It also keeps me from getting "auction fever" and going over what I really wanted to pay.

My life is so much better now!!

Yeah, but for me its all about the thrill of the chase. I see your point. But I want to be there at the end. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.watchfreeks.com/images/emoticons/smile1.gif[/IMG]
Yeah, I understand Forzaferrari (great username!), after a few hundred auctions under my belt, I can't say the thrill is completely gone, as I still watch about half of them close. It's cool seeing me bid, while I just watch!
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Fortunately that one's not on the endangered species list. Another specimen will cross your sights soon enough. In the meantime practice one-finger push ups to strengthen your bidding finger....
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Forza: If there's a WF that deserves having a sobbing buddy for the one that gotta
way it's you.
I'd be in the same boat with you. losing out.
But onward and upward. That next keeper kis on the way. I've lost out on
treasures, only to find a new treasure waiting in the wings. But losing out is a tough
situation.

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I think I regret every watch I sold a little. I'd keep them all. (Except maybe you Invicta 6620, that thing was huge.)
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Here's my ultimate "The One that Got Away" watch, the 1967 Rolex Sub.

Could have picked it up on a Navy Ships store while I was in the Marines in 1967.

Would have cost me $180 then, now if I had kept it, would be worth close to $10K. I bought the Zodiac Seawolf instead for $120, I thought it was a much sharper looking watch at the time, and still hold that opinion.

Besides, I had better plans for that extra $60, like spending it on booze and broads!

1967 sub by Charles Ford, on Flickr

zodiacsea1 by Charles Ford, on Flickr
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Here's my ultimate "The One that Got Away" watch, the 1967 Rolex Sub.

Could have picked it up on a Navy Ships store while I was in the Marines in 1967.

Would have cost me $180 then, now if I had kept it, would be worth close to $10K. I bought the Zodiac Seawolf instead for $120, I thought it was a much sharper looking watch at the time, and still hold that opinion.

Besides, I had better plans for that extra $60, like spending it on booze and broads!

1967 sub by Charles Ford, on Flickr

zodiacsea1 by Charles Ford, on Flickr
Unfortunately for you, broads and empty booze bottles don't age as well as a Rolex.

If there are any typos in this post, I blame Tapatalk!
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Unfortunately for you, broads and empty booze bottles don't age as well as a Rolex.

If there are any typos in this post, I blame Tapatalk!
Ah, but the memories of some of those broads will remain with me to the end of my days!
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Here's my ultimate "The One that Got Away" watch, the 1967 Rolex Sub.

Could have picked it up on a Navy Ships store while I was in the Marines in 1967.

Would have cost me $180 then, now if I had kept it, would be worth close to $10K. I bought the Zodiac Seawolf instead for $120, I thought it was a much sharper looking watch at the time, and still hold that opinion.

Besides, I had better plans for that extra $60, like spending it on booze and broads!

1967 sub by Charles Ford, on Flickr

zodiacsea1 by Charles Ford, on Flickr
ouch...
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ouch...
Now if the prop man on the original James Bond movie had given Sean Connery a Zodiac instead of a Rolex, I have been flush!
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Forzaferrarrai:
Bro I definitely feel your pain!!!!!
Those that get away are the hardest
to countenance (as they say in the
movies.

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Old 11-25-2019, 10:27 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Too bad man. At least you gave it a go.
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