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I’d love to add a one off, one of a kind prototype to my collection. I’ve only ever “taken” by one that I missed out on. What’s the likelihood I’m going to find one? I know they’re few & far between & I also know there’s a prototype sale at some point during the year so would love to pick one up then maybe.
Unless there’s anyone out there that may want to let theirs go I’m guessing that’s my only option?
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There’s no specific prototype sale, so much as there’s just the occasional prototype that shows up in one of the sales events. Given the rarity, it’s anybody’s guess on the odds of picking one up. You might have more luck with a forum member in possession of one selling it on.

When they do show up in the sales you need to act fast. I was lucky enough to spot this Bel Canto prototype early in the sale and jump on it. It’s got a very early version of the bird decoration on it but lacks the actual chime complication. :lol:

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jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:21 pm There’s no specific prototype sale, so much as there’s just the occasional prototype that shows up in one of the sales events. Given the rarity, it’s anybody’s guess on the odds of picking one up. You might have more luck with a forum member in possession of one selling it on.

When they do show up in the sales you need to act fast. I was lucky enough to spot this Bel Canto prototype early in the sale and jump on it. It’s got a very early version of the bird decoration on it but lacks the actual chime complication. :lol:


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jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:21 pm There’s no specific prototype sale, so much as there’s just the occasional prototype that shows up in one of the sales events. Given the rarity, it’s anybody’s guess on the odds of picking one up. You might have more luck with a forum member in possession of one selling it on.

When they do show up in the sales you need to act fast. I was lucky enough to spot this Bel Canto prototype early in the sale and jump on it. It’s got a very early version of the bird decoration on it but lacks the actual chime complication. :lol:
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IIRC the last specific prototype sale was in March 2022. I don’t recall when the one prior to that was, although I did attend one many years before. So yes they have happened, albeit not regularly.
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jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:21 pm There’s no specific prototype sale, so much as there’s just the occasional prototype that shows up in one of the sales events. Given the rarity, it’s anybody’s guess on the odds of picking one up. You might have more luck with a forum member in possession of one selling it on.

When they do show up in the sales you need to act fast. I was lucky enough to spot this Bel Canto prototype early in the sale and jump on it. It’s got a very early version of the bird decoration on it but lacks the actual chime complication. :lol:

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That’s hilarious. Love it, but disappointed it doesn’t “Tweet”. That’s a deal breaker I’m afraid.
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dbailey wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:33 pm
jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:21 pm There’s no specific prototype sale, so much as there’s just the occasional prototype that shows up in one of the sales events. Given the rarity, it’s anybody’s guess on the odds of picking one up. You might have more luck with a forum member in possession of one selling it on.

When they do show up in the sales you need to act fast. I was lucky enough to spot this Bel Canto prototype early in the sale and jump on it. It’s got a very early version of the bird decoration on it but lacks the actual chime complication. :lol:

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That’s hilarious. Love it, but disappointed it doesn’t “Tweet”. That’s a deal breaker I’m afraid.
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nbg wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 5:17 pm IIRC the last specific prototype sale was in March 2022. I don’t recall when the one prior to that was, although I did attend one many years before. So yes they have happened, albeit not regularly.
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dbailey wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 1:48 pm I’d love to add a one off, one of a kind prototype to my collection. I’ve only ever “taken” by one that I missed out on. What’s the likelihood I’m going to find one? I know they’re few & far between & I also know there’s a prototype sale at some point during the year so would love to pick one up then maybe.
Unless there’s anyone out there that may want to let theirs go I’m guessing that’s my only option?
It never hurts to ask directly. Someone may have one you’d like and a prompt may result in your benefit. I’ve enquired with some success.
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thomcat00 wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:25 pm
dbailey wrote: Wed Jan 18, 2023 1:48 pm I’d love to add a one off, one of a kind prototype to my collection. I’ve only ever “taken” by one that I missed out on. What’s the likelihood I’m going to find one? I know they’re few & far between & I also know there’s a prototype sale at some point during the year so would love to pick one up then maybe.
Unless there’s anyone out there that may want to let theirs go I’m guessing that’s my only option?
It never hurts to ask directly. Someone may have one you’d like and a prompt may result in your benefit. I’ve enquired with some success.
Thanks, yes I’m going to do that on the “want to buy” thread once I’ve built up enough posts. Has someone offer me one but it’s not quite right so the post worked to a certain degree.
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While I can see the appeal of owning a unique prototype, I find in many cases there’s often a good reason they remained a one off.

Yes there are some really nice ones out there but to my eyes many seem like lesser versions of the watches that were deemed good enough to make production.
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