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Would you go to the ends of the Earth?

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How far would you go, or have you been, to get a watch?

I don't mean buying online from another country on the other side of the World and getting it delivered by DHL / FedEx etc.; that's too easy.

I mean, actually going to get a watch from some far flung place.

I've done my Christmas shopping at Harrods for Chuck @Thunder1 about 35 miles each way and a similar mileage last Saturday when I met Wyatt @0uatiOW to collect a watch from him.

Tenuously, when I bought my Breguet Type XX Aeronavale from Dave @Winnie Bloo he flew to UK from Eastern Europe to deliver the watch to me; but that as I say is tenuous.

Still? How far would you go, or have you been, to get a watch?

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I drove a 300 mile 6 hour round trip in the rain to see a Zero West. I bought it a couple of days later and had it shipped, but the visit to the boutique was an integral and essential part of the buying experience.

I bought one watch from an AD in Manila, and had my friend who lives there send it over with a globetrotting go between. I then drove 200 miles round trip to collect it.

No wait, I did that twice…. Same AD, same friend, different go between, different pick up point.
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Can’t compete with those.....Spalding to Cambridge a number of times and Spalding to Norwich, Leicester and Nottingham
Don’t go far :lol:
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Dibley to Maidenhead and back, approximately 320 miles including a night at Fawlty Towers (believe it!) at the beginning of June to collect my Twelve Ti.
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I have bought a few watches over the years from a shop about 150 miles from home. Although I didn’t have to make specific trips to pick up the watches. I picked them up when in the area either on holiday or staying with family.

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Ive taken a trip from Bolton, down to CW hq in order to choose & pick up my Trident prototype. Thats about a 3.5hr trip each way. Made a day of it though with a couple of mates.

Furthest was a trip to Zero West. It was a double whammy, with picking up my prototype, and being talked in to putting a deposit down on the unique Cafè Racer. The ZW lads took us for some grub and a good few pints, and next thing id bought another watch........ hmmmmm.... thats marketing at its best I recon...!

It was an epic trip, partly due to the experience of visiting what I consider to be one of the coolest shops ive ever seen, dealing with 2 people who know both how to design watches and how to deal with customers, and partly due to the 4 trains there including delays and a cancellation, and getting stranded at Watford on the way home and us having to stay over in a hotel with no overnight gear!
What should have been a nice day out turned in to one of the funniest ordeals ive been involved in for ages. We even got a mention in one of the ZW videos!!! Didnt put me off though as we're planning another visit over winter!

I think for the right watch id pretty much go anywhere. The other 2 watches I regret selling, id happily drive or get trains to pick up if needed, should I get the chance to snaffle them back..... :-"
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I’ve rarely even been as far as the local ADs to pick up a watch… :oops:

That said, I love the idea of a journey to pick up a watch. Train journey time on the way to enjoy the scenery; train journey time on the way home to keep checking the time… A dodgy meeting at King’s Cross away from the CCTV for a quick exchange of a watch and some folded cash… :lol:
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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 9:54 pm How far would you go, or have you been, to get a watch?

I don't mean buying online from another country on the other side of the World and getting it delivered by DHL / FedEx etc.; that's too easy.

I mean, actually going to get a watch from some far flung place.

I've done my Christmas shopping at Harrods for Chuck @Thunder1 about 35 miles each way and a similar mileage last Saturday when I met Wyatt @0uatiOW to collect a watch from him.

Tenuously, when I bought my Breguet Type XX Aeronavale from Dave @Winnie Bloo he flew to UK from Eastern Europe to deliver the watch to me; but that as I say is tenuous.

Still? How far would you go, or have you been, to get a watch?

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My record, so far, has been 106 miles to Watches of Switzerland in Cardiff for my Panerai.
CW is a relative trip to the shops at 25 miles.
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Hmm, thinking about it I'm not sure that I've collected a watch from further than the local AD or Royal Mail sorting office.

But you guys have sown the seeds for a delicious diversion; on the one hand my Christmas and New Year plans are causing me to lose sleep over the delivery of my FLE 2023 and on the other hand I shall be returning home to Suffolk from just sixty-odd miles west of CW Towers. How opportune! Yes!!!! :clap: :clap:

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missF wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:57 pm I’ve rarely even been as far as the local ADs to pick up a watch… :oops:

That said, I love the idea of a journey to pick up a watch. Train journey time on the way to enjoy the scenery; train journey time on the way home to keep checking the time… A dodgy meeting at King’s Cross away from the CCTV for a quick exchange of a watch and some folded cash… :lol:
That's almost the plot for a movie, a brief encounter you might say :lol: :lol:
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Would I go to the ends of the earth for a watch? I once went to Bradford for one which is almost the same thing.
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tikkathree wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 5:46 am That's almost the plot for a movie, a brief encounter you might say :lol: :lol:
Hmmm, film noir lighting, Rachmaninov, steam trains…

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:lol: :lol: :lol:
Doesn’t everyone have a black and white movie script running in their head when they decide what watch to wear?? :problem:
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iain wrote:Would I go to the ends of the earth for a watch? I once went to Bradford for one which is almost the same thing.
That's an intriguing thought, Iain, and not one that I thought of when I made my initial post. :oops: :oops:

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I've never travelled to collect/buy a watch, but I love the idea of buying from a manufacturer direct where they make the watches. I've never been to Germany and a trip to either Sinn and/or Hanhart really appeals. Now I own a Hanhart it'd be great to see where the magic happens. I'd also like to travel to Japan in the next few years if the stars align. @missF, sitting on a bullet train while turning over my new GS in my hands as we pass under Mt Fuji, now that's the stuff of fantasy. :lol:

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