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Bring a Brain XX

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 19th 2017, 2:35pm

http://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/bring-brain-xx-4597001.html

Hello and welcome to the 20th instalment of the Bring a Brain series, your favourite comedy/watchdog/education/entertainment series! Yes, for the twentieth time already, Bring a Brain brings you the best of the worst fails, for everyone to laugh and learn! This time, BaB is back with more bad research and shameless fleecing from The Advertorial Site! Lasses and lads, this is your Bring a Brain!

First, this Rolex Datejust ref. 1601:
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1963-rolex-datejust-reference-1601?variant=1558734962703

The calibre has obviously been misidentified. Again. It's not the 1570, but the 1575, since the 1570 is a no-date movement. This one is quite definitely not from 1963, for one good reason. The 157X family has been introduced in 1965, two years later. Now here's the good question: does this fit within a permissible interval between Rolex cases and movements, or is this a frankenwatch. Depends on whether the date stamp on the case dates the entire watch, or only the batch of cases. If the entire watch, then it's a franken.
Not to mention, that the movement is worn and looks like a pigsty.
Besides, they've put "N/A" in lume description, while the watch has lume alright. Without T markings, most likely radium.

Now, this obscenely overpriced Omega PW:
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1940s-omega-oversized-steel-pocket-watch

This is an absolutely obscene price for any Omega pocket watch, especially for one made well after the heyday of the PW. Just an average model, with a wristwatch movement inside. Besides, exactly how the hell is 56mm an "oversize" for a pocket watch?!

Now, a Tudor Rustmariner:
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1969-1970-tudor-submariner-snowflake-reference-7021-0?variant=1558638198799
"Tudor 2484" = ETA 2452.
Just look at that rust and filth by the balance cock. Oh, dear. So, case tampered with, movement filthy and rusty.

Next, this UG:
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1960s-universal-geneve-polerouter-date?variant=1558708649999

It's not a "crosshair" dial, that's one thing. Unless someone has ever seen a crosshair consisting of one line... The shape of the lugs is hardly "bombe."

Now, this Heuer Autavia:
https://shop.hodinkee.com/collections/vintage-watches/products/1960s-heuer-autavia-jochen-rindt-3rd-execution-with-letter-signed-by-jack-heuer

The description is, of course, an ode to Jack Heuer. The contents of the letter would suggest, that this specimen was apparently notorious for breaking down. Not the best advertisement...


Now, some gems from another lot of "experts", this time it's the YouTube ones.
UG Poleruster:
https://theoandharris.com/vintage-watch-shop/vintage-watches/universal-geneve-polerouter-7/

Rust, rust, rust, rust, rust, fleecing, rust.

Marvin alarm:
https://theoandharris.com/vintage-watch-shop/vintage-watches/marvin-alarm/

Overpriced, alarm hand likely refinished, case with serious plating loss on the right flank and lugs.

Now, this Tudor:
https://theoandharris.com/vintage-watch-shop/vintage-watches/tudor-oyster-royal/

Exactly how is the Tudor 1156 an "automatic winding" movement? It's a hand-wound one. Guys, did you even look at the movement? Run-of-the-mill piece, obscene rarity claims.


That's all for this instalment. Hope you've enjoyed the horror stories. There likely won't be another instalment until after New Year. As always, Bring a Brain will return if necessary!
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby Pubbie » December 19th 2017, 3:13pm

And yet the young and stupid just lap it up.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby bedlam » December 19th 2017, 4:45pm

I must say I find these posts hilarious and disturbing in equal measure :lol: :shock:
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 20th 2017, 10:52am

bedlam wrote:I must say I find these posts hilarious and disturbing in equal measure :lol: :shock:

I'll take that as a compliment :D

The thread on WUS has taken a rather funny turn, as it has been infested by a troll. Which is actually enjoyable, since when BaB is being trolled by particularly thick individuals, I take that as a badge of merit - it means, that the writing made its way to the most dense matter in all the inferiora terrae.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby Pubbie » December 20th 2017, 1:16pm

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
bedlam wrote:I must say I find these posts hilarious and disturbing in equal measure :lol: :shock:

I'll take that as a compliment :D

The thread on WUS has taken a rather funny turn, as it has been infested by a troll. Which is actually enjoyable, since when BaB is being trolled by particularly thick individuals

Or indeed, paid social media internet shills :)
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby Nuvolari » December 20th 2017, 1:38pm

Love it! That Rustmaster is a future collectible... Too bad there's no ValuePay.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 21st 2017, 3:15pm

Pubbie wrote:Or indeed, paid social media internet shills :)

Doesn't look like the guy who trolled BaB this time is a...how do we call a troll for hire? Troll of fortune? Selltroll? Anyway, his trolling was hardly the sort of work that anyone would be willing to pay for, unless they paid him with Cheetos.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby Pubbie » December 22nd 2017, 5:57am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
Pubbie wrote:Or indeed, paid social media internet shills :)

Doesn't look like the guy who trolled BaB this time is a...how do we call a troll for hire? Troll of fortune? Selltroll? Anyway, his trolling was hardly the sort of work that anyone would be willing to pay for, unless they paid him with Cheetos.

:D :D

However, some internet trolling is insidious. Designed to germinate fear, belonging, tribalism, support, or most often, hate - to plant a seed of concord or discord depending on the paymaster. A bit like Inception, and equally disconnected from reality.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby bobbee » December 22nd 2017, 6:37am

What an arsehole that Mougino on WUS is! He starts with: "This thread (and its brothers) should be renamed "Please someone prescribe me Xanax, cos' I'm so full of hate", then when a few members make pointed remarks he goes all snowflakey with:. "Thank you specially Hartmut for not taking it personal (cf. inferior mind and high horse from other posters)."
What an utter penile rash he is.

Great work Mike, I enjoyed your (and others) replies to him. Kudos to 'The Sphincter' for backing you up too. Tell Hartmut 'hi' from me!
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 22nd 2017, 1:38pm

Indeed, mougino’s one nasty bellend. He allegedly knows nothing about Hoodwinkee, claims he has never visited the site, yet finds it fitting to troll the thread. I wonder if it was spontaneous - it may be, that even if he has no ties to the Donkeys, he could be working for someone... Maybe for Louis?
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » December 30th 2017, 3:59pm

An interesting development in the thread, on page 6:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/bring-brain-xx-4597001-6.html

Looks like Hoodwinkee is rigging price precedents for overpriced watches by marking withdrawn pieces as sold.
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Re: Bring a Brain XX

Postby Mortuus » December 30th 2017, 4:20pm

bedlam wrote:I must say I find these posts hilarious and disturbing in equal measure :lol: :shock:

Well said, Carl... 8-)
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