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October 22, 2013

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Paul

Two new radios by CCrane:

http://www.ccrane.com/instruction-manuals/ccrane-catalog.pdf

See page 20 for the CC SKYWAVE, and page 21 for the CC WIFI 2 - Internet Radio.

I wish CCrane would send me one for review! :)

Angelo

Plenty of controversy here. In the recent group picture of your watches, this was one of the real stand-outs. I probably should downsize a little too----but I have a very hard time deciding what to let go. Plus, my watches don't have the value yours do---so by selling them on E-Bay, it's not like I'd make enough to fund any serious new purchases. But there is something enticing about clearing out a lot of deadwood to make way for something special----it's just that I like my deadwood. I guess that means it's not dead?

jonnybardo

That's just it, Angelo. If they're not dead to you then they're not deadwood, and if you can't get a solid amount back for them then don't sell them.

While my watches are selling very slowly, there are a clear dozen or so that I know I want to get rid of. On the other size of things, there are about 10 that I know I want to keep - for the time being, at least. But then there are about half a dozen in the middle that I don't wear all that much, in some cases not at all over the last few months, but I don't want to sell because I still like them. Take the very unusual Seiko SKA425 - there really is no watch quite like it.

Jeff, something was always a bit off for me about the Molarity.I mean, I do really like it but I withdrew it from my wishlist.

Anyhow, with your Tuna any new watch purchases for you will probably need to be different enough from that toolish style for you to enjoy them, or they'll have to be comparable or superior in quality. You've set a higher bar to compare all future watches against.

Angelo

Jonny: Take today for example. I'm wearing a Ben Sherman casual that just got a new battery yesterday, after many months of inactivity. Ben Shermans are not as common in the U.S./North America as they are in the UK. It's a silver bezel/silver face/silver subdials with a very simple black leather band----no contrasting stitching, just black on black. It's probably about 43 MM. This is what a typical Invicta might look like if you made the Invicta a more "manageable" size and stripped all the crap off of it. I like this watch. When the battery died, I had so many other watches, I moved it to the "out of rotation" box. Lately, I had a few watches lose battery power----so I fished this one out and took it to my favorite mall kiosk for battery replacement (the cute girl works there Tuesdays and Wednesdays). And now I've sort of rediscovered how much I like this watch and why I bought it in the first place. A deep bench does have some virtues.

jonnybardo

That's the tricky part - you don't know when one of those "benched" watches will come back into favor.

This is why I was recommending to Jeff that he keep an Invicta or two - because that sort of craving for something gaudy and outrageous might come again, so it is a good idea having something that fits that particular niche that Invicta is really good at ("Mr. Miami Beach"). This is why I'm going to keep my Capsule 6661, and why I would keep my 0508 if it were smaller.

But in the case of a watch that has been superceded in the same general style or tone, like the Molarity for Jeff with his new Tuna, it makes sense to sell.

herculodge

The Molarity is a fine watch, but when I wear it I find myself thinking I'd rather be wearing the Tuna.

Angelo

The moral of that comment Jeff, is that in the long run----maybe this is a bit of a stretch, but I'll say it anyway---in the long run, the Tuna might actually SAVE you money. If it's as close to the Grail as you have found, no doubt it will make other watches you have pale in comparison. More importantly, it might make other watches you DON'T have also pale in comparison---stopping you from buying them. Why buy even a really nice $650.00 toolish diver when you already have the Tuna? Without the Tuna, you'd be binging now and then on watches probably priced between $250.00-$500.00. It wouldn't take too many purchases to equal out to what you spent on the Tuna----and you're happier for having the Tuna by all appearances. As far as wishing you had figured this out sooner and saved your time and money---life doesn't normally work that way. You did some dating before you got married. Now, that said----I don't believe for a moment that your days of watch buying/watch collecting are over. But I think the Tuna has served to throw a wet blanket over pricey fashion watches and even other impulse purchases. I think the interesting thing will be to get updates from you----as time goes by----on how the Tuna is holding up. How is it holding up as a watch and how is it holding up in your mind? Also, I'd be interested in knowing if depending on your activity----or what you're wearing on a given day---if you turn to other watches in your collection and give the Tuna a rest.

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