Just for a laugh - your favourate eBay saying.....

We all see them..them one's that make us red with anger or sore with laughter.

What's you favourate eBay sellers comment.....in regards to Bulova watches of course.

mybulova_admin
Posted January 26, 2012 - 1:36am

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Pre 1960 watches

'does not work, needs a new battery'

always good for a laugh.

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shooter144
Posted January 26, 2012 - 1:47am

dont forget ' Overwound '

mybulova_admin
Posted January 26, 2012 - 5:42am

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ah yes another favourate.

GVP
Posted January 26, 2012 - 4:50am

 "May work have not tested"   How hard is it to wind a watch...REALLY HOW HARD! lol

 

For the above what I actually read is:   "have tested, does not work at all, probably has a broken staff and twisted hairspring and guts ripped out, but if we put it may work and we haven't tested some fool may just bid high"

Geoff Baker
Posted January 26, 2012 - 5:34am

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"Super Rare - only one ever seen on eBay - 14 K Art Deco Curvex"

mybulova_admin
Posted January 26, 2012 - 5:43am

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LOL!

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 6:03am

"1950's art deco".

"Military Watch"- when obviously it's not. Or, "Miltary Officers Watch" -

and one of the best yet....

"$12,500.00"

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 26, 2012 - 7:48am

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 "Solid 14K GF"...."Runs perfect" ...... "Nouveau Deco"......." Have been told by expert".....

"Buy it NOW: $29.99!! Shipping: $500"

etc etc, and my fave:

"Please note: I am not a watch expert, therefore....blah blah blah.....with some TLC. "

Geoff Baker
Posted January 26, 2012 - 8:54am

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Rev, I bought a Bulova once from Hong Kong for a penny - 1 US CENT - at auction and paid $39 USD to have it shipped.  As it turns out.......

http://www.mybulova.com/watches/1973-jet-star-c-2509

I was NOT disappointed - although I truly expected to be!

jfoley
Posted January 26, 2012 - 8:48am

probably just needs cleaning

NOVA
Posted January 26, 2012 - 4:32pm

One I got this week:  "Not running well--just OK!"

I always like it when they mention "steampunk" as a suggestion for what you can do with their piece of junk

Art Deco applied to an early '20s model is always good, or a mid-'30s Art Deco style case being dated as a '20s model, while acknowledging the Art Deco styling

Everyone likes to use the patent date as the date of the watch.  I've quit trying to set them straight

Just needs "a little TLC" (read, "and a lot of cash")

And then there are all those "drivers" models.  Like right now there's a nice American Eagle "C" advertised as a driver's watch.  What???

 When the entire description is "Bulova Watch"

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Reverend Rob
Posted January 26, 2012 - 7:57pm

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 I had to laugh at that one: "Steampunk". When all else fails, it has steampunk possibilities.....

Geoff: I have heard eBay wants to crack down on the heavy shipping sellers, but that is still a good deal you got! I think I'll do a search on Unusual Art Deco Curvex Rare Collectible investment watches....Bulovas, of course.

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 26, 2012 - 8:10pm

I just saw one of those...

Geoff Baker
Posted January 26, 2012 - 8:30pm

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did it have the words James Stewart in it?

YGBKM

Ellierose
Posted January 26, 2012 - 8:40pm

since we are all in the know..i ignore all this crap that people say...when i sell something i am honest as possible...one only because i don't want to deal with returns..and two so no one can i say i missed something....

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shooter144
Posted January 27, 2012 - 1:12am

Wind up watch...might just need a new battery...

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William Smith
Posted January 27, 2012 - 2:55am

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...other than that, it's completly original and now in mint condition...

Elgin Doug
Posted January 27, 2012 - 11:20am

ULTRA-RARE MINTY ORIGINAL ART DECO CURVEX MILITARY GOLD!!!

Last week, I saw a very ordinary Elgin, with a very ordinary and not shockproof movement, listed as a 'very rare 673 17 jewel movement', and the listing said "The Elgin resources have this listed as a very rare Signiture Shock Movement."  

'Signiture Shock'?  What the heck does that even mean?  Especially for a non-shockproof movement.

But I did see something funny yesterday.  Apparently, somebody couldn't read the writing on the dial of an Elgin Shockmaster.  They called it a 'Thockmaster', presumably because it can survive the 'THOCK!' sound you hear when your watch falls on a desktop...

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timerestoration
Posted January 27, 2012 - 1:01pm

Occasionally, I see different versions of the example below:

Title: VINTAGE WATCHMAKER THOMAS TOOL

COMPLETE Description: VINTAGE WATCHMAKER THOMAS TOOL

Photo: 1 view

Disclaimer: All items are described as accurately as possible according to eBay standards.  We try to give the most elaborate description as well as provide visuals so that you have a true idea of what you are buying!  In this respect all sales are final unless item has been grossly misrepresented.

I don't consider giving just the item name and one photo to be a "most elaborate description."

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FifthAvenueRest...
Posted January 27, 2012 - 12:57pm

That's called C.Y.A.

The more elaborate or detailed description the more likely a 'item not as described' complaint will be filed.

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William Smith
Posted January 27, 2012 - 4:16pm

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agreed...even if these discriptions are correct.  It's a tradeoff between the truth and ePay policies, which favor the buyers :(

Geoff Baker
Posted January 28, 2012 - 5:59am

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Oh, how did we forget "Asymmetric", which, as I recall, means that the shape cannot be folded over in any way evenly. I don't recall ever even SEEING an asymmetric Bulova case, Hamilton's yes, but not a Bulova.....

Geoff Baker
Posted January 28, 2012 - 6:07am

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AND I just saw an Accurron Astronaut listed as Art Deco, Mod AND Retro. YIKES - fashion collision imminent!! Watch out for flying pieces.

Ellierose
Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:09am

thanks geoff for clearing that up for people.,,,anyway these are all tag lines...so when somewhen runs a search for an art deco watch they get a 1960s Accutron...i mean it takes some moxie to say that is an art deco watch though...but for something to be art deco it really doesn't have to come from the real art deco period...art deco just means art decoration that has no purpose other to look nice pretty and attention grabbing..now i know art deco it more of a style than just something made to look pretty..but it doesn't mean it has to be from a certain period....like the 50's AAs i would say they have and art deoc look to them... but like it has been said here, the thing that bothers me the most is EVERYTHING IS A CURVEX no its not a curvex back isn't even curved at all...

will91gt
Posted March 10, 2012 - 11:43pm

It is really hit & miss on buying some watches. Here is a nice one. Its always good to buy a watch that someone adjusted the calendar with a pair of pliers. They made sure to face the crown up to were the top teeth looked good & the bottom chewed off. They did this so much that the case back worn thin and cracked, screw back ring couldn't even be tightened then did a pretty solider job on the inside. Just what I wanted. This other one has this real nice lug to look at but the photo taken could not see it in a forward shot. Sure these watches are vintage & would have some wear but some are over the top.

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DarHin
Posted March 11, 2012 - 1:25am

How about Wow, Rare, Curvex and Tanq all in the same listing title.

Of course, if it were a Bulova Curvex Tanq it certainly would be rare and I would most likely yell WOW!

will91gt
Posted March 11, 2012 - 1:57am

Ha Ha DarHi, I'm new to collecting Bulova watches so I have to be careful on what I buy and when I see RARE it don't hold water with me unless I  do some research. Thanks for the input on the green Bulova,  I am going to looking up DIOR before I go to bed.

stoddrob
Posted March 11, 2012 - 7:22pm

Back to the beginning....my favorite seen so far was, "Manual wind....doesn't run....might need a new battery."

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 7:59pm

"I don't know if it works or not"

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William Smith
Posted March 11, 2012 - 8:38pm

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I finally called one seller on the phone after he said he didn't know if it ran or not.  First I emailed him asking him to "check" if it runs please.  He wrote back and said he didn't know how to make these older watches run.  He said he was only 25 years old and had only owned battery watches for his personal use.....yet he was a seller w/ many vintage watch auctions recently closed.  So I called him on the phone and told him to try winding the little knob on the side,  A day later he email me back.  He had wound it.  It didn't tick.  ...and he thanked me for teaching him how to wind an old watch.  

Like I'm gonna ad him to my favorite sellers list just for laughs!