Flipping a watch is a fundamental right of passage for a WIS. Buying and selling is integral to watch collecting–tastes change, grails materialize, and sometimes life simply takes priority over this great, but expensive, passion of ours.
Whatever the reason, there comes a time in every watch lover’s journey when he or she comes to regret the flip. Maybe the departed watch was rare, or maybe it had some sort of sentimental value attached to it. Or maybe what replaced it was ill-advised, and eventually had to go, too. Whatever the reason, regret can be part and parcel of watch collecting, and so this week we ask our team, “What watch do you most regret selling?”
We’ve all got stories to share, and we’d love to hear yours below.
The answer to this question can frequently change, depending on which way my buying habits are leaning. After 16 years of buying and selling watches in the sub-$1000 price range, I have quite a long list of those dearly departed. When I really consider the question, however, I find myself missing one particular watch more than others: the Omega Speedmaster Day-Date, ref. 3820.53.26.
It was a little rough around the edges (a couple dings on the bezel) and it could have used a new crystal (the AR coating was fading), but it was an unexpected eBay find at $440, and I just couldn’t pass it up at that price. It was an incredibly solid watch, and one of the quirkier members of the Speedmaster family. Thinking back now (it’s been gone since 2009) I couldn’t tell you why I sold it, but I honestly wish I hadn’t. Mostly likely whatever I bought in its stead is also now gone, so that certainly doesn’t help with the regret. But if I have the funds again one day and I come across the right one, I would love to get another example in my possession.