As I had a Vimpel on the blog a while ago, I got an email from Slovakia, asking me if I wanted to buy a gold case Vimpel. The lad asked for £450, which was pretty ridiculous, and I offered £150…
Mitka and I had our doubts about this being a gold case, but the offer was of course made under the condition that the case was indeed gold with hallmarks.Dial and hands looked ok, but the lad still wanted £220, and so that was the end of it for me.
Next thing, I get an email from our friend in Slovakia:
“Hi. you know what.. I have tryied to restore those Vympels , at the moment I have them on the pieces at my table , they are precious realy, I have cleaned all the pieces . They are so shiny. But there is a couple of problems already arising for me.. a broke one small part and I don´t know if that is important to run them , You can see it on the picture attached. Well probably I should have to sell them to you for those £150 as I imagine to put tham back to work 🙁 I need a new mainspring and don´t know where to buy . That is going to be a chalange to make them done.. Well if I wouldn´t be able to do so , there is still a gold in it for those £150 at least. But I would rather restore them as they look cute.”Have a look at the dial – the lad lifted it off with the dial screws still screwed down, and he completely ruined it. The set lever spring is broken, and the chances of the hairspring surviving his mad skillz aren’t very good…
So I write back and tell him that the dial is completely destroyed, and that I don’t really have any more interest in buying the watch.
“Yes it is destroyed a bit because is has been too much connected to the base and i couldn´t disconnect it easy so I bend it over..
Well because I like them that´s why ..Everything is complet there, they have never been opened , no rust nothing similar as you had on yours pictures.. this is well golded. Don’t know if that small part that I broke is imporatnt inside there. Yes the dial is a big disapointment but it´s a victim of violations of the strongones.”
So I offer £5 for the parts that remain….
“Left nice and clean stuff.. If you would like to buy them now I may put all those small pieces in separate small plastic bags , all pack in nicely and send it to you for the price that you offered to me 150 + 10 postal fee. And I am telling you that if I put them into the fire I will get the gold worth 150 these days. But you have to decide qouick as Iam going to look for a blow lamp to fix that small piece :)”
He’s not easily distracted from the great value of his gold plated watch, so I guess he will now go ahead an destroy what’s left.
“Do you realize that with your joking price you are keeping me engaged in restoration ? :)”
Unfortunately, this is the fate of many a good watch…