Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

About Rolex

I bought my Rolex Submariner Date on a saturday in april 2007. It was the watch of my dreams since I was 18 or 20. But always way too much money to spend. Until that day.

You can imagine how excited I was when I walked right into the store, announced my request and walked out with this precious timepiece.

Years gone by and it never let me down. I kept in on my wrist at work, while passing security checks at airports, at home, on the beach, in the ocean, while running and only put if off when I went to bed.

But it always was some minutes fast in one week, so I had to correct it from time to time.
It did not mean a thing to me, because there wasn't any doubt because of its chronometer certificate.

Then came the day (I guess one month ago) when I put it on in the morning, realizing the hands stood still. After some shaking, life came back into my Sub, but still I knew something was wrong with it.

So the week before Christmas, I let my Sub check by some high-class jeweler on Kö. The guy with the magnifying glass told me, that there was a divergence (is that the right word?) in the clockwork. Too bad!

So today I went to Germany's Rolex headquarters in Cologne for maintenance.
The master watchmaker told me, that he had no clue what was wrong with the movement and that he wanted to check it in detail. And after that he'll send me a cost estimate.

I mean: What? A cost estimate? Rolex want me to pay for maintenance on a 4 year old expensive watch because there's something wrong with it? Maybe since I bought it?

Are you serious?

I'll tell you how this story will end in a few weeks.


Dienstag, 3. Januar 2012

About thrifting.

Dear readers,

here I am. Back again. Happy new year and stuff. Missed you folks :-)

Well, most of us know AAW for quite a long time and worship his ability to discover real treasures among rags.

Thrift shopping in Germany isn't quite as cheap as in the US when it comes down to brands. So usually you won't find those classic american brands like Brooks Brothers, J.Press, L.L.Bean but of course german and british brands.

A couple of weeks ago I payed a visit to little second hand shop (how we call thrift shops) right in the middle of Düsseldorfs Altstadt. They offered kind of anything: Furs for the ladies, duffle coats, some lace ups, some ties, Barbour jackets, Burberry trench coats and loads of sports jackets.

So here's what I found:

A nice Harris Tweed 3/2 patch pocket sports jacket by Tommy Hilfiger.
BUT: 120 Euros! Ok, cheaper than retail, but still no bargain.

It does fit great and keeps me warm.

What do you think?
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