My work protege sent me an email the other day and asked if I wanted to buy a super oyster he'd bought for a SKX173 he was hoping to purchase later this year. Turns out his wife put the hammer down on any more new watch purchases for 2012. I told him thanks, but I didn't have any use for it, not having a SKX diver in my collection at present.
Then I got to thinking that I could probably source 6309 end links for that bracelet and have a suitable attachment for my 6309-7040. I emailed back and asked him if he would be interested in a swap - maybe a watch for the bracelet? I have a couple of Chinese beaters that would be worth roughly what he paid for the bracelet.
Here's where the story got funny. He's seen most of my collection at this point, and I've let him wear quite a few of my pieces. He sent me an enthusiastic response saying that he'd be all over that trade - and saying how much he loved my Doxa... and my PRS14. He's a novice and really had no idea of the value of the watches that I was letting him wear. I told him what the Doxa and the PRS14 were worth in the open market right now, and asked if he might be interested in something else? We finally settled on a Panny clone that's been gathering dust in my watch safe.
I gave it to him yesterday, and he's tickled pink. His enthusiasm for everything watch related is infectious. It's fun to see someone discovering things for the first time that I have taken for granted for years (What's "Italian rubber?" ).
Anyway, this watch is gone, and I managed to source the end links I need from Swedefreak on SCWF. Should be here next week. And, what's cool about that is that after eleven years, there are still things I can get excited about, too...