The OMFG Story of the Day

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The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by demer03 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:42 am

So, like most of us, I am friendly with my FedEx guy. Rick always makes sure I get what I need as early as possible. It's also nice that he is a watch guy and often wants to see the inveiling.

He just dropped off the latest and asked where I'd been? He'd been trying to get a hold of me for help. Because...

He was driving north with the family and saw a barn sale with a "guns for sale" sign. He collects those as well and despite the grumping of the aforementioned wife and kids, he pulled over to have a look.

These farmers knew their guns and they were ar market or above...no deals to be had. On his way out he spotted a box with some old watches in it. As he thumbed through them he pulled out a GMT Master...cracked crystal and well worn. Naw, has to be a fake. Asked farmer 1 "how much for the fake Rolex"? "Five bucks" he answered.

Gets home and takes bracelet off...1950's rivet spring bracelet with correct markings.

Case marks?...couldn't be...

He was holding a 1955-56 Rolex GMT Master with original bracelet and bakelite bezel....that he bought for $5 :scream:

After he couldn't get a hold of me, he reached out to some other guys. Monday, a classic velour jump suit wearing, wife beater and gold chain clad "goombah" from NYC flew into Grand Rapids airport and handed him $30,000 in cash and a brand new Rolex Sub from his shop.

He's sending me pics and I'll share them later.

Why doesn't this shit happen to me :lol:
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Armidoro » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:47 am

Holy crap! Now that's an awesome story!

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Armidoro » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:48 am

Holy crap! Now that's an awesome story!

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by stumpy1972 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:48 am

Holy shit! Great story! Reminds me of that dude that found the LeCoultre compressor at goodwill last year! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by justsellbrgs » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:51 am

would not surprise me if it was -- lunaroyster -- on Instagram... he chases vintage Rol hard...
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Post by 59yukon01 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:10 am

WOW! Never underestimate another man's junk pile. If you watch American Pickers it's amazing the value of the stuff they find.

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Post by Chocodove » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:13 am

Jesus. Can't wait to see pics.
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by greenlightning » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:25 am

too cool for school. This is a story worth sharing with the wife to justify the hobby. "This next watch purchase could make a rich!"

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Seppia » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:27 am

WOW
I'm always happy when these things happen to the local fedex guy instead of to a guy who doesn't need the luck
Great story, thanks for sharing
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by hoppyjr » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:30 am

Wow! That's something that doesn't happen everyday. Good for him!

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by i29alpha » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:37 am

That is incredible!

I'm going picking this weekend....

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Denizen » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:48 am

Wow...good for him!

Those things happen once in a lifetime for most of us...if we're lucky.

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Nellipj » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:49 am

Hot damn that's incredible!


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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by dukerules » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:49 am

If it's a real OG bakelite bezel, he gave that watch away. Still, incredibly cool.

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by demer03 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:58 am

dukerules wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:49 am
If it's a real OG bakelite bezel, he gave that watch away. Still, incredibly cool.
It is, and I told him we could have done better, but he has a great attitude. $5-$40,000? Happy.
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by TSD » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:59 am

justsellbrgs wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:51 am
would not surprise me if it was -- lunaroyster -- on Instagram... he chases vintage Rol hard...
Exactly. It's not up on his IG yet, though.

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by matt.wu » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:06 am

Yeah... the bezel alone, depending on condition, was worth more than what he got....

I guess we'll see it pop up again soon!
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by jimyritz » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:17 am

Wow, cool story Mike..--$30K off a $5 investment....

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by jswing » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:26 am

If this came from a different source, I wouldn't believe it, but knowing this is true it's a very cool story.

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Rob.B » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:35 am

All about the timing...lol Being in the right place at the right time...

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by bpax » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:44 am

Wow....can't wait to see the pics.

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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by Joeprez » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:12 am

What an incredible story, good for the FedEx guy!

(next time tell him to definitely wait for you).
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by outtatime » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:14 am

a classic velour jump suit wearing, wife beater and gold chain clad "goombah" from NYC
That's what I imagine "Gil" from "The Watch Collector NY" looks like...
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by demer03 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:25 am

Lol, or Pat ;)
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Re: The OMFG Story of the Day

Post by hoppyjr » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:33 am

demer03 wrote:Lol, or Pat ;)
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