The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? More than 350 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
No 109 & 214 - MKII Blackwater
Let’s get on with one more classic from MKII! The Blackwater. Another one of all those homages to
the old Benrus Vietnamn watch. This one might be the best one of them though.
I got my
first one in late November 2011. I had a guy responding to one of my want-to-buy-adds and it turned out that he just lived a couple of
blocks away from me. I remember running to him fast as hell in the pouring rain early one Saturday morning. Unfortunately
it turned out to be the version I was looking for the least but it had to do
for the moment. I didn’t want to have made that miserable run for nothing and I also felt a little forced to buy it since this gentleman had responded so quickly and I
pretty much wrote back “I’ll take it!” without asking any questions. Classic
flipper disease syndrome! This was the MOD2RC which has a different bezel from
the original Benrus and was fitted with the Type I dial.
#109 - The MKII Blackwater. MOD1RC.
one was a MOD2C which I bought in February 2014. It had the correct bezel I
was looking for but it also had the Type I dial like the first one so it wasn’t perfect. Its bezel insert was beautifully worn down and had begun to fade. This
one faced some trouble when it was sold. I was down at the post office handing
over two parcels. One contained the Blackwater and the other a Seiko
7548-7000. The next day my friend Björn calls me saying he received a MKII and
not a Seiko. I then realize the cashier must have mixed up the two address
labels so the watches went to the wrong recipient. Both watches were sent with
an extra insurance option and were supposed to be handled with extra care by
the employees. I went back and asked them how this could have happend and according to the lady who'd helped me the day before this was absolutley impossible and she refused to accept she'd made a mistake. Luckily I had sent the watches to two honest guys and all turned out good in the end.
#214 - The MOD1C with some beautiful patina.
configuration have I been searching for all this time? The MOD2A with the traditional bezel
and the Type-II dial of course! I just love that setup. But unfortunately like
with all the older MKII’s the Blackwater’s are just becoming more and more
expensive and I don’t think they are worth paying what people are asking for for