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I've been thinking about my Covid-19 buying habits from online auctions a good bit lately. One of Kyle's posts (with pictures of his "spoils") made me take inventory of what I have purchased just in 2020:
"Covid has completely changed how people find enjoyment in the World. Shopping, Dining in Restaurants, Movie Theatres, Casinos, Bars, and many other forms of Entertainment have nearly disappeared. Collecting Seikos is one of the few forms of fun and entertainment that has survived. IMO the Covid Epidemic has increased the desirability and prices of Vintage Seikos. It is trend that will continue."
This is a true statement. The have been numerous articles on how people who have been stuck at home have been buying a lot of luxury products online. This is not just because in-person shopping was difficult or impossible in some cases, but because it was an outlet for excitement and expression. Of course, this is only true if your source of income was either minimally or unaffected by the pandemic.
So this evening I took pictures of just the Seikos I purchased last year. There were so many opportunities to find good example of rare models that I had a hard time resisting the "opportunities" that I found. Of course, there is a group of enablers on this site that makes it hard to say "no". ;)
These are the 6139s from 2020. Most were also restored too last year with a couple getting done earlier in 2021 - except for the -8020 which runs pretty well.
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Here are the 6138s, a 7015, 7017 and a Dawn Grey Samurai to go with my DG Turtle. The 7015 and 7017 were from the Bonham "Making Waves" auction and are in pretty good running order so they have yet to make a spa appearance:
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These two are still on my watch bench (and are very dusty) and will go to the spa when I can lay off finding interesting specimens online:
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So anyway, what Seikos did you get during the pandemic? Do you think that restricted in-person social interaction affected your buying tendencies?

For Kyle I think we know that the answer to these questions. :D
 

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I agree with Kyle's statement in your post, and I like you, have been enabled to buy a lot more watches during the Pandemic than I thought I would or should.

Soon after the beginning of this year, I also reflected on all of these COVID times purchases. I decided I would take a break from buying and focus more on the watches I already own, that I truly enjoy wearing...no, really, I'm dead serious this time.

There were a few that I bought and sold, but for the most part I kept almost all the ones I purchased during this past year.

Early in 2021, a few were sent off for service like my '69 6139-6010 SpeedTimer to Simon, '81 7549-7010 Tuna to Adrian, and my '74 6105-8119 to Duncan, and the rest I've enjoyed wearing.

Here's my 9 that were purchased in 2020 - plus my 6105 purchased in early 2021:






Oh - wait, that beautiful Resist Pogue from September '71 is no longer mine! John truly did a beautiful job on that watch, really glad it’s in your collection, Tod.




 

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During the pandemic, many people lost their jobs, hence many attractive goods on the market (watches) that were so far in the collections. Recession in the world due to covid causes that people invest in goods, getting rid of bank deposits and cash (they buy houses, apartments, watches, gold ...)
It is not Seiko that has become attractive, it is luxury goods and real estate that are booming.
Another issue is that we are a consumer society and we cannot live without shopping, the covid pandemic only exacerbated this.
 

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Quiet year.
Bought 6139-7060 teal.
6139-6000 blue.

Sold LCD 0114.

Traded. Early Ti Citizen Navihawk for a
7002 and a moded 6309-7290

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I suppose Covid was a big year for me as well with regard to the # of watches I bought/sold, & I definitely landed some grails (for me) after the hard work related to that buying and selling - namely those 6139's. Here is a family shot of the watches I bought during Covid (forgot to put the LM in the shot since it was hiding on my bench). Not counting a few I bought previously but had repaired in 2020 and of course the dreaded "Project Lot."

I agree with most of the sentiments around A) people in need selling, B) people at home & on the computer with a lot of "free time" during the pandemic and C) the vintage Seiko supply and demand conundrum...which incidentally has also led me to a great year for sales allowing me to grab these beauties.

I know I fell into the line item "B" and it has made my Seiko time a much bigger part of my day (which is good!).

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I agree with Kyle's statement in your post, and I like you, have been enabled to buy a lot more watches during the Pandemic than I thought I would or should.

Soon after the beginning of this year, I also reflected on all of these COVID times purchases. I decided I would take a break from buying and focus more on the watches I already own, that I truly enjoy wearing...no, really, I'm dead serious this time.

There were a few that I bought and sold, but for the most part I kept almost all the ones I purchased during this past year.

Early in 2021, a few were sent off for service like my '69 6139-6010 SpeedTimer to Simon, '81 7549-7010 Tuna to Adrian, and my '74 6105-8119 to Duncan, and the rest I've enjoyed wearing.

Here's my 9 that were purchased in 2020 - plus my 6105 purchased in early 2021:






Oh - wait, that beautiful Resist Pogue from September '71 is no longer mine! John truly did a beautiful job on that watch, really glad it’s in your collection, Tod.




You did very well Todd, I’m glad I was able to help. The Bruce Lee and 6105 are excellent examples.


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I agree with Kyle's statement in your post, and I like you, have been enabled to buy a lot more watches during the Pandemic than I thought I would or should.

Soon after the beginning of this year, I also reflected on all of these COVID times purchases. I decided I would take a break from buying and focus more on the watches I already own, that I truly enjoy wearing...no, really, I'm dead serious this time.

There were a few that I bought and sold, but for the most part I kept almost all the ones I purchased during this past year.

Early in 2021, a few were sent off for service like my '69 6139-6010 SpeedTimer to Simon, '81 7549-7010 Tuna to Adrian, and my '74 6105-8119 to Duncan, and the rest I've enjoyed wearing.

Here's my 9 that were purchased in 2020 - plus my 6105 purchased in early 2021:






Oh - wait, that beautiful Resist Pogue from September '71 is no longer mine! John truly did a beautiful job on that watch, really glad it’s in your collection, Tod.




that's a killer -6010!

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