Hi, all, I'm Drew.
I came across the forum as I was researching a Swatch I bought in 1984 from the _old_ Abercrombie and Fitch (back when they sold such things, before they became a mall chain).
It turns out I have a 4 Flags (GS100) and, if the reports are accurate, it's rather rare!
The watch is worn, band is original, 7-hole, curled, but no discolortion. and there are tiny (but faint) scratches on the crystal. The battery died long ago, of course. Numbered 284. Far from mint, but over all, I'd say quite good.
I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a way of selling it? And what a fair price range would be? I'd rather avoid Ebay and go through a reputable dealer, but don't know where to start. Any suggestions? A California-based dealer would be optimal, though far from required.
Many thanks for any info you can provide!
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Hi Drew, welcome!
Indeed you have a nice and sought after Swatch. It was actually withdrawn after legal issues with Corum and replaced by Twelve Flags.
There is quite a difference between truly unworn and yours but as I read it yours is quite good. To sell better new original straps, new original Renata battery, the correct box and a crystal polish would help a lot.
What you can expect pricewise depends on the people wanting to buy. The economy isn't really what it should be. But I expect it to make at least 150 Euro. On a very good day, up to 350 would be possible.
About selling it. I would still advise to use eBay!
Thank you for the very kind, generous advice, Hans. I'll try to get the watch up to snuff before I list it. If I remember correctly, I can buy a new band through Squiggly, yes?
Normally yes but sadly these straps are not in stock. They are quite rare. The idea is to buy a new Twelve Flags and use those straps...
Just an update on the Four Flags:
I wasn't able to locate a new band, so I opted to keep the original. There's still a slight bend to the band (though it has relaxed somewhat) and there is some slight scoring on the band where the buckle rested. Still, it's in great shape and I thought it was better to keep the original rather than attach a band that wasn't appropriate.
The crystal has been polished to near-perfection with the exception of one stubborn scratch. Overall, it's clean, in working order, and remarkably fine shape.
Oh, and I've just listed it on Ebay. (I'm not providing a link to the listing as I don't want to possibly violate any forum rules.)
Thanks again for all of your great advice!
Good luck selling!
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