Thanks 'Rob Atkin' for starting this Animal Watch thread. Because of reading this, I searched Ebay for a mint oranged faced W001 to add to my collection and not only found this rare model, but managed to buy it from the seller for a measly £25! It arrived today and its in such good condition, I feel that I have robbed the seller!
Its in almost brand new condition, with no scratches, original mint strap and it even still has the clear caseback factory protection sticker still in place.
This may come as a surprise, but serious vintage watch collectors like myself find nice early 'cheap' brands as cool and as collectable as the exclusive 'big' brands. In many cases the cheaper less well known brands are usually abused and trashed and are therefore sometimes harder to find in minty condition. A 'cool' admired watch to a collector does not alway mean an expensive branded watch.
To prove my point in question, the following picture shows my four cheapest Animal W001 watches in my collection along side my most valuable mint vintage 1972 'James Bond' Rolex 5513 Submariner. If I saw someone wearing an early W001 Animal, I would admire it as much as an early Rolex. They are both cool examples of early watches irrespective of price. For some reason, non-collectors only see mega-expensive, huge faced, multi-dialed new watches as desirable.
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
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