Another one of my favorite thrift finds ever…..
I rarely find something at a thrift store nowadays that surprises me. I also usually don’t keep many things that I thrift for myself. I usually use my profits from thrifting to buy pieces that I want for myself elsewhere. This find is an exception. I was at the thrift store doing a return the other day and while browsing to find something to exchange for, I look in the jewelry case and I see this baby. At first glance, I’m thinking there is no way that it’s real. I ask the lady to let me see the watch. I examine it. The thing is filthy, but as I examine it, I start to realize that it is real. Now Tag Heuers are one of the most faked watches, so I was still skeptical. It also was a quartz and the battery was dead so it wasn’t working. My second fear would be that it was real, but broken. At a price of $14.99, I decided to bring it home for further examination. The best thing is that I only had to lay out another $3.11 due to my item that I was returning.
I get it home and do some research. I am able to identify that it is a Tag Heuer Kirium approximately from the early 2000’s. These go for anywhere from $300-$400 up to $800-900 on eBay depending on the condition. My luck in watches has amazing lately. I can’t believe it. I brought it to my watch maker and had him open it up for me the next day. He confirmed that it was real. I included a pic of the movement above. It’s not as pretty as an automatic movement since it’s a quartz but it still looks nice to me. He threw a battery in it and low and behold, it works fine. I was ecstatic! I took it home and proceeded to clean it up. This watch was filthy. It was disgusting. I should’ve taken a picture of all of the crap I scraped out of this watch. I have never seen a watch with as much grime and dirt between the links as this one. I literally had to pick big nasty pieces of dirt out from between each and every link. Then I washed it down with a toothbrush and soap and warm water. It took me 1.5 hours to get this watch cleaned up but it was well worth it. It is good as new now. It is a perfect beater watch because it is dependable, rugged and still has a nice presence on the wrist in my opinion. I will probably keep this for myself for a while, but I will probably eventually sell it to fund a future watch purchase. For now, I’m enjoying it.