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7 Swiss Watches That Are Better Bought Second-Hand



So you’re thinking of buying a brand new Swiss watch? Kudos to you. We can only assume you’ve recently come into a hefty sum of cash (we’re not here to ask how). If you haven’t just had a windfall, however, it makes sense to shop second-hand.

It’s at the pre-loved end that things get a touch more democratic, and there are plenty of watches priced at a fraction of those fresh from Switzerland that will hold or even accrue value. Don’t just take our word for it, we asked two experts to source the timepieces well worth their weight, even as time ticks along.

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue 116660

Rolex is arguably the most coveted watch brand on the planet, something that makes its rarest pieces an even more worthwhile investment.

“Rolex rarely makes special editions, yet James Cameron’s 2012 expedition was deemed worthy of a limited run,” says Alex Stonely, head of retail at Watchfinder. “Made in the same shade as Cameron’s submarine, the D-Blue is fast becoming a collector must-have, and its value will only increase.”

Available at Watchmaster, priced £10,800.

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue 116660

Chopard LUC Lunar Big Date 161918-5003

Swiss firm Chopard is a top-end choice that’ll cost a small fortune bought new. But shop second-hand and there’s a big drop in price, especially for lesser-known models.

“Chopard’s LUC range flies under the radar despite a finish that could rival the very best brands,” says Stonely. “For the pre-owned buyer, this translates to a lot of watch for the money. The Lunar Big Date boasts multiple complications and a very high-end movement for a lot less than seems possible.”

Available at Chronext, priced £17,990.

Chopard LUC Lunar Big Date 161918-5003

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16523

The Daytona to Rolex is what Stan Smiths are to Adidas – a classic signature piece that’s unlikely to fall out of style, and one that gains kudos with every new release.

“The latest Daytona was subject to a year-long waiting list, which highlights the degree of demand for the piece,” says Erica Redgrave, buyer at The Watch Gallery. “This makes any previous model valuable since numbers are so limited, and that model, the 16523, will likely be worth a great deal in the future.”

Available at The Watch Gallery, priced £7,950.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16523

Tag Heuer Monaco CAW211P.FC6356

Tag Heuer may be an ‘entry-level’ option (in as much as it costs the same as a rent deposit rather than a new car), but the more affordable Swiss manufacturer can be just as investment-worthy as its more expensive counterparts.

“The Tag Heuer Monaco, first unleashed in 1969 as the world’s first automatic chronograph, is a style icon tied to legends like Steve McQueen and original models are fast becoming unattainable,” says Stonely.

“The re-issue features classic touches like the early ‘Heuer’ logo and a left-handed crown, making for a strong performer that’s easier on the pocket.”

Available at Watchfinder, priced £3,650.

TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211P.FC6356

Breitling Navitimer Vintage Small Counters 806

Vintage Rolex and Omega pieces aren’t the only stars in the spotlight. Despite Breitling continuing to increase in popularity, its pre-owned price tag remains reasonable.

“If you’re looking for an investment but can’t quite justify big ticket prices, opt for a vintage Breitling Navitimer,” says Redgrave. “The 1967 model is still relatively affordable compared to brand new reissues and it’s likely destined for big things in the future, as collectors widen their nets.”

Available at Chrono24, priced £3,995.

Breitling Navitimer Vintage Small Counters 806

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

There’s little chance of most men owning more than one Rolex during their lifetime, so turn to the brand’s sibling at the pre-owned point for a more affordable choice.

“The Rolex Submariner has walked far away with its RRP in recent years, and for many, that’s out of reach,” says Stonely. “Cue the younger brother, Tudor. Started by Rolex founder Hans Wilsford, the brand promises the same level of quality for much less, and the latest Black Bay models even boast an in-house movement.”

Available at Watchfinder, priced £2,320.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00

Without skipping a few meals or selling off some kidneys, few can justify the skyrocketing cost of watches. However, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch is a little more down-to-earth at the second-hand stage.

“This is the watch that went to the moon during the first American spacewalk,” says Stonely. “Plus, it’s the watch that has remained the closest to its sixties original, making the Speedmaster chronograph a timeless yet affordable watch that still carries strong residuals.”

Available at Watchmaster, priced £2,380.

Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00

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Two Nigerian men arrested with fake South African passports in Thailand



Nong Khai immigration police, Thailand on Monday October 16th, arrested two Nigerian men who were found to be using fake passports.

The Nigerian nationals bearing the names Katego Ofentse Makabane and Wayne Junior Shinbambo, both 35, attempted to cross the border to Laos at the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

They told immigration officers they were going to the South African embassy in Vientiane.
However, when officers checked their South African passports they discovered a number of discrepancies.

During further questioning the two men confessed to using fake South African passports and admitted they actually from Nigeria.

One man said he had entered Thailand at Phuket Airport while the other said he entered at Padang Besar.

The men said a friend in Thailand made the fake passports for them after their original passports had expired.

© 2017, Ikrueyen Vickky. All rights reserved.

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From Europe to Silicon Valley: McLoughlin and Rein on their journey at Disrupt Berlin



Graffiti on Berlin Wall, Berlin, GermanyTechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, our premier European event is fast approaching this December. And that means some of the top players from Silicon Valley will be coming over.
In this context, we are always interested in the experiences of European entrepreneurs who have made the transition from a successful European startup to joining the ecosystem in Silicon Valley. So we’re delighted to announce two new speakers for the conference who have been through that very journey. And not only that, one ended up investing in the other, making for an even more fascinating conversation.Andy McLoughlin
SoftTech VC

Andy is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of Silicon Valley’s most active seed-stage venture capital firms where he primarily invests in SaaS, vertical industry solutions, and developer tools.
Prior to joining SoftTech, Andy was co-founder of London-headquartered Huddle, an enterprise SaaS collaboration platform that was acquired in 2017. Andy’s angel investment portfolio includes innovative B2B products like Pipedrive, Intercom, Apiary (acquired by Oracle), Buffer and Bugsnag, as well as consumer services including Postmates, Secret Escapes, HER, and Calm.
Andy co-founded and is the US Trustee for the Founders Pledge, a charity that promotes altruism in early-stage entrepreneurs by enabling them to donate a percentage of personal proceeds following an exit. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honors list for services to the UK technology industry. Follow him on twitter @bandrew

Timo Rein

Timo Rein, co-founder and CEO of Pipedrive an activity-based simple sales management tool that helps over 60,000 sales teams to get more organised and focused, has 15+ years of experience as a salesman, sales manager and software entrepreneur. Timo is passionate about sales tactics and has always had a knack for reading people.

As CEO, Timo is responsible for setting long-term product vision and business-critical strategy goals. While Pipedrive has grown to over 300 employees working from different locations in New York, Lisbon, London and Estonia, Timo is still closely involved in the hiring process of new people and helps to find the best possible professional and personal fit between the new employee, the job or the rest of the team.

Prior to founding Pipedrive Timo worked for eleven years as one of the three partners at Vain & Partners, a sales consulting and training company with clientele like PwC, Coca Cola and Nissan. Timo’s goal was to create programs that would help different companies and people sell more, and manage better. Timo worked with about 30-40 companies, and 500 people each year to figure out ways to better sales results in different industries.

Timo also considers selling books door-to-door for 3 months in 2000 (in California, US) with Southwestern Comp, crucial to his sales experience that was eventually put to use as the architecture of Pipedrive. He was in top 1% performers among 4,000 sales people and while he never thought he was the type of person who could sell, he pulled off 14-hour-long days, 6 days a week, and 12 weeks in a row.

Timo’s first full-time job as a university student was a recruiter when he worked for four years interviewing people applying for managerial and specialist positions in different companies. Timo studied psychology at Tartu University and completed his BA studies in 1999.

Disrupt Berlin 2017 takes place December 4-5 at the historic Arena Berlin in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

Get your Disrupt tickets ASAP or rather right now to save 30% off of your tickets. You’ll see the Startup Battlefield competition, in which a handful of startups pitch our judges with the hopes of winning the coveted Disrupt Cup and a massive cash prize.

And you’ll get to chat with representatives from scores of promising startups in Startup Alley, see amazing on stage content, and unwind after a long day at the show with a cocktail and some new friends at the Disrupt after party.

Are you a startup? The Startup Alley Exhibitor Package is your best bet to get the greatest exposure by exhibiting your company or product directly on the Disrupt Berlin show floor and if you get your exhibitor package before this Friday 29 September you’ll get an additional general admission ticket! Check it out.



© 2017, Paul Umoh. All rights reserved.

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Man goes temporarily insane after wife gives birth to conjoined babies in Lagos.



A man was so distraught when his wife gave birth to conjoined twin baby boys that he became temporarily insane.

Mr Obinna Ugwuoke, from Ebonyi state, and his wife Mrs Amarachi Ugwoke welcomed their sons at First Covenant Hospital in Satellite Town, Lagos on the 8th of May 2 017. The couple, who have two other children, were shocked when they saw that their sons were joined at the stomach and it took a toll on the husband.

The boys have four separate legs, two separate heads, and four hands but are fused from the chest down to the stomach. They have been named James and John.

The parents are awaiting a surgery to separate their sons and their parish has begun raising money to help pay for the medical expenses.

© 2017, Sunday Emmanuel. All rights reserved.

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“Beautiful Ones (Acoustic)” from Beautiful Ones (Acoustic) – Single by Hurts. Released: 2017. Track 1 of 1. Genre: Pop.