"I'm looking for a watch, I can't remember exactly but it sounded Italian."
"Ah, you're in luck! We just got this Panerai into our pre-owned!" Needless to say, I was already counting my commission ; )
"No, that's not the one..."
"Well, we also have Anonimo!"
(author's note - this was back when Anonimo was actually made in Italy.)
I took out my trusty copy of the Wrist Watch Annual and started leafing through the pages, and there in Eberhard's entry was the Traversetolo.
"That's it! That's the one!"
|Courtesy of Eberhard|
Well, gentle reader, this is where a fast sale went down the tubes.
"Well sir, I do apologize but we do not carry Eberhard...but I can see if we have one in the Tourneau inventory in pre-owned."
Every Tourneau was consulted, no avenue left unexplored, and the following Saturday we had not one, but two Traversetolos sitting in the safe.
The customer came in, examined both the black dial and the white dial versions we had brought in -
What this reminds me is that in a world that all might be swimming in one direction, there are a wonderful handful of people who know what they like, and can make up their own minds.
Enjoy your watches!