Buy a watch, help save the world? #7 (Seiko SRPH78 Star Bar Houjou)

Friends!

I come to you with another charitable auction.  This time, it is the Seiko SRPH78 Star Bar Houjou Limited Edition!

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It’s a phenomenal watch, in effectively mint condition, purchased back in April, so lots of time on the 3-year international warranty remaining.  To sweeten the deal, also included in this auction is…  

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I have no idea what this is.  A scarf?  I don’t know.  But, it’s nice. Maybe you can fold it up into a pocket square, as you sip cocktails?

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All proceeds go to GiveDirectly.  GiveDirectly DIRECTLY sends on funds to recipients in some of the poorest countries on Earth, with an incredible track record to-date.  The effort sprang out of the Effective Altruism movement.

https://www.givedirectly.org/beta/

https://www.givedirectly.org/financials/

The first 6 auctions worked out spectacularly, in which our esteemed colleagues, @Bessio's and @Robcollects's and @Ichibunz’s and @Deeperblue's and @Edge168n’s and @Jklotz’s winning bids helped to raise $1,350 and $900 and $2,000 and $3,294 and $1,080 and $1,080, respectively, for a number of Kenyan families.  These are families earning less than the global poverty line of $1.90 / day.  All of the auction proceeds went directly to them, and the funds from the 6 auctions thus far will effectively double the incomes of 27 families for a year!

Previous auction:  https://www.watchcrunch.com/HotWatchChick69/posts/buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-6-victorinox-inox-mechanical-blue-12957

“So, why are you auctioning the Star Bar, @HotWatchChick69?”  Well, I gotta hit my charitable pledge goal before the end of the year, and at the current pace I’m behind!  Until I hit it…

Day 10,927- A Fire Sale on Bad Thoughts | by SirCharlieDanielDiaz | Medium

Here's what I propose:

  • Let's open up bidding on the watch at, say, $20
  • Please post your bid by commenting below
  • The highest bid by Wednesday, August 10, 12pm PT wins the watch and scarf / pocket square
  • Here’s where we do some real good for charity:  If you are the winning bidder, please then Paypal or Venmo me the winning bid amount.  I will make the donation of your winning bid, plus I will match that amount, to double the donation…  But that’s not all folks!  My employer will then do a full 100% match of that combined amount!  Thus, every $1 of the winning bid will get multiplied by 4!!!  Let me say that again - every $1 of the winning bid will turn into $4 donated to GiveDirectly!!!
  • I will then post the screen shot of the full donated amount!

So, in summary:

  • Win the Seiko Star Bar Houjou Limited Edition
  • Have the entirety of the proceeds go towards lifting a family out of extreme poverty
  • QUADRUPLE the size of your charitable contribution through my and my employer’s matching funds

Whaddya say?  

* Fine print:  Continental U.S. only, cause shipping international will take 800 days and cost $20,000!
 

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I believe that you are referring to a furoshiki, or traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. I will start the bidding at $200.00

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Oh man your letting this one go 😲🥲 we can’t be Twinsies anymore 😭🥺😖… since I’m shocked you’re letting this go…

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Aurelian

I believe that you are referring to a furoshiki, or traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. I will start the bidding at $200.00

WHAT???

I thought you only bought stuff that fit in with your collection of olde timey stuff, like...

The Penny Farthing or Ordinary Bicycle of the 1870s (Photos Prints,  Framed,...) #678321
Thomas Edison and his Phonograph Stock Photo - Alamy
It's Time to Bring Back the AIM Away Message | WIRED
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HotWatchChick69

WHAT???

I thought you only bought stuff that fit in with your collection of olde timey stuff, like...

The Penny Farthing or Ordinary Bicycle of the 1870s (Photos Prints,  Framed,...) #678321
Thomas Edison and his Phonograph Stock Photo - Alamy
It's Time to Bring Back the AIM Away Message | WIRED

It's no Omaga ( https://www.watchcrunch.com/sanner/posts/omega-knock-off-13248 ) , but it's pretty nice.

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$300.00

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Velomax

$300.00

WHAT???

I thought you were saving up for the chain fusee???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXfEQ47PgUY

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Love it! Here is an idea: I hope the winning bidder loves the watch and has it forever. If, however, they sell it down the line, how about they also do a charitable auction with it and encourage the next owner to do the same. That's what I plan to do with the victorinox I won in the last auction. We can start a string of good karma watches!

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Me after seeing the dial 

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Me after reading the fine print:

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But I agree, shipping internationally is a major pain... even within Europe let alone across the Atlantic.

It better sell for more that I would have been comfortable with. Help the poor families people!

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MegaBob

Me after seeing the dial 

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Me after reading the fine print:

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But I agree, shipping internationally is a major pain... even within Europe let alone across the Atlantic.

It better sell for more that I would have been comfortable with. Help the poor families people!

Ah, dude, I'll make an exception for you.  The only  issue is that I would have to  send it via US Postal Service.  Are you comfortable with that?  

  • It would take like 3 weeks to arrive, if it arrives
  • There's no ability to track - their site says, "On the way" or "arrived."  That's it
  • This is the typical USPS worker
Watch The Mailman | Prime Video

[You trust this dude with your package?]

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HotWatchChick69

Ah, dude, I'll make an exception for you.  The only  issue is that I would have to  send it via US Postal Service.  Are you comfortable with that?  

  • It would take like 3 weeks to arrive, if it arrives
  • There's no ability to track - their site says, "On the way" or "arrived."  That's it
  • This is the typical USPS worker
Watch The Mailman | Prime Video

[You trust this dude with your package?]

As long as the USPS worker doesn't deliver the money to Kenya I'm okay with that! 

In that case 400$ then which should take the lead ... for now.

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MegaBob

As long as the USPS worker doesn't deliver the money to Kenya I'm okay with that! 

In that case 400$ then which should take the lead ... for now.

This is how most USPS packages go missing...

Bear Steal GIF - Bear Steal Thief GIFs

...  the worker will drop off the package, and then come back disguised in an outfit, knowing that there are Ring cameras everywhere.  The disguises are so good, they never get caught.

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HotWatchChick69

WHAT???

I thought you were saving up for the chain fusee???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXfEQ47PgUY

Are you by chance auctioning off your Zenith Academy Georges Favre-Jacot chain fussee? You know I'm digging deep to win that one.  I love Kenyans and they may need the sale of this wacth before I can get your chain fussee and that Presage dial is speaking to to me as well.  

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Them moon swatches should be doing that setting charities form purchase saving the earth and good causes.

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ChadDipps

Them moon swatches should be doing that setting charities form purchase saving the earth and good causes.

Hmm! I'm not sure how much they care about earth but rest assured, once the moon is in danger they will do anything in their power to save it 😉 they need that space-rock to sell watches!

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MegaBob

Hmm! I'm not sure how much they care about earth but rest assured, once the moon is in danger they will do anything in their power to save it 😉 they need that space-rock to sell watches!

I expanded on the Speedy Moonwatch Meme... : r/WatchesCirclejerk