Buy a watch, help save the world - Part deux!

Hello friends!

I come back to you with another charitable auction.  Got a Vario 1918 Trench watch, grey dial with white lume, on crazy horse leather bund strap, and want to send it on to a new loving home, but also want to donate the funds to an incredibly effective and efficient charity, that is doing absolutely amazing work.  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 auction worked out spectacularly, in which our esteemed colleague, @Bessio's winning bid helped to raise $1,350 for a Kenyan family.  These are the poorest of the poor villagers, earning less than the global poverty line of $1.90 / day.  All of the auction proceeds went directly to the family and will essentially double their income for the next 4 years!

https://www.watchcrunch.com/Omeganut/posts/buy-a-watch-help-save-the-world-5479

Here's what I propose:

  • Let's open up bidding on the Vario 1918 Trench watch at, say, $20
  • Please post your bid by commenting below
  • The highest bid by Wednesday, 4/13, 12pm PT wins the watch
  • At that time, if you donate the winning bid amount to GiveDirectly, and take a screen shot of the completed donation, I'll do a matching funds donation as well

So, in summary:

  • Buy a watch
  • Have the entirety of the proceeds go towards lifting a family out of extreme poverty
  • DOUBLE the size of your charitable contribution through matching funds

Whaddya say?  

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Sounds like a great cause! I bid £50 ($65.38 at the current exchange rate. If the exchange rate changes and I win I'll donate either £50 or $65.38,whichever is more)

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Scooby

Sounds like a great cause! I bid £50 ($65.38 at the current exchange rate. If the exchange rate changes and I win I'll donate either £50 or $65.38,whichever is more)

You are a good man, sir!

By the way, the watch comes with your choice of a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur.  Winner gets their choice of any one of the 8 dinosaurs pictured above!

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I will bid $150

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DraconianCollector

I will bid $150

Bravo, sir!

Though, you have not specified which glow-in-the-dark dinosaur you want with the watch, should you win the auction.  Which dinosaur will it be for you?

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HotWatchChick69

Bravo, sir!

Though, you have not specified which glow-in-the-dark dinosaur you want with the watch, should you win the auction.  Which dinosaur will it be for you?

Lol if I will I will take the one that looks like Nessy

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DraconianCollector

Lol if I will I will take the one that looks like Nessy

Fantastic!  Yes!  You are correct!  That is a Nessy.  It is a plesiosaur.  If you win, it shall be yours!

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You know, it just occurred to me that I should provide some more information about the actual watch itself:

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I bid 200$

I’m team T-Rex all the way!

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Henrik

I bid 200$

I’m team T-Rex all the way!

Dude!  You already returned the dinosaur skull.  Getting yourself a glow-in-the-dark T-Rex ain't gonna satisfy you.

Nicolas Cage forfeits stolen dinosaur skull he purchased to Mongolia |  Daily Mail Online
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Wow, just in time! The Maryland Zoo is opening an animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Now I know what to wear!

https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/maryland-zoo-to-open-exhibit-with-life-size-robotic-dinosaurs/

So - $300

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Robcollects

Wow, just in time! The Maryland Zoo is opening an animatronic dinosaur exhibit. Now I know what to wear!

https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/maryland-zoo-to-open-exhibit-with-life-size-robotic-dinosaurs/

So - $300

Too good!  My kids would go nuts over that exhibit!!!

Hey, you gotta specify which dinosaur you want if you win!

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Well, they’ve got a triceratops and a T-Rex coming, so it will be one or the other. Still debating. 

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I still believe this kind of a post should be bumped up the feed so more people can see it.

Now it's buried way down. If my name wasn't mentioned I wouldn't have been able to see it.

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Bessio

I still believe this kind of a post should be bumped up the feed so more people can see it.

Now it's buried way down. If my name wasn't mentioned I wouldn't have been able to see it.

Too funny.  Nah, I'm a believer in the "rule of law."  I believe that all humans should be treated equally under the law, because all humans are equally evil and horrible.  The same goes for organizations and forum posts.  Just because this post is about giving to charity entitles it to no preferential treatment!

The only posts that should get preferential treatment are those about James Bond or Grand Seiko watches.

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Robcollects

Well, they’ve got a triceratops and a T-Rex coming, so it will be one or the other. Still debating. 

Sir!  You are the grand winner of the auction!  I will DM you to lock down the logistics on the charitable donation, shipping, etc., etc.

Congratulations, and thank you so much, sir!