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Have Visited Plaza 57 At Least 10 Times

I have visited Plaza 57 (or is it Plaza Jewelers??) at least 10 or 12 times, over the last 14 years [yes, I remember the date of my first visit], and it is truly the most bizarre experience in the vintage watch collecting world. Manager / owner Lee is a unique character.

Two or three times, I have left there with nice watches at reasonable prices; the other 10 times, walking out the door felt like an escape from a torture chamber, and I swore off any future visits. So bizarre . . . so absurd . . . so impossible to describe for anyone who hasn't experienced it . . . but it's the occasional success that always motivates the next visit.



: My office was on 57th Street, down the block from Plaza Watch, and
: I used to go there once a week. Even sold them a platinum,
: diamond encrusted Rolex presidential NBA draft edition watch
: given me by a client (gaudiest thing I'd ever seen, weighed a
: ton, completely unwearable unless you were a rap star). Every
: once in a while, they had something that was actually good and
: could be negotiated down to a relatively non-absurd price. But
: they were . . . imaginative in their efforts to sell complete
: crap.

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