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 Hello everyone. Update on my kids inheritance. That's what I am telling them as I rescue these projects or I tell them these watches are investments. Like today I bought a black and gold Fossil off of FB market place. It was a pick up on the porch no interaction kinda sad situation. I walk to the closed door apartment and found the brown bag that it was pretty noticeable that its previous life was a gas station beer bag with the watch at the bottom. Pitiful it was just pitiful. The watch needs a little TLC of course what did I expect for $10. It was a pretty pitiful looking reprisation of a once perfect time keeping, shiny bezel days that it had when it was new . Well of course you know you never leave a watch behind. So I dropped the 10 bills grabbed the watch and was headed for a fresh battery. 20 mins later it was alive! So basically what I was saying was hey  I got a new watch!

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