Ebay Logs of Elgin Related Items
Here is a log of Elgin related auctions that have been run on
eBay. They can be useful for
estimating the price of a similar watch on ebay, and/or how
frequently a similar watch appears on ebay.
These logs are not fancy, they are simple text files with notes
that I have created for myself. They may be useful for others,
but they were not designed to be "user friendly".
Ebay Log Search
- You MUST use the same
abbreviations as used in
these logs, or you will not find any items. Many of theses
abbreviations are commonly used by watch collectors and will be
seen elsewhere. If you search for "solid gold" instead of "SG" or
"Father Time" instead of "FT", you will find very few items.
Since the search matches only complete words, it sometimes will
help if you try doing a search once with the plural of the keyword
and once with the singlar.
The only watches that have ALL the keywords you give will be
displayed. The more keywords you give, the fewer watches will be
listed. For example, a search for "16s CVT 3f"
will list ONLY 16 size convertables with 3-finger bridges,
and not any of the 18s convertables nor the 16s 3/4 plate watches.
To not list (exclude) watches that match a keyword, use a minus sign
(-) in front of the keyword. For example, if you want to
list all 16s 3-finger convertbles that are not just watch movements without
cases, search for "16s 3f cvt -mvt".
Format of the logs
These logs are simple text files that contain lines describing a
particular ebay auction and/or a particular Elgin watch. The
format of these logs is as follows.
- Ebay #
- At the beginning of the
line is an optional ebay auction item number. It is left blank if the
watch was not found on ebay.
- Serial Number
- Following the Ebay auction is the
serial number of the watch if applicable and/or available. I
often log Ebay auctions for other things, and I am not always
able to determine the serial number.
- auction stats
- Next the time the auction ended, and what it sold
for. The date that the auction ends can be determined by
looking up in the log to find the nearest "date" indicator line.
- Following the serial number is a short description of
the watch and various notes. The first part of the notes are
computer generated and should be pretty consistent, the later
parts are typed in by hand and are subject to my typos.
Download the log files
If you like, you can download the entire log files and then run
your own programs on them, or do offline searches.
Current Ebay search log
Old Ebay search log
(contains less info)
The "old" log was started in late June of 1999 and contains
information through 12/06/99, the "current" one was started on
10/10/99 and contains information up to the present. Note that
this these logs now represent over half of all auctions that
eBay has ever held. The logs contain fairly consistent
information starting around eBay auction number 170,000,000 and
as of 08/01/00, eBay is now up to around #400,000,000.
Sketchier information goes all the way back to #120,000,000.
So, these logs really will give you an idea of what has passed
More recent ebay auctions will be at the end, so you might want
to search from the bottom up. That way, you can take a look at
the auctions that may still have descriptions and pictures.
Content of the logs
These two databases overlap from 10/10/99 until 12/06/99.
During this time, the ebay auction number and the comments are
found in the "old" log file and the serial number is found in
the "current" logs. I have done a little bit to splice these
two logs together, but it is mostly limited to matching up the
beginning of each day's information.
As these are simply my notes, they have evolved with time and
the content has
changed as I became interested in different things and became
more knowledgeable. Do not think for a second that these
represent a consistent or complete log of all Elgin watch
activity on Ebay during since June of 1999. The logs start out
very sketchy and informal, but have become more formal and more
complete as time has passed.
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