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BREAKING NEWS: New ownership

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Dear watch friends, dear members, dear visitors,

Time has come for me to hand over my baby, Watchuseek, to a third party I believe and have trust in.

After 16 years of hard work (seemed like 24/7 all this time) building the largest watch forum in the world, it is time for me to step down, and focus on other projects. They will not necessarily be business projects, although I am planning to stay in the watch world (what else?), perhaps as a distributor for a few brands in the Benelux, I don't know.

What I do know is that I'm definitely planning to share more time with my wife and family. They have been coping with me for all these years. Never a real holiday (I always had to have internet access to work…). But they gave me the space to work and share my hobby with so many watch friends all over the world.

Time for a bit more relaxation, less work hours and less stress. The heart rhythm problems that occurred while I was at Baselworld last March certainly was a sign for me. A big one! It made me realize that working this hard (I also have a full time job as a team leader on a school for children with special needs) was not good for my health, and I was the only one that could do something about it.

During the many years I was approached by a couple of interested parties, but VerticalScope seemed to be the right choice at the right time.

Don't get me wrong, the decision was a very tough one, and it took me lots of time and headaches to finally make one. You don't give up on your baby that easy, I can promise you that. And there is of course my team, the wonderful people behind those usernames, the voluntary moderators, and the team of MaL's. It's hard to leave the team, almost just like that. It's tough, really tough, believe me. They have been doing an absolutely great job in the best possible harmony. Any company would wish to have such a dedicated and warm team. Thank you guys!

I would also like to thank all the sponsors and advertisers. Thank you for your business and your friendship. You made sure I could pay all the bills to keep the site up and running, and more.

Last but NOT least, I want to thank YOU, our members, every single one of you. You are an important if not THE most important part of the success of Watchuseek. Thank you SO much.

Dear friends, I hope you will understand my decision, the reasons why I wanted to step down, why this step is so important for me at this stage in my life.

The team from VerticalScope will not be doing any major changes to the site and your membership will continue like it has done all this time. I wish you and yours the VERY best, and hope this hobby and the ongoing discussions will last forever.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Ernie Romers
Founder and former owner of world's largest, most visited, and BEST watch forum site … WATCHUSEEK !
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Eddie, I wish you the best. You built the best watch site ever and I am truly grateful. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

Fred B. Amos
Bernhardt Watch Company
I like TZ-UK too!


Good luck, good health, and much happiness.

Thank you for creating a very enjoyable, well organized, and informative forum. It has opened to me a new world that has provided much fun and enjoyment.

Mark S.
I wish you all the best in your future endeavours Mr. Romers. You have built the best watch site on this planet and thanks to watchuseek , I have become a WIS and from a one watch man have now become the proud owner of about 15 watches..welcome to the new owners and they sure have a lot to live upto...
Best wishes. Thanks for all of your hard work!
Unlike North Korea, you're free to leave anytime if you don't like how things are run around here.
Can I take my content?
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Can I take my content?
From Korea or WUS?
From Korea or WUS?
I think he means from WUS.
Can I take my content?
14. Members are free to leave, but not free to change the history of a discussion. Members wishing to leave Watchuseek can do so by contacting the admin at any time. Their account will then be set to "inactive" and their posts will remain.
I am behind, thank for what you have done and heres to whatever you decide to do with your future. I trust it will be fruitful
LOL, and good luck to him, no doubt i would have done the same thing.
Maybe he has bought one of those electric counters :)
I'm sure he has a mechanical one with a transparent case and he's watching the "movement" more than the bills.
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much thanks to you Ernie. Like many, this amazing forum expanded my love of watches exponentially (while lightening my wallet dramatically haha!) good luck!
I'm still new to WUS. Already have enjoyed the great amount of Watch info and knowledge I have gained in such a short amount of time. Thank you for an outstanding forum. Stay well. Donald.
Wow! I totally missed that. Kind of sad, but i understand your decision. Thank you very much, Ernie, for starting this forum. I don't know you personally, but i appreciate all the sacrifices you had to go thru to keep this place going. Because of you, we have a place where we can share our passion about watches. Enjoy spending time with your family!

Welcome to the new administration. I hope my favorite forum won't change too much! Best of luck!
I think we all knew it had to happen someday, but we were all probably expecting it to be something like 100 years from now? Ernie, a great thanks to you for the inspiration and dedication you have given to this great forum. Without it, I doubt it would be what it is today. Let us all hope that now you have stepped away from the spotlight that you will be able to stay with us on the journey for many more years to come, and that WUS will continue to be the place we've all come to know as our "home away from home".

With best and warmest wishes,
Goede beslissing, Ernie!

Geniet van je 'vrije' leventje ;)

Groeten uit Oegstgeest,

Thank you, Ernie for all you have done for the watch community. Best wishes for the future.
Thanks Ernie and all the best in your future endeavours;)
Best of luck with your future Ernie, may it hold much joy for you and yours!

/It's been a blast with your stewardship of WUS; alas, my wallet won't agree with that sentiment :-d
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