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post #46 of 71
Btw, I would recommend against buying from an online dealer. Online dealers operate on the "gray market" and it may be difficult to get anybody to honor any kind of warranty that comes with the watch in the event of a problem. Also, you can get pretty damn near the same price by going to a brick and mortar store and haggling a little with the jeweler. In fact, it would be incredibly stupid to pay the listed retail price for a watch (or any piece of jewelry for that matter).
post #47 of 71
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Btw, I would recommend against buying from an online dealer. Online dealers operate on the "gray market" and it may be difficult to get anybody to honor any kind of warranty that comes with the watch in the event of a problem.
I have to disagree with this. I bought some of my nicest pieces NIB from reputable grey market dealers and had no issues at all. Some of them had to go to service or repair and I never had any manufacturer refuse to service the watches.
post #48 of 71
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Originally Posted by LARon
Finally, after five posts, and a lot of attitude, you finally get two names from gdl203 -- Cellini and Wempe. Yet, even those come with the attitude laden post-script: "Now, do whatever you want with my advice."
What's wrong with Wempe? I've never been to their New York store, but in their Vienna store they were very nice and very helpful. Never tried to dicker with them, but Vienna isn't really a dickering town anyway. And Bill, thanks for the tip about the Mart. I've been considering a Tank for myself for a while, and you might have pushed me over the top... AF, their watch selection is kind of meh to me (Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega, that sort of thing) but the manager at the North Point Mall Mayor's (Kenny is his name) is a great guy and has helped me with some gift jewelry purchases in the past.
post #49 of 71
af, as i posted before, i've been looking out for watches within the same price bracket too. i've narrowed my choices between swiss watches, which are very nice but expensive nonetheless so you can only get the more 'basic' models, or the german made ones that seemingly have good value for money but isn't as "famous" as the swiss guys (except probably for a. lange and glashutte original but they're waaay above the $2000 price range) for the swiss brands, i pretty much am decided if i ever pull the trigger, to go with iwc. the portofino is nice in a clean design kind of way, but i'm also thinking of adding more for the spitfire mark xvi in alligator strap. you could also go for omega, there are speedmasters and seamasters in that price range. i've gifted myself with one a year ago so that is now out of the question, but i do like that brand. for german made watches, the nomos tangente is a good choice. if you can source it from germany, you could also get a union glashutte automatik which i like more. you could also take a peek at muhle glashutte (i like their specialty watches) and sinn. nomos is highly regarded because they manufacture their own movement, but i really believe any of them would be good choices and it just depends on what your preference is.
post #50 of 71
Btw, I had the opportunity to handle a few German pieces tonight (Sinn, Archimede, Muhle Glashutte), as well as a Patek 5053 (double drool). Great stuff at competitive prices.

Here's another suggestion:
1) Eberhard Traversetolo (42mm, a bit large)
post #51 of 71
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Originally Posted by gdl203
I have to disagree with this. I bought some of my nicest pieces NIB from reputable grey market dealers and had no issues at all. Some of them had to go to service or repair and I never had any manufacturer refuse to service the watches.

gdl203 - which grey market dealers do you recommend?
post #52 of 71
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Originally Posted by SGladwell
And Bill, thanks for the tip about the Mart. I've been considering a Tank for myself for a while, and you might have pushed me over the top...
Not a problem SG, the guy I've talked to is Sam Daryani at DaVinci whose phone number is 404-577-3444. He should be able to help you.
post #53 of 71
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Originally Posted by Don Goldstein
gdl203 - which grey market dealers do you recommend?

There are many reputable dealers and I encourage anyone to check reputation or deal issues on http://www.watchnet.com (good guys and deal watch forums).

But I can only recommend the ones I had first-hand experience with: Zeetan (http://www.collectorstime.com), Sean (http://www.timephilosophy.com), Amin (http://www.watch-line.com).
post #54 of 71
I've had a yen for a Breguet or a L Leroy watch.
post #55 of 71
I would also like to place a recommendation for Bernardwatches. It's based out of Texas. Oldworldron, a poster on Timezone based on Detroit, is also a safe bet.
post #56 of 71
Go for a vintag Omega. They were built in quite large quantities, therefore they are reasonably priced.
I bought several via Ebay with lare success.
Look out for the calibres 552 or 30T2. Even 50 or 60 years old they are quite capable of keeping time. And they are pretty easy serviceable!
post #57 of 71
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Originally Posted by Gherkins
Go for a vintag Omega. They were built in quite large quantities, therefore they are reasonably priced.
I bought several via Ebay with lare success.
Look out for the calibres 552 or 30T2. Even 50 or 60 years old they are quite capable of keeping time. And they are pretty easy serviceable!

a 30T2 in good condition would be a great find



post #58 of 71
gdl203 - thank you for the list of dealers.

You mentioned that you have had to send watches you have purchased grey market back for service. Did the manufacturer make you pay for the service?
post #59 of 71
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Originally Posted by gdl203
a 30T2 in good condition would be a great find





gdl203 - wow, those 30T2's are stunning!!! Do you own them? Where di you get them. Also, the pictures are extremely nice. What camera do you use?
post #60 of 71
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Originally Posted by Don Goldstein
You mentioned that you have had to send watches you have purchased grey market back for service. Did the manufacturer make you pay for the service?

No. The warranty card was stamped and dated, and the watch was still under warranty in both cases. I was not charged a dime. If you want to be completely safe, always ask the dealer to have the warranty card stamped by his source (authorized dealer) so that the warranty is valid.
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