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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, JLC etc...) - Page 957post #14342 of 483129/30/12 at 4:54ampost #14343 of 483129/30/12 at 5:59ampost #14344 of 483129/30/12 at 10:02ampost #14345 of 483129/30/12 at 10:03amQuote:Quote:
Right - why would you buy one like that? There's plenty of solid grey market dealers selling legit goods.post #14346 of 483129/30/12 at 10:06ampost #14347 of 483129/30/12 at 10:43am
The word is "sold to the grey dealers with a substantial discount by ADs who need to clean up their inventory but don't want to get in trouble with the manufacturers who keep track of serial numbers". Common practice. Never buy though, I agree with that.post #14348 of 483129/30/12 at 11:57amThread Starterpost #14349 of 483129/30/12 at 1:40pmpost #14350 of 483129/30/12 at 2:07pmQuote:
To coin a phrase, precisely. A gray market watch is basically a pre-owned watch as far as warranty goes with many brands.in some cases it may be better to buy used. Omega used to be especially persnickety in this regard.post #14351 of 483129/30/12 at 2:56pmpost #14352 of 483129/30/12 at 4:47pmpost #14353 of 483129/30/12 at 5:14pm
I have personally seen Omegas with serials removed, so it does happen. And it can complicate things for the buyer.
I would suspect that many other (more expensive) brands turn a blind eye to the issue, and so there's no incentive for the gray market dealer to remove the serial in that case.
It may not be an issue with Omega any more since they are aggressively elevating their brand profile and prices.On the other hand, if they are still concerned about this, I would under no circumstances buy a gray market Omega watch. This would be especially true if I were going to buy one of their watches with proprietary movements such as the jumping hour coaxial planet ocean.
Not sure why everyone is getting so huffy about this issue. You guys sound like Reev when he defends buying fakes.
Edited by Hayward - 9/30/12 at 5:37pmpost #14354 of 483129/30/12 at 6:06pmThread StarterI've had multiple Swatch Group watches, including GO and Omega go through repair or service within the warranty period and never once had the slightest issue with the stamped warranty cards or with them honoring their warranty.post #14355 of 483129/30/12 at 6:21pmWell good for you then! Not all experiences are the same, obviously. I guess you didn't buy them at Costco.
I'm sure most of the grey market sellers offer in house warrantys which mirror manufacturer warrantys closely. After that, the manufacturer treats it just like any post warranty watch for service. Not a big deal, except that the fellow who asked about buying used in the first place specifically mentioned he wants an Omega. I would not buy an Omega from a gray market dealer, because Omega appears to be especially sensitive to the issue. whyntake the risk?I would buy a used one first.
In fact, I'm not sure how we got on the gray market track, as it were. Quick, somebody post a picture of puppies.
Edited by Hayward - 9/30/12 at 6:33pm
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