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Regarding customs fees, I got delivery of a Heuer watch that I paid $7,000 for (full price noted on the value for insurance purposes), shipped by DHL from Italy and I have not received a customs bill yet (since 12/24/14). I also bought another UG from Germany for $3.5K, shipped through DHL and have not received any bill yet (since November 2014).

I once got a bill 6 or 8 months after, so you may get them later than you expect.  Good luck and congrats on the new watches!

post #39497 of 48312
I've had customs due lag well over a years time, though not for watches.
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Any chance of some pics nod[1].gif?
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Pretty terrible picture, click for larger.

I love panda dials.
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My customs bills lagged too. It makes it even worse. Just when you think you are in the clear.... BAM CUSTOMS BILL! ffffuuuu.gif
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I think UPS got smart with people ignoring the customs bill that arrive in the mail, I had something arrive yesterday from Italy (not a watch) and the driver wouldn't give me the package until I paid the customs bill ($40 on a $220 order, where $30 of that $220 is shipping).
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I love panda dials.

Technically this one is "inverse-panda", but I share your notion. I prefer inverse over regular panda.

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My customs bills lagged too. It makes it even worse. Just when you think you are in the clear.... BAM CUSTOMS BILL! ffffuuuu.gif

I hope that doesn't happen to me as I've prolly purchased over $15K of imported items in the last few months eek.gif Are custom fees tax deductible? lol8[1].gif
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I think UPS got smart with people ignoring the customs bill that arrive in the mail, I had something arrive yesterday from Italy (not a watch) and the driver wouldn't give me the package until I paid the customs bill ($40 on a $220 order, where $30 of that $220 is shipping).

I never had that with high ticket items, but I did have it with UPS on a pair of CJs that came from the UK. I had to ask my boss for a check mecause I had no cash or checks on me at work. Was a might bit embarrassing.
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I hope that doesn't happen to me as I've prolly purchased over $15K of imported items in the last few months eek.gif Are custom fees tax deductible? lol8[1].gif

Pray hard.
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Stopped in Tourneau (sorry for the curse word) to try on the Nomos Ahoi Atlantik.  I do really like the watch.  While I had no intention of buying from them (I haven't bought anything yet), I was surprised the young sales guy offered an approximately 15% discount with very little pushing by me.  The original price was inline with the majority of pricing I have seen in the States.  With the 15% discount, it is still more expensive than ordering from the Netherlands, but there is the uncertainty of the customs cost.  

 

So, my question is should I put any value in their complimentary 5 year warranty on the movement (Nomos has a 2 year warranty)?  I am assuming no because they probably have so many loopholes in the fine print, but wanted to ask if anyone has experience with using it.  

 

From their website: 

Every new watch Tourneau sells comes with a complimentary Tourneau Warranty which extends the coverage of your timepiece's movement beyond the manufacturer's warranty up to 5 full years from the date of purchase.


Edited by europrep - 1/6/15 at 2:19pm
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Gents,

I'm need of a brown-cognac colored croc strap for my Citizen. Anything I should look out for in terms of leather quality? What's a good place to find such straps? I take it I'll need a decent tool to replace the strap, too.

TIA!
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Euro, if that is close the the discount you can get elsewhere I would strongly consider kopping from them. There is what to be said about buying in person from a store you can easily go in to for service, and the additional warranty is good. Assuming you dont drop your watch or something, they should cover any issues. And with mechanical watches anything can happen. Not super common, but the peace of mind is nice. 5 years on a watch warranty is very long.

Im not saying kop this minute, Id do some investigation first, but if its within range, its probably a good idea, and likely what I would do in that situation.
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I think UPS got smart with people ignoring the customs bill that arrive in the mail, I had something arrive yesterday from Italy (not a watch) and the driver wouldn't give me the package until I paid the customs bill ($40 on a $220 order, where $30 of that $220 is shipping).

Yup. I went to a UPS distribution center to pick up something last year, and had to bring my checkbook for the custom's fee.
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My poor man Seiko, love it though. Hirsch duke in navy waiting to go on.

 

 

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Hi guys,
I'm hoping someone might have some knowledge on the pictured Omega De Ville manual wind (I think CAL625).
Also does anyone know a reputable spot in NYC for vintage Omegas? I was thinking maybe Ron Gordon, Precision Watch Repair on 47th, Swiss Watch Repair on 41st or even Aaron Faber?
I'll probably take it for a service this month and open up the back, but has anyone had much experience with them?
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Europrep, the extended warranty may not be worth much if they don't send the watch to the manufacurer for service, and like Rolex, authentic parts within manufacturer specs may be unavailable along with proprietary oils specific to them. I was told Rolex uses 5 oils specific to thier movement and only 2 are commonly available, and if substitutions are used the movement could break. If that's true with this manufacturer, perhaps they will negotiate a larger discount with the original 2 year warranty. I've seen some watches run for 30+ years without service, so who knows how much is sales BS and how much is true. I would like to hear from more experienced members.
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My poor man Seiko, love it though. Hirsch duke in navy waiting to go on.

 
That's a beautiful "cocktail time" Sarb065. When I researched Tissot & Hamilton, I looked at that Seiko. It's a beautiful design, but I've read it runs +/- 10 sec in most reviews. How does yours keep time?

I decided to save for a Sub. If I purchased a Tissot or Hamilton, I'd probably start a collection of watches based on what I could afford at the moment rather than a Rolex or moonphase JLC. If ten years pass I would be happy to have 2 watches that are the best example I could reasonably save for. If times are good and in 5 years there's great abundance of wealth and a Patek becomes possible, I could trade up. I think $5k+ holds its value a little more than many ~$500 watches, and have greater durability over a lifetime. Lurking the Rolex forums it appears a recent preowned is easy to hold value, coupled with annual price increases helping owners selling in the marketplace.
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