They have awesome pieces, with inventory changing daily, with maybe the best photography of any watch sales site.
Their prices are higher than most other re-sellers.
Yes, it is. You must have noticed it there. Like I said in my post, there have been some Geophysic 1958s out there the past month or so and there are still two out there to the best of my knowledge. However if anyone is moving for one of them reach out to me as I may be of help depending on which watch you're looking at.
Looks great on the NATO. I don't dislike bracelets, but I actually prefer straps. I think the watch case/face stands out more when it's not on the bracelet. That said bracelets are nice to have to mix things up and can make a watch a bit more versatile depending on what you're wearing it with.
They do negotiate from what I'm told.
What I heard/read about them is that they are higher in price, but that they do negotiate. I also heard though that they're honest which goes a long way. With my watch the price was definitely high with the listing. That said they don't sit around long at all and they apparently had plenty of interest. I was in contact with them as soon as I happened upon it on Instagram and then it was a matter of waiting for them to get the watch in and get photos taken. I specifically ask certain questions along with a request for photos (they don't have to be new photos) emailed to me. As I mentioned in my post you usually get a larger file and then you can zoom in and get a better idea of condition. There was another Geophysic 1958 I was looking at from a different dealer that had great photos on the site, but those photos still didn't show a notable scratch on the bezel which I was able to pick up on after they emailed me photos. Back to EWC, I never got the requested photos. They listed it, I was told it was listed and given a new lower price. I didn't notice the latter part of that email. So I called them next day which was a Saturday and my contact wasn't available. Another person said it was in mint condition, and indeed the listing said it was LNIB. Still I wanted to talk to my contact and he agreed to hold the watch until Monday. So I got an email before I was able to call on Monday asking for a decision. I called shortly thereafter because that was when I was actually free to get away from work. I was again told the watch was mint. However the price I was quoted, which again I had yet to notice, was the price and they wouldn't move on that price. So I paid slightly more than what I was seeing out there. That said the watch was in the condition noted and more importantly in the condition I wanted it in so I'm more than comfortable paying a couple of hundred more.
I will say that throughout the process of looking for this watch I was in contact with a few different "known" grey dealers or just independent sellers and I had mixed experiences. One smaller grey dealer whose name I've seen a few times after looking at listings on Watchrecon was communicative, but brief. Then when he got the watch, a Tribute to Deep Sea, and I asked him for additional better photos he essentially went silent. He said he'd send them. 48-72 hours later I reached out again after not having received the pictures and got no reply. Same thing again 48-72 hours later. Then 48-72 hours after that the watch was sold. Really puzzling because at most I asked for the original files of the photos listed and now he's possibly lost a potential future buyer. I had a similar experience with an independent seller. On the flip side I had two better known/larger volume grey dealers who were both very communicative and provided everything I asked for and one of them actually sold the watch to a different buyer, but unlike the two previous examples he was still communicative throughout the process.
The app is quite nice. I was surprised that they had one. Makes for great viewing on your phone and so it's easy to check in at any given time. One tip though for those who don't know is that the site does have watches listed as "incoming" where they have yet to get pictures up.
It definitely grew on my over time as well. I just never had it on the wrist until now.