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I like the mega-thread.

You can find out a great deal about many different watches and brands in this one thread. If the brands were split I would suppose that half a dozen would be frequently read and posted in and all the others would not be worth reading regularly because of lack of traffic. As someone not drawn to the highly advertised brands I still enjoy seeing them here and reading about the posters' new watches or grails and also reading knowledgeable criticism of design and craftsmanship.

To be honest I do not mind if the same question is asked more than once as a FAQ would be so long if all the regular topics were in it it would defeat its purpose. Besides which, if a FAQ does not present both sides of a topic such as GO Pano vs. Lange 1 it risks being one sided and definitive.

I have never understood the lurker phenomenon, if you have a question to ask - ask it.
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Having read only the last 1259 pages of this tread, it would be helpful to have a FAQ about discussing the discussion of this threads discourse. Ive been reading for some time but was too intimidated to ask but a special section on the metathread might clear things up and stop me wasting time searching for the appropriate way to discuss things in this discussion.


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This guy doesn't get too much wear these days but it always puts a smile on my face


Man, wow. Great watch.
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So when's the new thread starting?
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I always assumed this was way too big of a possibility so I haven't used Chrono24. I'm guessing it is usually a smooth transaction though because its been around awhile.

That said, good luck and let us know how it turns out.
 
 
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Wishing you luck and hoping everything works out well for you.  I've never made a purchase through chrono24 nor have I made any purchases from watch dealers outside of the US.  I know lots of people purchase and ship watches internationally without any issues.  However, I tend to be risk averse and I know my options for recourse if things go wrong are far more limited once it involves an international transaction.  Please let us now how things work out for you.

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I've bought from a German dealer off Chrono24, but i've emailed them directly.   I didnt even realize there was a checkout option, to be honest - not that i would use it, as email allows for a little more price negotiation.    Got a great price from them, too.   But it took a while for them to get the watch - at those prices, i didnt mind waiting.

 

Trusted checkout is an option for what are supposed to be "Trusted" dealers, the benifit being that your money is held in escrow by Chrono24 until the watch has arrived as described.

 

Quick update though. Sent the cancellation request after I posted yesterday.  Chrono24 then contacted the dealer who agreed with my assessment of the situation, so Chrono24 canceled the transaction and requested my account info to refund my money. I sent the requested info this morning and apparently the transfer has already been initiated.

 

Went ahead and purchased the more "local" watch and will hopefully have it this weekend.  

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Glad it has worked out.

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So when's the new thread starting?

 

TWATmeister, I have been given a deadline of the end of the week to provide a suitably fragrant FAQ intro.  So I guess, then.

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Looking forward, I'm sure you're doing an excellent job. :fistbump:

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I browse Chrono24 regularly, but when I am really digging into a watch I filter by US-based sellers only.
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I browse Chrono24 regularly, but when I am really digging into a watch I filter by US-based sellers only.

Yes, same here but for EU. The deals aren't so great with 20% VAT on import!
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Originally Posted by SilchasRuin View Post

I've bought from a German dealer off Chrono24, but i've emailed them directly.   I didnt even realize there was a checkout option, to be honest - not that i would use it, as email allows for a little more price negotiation.    Got a great price from them, too.   But it took a while for them to get the watch - at those prices, i didnt mind waiting.

Question for the veterans: How open are most vendors of pre-owned watches to price negotiation, particularly when a watch has gone unsold for several months? What percentage below list should you start negotiations to get the best price without insulting the seller?
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Question for the veterans: How open are most vendors of pre-owned watches to price negotiation, particularly when a watch has gone unsold for several months? What percentage below list should you start negotiations to get the best price without insulting the seller?

 

My own strategy is that i try to find comparable selling prices for that watch elsewhere - if i dont find those, then i ask myself what is the price that would be sufficient for me to go used, as opposed to just buying new.     In general, 20-30% off typical *selling price* (not retail) price is what I try to go for - depending on how popular the watch is.

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Question for the veterans: How open are most vendors of pre-owned watches to price negotiation, particularly when a watch has gone unsold for several months? What percentage below list should you start negotiations to get the best price without insulting the seller?

Not a veteran, but... I think much depends on how keenly priced the item is to start with, relative to its peers on the site. The price variance for similar items can be quite large. My most recent purchase was at 90% of an already competitive asking price.
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Thanks. I should clarify that the particular piece I have my eye on is a vintage watch with very few comps on Chrono24, eBay, or elsewhere (i.e., not a Sub or Speedy).
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Thanks. I should clarify that the particular piece I have my eye on is a vintage watch with very few comps on Chrono24, eBay, or elsewhere (i.e., not a Sub or Speedy).

Then perhaps you have more room for manoeuvre, because there is greater uncertainty as to its fair value...
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