Buy the seller, not the watch. Ask the seller for references and solicit references on TimeZone's Public Forum. Â Call or e-mail those references and ask them about their experience buying from the seller. Â TimeZone is a very close-knit community (like Styleforum), and a positive reference from a long-time and respected member is probably your best guarantee against fakes (although not ironclad). Â Call the seller as well to get a sense of his bona fides, to determine whether he is truly a watch lover. Â Most people find it much more difficult to lie to someone over the phone than over e-mail. Â Box and papers can also help verify the watch's provenance. This process worked for me when I bought a watch from TimeZone's Sales Corner. Â Good luck.