Need new watch ideas....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Artisan Fan, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I would also like to debate your point that their preowned selection is second-to-none. Even at their flagship NY store, their pre-owned selection is pretty lackluster - nothing particularly interesting - and mostly TT Rolexes.


    The pre-owned selection in any single Tourneau store will be hit or miss but the combined inventory of their 30 other U.S. stores can be accessed and any piece can be shipped to your local store within a week.
     


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    The pre-owned selection in any single Tourneau store will be hit or miss but the combined inventory of their 30 other U.S. stores can be accessed and any piece can be shipped to your local store within a week.

    Most higher end jewelers have access to a database that allows them to track down current and recently discontinued timepieces. Tourneau might have better resources simply due to their size, but I wouldnt disregard the independents. If you live in the NYC/Westchester area, Tarrytown Jewelers is actually pretty competent about both service and finding the watch you need. Customer service is hit or miss depending on who you meet--the blonde lady is very nice though not entirely educated on watches while the owner is very helpful.

    One more vote against Tourneau. The misinformation they provide is definitely my biggest gripe.
     


  3. Tomasso

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    One more vote against Tourneau. The misinformation they provide is definitely my biggest gripe.

    One should not rely on any dealer for accurate information. Misinformation, as well as disinformation, abounds. Caveat Emptor is applicable, as always, and due diligence is required.
     


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    The pre-owned selection in any single Tourneau store will be hit or miss but the combined inventory of their 30 other U.S. stores can be accessed and any piece can be shipped to your local store within a week.

    I went to the store and told them I wanted an early 60s SS datejust with the original dial. After taking a $500 deposit, they had several watches shipped to the store over a 2 month period, none of which matched my description.

    I saw all kinds of two tone 70s DJs, oysters, air kings...then he tried to sell me on an 80s GMT.

    They also told me that Rolex didn't use the word "Datejust" at the time, when trying to sell my an Oysterdate.

    I guess if you have a lot of time to waste it might be worth it. wannabuyawatch probably has a bigger pre-owned/vintage selection than all of Tourneau and that's one store in LA!
     


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    I don't know where you live but WIS hate Tourneau for all the right reasons: the staff is NOT helpful at all, they just try to make a quick sale. They have on average zero knowledge of the products they sell or horology in general. Actually, this is the best place to get inaccurate and grossly wrong information on timepieces. Their customer service sucks.

    I am in complete agreement. These guys are selling watches that cost as much as cars and they don't know a thing about them.
     


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    I think an IWC Portafino would be a nice watch, and is available on discount close to 2k. I posted a link to it in the other watch thread.
     


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    Are Poljot watches of OK quality? They are so awesome.

    www.poljot24.de


    The two Poljot I have owned were total crap. They were made 10 years ago though, so I cannot comment on the quality level of today's production. Based on my limited experience, I would much rather own a Seiko than a Poljot
     


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    Poljots are terrible quality. Don't waste your $$. Seiko is a good call.
     


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    Thanks. [​IMG]
     


  11. WatchGuy

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    Here are some good vintage sites:

    http://artoftime.com/
    http://www.coolvintagewatches.com/
    http://www.farfo.com/
    http://www.finertimes.com/
    http://www.oldwristwatches.com/ (Awesome site)

    Used Modern and Vintage Watches:
    http://www.timezone.com (sales corner)
    http://www.collection-heure.be/v3/
    http://www.demesy.com/

    The best thing to do is familiarize youself by going to http://www.timezone.com (although, they do not get much in to vintage watches).

    Tourneau is not bad to walk through and get familiar with style of the brands. Just stay away from the sales people unless you want to try something on. Don't listen to them or buy anything from them. They typically are unknowledgable (but not always). I find many ADs that way. Again, TimeZone is one of the better sources.

    Vintage watches are great, but many people find their sizes to be too small for modern tastes. It's all personal preference, but just be aware of that if you buy something on the internet. Many times people see some nice, large pictures of a watch they like, then are surprised on how small it is when they get it. It's best to try them on before buying them or get one from a place with a good return policy.

    Also, take a look at the book, Wristwatch Annual 2006. Great reference with lots of pictures. That is another good way to get started with getting familiar with brands as well as pricing.
     


  12. Tomasso

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    I guess if you have a lot of time to waste it might be worth it.


    I've be known to spend (I prefer spend as opposed to waste[​IMG] ) an inordinate amount of my time in watch stores. I never walk into a store with the explicit intention of buying, I'm not in a hurry.
     


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    Poljots are terrible quality. Don't waste your $$. Seiko is a good call.
    But Seikos don't have cyrillic characters [​IMG]
     


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    I didn't like the one Tourneau I visited in South Coast Plaza: there was kind of a slimey feeling, especially as I watched the salesguys work the trophy wives who were shopping there for a gift for their husbands.

    I think you can find a good local dealer, and I'm sure Atlanta has many, you can find what you want, as well as good service, and surprisingly excellent prices. TimeZone is a great place to ask for local recommendations. Here's a great resource with recommendations for many cities, including Atlanta:

    http://web.archive.org/web/200410140...es/cities.html

    --Andre
     


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