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Dino944

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I really want to buy some vintage Piaget but without having to do the homework..., is there a dealer for old Piaget that I'll get sucker punched for like $200~$300 (for something ~$1 to $2k?) but I can just trust and buy?
I really like some of the old Piagets. However, I've never seen anything in a reasonably modern size that was anywhere near $2,000...most of the ones under $4-5K are about 32mm or they are ladies watches. I could kick myself for not buying an Altiplano about 10 years ago from an AD losing its franchise. I think it was 36 mm, it was brand new, with a full warranty. It was 50% off so it would have been $5K. I decided to think about it overnight since it was almost dinner time and we had reservations. The next morning it was already sold. I didn't really like the WG as much. Oh well, the one that got away.
 

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Should have gotten that Piaget QP from me a few years back! I ended up selling that on the 'dink for more than I had been asking here
oh I remember that one, but I had just bought a brand new JLC then, didn't want to get killed by my wife...
 

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How careful do you have to be with the more established online sellers like Chrono24, Crown and Caliber, etc.? I've been starting to look at a Cartier Tank for my wife as an anniversary or birthday gift and have been browsing Chrono24 to get an idea of the market. I'm only considering new in box with papers for this, but I'm also seeing some Santos pieces I really like for myself, which I would be willing to buy pre-owned.
 

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I got my grey market JLC through Chrno24 with paper, but that wasn’t an “established” seller (and actually I think that account is gone now), though I did do some due diligence in terms of finding the guy find the jewelry store etc and request quite a lot pictures etc
 

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How careful do you have to be with the more established online sellers like Chrono24, Crown and Caliber, etc.? I've been starting to look at a Cartier Tank for my wife as an anniversary or birthday gift and have been browsing Chrono24 to get an idea of the market. I'm only considering new in box with papers for this, but I'm also seeing some Santos pieces I really like for myself, which I would be willing to buy pre-owned.
Chrono24 is not a seller, it's a platform for sellers so do your diligence and check the actual seller carefully. I have used Chrono24 many times, and I think their payment system with the escrow account offers good protection for the buyer.
 

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Chrono24 is not a seller, it's a platform for sellers so do your diligence and check the actual seller carefully. I have used Chrono24 many times, and I think their payment system with the escrow account offers good protection for the buyer.
@NakedYoga this is good advice. I've purchased a couple of things from Chrono24 sellers using the escrow system. It works well, in my opinion.
 

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@NakedYoga this is good advice. I've purchased a couple of things from Chrono24 sellers using the escrow system. It works well, in my opinion.
Thanks. I do like the escrow system. How much diligence is reasonable for the buyer, and how much is approaching overkill? I guess I'm wondering how much diligence Chrono24 does before allowing a listing.
 

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Thanks. I do like the escrow system. How much diligence is reasonable for the buyer, and how much is approaching overkill? I guess I'm wondering how much diligence Chrono24 does before allowing a listing.
My recent Zenith acquisition was via chrono24 with escrow and worked out well. You get 14 days from receipt before you have to release funds.

In my case, the watch arrived as described and expected, however it stopped on me while fully wound once so I upped my schedule to take it to a good local shop. They had the same thing happen to them while it was in their care but believed it just needed a good cleaning/service (the seller wasn't sure of his most recent one). I was able to renegotiate with the seller during those 14days about 60% the cost of a servicing estimated at about $900 - they notified Chrono who refunded me the agreed amount and I released the rest of the funds.

I'd already planned on getting into the world expensive servicing, but just hadn't expected it on day 1. Al in all. I was very happy with how the whole process worked out.
 

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