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    Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Hello,

    If you had an opportunity to purchase a Grand Seiko in the USA or Japan where would you purchase it? Are there any price or other advantages for purchasing in Japan?

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Depends on the specific GS you are looking at. If it a GS available in US, then buying from US AD like forum sponsor Topper would be the best way to go, as you get the post sell support. For JDM only GS, then the only route is buy from Japan.
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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Quote Originally Posted by ten13th View Post
    Depends on the specific GS you are looking at. If it a GS available in US, then buying from US AD like forum sponsor Topper would be the best way to go, as you get the post sell support. For JDM only GS, then the only route is buy from Japan.
    What seller support do you mean? Shipping it back to Japan for service? I have no idea what JDM means. Thanks.

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    JDM - Japanese Domestic Market

    Wouldn't a watch sourced in Japan come with a world wide guarantee?

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Riddlers,

    You are irritating the .... out of me with alot of your threads and questions ... hahah ..

    Depends on where u are based ...

    If you are in USA, it is better to allow your dealer to earn a cut ...

    Of course if you feel you import yourself and paying the taxes and still you have big savings, then go ahead and buy it yourself from Japan exporters/ad directly.
    If you are on a holiday, it make sense to buy in japan.

    If you are just trying to save a couple of hundred on a GS, why waste time dealing with non speaking Japanese dealers ? or if you have a problem on your watch you have hassles to deal with a counterpart with time difference ?
    Lastly i am sure if you buy from your USA dealer, for any GS event, they will invite you as a VIP or special clearance sale etc ..

    Do you pop into your USA dealer shop try the watch and then buy it off a japanese exporter just for a couple hundreds ?

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Definitely from the source since warranty is international.

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    JDM- Japanese Domestic Model. The trick ones they only sell in Japan, but some can be imported to the USA.

    All of the main three JDM watch vendors, (Google it), have been great to work with, ship fast and have good correspondence and great customer service.

    Some models do not extend their warranties to the US, and some you do have to send back to Japan for servicing, but that is looking a long way out for a new GS.
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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    Sure I would buy from Japan if it is a JDM model.

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    I have bought JDM dive watches from the Japanese guys with no problems, I have bought some GSs from Topper (great service) and have not seen a price difference worth worrying about. The other US ADs have good reputations as well (I have delt with a couple of them). I would love to go shopping for one in Tokyo, if I ever get the chance.

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    Re: Would You Purchase a Grand Seiko in Japan?

    If I had the chance to buy one in Japan, I'd certainly do it since it's a lot cheaper there. Wear the watch and ship the box and papers to yourself.

    I imported a GS from Japan and had to pay up €314 VAT and import duties. Even with that included, the GS was €600 cheaper than if I would buy it from the Seiko Boutique.
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