I have already learned a lot as a result of joining and being active on this site. I recently found a watch I was interested in for sale locally. It was not vintage, a RADO Sintra Chrono Quartz. I felt it was not old enough to belong on this forum, and was not sure where else I could place it for feedback on WUS. So, based upon daily advice to buyers of watches on the vintage forum, I proceeded to do my due diligence. The research took a few days, and some searching. The result was that I determined that the watch was a fake, and I saved the price, $275.00.
My point, I guess, is that despite the initial thrill of seeing a watch for a good price, one must take the time to do some research. Slow down and do some work before proceeding.
Perhaps this will help a newer member to make a smart buy, and not regret rushing into a purchase. I know it has been said many times, but it will nor hurt to say it again, as we constantly see newbies who just purchased a watch that turns out to be fafe.
This is what I did:
I was looking at a RADO watch that was for sale locally. The seller had no papers, box, warranty cards, or a receipt.
1. His explanation was "it was a gift". Who gives a new watch as a gift with no box or warranty cards, instruction manual, etc?
2. He said the quartz movement was Japanese, when RADO uses Swiss movements.
3. His pictures were just a bit out of focus.
4. He did not know the model number or serial number. I had to ask, and tell him where to look.
5. The sub-dial markings all looked wrong, not matching images of the watch from the RADO site.
6. Several emails with RADO CS ensued. The serial number was correct for the model, but they said that was not definitive proof it was authentic.
7. I googled the model images, and followed the links from watches that looked like the one for sale. They all led to replica watch sites in Russia.
8. I joined a RADO-specific site and posted pictures and info, and asked for opinions. All responses said to avoid the watch.
Armed with this information, I contacted the seller and told him that based upon my research, I felt the watch was a replica, and not a genuine RADO. I went on to tell him I was not accusing of trying to sell a fake watch, but that it just did not "check off" all of my requirements when buying a watch for a collection. I have had no response so far.
Hope this might help a newer member to make a smart buy, using due diligence and the expertise of WUS members where possible.