Should I avoid reconditioned watches altogether? Some of the pieces I have viewed look almost like new. I have read that a restored watch is inherently less valuable than one that is completely original which makes perfect sense to me from a collectible standpoint. But does this mean that such a piece is not worth the asking price, assuming it is completely authentic otherwise? I'm not necessarily interested in making a profit as I don't view a watch as a great investment for gain. As many have posted, "Buy watches that you enjoy and don't worry about what others think". I agree completely, but I would still like to know that my purchase retains some value. It's one thing for others to question my taste in a watch and another thing completely to question the intelligence of my purchase. If anyone can comment on the type and extent of refurbishing that is acceptable or unacceptable (i.e. dial vs hands etc) I would appreciate it.