I am a true noob to this site as I only signed up today. As a noob, I would usually just keep my mouth shut and do a lot of reading. However, today I would like to solicit some advice.
I have recently become enamored with vintage watches. As an avid user of ebay (go ahead, slap your forehead) I have spent quite a few days looking at some of those offerings. I have mainly purchased and sold cars on ebay so in general, I know what to look for as far as targeting scams and dirty sellers. In addition, I always only pay through Paypal using my Amex as Amex has always refunded the charges when Paypal drags their feet. I have also been looking at vintage watch retailers. Unfortunately, those guys sell for much higher than what I am looking to spend.
First, let me start with what I already purchased and then explain what I would like to purchase.
I am former U.S. Air Force and I like items with military history. I found a WWI era pre Zenith signed Georges Favre-Jacot on the dial. This watch is NOT mint but it has a certain patina that I found attractive. It is a retrofitted pocket watch. In addition, the back is engraved with markings that correspond with... I will just post the ebay description:
"Vintage example of a men’s ca 1915-1918 timepiece. It is a unique, vintage Georges Favre-Jacot CHRONOGRAPH example of wristwatch.
...features original Porcelain DIAL (have some small cracks under bezel) with black enamel Arabic numerals, 30 min - counter.
Rare original two-hinged case is in excellent-very good condition. Peeking inside I find there is an stamp "19898". The outside of the outer case lid have engraved mark "P.u.W. Jnst. Abtg." and a Propeller with Wings - German Flying Corps Mark.
This beautiful wristwatch has the original RARE movement. Working very good.
This beautiful antique wristwatch has the original movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time. The winding crown is in very good shape and operates properly."
I find it hard to believe that this is a fake as faking that type of patina would be difficult. In addition, you probably would not have a fake engraved. My concern is that the movement may not be original.