Hello. I'm new to the forum and looking for feedback on a NEW w/o Tags (Mod 6000) Professionale I recently purchased on eBay (still awaiting delivery).
I realize that watch is over 10 years old and that I purchased from a non-authorized dealer. That said, I asked a number of questions before purchasing, and the auction house said their clients watch is guaranteed NEW, he's the only owner, and the watch has never been worn; their client is a collector that's unloading several clocks. Originally they had the item listed as pick-up only and shipping to the USA was not possible. I persisted, and eventually they agreed to ship it to me. In addition, they did not agree to 3,700 euros, but finally agreed to 4,000 euros (approximately $5,500 USD) which their client said was the absolute lowest he'd go. The pictures appear to support the NEW condition, but if it shows any signs of wear or doesn't function properly when it arrives I will return for a full refund. All in all, I'm obviously going on trust here, and hope this ends up being the extremely rare find I think it is; likely prompted by 2nd change in ownership Anonimo recently announced.
Baring the potential parts/service/quality control issues I may experience down the road, is $5,500 a reasonable deal if it's genuinely in perfect like-new condition?
1) Where can I purchase OEM hex-head bezel screws similar to those on the GMT Professionale?
2) Where there any known QC improvements or other significant changes between original Professionale (Mod 6000) and the newer GMT versions (Mod 6001)? What are the biggest service/repair issues typically associated with the Professionale?