Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?
Like Tree17Likes

Thread: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    6

    Question Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    Hello Everyone,

    My soon-to-be 16 year old son has is looking to purchase an entry-level automatic watch for himself and asked me for advice on potential candidates. He has been saving for this and has a budget of about $400CDN. He doesn't know this yet but I will match his savings for this purchase so in actuality his budget is $800CDN. To narrow down the plethora of options available I went to Amazon.com and there I came across a third-party seller offering a NEW Alpine Seastrong Diver 300 (ref. AL-525LBBRG4V6) for $469.00US + $5.99 shipping. This watch retails for $1613CDN on Alpina's website. I am leery because of the unbelievable price and because the seller has no feedback as of yet as they have "just launched". I contacted the seller through Amazon and asked:


    1. Can the verify the watches authenticity by sending me some pics? Yes
    2. Is the watch NEW with all boxes/papers? Yes
    3. Is there a warranty and if so through? Yes - Certified Watch Company


    The seller did send pictures of the warranty paper and back of the watch displaying the serial number. As this is my first post I am unable to attach the images here. The seller also has a couple of other Alpina watches listed on Amazon. Specifically, a couple of different Alpina Alpiner models.

    My concern is the watch's authenticity and condition. Has anyone purchased a watch(es) from Amazon? What is their policy/coverage if this watch turns out to be fake or used? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Attached Images Attached Images



    Zeroedout likes this.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    134
    I would be leery as well. eBay has the sea strong listed at $619us through certified watchstore. They are reputable and I have bought from them with no issues.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Posts
    69

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    I feel extremely comfortable with Amazon's customer service, but I agree it might take a little more convincing based on the price and the fact that the seller has no reviews yet.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    4,088

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    As with any grey-market seller, just be aware that the warranty isn’t through the manufacturer as it would be from an AD. For most of us, that renders it essentially worthless...but the offset in savings allow for service on our dime if it’s ever needed.

    Personally, I’m a fan of the GM. I might take a chance on this one, but my concerns stem from 1) it looks like the seller took the pics in his kitchen or bathroom. While there’s never any guarantee a watch has been handled properly, I prefer to think the ones I order are being held in some sort of “shop”. Probably self-delusional on my part, but what can I say? My second concern is equally petty; the name of the company. Kinda feel like they’re hoping to capitalize on people getting them confused with another, more established grey-market seller.

    At at the end of the day, like I said, I might give them a shot. Amazon has good protection, and that’s an attractive price...not too much to loose.

    One final note: I love the seastrong diver. Just be aware that it’s a fairly large watch at 44mm.
    Last edited by Zeroedout; March 1st, 2018 at 17:34.

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    GA USA
    Posts
    20

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    Amazon? Go for it. Roll the dice and Amazon will back u up no worries if there is any issue. Seems a no brainer to me.

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    4,088

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    I should add that what’s important for you right now is undertsanding the distinctions/nuances between buying from a grey-market seller vs an authorized dealer. If you’re not familiar with the term, do some research here on the forums. There’s plenty of good information that will help you and your son make an informed purchase you’ll both feel good about.

    And by the way, welcome!
    rfortson likes this.

  8. #7
    Member rfortson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    10,622

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroedout View Post
    I should add that what’s important for you right now is undertsanding the distinctions/nuances between buying from a grey-market seller vs an authorized dealer. If you’re not familiar with the term, do some research here on the forums. There’s plenty of good information that will help you and your son make an informed purchase you’ll both feel good about.

    And by the way, welcome!
    Great point. If I was buying the watch for me, I'd probably take a chance given that Amazon will back me up. I'm used to buying gray market and don't mind the slight increase in risk.

    Since this is a big purchase for your son, and you're helping him, how about finding a local dealer that has some deals and make the purchase more of a "big deal". There's something about buying from an authorized dealer, (usually) getting nice treatment, and going home with the new watch. They can also size it for you, and sometimes you'll get more schwag.

    My local Jared's has some good deals on occasion and I've bought several from them (Tissot, Longines, Omega, Raymond Weil). Once he knows you'll match his contribution, make it a shopping event.

    Anyway, good luck on the purchase and well done!

  9. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    6

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    I checked Certified Watch Store on eBay and they have the one with the grey dial for $550US. Funny enough - when I searched eBay there's another seller (juliannadam6) who has a number of the grey dial Seastrong 300's for sale for $480US. When I asked about warranty the response I got is that its a 2-year warranty through Certified Watch Store.

  10. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    6

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    Quote Originally Posted by rfortson View Post
    Since this is a big purchase for your son, and you're helping him, how about finding a local dealer that has some deals and make the purchase more of a "big deal". There's something about buying from an authorized dealer, (usually) getting nice treatment, and going home with the new watch. They can also size it for you, and sometimes you'll get more schwag.

    My local Jared's has some good deals on occasion and I've bought several from them (Tissot, Longines, Omega, Raymond Weil). Once he knows you'll match his contribution, make it a shopping event.

    Anyway, good luck on the purchase and well done!
    Thanks! I will definitely take this approach into consideration! :)
    rfortson likes this.

  11. #10
    Member sticky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    South Yorkshire
    Posts
    55,538

    Re: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 - Too Good To Be True?

    Under normal circumstances the price is so low that I’d suggest you walk away but since Amazon is involved and they don’t like people using them to sell fakes and look after their customers well the risk is reduced slightly.
    falcon4311 likes this.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Similar Threads

    1. SOLD: ALPINA SEASTRONG DIVER 300 BIG DATE WITH OMEGA MESH BRACELET
      By chadcs8972 in forum Watches - Private sellers and Sponsors
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: March 25th, 2016, 15:14
    2. *SOLD* FS: Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Big Date Quartz Chronograph
      By phoenix844884 in forum Watches - Private sellers and Sponsors
      Replies: 7
      Last Post: February 14th, 2016, 08:00
    3. Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph Big Date
      By Michael Weare in forum Public Forum
      Replies: 4
      Last Post: December 17th, 2015, 15:55
    4. FS: BNIB Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph
      By JamesWWIII in forum Watches - Private sellers and Sponsors
      Replies: 46
      Last Post: June 26th, 2015, 07:23
    5. ALPINA Seastrong DIVER 300 Chronograph BIG DATE
      By Watchuseek Feeds in forum Bloggers United
      Replies: 0
      Last Post: June 6th, 2015, 12:50

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •