Any experiences with these grey markets? AD vs. Non-AD

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    Any experiences with these grey markets? AD vs. Non-AD

    I believe these are all grey markets and I have been looking to purchase a specific $2,700 watch for a while. What's the difference with buying from a AD versus a Non-AD? Here are the grey markets that have the watch I have been looking for: http://300watches.com, http://www.authenticwatches.com,http://www.certifiedwatchstore.com, http://www.greatnewdeal.com, http://ultrawatches.com. Any Help is greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Any experiences with these grey markets? AD vs. Non-AD

    I've heard good things about authenticwatches.com and i think you'll be fine with them. I can't say anything about the others though.
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    Re: Any experiences with these grey markets? AD vs. Non-AD

    I have purchased a number of pieces from authenticwatches.com. He has decent prices, fast shipping and good customer service in case of issues.
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    Re: Any experiences with these grey markets? AD vs. Non-AD

    Authentic watches can be trusted to deliver what's advertised, in my experience. I've had no dealings with the others.

    Gray market dealers with good reps are selling the real deal, usually acquired from ADs for various reasons. The difference is in the warranty. Get a better price from the gray market dealers, but those dealers use independent repair facilities. If I had a choice, I'd rather send my watch to an authorized repair center. If a gray market dealer were to offer both, which would you employ? That's not to say that the repair facilities used by gray market dealers aren't capable of making repairs. It's a peace-of-mind thing, knowing that the manufacturer itself is going to be there to back up its product.

    Also, there could be a difference, depending on watch, in resale value if the watch doesn't come with the original warranty. Not always, I have found, but, again, if you were a buyer and had a choice between two watches of equal value, wouldn't you pick the watch with the manufacturer's warranty? I would.
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