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    Box and papers worth it?

    As one approaches premium brands the box and paper with a watch drive a premium. Without it I have seen some watches take as much as a 50% hit in the asking price. Question is I am not sure why.

    Are they useful? Most don't read manuals, we shelve box and we wear the watch. From there they gather dust.

    Weed out fakes? The papers can help validate the watch is genuine but when you spend thousands you still verify the watch, not the package, is real.

    Resale? The box and papers will help keep the resale value intact...but buying a watch without box/papers was discounted to begin with and should change in % value like a complete package.

    So in the end I see an authentic high end watch without papers a great deal and provides a lower and more accessible entry point to luxury brands....or am I missing the boat?

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    Re: Box and papers worth it?

    warranty and authenticity for the watch in question. Boxes make nice display cases.
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    Re: Box and papers worth it?

    All about the warranty

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    I view it, primarily, as a way to verify authenticity. Authenticity becomes more valuable the more you spend.
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    Re: Box and papers worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by javadave View Post
    As one approaches premium brands the box and paper with a watch drive a premium. Without it I have seen some watches take as much as a 50% hit in the asking price. Question is I am not sure why.

    Are they useful? Most don't read manuals, we shelve box and we wear the watch. From there they gather dust.

    Weed out fakes? The papers can help validate the watch is genuine but when you spend thousands you still verify the watch, not the package, is real.

    Resale? The box and papers will help keep the resale value intact...but buying a watch without box/papers was discounted to begin with and should change in % value like a complete package.

    So in the end I see an authentic high end watch without papers a great deal and provides a lower and more accessible entry point to luxury brands....or am I missing the boat?

    David
    That makes sense to me as well. As long as you can buy the seller before buying the watch then I do not see papers and box adding anything useful. The warranty would obviously be useful if it was still in force and transferable. I prefer to store watches on an individual suede leather pillow inside a cushioned leather lined box.
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    Papers for sure. Boxes? Wish they didn't exist and don't see much use for 'em. The only reason I keep them is for resale time since I'm evidently in the minority in my disdain for them . . .
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    50%? Can't say I've seen that.
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    Box and papers ? It's good when they come but I don't let a good opportunity go because of them. As long as I know the seller, box and papers are just details.

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    I like to know when the watch was originally purchased, as I take the service history/age into consideration when I buy a watch.
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