Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

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  • you've seen the photo

    60 65.22%
  • you've seen wrist shots

    18 19.57%
  • the watch is considered a smaller puchase

    10 10.87%
  • never... always see a watch in person

    4 4.35%
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    Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    Some members of WUS only by watches they've tried on. Others will buy watches based on wrist shots or photos. Which do you do? Tell about the purchases that have shaped your opinion.

    I bought a Parnis on a whim and it's been my favorite so far despite never having seen it in person before.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    I wanted to tick a few options there.

    For things I consider a smaller purchase I'll be happy with wrist shots & pics etc.

    The larger the purchase the more reluctance I would have to buy without handling it in the metal.

    Second Hand/Used I'm happy to buy from good quality pictures if I trust the seller. Similar issues on needing to handle the model, the larger the purchase.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    I find it difficult to believe anyone here buys only watches they have seen in person. The success of the classified section and vendor web sites proves just how many of us buy based only on photos and trust of sellers. Unless you live in one of the larger cities, you don't get to see many fine watches in person.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    I started collecting 2 1/2 years ago. I'm up to about 31 watches now and never bought a single on in person...they've all be online purchases. I figure it for some reason a watch doesn't look good or doesn't fit right I can just send it back but so far that hasn't happened once. Maybe I've just been lucky but so far online has all been good.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    I've never bought a watch that I have seen in person first... Ever.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ticktocker View Post
    I find it difficult to believe anyone here buys only watches they have seen in person. The success of the classified section and vendor web sites proves just how many of us buy based only on photos and trust of sellers. Unless you live in one of the larger cities, you don't get to see many fine watches in person.
    Believe it!

    It's part of the fun for me. I want to see the watch. Look at it on my wrist. Feel the finish. Etc.

    I would never buy a watch I hadn't seen or touched in person.
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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    Between photos, research and reviews, and the brand, you can be pretty sure of what you're getting.

    If I could afford to fly to Japan to try on a Seiko domestic, I'd just spend all that money on a Rolex whether I'd tried it on or not.
    Last edited by ColinW; February 12th, 2012 at 20:28.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    Only once at an auction and I acquired a lovely 1950s Zenith automatic for not too much.
    Otherwise no, I like to see and touch a watch.
    Get a feel for it.
    You have to love a watch to wear it.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    In this day and age, the majority of purchases will likely be sight unseen over the Internet. For some prestige brands, it might be worth buying in person since authorized dealers (i.e "brick and mortars") sometimes offer a sizable discount off list price.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: Do you buy watches you haven't seen in person?

    Quote Originally Posted by GETS View Post
    Believe it!

    It's part of the fun for me. I want to see the watch. Look at it on my wrist. Feel the finish. Etc.

    I would never buy a watch I hadn't seen or touched in person.
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    There have been several watches over the years, that I really like in pictures, but once I had the opportunity to hold it and the strap on my wrist, they left my "gotta have one" list.

    That said; After many many years, I've just "bought" my first watch from a fellow that assembles his own, and has done so for several years. I'm only getting it from him because of the research I did on him (not one bad review of his customer service or his quality of build), and his three day return policy.
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