Long time lurker, first time poster.
I'm looking for a simple dress watch for my wedding next year that also has the potential to become a family heirloom.
I kind of have my heart set on either a Frederique Constant FC-303S5B6, or FC-303V5B4. Cheapest I have found them at an AD is around $1,200AUD, but they are on eBay for as little as ~$700. (Frederique Constant Mens Index Silver Dial Automatic Strap Watch FC 303S5B6 | eBay)
As of writing this, the seller Sigmatime has 2,471 transactions at 99.8%. Their website states "We are not authorized dealers, and neither is anyone else selling on the internet. Authorized dealers need to charge the full retail price of the watch, in order to be accompanied by the manufacturer’s warranty. Instead, we offer a great discount with our own Sigma Time warranty." (FAQ items in Sigmatime store on eBay!)
So my question to you all is: Can genuine watches be sold by non ADs, and if so, are these watches genuine?
Thanking you in advance for your help.
P.S., apologies if this has been posted on before.