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    Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    Hey guys I really needed an opinion here!

    I'm interested in buying a Movado Gravity (Carbon face, black rubber strap) as it is pretty lightweight and comfortable and a different look than anything I have.

    The ordeal (not a huge one) I have is where to buy it. I can buy it online for $360 at WatchMaxx, but of course you don't get the warranty via Movado. I called them and they said a battery swap would run $35-50, and a full service repair on something like the movement would be $180.

    My jewelry store here in NYC has them for $600 out the door with the Movado warranty for 2 years.

    This isn't a super crazy high end watch. It also doesn't have any super crazy sophisticated movement in it. Do you think it'd be an okay move to save the $240 off the bat? Essentially a battery swap and a full service repair would need to occur to even make it up. I don't know much about reliability of Movado's besides a lot of posters here ripping on them. That being said, I'm not in it for the movement or craftsmanship, just a bit of a fashion statement with a mega comfortable wear.

    Thoughts? Thank you!
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    re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    A quartz movement really doesn't demand that you get it with a Movado warranty.

    Go grey market if the price savings is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denizen View Post
    A quartz movement really doesn't demand that you get it with a Movado warranty.

    Go grey market if the price savings is great.
    Thanks man! So you wouldn't be too worried buying it for the savings, as it's a pretty basic movement/not high maintenance piece

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    re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    For this watch, i would say it is worth saving the $ 240.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steviey2493 View Post
    Thanks man! So you wouldn't be too worried buying it for the savings, as it's a pretty basic movement/not high maintenance piece
    Other than battery replacement once every few years, there is no maintenance associated with quartz movements. If the movement breaks, you toss it and replace with a whole new movement. And unless it's HAQ or COSC certified, you can likely get a brand new movement for less than $25, plus whatever a watchmaker charges for labor to perform the replacement.
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    While no one here can guarantee anything, personally I'd go with WatchMaxx in this case.
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    re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    Go online and pocket the savings. And a typical battery change is $10-15, not $35, or you can do it yourself (a new battery online will run about a dollar and change). And servicing a quartz watch - if ever - is minimal - mostly opening the back and blowing on the movement
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    re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    F the AD, buy gray market. If you don't want to use WatchMaxx, then Jomashop has it for the same price.

    A battery swap costs $2-3 if you do it yourself (although you should probably grease the gasket every few years, not sure how long the battery lasts on these.) I have local shops near me that will do it for around $10, but worst case $20. You don't need to ship it off to a service center. It's a standard thing that's easily done.

    The movement swap by a 3rd party will cost significantly less than what Movado charges. I can't find specs on what it is, but for Movado you're paying for the finishing; the movement is probably a part that costs around $20 if it's something like a Ronda 705 or other inexpensive workhorse. Labor will run you significantly less than $180, so in the rare case you'd need to work on it in the first 2 years (extremely rare) you'd still come out ahead.
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    Re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Steviey2493 View Post
    Thanks man! So you wouldn't be too worried buying it for the savings, as it's a pretty basic movement/not high maintenance piece
    Right...aside from the battery replacement (which any watch service place can do), you really don't need more so get the best price.

    My first two watches in my long WIS journey were quartz Movados. Here's a quick pic of the second...found it in a desk drawer some years back. The first Movado was sold to a co-worker shortly thereafter.

    I bet it would run fine again with a fresh battery. Lot of memories with this watch...probably circa ~1987.

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    Re: Help buying Movado, online versus local shop

    I would definitely go grey market. Even if it was necessary to do a movement swap, you could probably do it much cheaper than the quoted $180 if you just hired an independent watchmaker.


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