Hi. I've been a mechanical watch wearer for a bit more than a year now and my collection has never gone over $400. I had a Seiko 5, a Citizen ecodrive, and a Tissot. Those purchases were relatively simple and easy to justify. I just saw a few pics, dug around a few forums, and bought it without much worrying.
I am now in the market for a watch $1000-2000 and don't know how to do about buying a watch for that sum. I'll probably want to buy at an AD since I'm making a pretty big investment (for me anyway) and want to get the most of it. Also, I'd have the benefit of seeing how the wach looks on my wrist. Anyway, I had some questions
1. How do I know I am paying the "right amount"? I.e. not too much. I know child support ain't cheap, so watch dealers have to make some money on the purchase, but how do I gauge a reasonable price range for a model? Do I go on watchrecon or some online watch shops and look at their prices so that I know what to expect?
2. Is haggling considered faux pas? If not, how much can you expect to save off the MSRP (if there's one for a watch)? I haven't even been to a watch shop yet and I've got so many questions. I guess if I ever bought a car I might know the answer to this question, but everything I've bought so far was the sticker price (besides a few used things on ebay)
3. Buying used. If I buy from an AD and the watch has been serviced recently, is there other things I should look for/worry about?
Sorry if the questions have been asked before, I did use the search function.