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    Problem with the way watches are sold

    Does anyone else find it a bit ridiculous that we have to buy watches that are on bracelets without being able to see first whether they fit and will be comfortable?
    Watches can be the price of a car and no-one buys a car without test driving it. I understand that once the dealer starts resizing bracelets he can't sell that particular watch as new but to my mind that should be the cost of doing business. Exactly the same applies in the car industry and the dealers should have test pieces that customers can try exactly how they would wear it of they bought it.

    I recently bought a watch that I'd lusted after for years. It was quite simply stunning. The problem was, when it was resized I found it was actually quite uncomfortable. The problem on this particular watch was that the push buttons on the clasp extended out quite a way and because the watch head was quite heavy and there was no micro adjustment possible, these buttons would dig in and become painful over the course of a day.

    Over the years I think this has cost me thousands of dollars buying watches that proved to be uncomfortable and had to be moved on at a loss. Why is this accepted, particularly at the top end of the market?

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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    I only wear straps, so this doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of life.

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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    I worry about this too OP.

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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    Quote Originally Posted by Jp123 View Post
    Does anyone else find it a bit ridiculous that we have to buy watches that are on bracelets without being able to see first whether they fit and will be comfortable?
    Watches can be the price of a car and no-one buys a car without test driving it. I understand that once the dealer starts resizing bracelets he can't sell that particular watch as new...
    That should be the end of it right there. To solve it, either every watch should be sold as-is and at a discount, or unmolested watches should be sold at a premium price.

    The other option would be to have a small fleet of demo watches that are sized to multiple combinations of links and sizes.

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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    That's what AD's are for.

    And buying online/from the grey market, this is the price you have to pay, if its some rare model where there's none in local stores.

    Which model are we talking about? Was there no way to walk in a local place selling it, try it on and THEN buy online, if the price difference was so big?

    In my case, I love JDM watches and live in the middle of nowhere geographically so have to purchase everything online, thankfully most watches are like have been very comfy, probably due to being smaller sized on average as well as having very nice/comfortable designs for the bracelets.
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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    Honestly, I loathe ADs. So, in order to not have happen what has happened to you I do my research. I read. I use google. I look at as many photos, particularly those posted by real owners, as possible. I use WUS and PM current owners. Most folks here are generous with their time and will answer questions about our shared obsession. I've made a few mistake, sure, but not many once I used those tools.
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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    Well you say that's what ADs are for but ADs are the ones I'd expect you to be able to try them on properly and can't. They keep the watches covered in plastic and stickers until they're sold which is great for the person buying that watch (if it fits) but there should be demo pieces that can be resized for each potential customer and then when they've made their decision the stickered up version comes out of the safe for them.

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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    The simple question is how much more are you willing to spend for this?
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    This must be an American thing but I have never been made to try on a watch that had any sort of plastic wrap on.
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    Re: Problem with the way watches are sold

    While I sympathise with the Op, I don't think it's reasonable to expect sellers to customize watches to specific buyers before the commitment to buy. I can accept that a watch is still new when someone else has tried it on, but when pins are futzed with and links removed, that's much less of a new watch. In a perfect world every seller would have one of every watch "on display" and available to mess with before giving you a new one from the back, but it's not reasonable to expect every seller to keep an extra version of every watch around (and to devalue it as well).

    When I try a watch on, I just pull the clasp tightly against my skin to see if it's comfortable. It's not a perfect test, but it definitely shows when there are major clasp elements that I don't care for.
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