So long story short:
- I have some saved searches on eBay, for the purpose of trying to (re)acquire an Alpinist, as I've owned one for most years since 7-8 years ago when I got more serious about automatics, and Japanese ones in particular
- last year they announced they're discontinuing it which promptly raised prices sky-high (like at least 2x what I used to pay for one from Seiya-san or Tanaka, which was about the $300 mark.
- now about a month or so ago, my saved search notifications for these (I had it set at $350 for new) went haywire with hundreds and hundres being sold by various sellers in the US, and described as "no box" "refurbished with new parts", "as new" etc.
Who exactly would sit to refurbish so many Alpinists and where would they get this sudden huge stash of watches to restore/refurbish? To make matters worse, these sellers seem to be mostly newish, selling just these watches or some cheap perfumes probably to pad-up their feedback scores.
My BS/nonsense alerts have been ringing high as soon as I've seen these listings, coupled with the SARB017 having a solid caseback which means its likely very few or none of those many positive feedbacks left for purchases are from unassuming buyers.
Or could I just be a bit paranoid as usual?
Have a look for yourself:
P.S. Some of the listings for which I received notifications in prior weeks have already been terminated as no more stock or ended by seller. But as you can see in the above, these are selling like hotcakes, 10s per day, which is expected as this 250 USD price is about as low as it ever got in the heydays for one, albeit these don't have a box.