Hello fellow members, newbie here!
My wife has a Chopard Happy Sport two tone watch (yes, the one with the floating diamonds in the dial), a gift from her previous husband. Truth be told, she never took a liking to this watch's design and for obvious reasons there is no emotional attachment to the watch either. She barely wears it, and she decided to sell the watch. The trouble is, the back plate is custom engraved with the words "Engage. Anniv.".
Does this reduce the value of the watch on the used market? Today, we brought the watch to the AD for a battery replacement (which BTW costs an insane $125 Canadian dollars), and we were told that it was not possible to replace the back plate because it has the serial number engraved on it. However, it was suggested to remove the custom engraved message. This can be done by resurfacing the metal material over the text, but without removing other indications like the model number and serial number. However, this would not restore the back to its original condition since it would leave some wavy marks where the custom message has previously appeared.
My questions to you more knowledgeable members are:
- Does the custom message significantly reduce the value of the watch?
- If yes, should I consider removing the message by having the back plate resurfaced?