Tomorrow I am going to have the splint taken off my nose, septum and sinus surgery, after that I can I will be stopping by some watch shops. One shop, who I've known for a while and purchased numerous watches, I will be leaving a deposit for a Breitling Chronomat Longitude. They also have others I'm very interested in, but will have to wait
Here's the deal. This store has an Omega seamaster coaxial GMT, It is in mint condition and their asking $2,800. It comes with everything, box, papers, bill of sale, book all in mint condition. I always wanted a bond automatic, never really even thought of the GMT until I had it in my hands, it's so sweet! But, is the GMT with the display back and newer movement that important to me? I just don't know yet. I really like the fact that it is a rarer watch, and the display back makes it all that much more cool.
So lets go back in time two weeks ago. I drove to another village and found a antique shop that also sells collectable watches. I tell them what I'm interested in, and the young man tells me to come back the next day, for he thinks he has something at another shop I would like. The next day I show up, and shore enough there is an omega box on the counter.
He says take a look and see what I think. It was a Seamaster Electric Blue, old school. First impression thing was a mess. At the end of the bracelet are three mismatched links that belong to a different omega, Crudd in the links, dirt in every crevice, but I played interested. I don't mind cleaning and polishing, I find it fun and becoming one with a new piece, There was no red box, but had book and outer white box, and very strangely had two sets of different warranty cards. He tells me thats how the watch came. I play along, I locate serial number on the watch and try to match it to either of the set of cards, none of them match. Getting weird, but in my head I'm thinking watch looks legit, but definitely is frankensteined, maybe He's willing to sell for quick sale and low price. But first I ask if he would open the case back for me so i can see the movement and authenticate the watch. He gets offended and tells me it's reall, you see it's an automatic, must be real then????? Back to playin his game, how much are you looking for he says $1200,
I say thats crazy for it's condition and mixed up bracelet and paper work. He tells me to come in tomorrow he will talk to his brother. I arrive the next morning, " So what were you able to do," he tells me the price is now $1500, his brother wanted more. I feeling I had wasted enough of my time played the game a little longer out of curiosity if the movement is legit. I said if agree to buy, will you show me the movement, He flattly refused and said I told you it's real. I left
First off if I were selling such a watch I would have cleaned it, seperated the paper work that doesn't match, took out the mismatched links and tried to get a quick sale, what are you hiding by not showing the movement? P.S Final sale no returns on used watches
Back to tomorrow might consider putting a payment on the GMT at same time, What do you think?