To all, if you could have every piece of information you wanted about a watch when interested in buying vintage (or just used), what information would that be? If there were any specific questions that you would want answered prior to pulling the trigger, what would those definitive questions be. Also, when answered what answers/detail would be deal breakers (knowing that everyone will have a different opinion about this regarding replacement parts)? Also, what details would you be fine with leaving to your own judgement regarding whether or not the watch is genuine and or completely original, knowing that vintage details can be hard to pinpoint every time.
Original hands (yes/no)
Repainted dial (yes/no)
Original dial (yes/no)
Original crystal (yes/no)
Original crown (yes/no)
Original Bezel (yes/no)
Last Service date ?
If some of the details mentioned above have been replaced with proper OEM parts that appear to be proper to the watch and a seller is not aware of this as he or she is the 5th to 10th owner of this vintage watch and lists this information as unknown would this be a deal breaker? Knowing some of these replacements would be hard to pin-point if properly replaced in house by a factory brand, is this even a factor if patina and entire package appears to fall in line?
I am conducting some marketplace research and I am looking to see what the community feels is the missing link of feeling entirely comfortable in a watch deal with a seller that they are not familiar with. What information could be presented that would be irrefutable evidence that a watch is being properly or improperly represented?
Thank you to anyone willing to contribute information