First, I'll be honest I can't currently afford $1,000 plus on a watch from an AD.
Fortunately, the simple 3 hand styles I prefer are among the least expensive offerings Ball offers. The specific model I’m considering now is the Fireman Racer Classic. I also find the Glory to be attractive. Some of the models I like are significantly discounted (60%+), on Jomashop etc. But, pre-owned can also be attractively priced on the Auction site and on the sales sections of forums.
A couple of the cheaper watches I recently received had issues, one had Sellita movement exchanged, the other was cheap enough that I haven’t had the Miyota 8215 replaced yet (power reserve averages about 15-16 hours). So, I’m a bit concern about getting a watch that doesn’t work as expected.
I’m assuming my local watch maker can service a basic 3 hand movement of a Ball watch for much less than sending it back. From my understand watches should not go back to the GM dealers for their own “warranty” service.
If those assumptions are correct, am I better off getting the exact model I want from GM or find a similar model that may be even less expensive as a pre-owned watch from an auction or forum?
I’ve done quite a few searches, but I’m looking to validate my findings from the folks who understand the reliability of Ball watches.