I know, I know, "buy the seller, not the watch." But, here I am with this thread.
I have a Vacheron Constantin FiftySix in stainless steel that I have the opportunity to trade (with cash on my end) for an Overseas Dual Time 47450. Here's my predicament. The seller is on the big auction site and he has very few references. I've been in contact with him for the past several hours and he has suggested that he will accept an offer on eBay for the trade difference, I will ship my watch to a third-party (presumably his lawyer), and then after I receive the Overseas, I will authorize it to be released to him. He has provided me with links to a social media account and the businesses that he owns.
So, a couple of questions:
1. Should I run, not walk, away from this deal?
2. What extra precautions should I take if I decide to go through with this?
3. If any of you have gone through a trade like this, what should I be looking for to make sure I'm not shafted?