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Discussion in 'Fine Watches, Jewelry, & Clothes' started by italiafan, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

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    Are there any internet watch retailers that have an impeccable track record?

    I have been looking at Zenith, really like the Chronomaster Open Retrograde XXT, list 27K but internet discounted to 18K is very attractive....

    Looking at Swissluxury.com, but know nothing about them.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. darth550

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    If you buy off the internet from any unauthorized dealer, you're gambling with the (small%) price difference because the manufacturer's warranty will be voided.
     
  4. PaulC

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    http://www.thetimezone.com/

    They are authorized and only give price over the phone. I bought a watch for my wife from them because they were the lowest price, although that is not always the case. It just depends on what you are looking at.
     
  5. VTChris

    VTChris F1 World Champ

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    If you are buying a Zenith Chronomaster, make sure the factory warranty IS attached.
    Very few can work on the El Primero properly (although a lot of people say they can). It is not a watch I would want an internet store to say "we'll send it to our guy to fix, dont worry about it."
    I wanna hear "we'll send it to the factory right away, sir." (with docs to verify)

    after 20+years in the watch biz, trust me on this one
     
  6. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

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  8. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    The man....... :):)
     
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  10. 150shot

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    I have had luck in EBay buying and selling, just do your research in going this route.

    Even better luck at www.collectorstime.com

    I bought a watch there, it got here in I think less than a week from overseas! Communication was great, watch has been flawless for two plus years- fully genuine. I have no complaints.
    I emailed a few people that had put some testimonials in and all had great responses. They carry Zenith as well. I dont know how they offer such low prices on some of these watches.
     
  11. Mike J

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    Agreed.

    I have purchased at least 10 watches from Zeetan at www.collectorstime.com

    All watches come with the manufacturer's warranty card that has been stamped by an authorized dealer. I have purchased JLC, AP, IWC and a GP from Zeetan and have always been 100% satisfied. The watches are sourced from authorized dealers in Singapore. In short, all U.S. service centers will honor the warranty card.
     
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  13. ferraripete

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    www.proworth.com

    bought two high end ulysse nardin watches from them and was VERY pelase with price and quality.
     
  14. italiafan

    italiafan F1 World Champ

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    thanks guys, this is all very helpful.
     
  15. LennyZeutzius

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    I bought a watch, sight unseen, from these guys : WWW.ValenciaTimeCenter.Com (Chris)

    I couldn't be happier. Very honest and professional. VTC is the only place I'll deal with going forward.
     
  16. SRT Mike

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    FChat sponsors are good and also PM Darth as his better (and considerably better looking) half is into this field and impeccably trustworthy.
     
  17. jimpo1

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    I bought my Omega Speedmaster from these guys, I was also very happy with the transaction.
     
  18. jlspeed29

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    authenticwatches.com.

    check them out...they seem to have a legit model and list a physical address on their site....

    anyone deal with them?
     
  19. BritBlaster

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    I wondered the same thing -- they have great prices and 5000 all-positive ebay feedback, which is a stunning accomplishment (counter to the "can't please all the people all the time" maxim).
     

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