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grading and slabbing watches and components
PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:28 am Reply with quote
Jon
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In another private section of our club MB a member posted a case opener "slabbed" case opener which got a laugh with other comments about slabbing dials, etc (that generated more laughter).

Diamonds, coins, currency, stamps, guns, cars, etc.,, etc. all have some form of grading and genuine and damage/switching notes. With so many switched, refinished and generally poor (and damaged) conditioned watches coming out onto the market and components making the rounds at marts and auctions, we need to caution collectors to learn grading, originality issues, and the many pitfalls surrounding watch collecting.

Apparently, quite a few investors, hoarders, speculators invaded watch collecting during the past 10-15 years. Much of these goods were bought from dealers without any forethought, education, or knowledge on the part of the buyer. In several cases it has become obvious due to the thrust/serge of certain types of watches dumped on the market that said buyers had been rammed by sellers. In one example it resembles PILING ON. Much of these kinds of damaged and off condition watches are flooding the auctions and market places. So, beware and study what you are buying and beware of "watch thugs!". Sellers usually don't tell you the whole story if, indeed, they know the story.

All the more reason to be prudent and cautious, or check in with club members here at chapter 149 for the correct analyzation.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:46 pm Reply with quote
KennyHabeeb
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Agree. I've noticed, and been a victim at least once in just the past few years.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:54 pm Reply with quote
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I would like to thank all of the members at 149 who have given their time and expertise to help me decide as to whether to buy a watch or not.
This message board has been a huge asset for me.
Scott

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:04 pm Reply with quote
HOWARD
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scotttzorfas wrote:
I would like to thank all of the members at 149 who have given their time and expertise to help me decide as to whether to buy a watch or not.
This message board has been a huge asset for me.
Scott


Certainly, as knowledge is a large percentage of the battle.

I began collecting and buying long before any message boards, books price guides or catalogs so said knowledge was more difficult to access. One had to rely on advice from the old timers. Collectors and buyers these days have the information at their fingertips but seldom realize it.

Now all one has to do is learn what is good and what isn't.

Happy collecting.

Howard

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