Authenticating used watches

Another hypothetical for future reference......

If I was to stumble onto a used Vacheron Constantin at one of Silvio's bunga bunga parties and I managed to find a room that's not "occupied" , get out my mini screwdriver set and get the case number and movement number , where is the best place to send that information to confirm that at least those details match up.

I realise that this isn't the equivalent of a proper inspection/authentication by someone at Vacheron but when buying used you often need to take what you can get prior to buying and then authenticate properly.

Is that something I can send to you Alex or would it be better to try through Richemont?


10/27/2012 - 16:02
The posts below re Silvio tickled my funny bone and led me to frame the above in a way that was a bit mischevious and abstract cheeky  A few ouzos can do that. In my country (Australia) VC's are like hen's teeth - no boutiques , 5 AD's in a country close to the size of the USA (and even they carry extremely limited stock) and the second hand market is negligible.  So chances are if I buy another watch at some point - at least one that's not new- it's going to have to be bought without touching it , just like my Overseas was. I would only ever buy something that has box and papers with it , so that narrows it down and reduces the chances of being ripped off - but there's some damn fine fakes out there.  I would also only buy if there is a return policy , allowing me to get verification after receipt What I was really asking was this - if you have a case and movement number (preferably via a photo of the papers) is there any value in getting those numbers verified (either via Alex or otherwise) to even further minimise wasting my time. Regards Brent
If found during a Berlusconian bunga bunga
10/27/2012 - 20:51
I would say the watch is legit, if not just send me the numbers
another hypothetical for you Alex :)
10/30/2012 - 01:07
If you were to stumble onto a VC you really like but with no box/ papers and you then went through the process of buying and getting VC to authenticate , would VC in that situation be prepared to provide a box for it in addition to a certificate/extract to confirm authentication. Regards Brent
VC supplies a Certificate of Authenticity but thé watch needs to be
10/30/2012 - 08:35
sentbe sent to Geneva for inspection before hand. The boxes can't be bought
Re: VC supplies a Certificate of Authenticity but thé watch needs to be
10/30/2012 - 09:30
Thanks Alex. WRT the certificate - would I be correct in saying that if I sent a watch (with no papers) to Richemont Australia for service and it came back with a service record etc..... that would be pretty much as good as a COA , seeing as they wouldn't work on a watch that wasn't kosher? Cheers Brent