Buying old watches: one more problem.

As a rule there are two main problems of a man who likes from time to time to buy old luxury watch.
1. fakes 2. movements with serious problems.
But I've discovered another one. I've come to an old man, that offered luxury watch for sale (not VC).
I've paid all my attention to watch, I've checked it carefully. after that I saw that his hands are seriously ill. He tried to hide this, I saw signs of active therapy,
but it was crearly visible that hands of this old man were damaged by some illness.
After that I've cleared my hands with 96% alcohol and washed it hard.
now I afraid to buy something outside the boutique.
I know that there are some illnesses of skin that is difficult to heal and the healing process can be difficult.
So, I say goodbye to vintage watches at low price :) Boutique/official shop ONLY.
P.S. I know that my situation is extraordinary but it seriously scared me.
I'm not a specialist in this but not sure that
08/17/2010 - 19:04
illnesses can be passed on that way, on the other hand (pun not intended ) someone with s serious illness could have worked on a watch without you having seen the person!
Re: I'm not a specialist in this but not sure that
08/17/2010 - 20:53
Thanks for your opinion. I am a little bit paranoid about illnesses, may be it is because my granpa, the Colonel, paid a lot of attention to "biohazard security".
Too much TV?
08/20/2010 - 04:58
LOL, that's a new one!  I'm amazed at the number of TV commericals that try to convince us the world is dirty and we must sanitize and sterilize everything we touch or breathe.  In reality, this only weakens our immune systems .  The latest commercial product that made me laugh out loud was a battery-powered soap dispenser you only had to wave your hands in front of to get soap.  The tag line was "Never touch a germy soap dispenser again!"  Now really, what is the first thing you do once you squirt that soap on your hands??