Help with 1961 watch

I am trying to buy my husband a vintage watch from 1961 for his 50th birthday. He appreciates fine watches and has a collection, but no vintage pieces. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge in this area and I do not want to end up with a fake or to be taken for a ride! I came across this watch on It is located in Germany and I am in the US, so I don't know if that presents any problems with customs or how that works. I would appreciate it if anyone can give me any info about this particular watch or retailer. Also, any guidance concerning the price would be helpful. It is priced as "$8,677 (or 5950 euros) negotiable".
Re: Help with 1961 watch
04/22/2011 - 06:32
May, IMO you really shouldn't be doing this.  Vintage watches are fraught with difficulties in establishing originality and authenticity.  Photos don't always tell the story and the watches you are looking at are just too expensive to risk losing on a bad deal.  Here are some other options to consider: 1. Ask a watch collector friend of your husband to guide you in the purchase, 2. Use a local trusted dealer to help to secure a watch locally or online (offer a small commission), 3. Give your husband a home-made gift certificate so that he can spend the money without guilt, 4. Plan a trip to a watch auction held by one of the major houses, usually in New York.  Also, a trip to Boston or another large city will turn up many fine dealers.  What a great holiday you both would enjoy! I'm sure others can offer more suggestions.  Sorry, but I feel so strongly that your course of action is inadvisable that I won't even check out the link.  If someone reassures you enough to complete a deal that turns out bad for any number of reasons (fake watch, franken watch, broken watch, bad seller, shipping problems, customs problems, ad nauseum) it would be awful for both sides .
Hi May. I think your sentiment is wonderful
04/22/2011 - 22:54
and anyone that buys a watch for a watch lover is number one in my book! I think Dean has given you very sound advice and the other issue is buying overseas with weak US dollars and then there is the insured shipping, duty when the watch enters the country and then your state tax (sales or use tax) on top of the federal duty. I also notice that this watch is a little small (just a little) by today's standards, so the size may be a problem too. If the gift were for me, it would be nice to receive a card that we were going to one of my favorite Authorized Vacheron&Constantin dealers and we would shop for a watch together. 50 is a great birthday and the memory of the trip and the watch would last way past the warranty. Just an opinion of a watch collector who would love to be having his 50th again. You are a gem. Take the best of care, Tim
the watch looks great but like others said
04/24/2011 - 18:44

it may be better buying local. When you buy a watch especially vintage you buy the seller then the watch. I have never heard of them (but that doesn't mean the watch is not legit or that somethng is wrong with the seller).

Update: she bought a Patek
05/01/2011 - 02:01
According to many many posts on another forum...
good taste in watches :-)
05/02/2011 - 11:14