A truly sad story

A friend and watch journalist in China posted an article recently.  There is a gentleman that has visited ADs on several occassions to purchase watches (VC and other brands) as gifts for friends and business associates.

But when he wanted a nice watch for himself, he relied on a relative in the jewelry business, who suggested picking one up for him in Hong Kong because the pricing would be much better.  The relative brought him a "VC", but with no box, papers, receipt, etc.  

The gentleman wore it for 1-year before a different friend saw it and suggested he take it to an expert for an assessment.  The following picture is the "VC" in question:

A truly sad story


When told this watch was questionable, the owners attitude was "well if its worth only $15,000, thats OK:  consider the money spent as a gift to a relative."  When he found out it was only worth $50 max., he was not as sanguine.

Now, how much did he actually spend for the watch? $59,000!!! surprise


Re: A truly sad story
01/08/2016 - 13:51


Some distant relative huh? At least they are now!


OMG!!! he should press charges!!!
01/08/2016 - 14:03
I would consider this a very moderate response (nt)
01/08/2016 - 14:40
I was going to suggest send ing a few guys to
01/08/2016 - 15:35

break his knee caps !!

Spoken like the godfather! (nt)
01/10/2016 - 07:15


Yes, against himself!
01/08/2016 - 15:50

Watchmaking knowledge: none, same for metallurgy and gemmology. The result is foregone.

The faith in his relative is an aggravating circumstance cheeky

Jokes apart, I'm sincerely sorry for this guy :-(

Thank goodness you can choose your friends...
01/08/2016 - 15:54

"Success comes to those who refuse to give-up no matter how many times their relatives pull them down"



Re: A truly sad story
01/08/2016 - 15:58


He should have consulted you, Dan.

Talk about lack of due diligence blushcryingbroken heart

Caveat emptor

Commiserations are in order
01/08/2016 - 19:14

on this particularly ugly piece; a pastiche of horological cliches frown.  I can't help but imagine what wonderful and authentic watches could be obtained for the squandered $58,950 crying.

Sorry for your friend
01/09/2016 - 15:01

But before buying expensive stuffs whatever they are, you have to do your duty on your own. Check that it's right, when it comes to a certain amount of money, I do that every time, I can't do this kind of mistake.

I made mistakes (obviously not as "painful" financially), of course it is a lot of time to spend to learn, but that's the only right way.


Thanks, my friend is the journalist that wrote about this
01/09/2016 - 17:51

He is not the owner.  I do not know the owner, unfortunately.  BR, Dan