I'm getting discouraged over the lack of service and trustworthiness from many of the big name internet dealers in vintage watches! Repeatedly I have contacted dealers to request additional pictures, descriptions, even movement calibres...only to be told they don't know or can't be bothered to check.
And these aren't for small purchases. They expect a buyer to hand over thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars on the scantiest information. I really don't understand how they stay in business? There must be people out there that are willing to buy vintage watches on these terms. Who are they? I want to slap them for ruining the quality buyer-seller relationship that should exist! These dealers really should be out of business.
As much as I criticize fleabay for the frauds and fakes appearing regularly, their system of feedback and buyer protection provides probably the best experience on the WWW. Nevertheless, even there, too many legit vintage pieces are being presented poorly by garage-sale retailers that just don't care.
Now that my rant is finished, I'd like to get to the true purpose of this post. Can we create a good-guys list of internet vintage dealers that are knowlegable about V&C and provide quality customer service, both before AND after the purchase?
Sad fact is, I don't have a single dealer to begin the list with. I wouldn't put my name behind any that I've dealt with so far.
On the positive side, many private purchases have turned out great. One enthusiast dealing with another...the way it should really be.