Where do you buy your VC watches?

Hi, where do you guys buy your VC watches? Im assuming for new pieces you go to your local AD or Boutique. I've seen a couple of grey market dealers online recently who sell new watches (not sure if forum rules allow mentioning their names?). For vintage pieces would you use eBay or Chrono24?

I used to lurk on this forum but have not been around here for nearly a year. I caught the Zenith bug and have been busy acquiring a number of pieces made by Zenith. One brand new, a few NOS and the rest used vintage.

I'd appreciate some guidance on where you guys aquire your watches as I am keen to pick up my first VC! I'm also saving up for an Overseas 3 (whenever it is eventually released) to purchase from the London Boutique. 

Re: Where do you buy your VC watches?
01/03/2015 - 17:05

I prefer to but from the Vacheron boutique.  they are super nice, very knowledgable, and it makes for a pleasant buying experience. 

I have also purchased from authorized retailers (listed on their web site).  Authorized dealers have a little more ability to discount, but the experience is always a little less satisfying than buying one at a  VC boutique.

In my experience, authentic Vacheron's are unlikely to be on eBay.  if you paid for a real Vacheron, you would most likely sell on Christies, Heritage Auctions, or Antiquorium.  I mean, I have bought and sold other stuff on eBay, sports memorobilia, autographed books, vintage clothes, but never a timepiece.  I personally would be dubious of eBay for this type of investment.  

Re: Where do you buy your VC watches?
01/04/2015 - 08:24

New VC I bought from an AD. 

Discontinued models I actually got very lucky and found them on eBay. Obviously, you have to be very careful on eBay but if researched diligently you can find some gems.

I have also bought and look frequently on Chrono24 but again you have to do your do diligence. 

Best of luck!

Re: Where do you buy your VC watches?
01/04/2015 - 19:05

I bought my vintage VC via a dealer on Chrono24. I emailed many dealers, about many VC watches, before I chose one to buy, because I wasn't 100% satisfied with the watches or the dealer email replies. As already mentioned, it's always a good idea to do you due diligence when buying any watch.

i have gotten mine through and AD
01/05/2015 - 12:00

One pre-owned (non vintage) one new. I think the reputable auction houses are popular for vintage as well and will likely do that for my vintage. Or perhaps through networking with other collectors here. 

I never buy vintage watches off ebay just because too risky. I prefer to pay a
01/05/2015 - 16:41

bit more and buy from a reputable vintage dealer or even at auction

I 100% agree with Alex. Safer with auction houses.
01/06/2015 - 03:58

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I've purchased watches on Ebay and Chrono24
01/06/2015 - 22:22

I've gotten some great deals, and a couple of not so great deals...but nothing that was truly/intentionally deceptive.

But I only started trying these channels after years of studying and learning about VCs from various sources and seasoned collectors.

BR, Dan

Re: I've purchased watches on Ebay and Chrono24
01/08/2015 - 17:07

Hello all,

I have also used eBay, but usually just for boxes, buckles and straps. Chrono24 is useful and I have used them occasionally although I will also check out a dealer's website and reputation. But it is a good way to see who is out there and what they have.

In addtion I have used various retailers for older watches, Time Zone and the Purists and even AD's (for new watches).

So far I have not been bitten although not all transactions were easy.

Joseph