Ethics question for the community.August 1 2011 at 7:33 PM
|Faz (Login Faz99Master)|
from IP address 188.8.131.52
I purchased a Rolex last March. It was described as all original without a service history. Obviously, I expected to have the watch serviced since the seller disclosed that he didn't know when the watch was last serviced. I received the watch and ir seemed to be as described. It operated OK. The winding crown was stiff and rough and the watch was loosing more and more time as the days went by.
I decided to send it to my watchmaker for a service a few weeeks after I received the watch. At this point it was loosing 35-40 seconds per day. Since he had a full book, he couldn't get to my watch until early May. He wrote me to let me know the movement was in very rough shape and that it likely had seen water. He also said that the balance had been tweaked. Some of the balance wheel screws had been filed down in an attempt to get a better rate out of the watch. In the end, he told me that the balance needed to be replaced. Since this is a caliber 1570, the balance is not readily available and extremely expensive on the secondary market.
My watchmaker found a source and got the balance for my watch. The watchmaker he dealt with has a Rolex parts account and said that my dial was refinished...The watch was described as "all original". I know it's been a while since I got the watch but by the time I managed to get things straightened out, these major issues appeared. Here was the ad...
"Gorgeous Rolex xxxxxxxx ref. xxxxx c. 19xx in stainless steel case with xxxxxx...watch is overall in excellent condition..original dial with silver gilt printing1570 hacking movement working well..I have not timed or serviced this watchappears to keep good time according to my phone....2.5M serial is clearly visible as is the ref#on original Rolex folded link bracelet dated 1/71this watch is stunningpictures don't do it justice.$2000 plus shipping"
I obviously got screwed but what to do? Address the issue with the seller or eat it?
Your comments and opinions are welcome.
- Sorry to hear that Faz & it's painful. We've discussed this lengthy issue before but..... - Lunette Verde on Aug 1, 2011, 7:48 PM
- Re: Ethics question for the community. - Nikos on Aug 1, 2011, 8:03 PM
- What to disclose when we sell? - Dave on Aug 1, 2011, 8:35 PM
- Well it is an original dial as mentioned in the ad........ - ChrisG on Aug 1, 2011, 8:52 PM
- No need to eat it ... talk it out - Ez on Aug 1, 2011, 11:22 PM
- Did you contact the seller at all?..if so what did he say? - steven t. mulholland on Aug 2, 2011, 1:08 AM
- Thanks to all for very to the point and objective comments.. - Faz on Aug 2, 2011, 1:58 AM
- caveat emptor - Steve N. on Aug 2, 2011, 2:04 AM
- It would be interesting to see the pics of Dial.."Silver Gilt Printing...2.5mil case"..nt. - Orchi on Aug 2, 2011, 9:52 AM