I have no axe to grind in this discussion. I am not a dealer. I really feel sorry for what happened.
It encouraging to see the members crowd around and offer support.
But I have trouble with those suggesting returning the watch one and a half years later.
Most watches have a 3 day or 7 day or some stated return period. Some are no
return. I think 3 or 7 day return policy is reasonable. But one and a half years.
How about 2 years, or three years.
You know, I am beginning to get suspicious about that 5513 I bought in 1974.
Also, why should a watch repair person be an expert in the authenticity of rolex parts.
Most are good techs who don't give a rats ass about the font between the lugs and the
variations in the dials. They just want to fix your watch. If the hands and dial and movement fit, that is fine. Now if they have a large sign up saying "Expert in authenticating old ancient Rolexes", then I would be pissed.
I know this post won't be popular, but someone has to play the devil's advocate.
You shouldn't be buying till you have done your due diligence. BEFORE, NOT AFTER.
It has been said before, you buy the dealer.