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Old 11 June 2024, 08:18 AM   #1
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Was I saved by eBay's Authenticity Program?

I've been lurking to purchase a 16610 for awhile now. I came across this elegant M-16610 with papers, booklets, almost everything..

Seller was asking $10100, came out with a deal to $8850.
Seller shipped following business day.

Stoll & Co, eBay's partner, received the watch today and deemed it not 'authentic'. Reason being is because sapphire and bezel are 'after-market.' They're sending it back to seller and I am getting refunded.

Now that I realized, this bezel has the wide/fat/flat 4 on a M-serial watch. Was that even a thing? Also, is it me or is the outer box too green?

Please advise!

If it was really authentic or not, to me, this was a lesson learned to buy from trusted sources..

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Old 17 June 2024, 06:29 PM   #2
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Depends on the circumstances.

They shouldn’t have returned the watch without asking you first.
Yes, the inlay is not authentic, but this happens all the time with neo vintage watches. An authentic 16610 inlay isn’t hard to source, same goes for the crystal.

I would have asked the seller, if he was willing to knock another 1000$ from the price and call it a day. Apart from inlay and crystal this watch is authentic, as are box and papers.
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