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Old 13 September 2017, 02:25 AM   #31
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"A little background. I have owned a few Rolex, Omega, Breitling and other watches over the years. I am familiar with the new and second hand markets."..

Then you should have known better than to browse the ads on Craigslist?
CL is a marketplace, yes there is junk but I also sold watches and other items on there legitimately and without incident in the past.

"In January of this year, I saw an ad on Craigslist for a Rolex Submariner 116610LN. The ad stated that it was a 2015 watch with no box & papers."

...Then why did you buy it? A newer watch should have everything with it. Including box, papers and an original receipt. Not everyone keeps these items, I did when I bought mine new.

"After making contact with the seller I agreed on a price of $5,000..." It its too good to be true....[COLOR="red"There is truth in this. The asking price was higher, but since the box and papers were missing I adjusted the offer price to offset the missing items. Still, it was a flag nonetheless [/COLOR]

"The kid showed up with the watch "on belay of his dad". ...and you gave a kid your money? Seriously? The recipient of the funds is not the issue, it could have been a dog in a clown suit, why would that matter? I only cared about the watch, if it was a 50 year old in a suit would that have made a difference? I don't think so

The whole transaction from beginning to end was a recipe for disaster. Buy new from an AD is my advice.
hindsight is 20/20 I did take every precaution buying a second hand watch and got screwed in the process.

I can appreciate the points being made here, unfortunately I can't go back in time to punch the kid (mid 20's) in the face and get my money back. All I can do is hope for my day in court to watch them go to jail for screwing people over.

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Old 13 September 2017, 02:26 AM   #32
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:02 AM   #33
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Advice. If you buy used, follow all the precautions. But from now on, if anyone touches the watch after it's been authenticated, have it checked again.
Absolutely -- would not consent to purchase if the seller took the watch out of sight after the authentication...

Sorry to hear about this--lot of scum out there.
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Old 13 September 2017, 09:25 AM   #34
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hindsight is 20/20 I did take every precaution buying a second hand watch and got screwed in the process.

I can appreciate the points being made here, unfortunately I can't go back in time to punch the kid (mid 20's) in the face and get my money back. All I can do is hope for my day in court to watch them go to jail for screwing people over.
You say he's in his mid 20's and you're in SoCal... wouldn't happen to be the same group as the one described in this thread would it - https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=555646

The seller also posted up a reward offered ad on CL with the supposed thief's photo - https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...264635254.html

There is also a Facebook link to the thief/thief's friend somewhere in that ad.
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Old 13 September 2017, 10:31 AM   #35
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You say he's in his mid 20's and you're in SoCal... wouldn't happen to be the same group as the one described in this thread would it - https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=555646

The seller also posted up a reward offered ad on CL with the supposed thief's photo - https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...264635254.html

There is also a Facebook link to the thief/thief's friend somewhere in that ad.
I would not be surprised if they are all connected. But a different guy. He was a white kid, then built and a little taller than the rst pictured in the CL post.
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Old 13 September 2017, 01:00 PM   #36
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Terrible situation. I'm very very sorry this happened to you. And of course hindsight is 20/20 but there were many red flags from the beginning. Unfortunately I think you were zoned in on snagging a sub for a too good to be true price and missed them. And it ended up being too good to be true. An expensive lesson. Thanks for sharing your experience. If anyone learns anything from this at least it will bring some value to a crummy situation.


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Old 13 September 2017, 02:26 PM   #37
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A tell tale sign on these fake movements is the red gear wheels. The teeth never hold the red on the fakes since the gears are just painted and not Teflon coated like the real ones.
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:42 PM   #38
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Can't believe you wore that thing for 9 months.

Too good to be true.
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Old 14 September 2017, 12:38 AM   #39
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A tell tale sign on these fake movements is the red gear wheels. The teeth never hold the red on the fakes since the gears are just painted and not Teflon coated like the real ones.


What if it was just an aftermarket gear placed into a genuine movement?


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I'm not aware of any true aftermarket Teflon coated gears. As far as I know, it is a proprietary, factory only part. Why would anyone skimp on that part? That would be like buying parts for your Ferrari at AutoZone.
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Old 14 September 2017, 12:47 AM   #41
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What if it was just an aftermarket gear placed into a genuine movement?


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The "red" gears have NOTHING to do with it being guaranteed fake movement!
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The "red" gears have NOTHING to do with it being guaranteed fake movement!

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Old 14 September 2017, 12:49 AM   #43
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I'm not aware of any true aftermarket Teflon coated gears. As far as I know, it is a proprietary, factory only part. Why would anyone skimp on that part? That would be like buying parts for your Ferrari at AutoZone.


Agreed; my response was a weak attempt to point out that one must be able to use many points of reference when determining authenticity.


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Old 14 September 2017, 04:57 AM   #44
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Terrible situation. I'm very very sorry this happened to you. And of course hindsight is 20/20 but there were many red flags from the beginning. Unfortunately I think you were zoned in on snagging a sub for a too good to be true price and missed them. And it ended up being too good to be true. An expensive lesson. Thanks for sharing your experience. If anyone learns anything from this at least it will bring some value to a crummy situation.


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Honestly, looking back at this. I would have changed one only one thing. No one touches the watch after authentication is complete. It is very depressing. I am still having nightmares about this.
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Old 14 September 2017, 04:59 AM   #45
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Can't believe you wore that thing for 9 months.

Too good to be true.
tell me about it!
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Old 14 September 2017, 05:22 AM   #46
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Sorry to hear. There's a handful of tells just from looking at the dial and case but it's not worth discussing here.

Hopefully you still get your PP.
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Old 15 September 2017, 01:31 AM   #48
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Wow that's very scary!
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So sorry to hear that!
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Old 15 September 2017, 05:13 PM   #50
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Thank you everyone for the kind remarks.

I do have an update. I was notified today that they found the suspect. Thsts all the information they provided since it's an ongoing investigation. I am anxiously waiting to see these scumbags go to jail.

I will update as I get more information.
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Old 15 September 2017, 06:30 PM   #51
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I do have an update. I was notified today that they found the suspect.


Woot! Great to hear.

Y'know, your boys in blue sound a lot more effective than the ones downunder... here they seem to just protect the crims
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