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of watchmaking , which can be very helpful . The great thing is that forum members are usually very helpful and willing to share information . Always cross-reference your information with several sources to make sure it is accurate .
When looking at a watch , always start with the basics . I recently saw a watch with chronograph pushers , but the watch had a calendar dial ! Obviously , it was a fake .
And sometimes people pretend to know more than they do . A lady contacted me to appraise a watch she bought at a tag sale . Five of her friends told her it was a real Audemars Piguet with a tourbillon . I had to regretfully inform her that it was not a tourbillon at 6 o ’ clock , but in fact , a running seconds subdial .
TAKE YOUR TIME In short , educate yourself , ask questions , and take your time . Do not buy on impulse and set a budget for yourself . If you can , see the watch in real life instead of just photos , but if this is not possible , do not be shy to ask for more pictures .
Most importantly , listen to your gut . Keep these tips in mind when building a watch collection and things should go relatively smoothly . Good luck !
Laurent Martinez is the proprietor of Laurent Fine Watches Greenwich , Connecticut . Read more by him at blog . laurentfinewatches . com or visit his store ’ s site at www . laurentfinewatches . com
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