Did everyone get that? Yes, Straight-Six paid lip service to that same advice when he traded in his entire collection for two vintage Rolexes, but they were both recently declared completely kosher by a Rolex Service Centre, thank God.
In any case, this sad tale marked the first time a passionate watch collector of almost 40 years got burned by a fake watch that turned out to be too good to be true. And it was he who introduced Straight-Six to vintage timepieces…
Straight-Six’s hair-dresser is the main protagonist in this story, having owned dozens of fine watches over the years – including no less than three 6263 Paul Newman-dialled Daytonas – he only recently reentered the world of watches after a hiatus of several years. Yeah, he couldn’t afford to collect for a while there. But he was kind enough to introduce Straight-Six to the merchant who sold him his three vintage pieces, while the hair-dresser picked up a delicious 6205 for himself.
During a recent visit, a beautiful vintage Patek Philippe Calatrava appeared from under the hair-clipper’s sleeve. The piece was oohed and aahed over and when it was revealed it was bought from a friend of a friend’s for a mere €3,000, much pleasure and admiration spouted forth.
Too good to be true? It was indeed. The vintage watch merchant became suspicious when he listened to the sound of the crown turning. The piece was immediately brought to an independent specialist who opened it up and confirmed it was a fake. Value? Nothing at all.
Turns out the friend of the hairdresser didn’t know the seller that well and, well, the rest is history. And while the photo accompanying this story is a bit harsh, all you watch lovers would do well to remember the above lest you wear the hat yourselves…
You’ve been warned.
Getting burned by a fake vintage watch
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: when it comes to buying vintage watches, you buy the seller, not the watch. Did everyone get that? Yes, Straight-Six paid lip service to that same advice when he traded in his entire collection for two vintage Rolexes, but they were both recently declared completely kosher [...]
Eric (AKA Straight-Six) had a proper job as a journalist for Dow Jones before lowering himself gently into the warm, forgiving waters of The Guide. He’s our resident fanatic: he relished detailing his BMW M3 for two full days at a time before crashing it at Eau Rouge in the wet; he spends insane amounts on his home-cinema system and has thrown tens of thousands of euros at vintage Rolex sports watches. The little fool simply does not understand the concept of restraint or the meaning of excess. He also – following a legendary "heavy" lunch – once nibbled (yes, like little dogs do) a dear lady friend of ours.
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