Don’t Forget to do Your Research Before You Buy!

With prices rising all the time for good quality and original vintage watches, especially mechanical chronographs as seen in Citizen’s 8110 and 8100 automatics, I advise you to do your research before buying!! For example there’s an 8110 for sale at the moment on eBay described as ‘100% original’……well I suppose the parts themselves were originally made by Citizen, but the piece is a cobbled together watch with a 67-9178 case, a 67-9011 case back, and a 67-9071 dial – although offers can be made, the BIN price is over US$700.

If sellers have not done their research, make sure you do 🙂  I am happy to advise if you are not sure of something, just ask via the Form on the right side of the home page.

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2 Responses to Don’t Forget to do Your Research Before You Buy!

  1. marvin says:

    Hi Stephen,
    Thanks for that timely reminder about buying used watches on ebay and elsewhere.
    You may recall that I bought a Leopard that I didn’t realize was a kludge. Remember the red sweep hand? I like it for what it is, but someday may ask your friend Brian the restoration wizard to sort it out for me.
    Fortunately I didn’t pay a ton for it. But referring to your $700 example, I’d be upset buying that and later learning that it’s a Franken-watch.
    Thanks for all you do for the vintage Citizen community.
    ~ Marvin

  2. Bert says:

    Dear Stephen, Thanks for all the effort you put into this and for beeing the Guiding Light for many vintage Citizen lovers out there! The 1963 Paraschock ACE I asked your advise about arrived here yesterday and I am delighted with it! Talk to you again soon, Bert

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