Buying from eBay overseas sellers

Looking to purchase a vintage pre-owned Oris pointer date, considering purchasing from overseas sellers which are often in Japan. I’m located in Texas. I particularly like some of the models from the 1990s and earlier. 

The eBay dealers are professional dealers with hundreds or thousands of transactions on eBay selling watches. They appear to be reputable with good reviews. However, I’d like to be cautious. 

I‘d like feedback from fellow watch enthusiasts experiences with buying through eBay and buying from overseas. 
 

Thank You. 

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I’ve bought two vintage watches from eBay and have one on the way from Etsy. The eBay watches arrived on time and were as advertised. I will say that one was listed as “running”, but didn’t run for me for very long. I think it’s ok to buy from reputable dealers overseas, but you should plan on having the watch serviced when you get it. Maybe you won’t have to, but it’s worth planning for that. As long as you read the description very carefully and check the pictures, o think you’ll be ok. 

I’ve also bought from overseas through Chrono24, and that has worked out well. 
 

And a last warning: there are tons of “Oris” watches, mainly from India, that are probably fake or at least not all original. If you See a bunch of similar watches for the same price, I’d be cautious. Good luck. 

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I have bought several from overseas sellers on ebay. It is hit or miss when it comes to shipping time, but with the guarantee in place, I generally do not worry. As always, buy the seller, but with enough diligence, you should be okay. 

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Thank you so much! 

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thekris

I’ve bought two vintage watches from eBay and have one on the way from Etsy. The eBay watches arrived on time and were as advertised. I will say that one was listed as “running”, but didn’t run for me for very long. I think it’s ok to buy from reputable dealers overseas, but you should plan on having the watch serviced when you get it. Maybe you won’t have to, but it’s worth planning for that. As long as you read the description very carefully and check the pictures, o think you’ll be ok. 

I’ve also bought from overseas through Chrono24, and that has worked out well. 
 

And a last warning: there are tons of “Oris” watches, mainly from India, that are probably fake or at least not all original. If you See a bunch of similar watches for the same price, I’d be cautious. Good luck. 

Thank you so much! 

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If it is your first time purchasing on eBay you may notice that some watches have an "authenticity guaranteed" claim under the posting, here is some information on what that entails...

eBay’s authentication service is only available for U.S. consumers buying or selling watches listed above $2,000 USD. While everything under $2,000 qualifies for eBay’s Buyer Protection Plan [which only protects you against an inaccurate listing (and only when the watch is purchased via PayPal or approved credit cards].

Info on Authenticators...

Stoll & Co. authenticate “several hundred” watches per day. They open the vast majority of the watches sent for authentication (around 90 percent) and examine new watches with exhibition casebacks through the caseback. But, as eBay says, they do not check watches for accuracy.

When it comes to vintage watches, accuracy is an important factor. Equally, eBay allows that they “may contain replacement parts that are not from the original manufacturer if the original manufacturer no longer makes that part.”

So while it is a good resource to ensure some confidence in your purchase, it has limited scope, and sometimes that can be lost in the fine print. 

I'm not sharing this to dissuade your purchase I just want to present you with some additional info.

As @AllTheWatches said, buy the seller, and ask lots of questions if you have any lingering doubts or need clarification. 

Those vintage ORIS pointer dates are stunning. GLWS!

CP

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One thing to take note of is. A lot of sellers state "they don't except returns" which means nothing! You are covered by ebay's buyer protection plan. If you get a watch and it's not right simply file a return in ebay's system. eBay will generate a shipping label for you and start the return. The minute it shows delivered back to the seller. eBay will issue a refund. Even if the seller offers returns its better to just use ebays return system so you don't have to pay the shipping. But that's only if it doesn't work, damaged or misrepresented.

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I’m in the U.K. 

I have purchased hundreds of watches off eBay and sold hundreds. I have only purchased from the USA, Germany, France, Russia, japan, China, Singapore, so I can’t comment on any other countries except India which I would avoid like the plague for watches. You may as well throw your money down a drain.

I rarely purchase any vintage watches, these days unless I have them in my hand. There are so many amateur meddlers and watch tinkerers out there who can just about get away with botching a Frankenstein watch, I would be wary of any vintage watch sale period, unless the feedback the seller has is irrefutable as to the quality and authenticity of many previous sales. Feedback such as “good seller” just won’t wash.

I would also bombard them with questions, to gauge their actual knowledge of the watch. Vague answers such as “It appears to be working fine” “Its Had a full service recently” are a red flag. 
 

I wish you good luck with your quest but  the phrase “Caveat emptor” has never been so apt.

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So helpful, thank you so much for your detailed insights. 

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whitesalmon

One thing to take note of is. A lot of sellers state "they don't except returns" which means nothing! You are covered by ebay's buyer protection plan. If you get a watch and it's not right simply file a return in ebay's system. eBay will generate a shipping label for you and start the return. The minute it shows delivered back to the seller. eBay will issue a refund. Even if the seller offers returns its better to just use ebays return system so you don't have to pay the shipping. But that's only if it doesn't work, damaged or misrepresented.

So helpful - thank you so much for your insights. 

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charkerparles

If it is your first time purchasing on eBay you may notice that some watches have an "authenticity guaranteed" claim under the posting, here is some information on what that entails...

eBay’s authentication service is only available for U.S. consumers buying or selling watches listed above $2,000 USD. While everything under $2,000 qualifies for eBay’s Buyer Protection Plan [which only protects you against an inaccurate listing (and only when the watch is purchased via PayPal or approved credit cards].

Info on Authenticators...

Stoll & Co. authenticate “several hundred” watches per day. They open the vast majority of the watches sent for authentication (around 90 percent) and examine new watches with exhibition casebacks through the caseback. But, as eBay says, they do not check watches for accuracy.

When it comes to vintage watches, accuracy is an important factor. Equally, eBay allows that they “may contain replacement parts that are not from the original manufacturer if the original manufacturer no longer makes that part.”

So while it is a good resource to ensure some confidence in your purchase, it has limited scope, and sometimes that can be lost in the fine print. 

I'm not sharing this to dissuade your purchase I just want to present you with some additional info.

As @AllTheWatches said, buy the seller, and ask lots of questions if you have any lingering doubts or need clarification. 

Those vintage ORIS pointer dates are stunning. GLWS!

CP

Thank you so much for your detailed insights - very helpful. 

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thekris

I’ve bought two vintage watches from eBay and have one on the way from Etsy. The eBay watches arrived on time and were as advertised. I will say that one was listed as “running”, but didn’t run for me for very long. I think it’s ok to buy from reputable dealers overseas, but you should plan on having the watch serviced when you get it. Maybe you won’t have to, but it’s worth planning for that. As long as you read the description very carefully and check the pictures, o think you’ll be ok. 

I’ve also bought from overseas through Chrono24, and that has worked out well. 
 

And a last warning: there are tons of “Oris” watches, mainly from India, that are probably fake or at least not all original. If you See a bunch of similar watches for the same price, I’d be cautious. Good luck. 

Thank you so much for your insights - very helpful. 

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thekris

I’ve bought two vintage watches from eBay and have one on the way from Etsy. The eBay watches arrived on time and were as advertised. I will say that one was listed as “running”, but didn’t run for me for very long. I think it’s ok to buy from reputable dealers overseas, but you should plan on having the watch serviced when you get it. Maybe you won’t have to, but it’s worth planning for that. As long as you read the description very carefully and check the pictures, o think you’ll be ok. 

I’ve also bought from overseas through Chrono24, and that has worked out well. 
 

And a last warning: there are tons of “Oris” watches, mainly from India, that are probably fake or at least not all original. If you See a bunch of similar watches for the same price, I’d be cautious. Good luck. 

Thank you so much for your insights - very helpful.