There are so many Seiko's on eBay from India, and I'm not trying to bad mouth a country or culture, but surely they must all be fakes?
In some circles they’re called Mumbai specials.
The original pirate material 😁
It's safe to say that not a one is totally original. These are remanufactured, presumably with used or altered parts. Repainted dials, overly polished cases, and the total one-off nature of many are very typical.
Somebody wrote of the Mumbai Frankenwatches they'd bought not long ago. They're hit or miss and can be fine if you know what to expect. I think Romania is another yellow flag seller location for the same reason.
Here's the writeup by @watchthetime to which I referred.
I’ve noticed that they remanufacture vintage automatic Citizens, so think this is the case here as well.
never purchased a watch on eBay from another country. I feel Japan is probably safe, but some of the other countries make me a little suspicious. Are the import fees expensive?
No, it's so cheap to buy a watch from India via eBay
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