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Good afternoon everybody,

A few weeks ago I bought a beautiful WW2 Bulova off ebay. Inexperience and some serious erratic thinking due to working night shifts prevented proper research and it wasn't until paying that I realized the case wasn't original, I didn't mind since I was planning to keep the watch anyway and, oddly enough, I like the one the watch came with better than the original.

A few weeks later I find myself a bit tight on money for other projects and I've decided to sell the watch. What do you think is the best way to get as much money as possible back off it, particularly in regard to the case? Leave it as it is, have it re-chromed or recasing? How about a service, will I get my money back?

Many thanks




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Honesty is the best policy and I endorse what Alan @Karrusel has just said. 

The problem with spending out on the watch for any major restoration work is that you probably won't get all your money back if and when you sell it, and as you already prefer the case to the original I would suggest that you either enjoy or sell the watch as is. 

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3 hours ago, Georgie_Porgie said:

Man, vintage watches are a proper minefield... 

Yes, they certainly are....but very nice!

Don’t beat yourself up too much about it, all part of the learning, enjoyment, of timepieces & horology.

Have bought plenty of duffers in my time & have (hopefully) learnt from the experience.

You never stop learning....everyday is a school day!


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