New this a red flag?

Apr 05, 2021,20:24 PM


I am looking to purchase an AP that is discontinued.

I think I found a good candidate but upon closer inspection I saw a screw driver scratch on one of the hex screws. (See photo)

The dealer assured me this wasn’t a big deal and can be polished out(they would do this, not send out to AP)...this is a grey market dealer in NYC

Do you agree? Or should I keep looking?

Any other red flags I need to watch out for?

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If it’s offered at a good price, why worry?

 By: LS : April 5th, 2021-20:36
I would not let the dealer polish it.. a bad polish job is way worse than a little scratch.

Those are actually bolts not screws, they are not turned with screwdrivers.

 By: oyster case : April 5th, 2021-21:36
The tightening is done from underneath. Relevance would be if they are screwdriver marks then perhaps the watch was opened without the AP tools 🛠 by unauthorized hands. Could be no issue beyond cosmetic, I’ve always been a big fan of Columbo 🤔

Columbo did always

 By: Jari from Finland : April 6th, 2021-07:54
good job in his investigations. That is just I also thought. It may be possible that the watch was opened by an unauthorized watchmaker.


 By: PM-1 : April 5th, 2021-23:37
The job must be done by AP or a trusted service. This kind of brushing is special and is accoblished with SPECIAL MICRO FINISHING sheets of 3M. I dont Know the exact number (maybe 30 or 40 microns ) but it must suit the already existing brushing. These sp... 

Don’t let the gray dealer in NY or anywhere else polish it.

 By: Jay (Eire) : April 6th, 2021-05:30
It’s a used watch, condition will vary example to example. Only the buyer can determine what condition is best for them. BUT don’t let the dealer polish, I guarantee you it’ll be better left as is.

is it just me or does the bolt look slightly small?

 By: Tegis : April 6th, 2021-05:30
Used to se much tighter tolerances so that its a snug fit, now it looks loose and a few degrees off but that might be common on that reference since iam no expert.

I would say this is more of a red flag then most here tend to think.

 By: Reuven Malter : April 6th, 2021-08:11
It looks deeper than a regular wearing scratch so this could very well be the one and only polishing that will be possible. And what was the idea behind opining what is not to open in the first place? Good luck with your decision!

Its hardly visible

 By: toowoundup : April 6th, 2021-11:44
If the price is good, It's fine. PLEASE don't let the dealer polish it. Better leave it original