I am trying to make a decision, which I will eventually do on my own, but am weighing the pros and cons of the following 2 watches and wondered what WPS experts think.
-Box & papers from German AD, dated 2004
-2017 IWC overhaul (cost was USD $670)
-individual seller with flawless feedback on an online flea-market website. (The "individual seller" and "online website" are the 2 main concerns.)
-No IWC OEM metal D-buckle or tang (This too is a concern, considering the higher price of this watch. The seller claims he threw away the whole strap!!! )
-Priced USD $410 more than Watch 2. (But still negotiating price)
-No original IWC gty card. (This is the main concern with Watch 1.) (Although the watch comes with 2 store-issued gty cards, one from the prior dealer (2019) and one from the current dealer.)
-Box heavily damaged
-No overhaul history
-Brick & mortar gray dealer
-Heavily used IWC OEM leather strap with IWC metal tang.
According to the individual seller's online pics, the 2004 gty card does not have a space to write "serial number", but instead, only a space for "case number". Does this sound legitimate? I have never seen a gty card like this. The individual seller did a faux pas and disclosed the full "case number" in the pics online. Should this be a concern?
I appreciate any feedback, and I thank you inadvance. I have been weighing the pros and cons for a while, already, and keep thinking.