Originally Posted by newbmwuser
amazon direct, yes
but like ebay, amazon is littered with many independent sellers, many of whom are just not that trustworthy..
Agreed, I rarely see Amazon as the actual seller. I do have a Hamilton from Jomashop, but would probably abstain from buying a higher end watch from them. They are authentic watches with serial numbers, but they do have a screwy warranty.
New BMW User does bring up a good point about maintenance, mechanical watches are not maintenance free and require service every five years or so which usually runs around $500 and involves cleaning and oiling the movement, checking and resetting the calibration and resealing the case with new seals. Some watches like Rolex have small parts that are meant to be replaced at service like the winder tube, which adds cost to the service, especially on gold or platinum models.