How important are original box & papers?

  1. coffeeyen

    coffeeyen Oct 1, 2016

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    Would you take a vintage/vintage-ish piece that comes without the original box, papers, and straps, etc., at a discounted price? Or would you rather pay the premium to have all the components in place?

    How important are the original box & papers -- should a lack of them be a deal breaker?

    All comments and advice are appreciated!

    Cheers,
    coffee
     
  2. Big Adam

    Big Adam Oct 1, 2016

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    For new/nearly new pieces - essential.
    For vintage pieces - I'm happy to overlook papers in favour of a good price.

    Straps are an almost non-issue for me.
     
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  3. imagwai

    imagwai Oct 1, 2016

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    I would pay more for a piece with box and papers. It's an easier re-sell if you want to move it on later, plus f someone has kept them, it's a strong indication that they look after things (including, hopefully the watch!). But box and papers isn't usually a deal-breaker for me. I've bought pieces without them.
     
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  4. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Oct 2, 2016

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    I like to have box and papers, but not having them isn't the end of the world for me.

    For vintage watches, the box and papers and certainly worth a premium. You might pay $1500 upwards for a separate box and blank papers...and even then, they're blank and not specific to the watch. Must admit that early on in my collecting days I bought a crappy Heuer 1000 because it came with a brand new box. I then sold the box for about twice what I paid for the box plus watch!

    Certainly not a deal breaker, but a nice to have, and one that does command a higher price.
     
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