Turkey is a hotbed for knock off goods, either made there or imported from China. It used to be a holiday ritual for Europeans to go to turkey and buy fake handbags, watches and other designer goods.Sorry to hear about this...but good for you for contacting the Longine museum (I didn't know there was such a thing, and would not have thought one could to do that). I've been looking at Catawiki for months but never made a purchase. They show their "experts", but these guys must spend about a minute on each watch given the huge numbers they oversee and "inspect". It seems strange to me that so many of the watches appear to be from a small number of dealers in Turkey. Nothing against the Turks....but why Turkey?
I'm sure there are some legit sellers, but it's usually a massive red flag for me of a dealer is based there.
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