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Hello,

I'm looking to buy a used Stowa Marine Original (41mm diameter; 50.2mm lug-to-lug). Considering the unusually large lug-to-lug measurement of 50.2mm, I'm concerned about the watch being too large for my wrist. Consequently, I want to be able to re-sell the watch easily and get my money back. What price should I be paying? Is the deal outlined below good?

The watch is used, but in mint condition. It has the brushed finish, the glossy white dial, and the flat crown -- Not currently available on Stowa.de --.

New, the price is 1.243,70 € before VAT, or 1462 US dollars.
Used, the price is 903,54 US dollars.

Considering I live in Canada (QC), importing the new watch will cost, roughly, an additional 225 USD.

See: Marine Original arabic white | Uhrenmanufaktur seit 1927

 

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Jeez! Thats one heck of a import fee! I’d peruse the market to see what they usually go for in mint condition. That should show you if its a fair price.
 

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The Stowa MO's with the Unitas movement rarely sell for less than $1000 and usually for a bit more. Cool, classic watch.
I've never seen a 41mm MO for the price you mentioned, so it's a good deal. Whether you can immediately resell for $1130 ($905 + $225) if you don't like the fit, that's more questionable.
 

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In my opinion that is the best bang for buck watch in the world. you are going to be shocked at the quality especially with that crown and the old logo. I had that as a daily wear for almost a decade and I still choose it over my $10,000 plus watches.

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The Stowa MO's with the Unitas movement rarely sell for less than $1000 and usually for a bit more. Cool, classic watch.
I've never seen a 41mm MO for the price you mentioned, so it's a good deal. Whether you can immediately resell for $1130 ($905 + $225) if you don't like the fit, that's more questionable.
The used Watch is located in my country, so no such fee! It would be 900$.

When importing in Canada, there is a 5% duty and a 13% tax in Quebec. If an item is shipped through CanadaPost, you may get lucky and not get hit with the fees. If it’s shipped through Fedex, you get hit 100% of the time!

indygreg=> Sorry for not replying to your message about the bronze watch. It’s beautiful and I wish you get a good price for it!
 

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Just for the heck of it go to Jomashop. Check out the Tissot Heritage Petite Seconde. It is selling for under $500 on a nice thick brown or black leather deployant clasp.

It has this movement. The Unitas 6498-1.
 

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One just sold here for somewhere around $950 a couple of days ago. Was on the market for a couple of weeks. I was watching it closely.
 

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i was the high bidder on eBay at $866 yesterday for an 11 month old Marine Original with upgraded silver dial described as new condition with a deployant clasp.there was only one other bidder. I looked at completed eBay listings and they seemed to be going for $800-850.
 

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i was the high bidder on eBay at $866 yesterday for an 11 month old Marine Original with upgraded silver dial described as new condition with a deployant clasp.there was only one other bidder. I looked at completed eBay listings and they seemed to be going for $800-850.
Enjoy it! I nearly bit at that one, but I want the Roman numerals/silver dial version. Anyone out there have one gathering dust in a watch box? I posted on the WTB forum a couple of months ago but no bites. I'll have to repost, I guess.
 

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Watchrecon is usually a good resource for checking on fair market value of various brands, IMHO.

Good luck.
 

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The used Watch is located in my country, so no such fee! It would be 900$.

When importing in Canada, there is a 5% duty and a 13% tax in Quebec. If an item is shipped through CanadaPost, you may get lucky and not get hit with the fees. If it’s shipped through Fedex, you get hit 100% of the time!

indygreg=> Sorry for not replying to your message about the bronze watch. It’s beautiful and I wish you get a good price for it!
That's weird, I don't recall paying any import fee on e
Hello,

I'm looking to buy a used Stowa Marine Original (41mm diameter; 50.2mm lug-to-lug). Considering the unusually large lug-to-lug measurement of 50.2mm, I'm concerned about the watch being too large for my wrist. Consequently, I want to be able to re-sell the watch easily and get my money back. What price should I be paying? Is the deal outlined below good?

The watch is used, but in mint condition. It has the brushed finish, the glossy white dial, and the flat crown -- Not currently available on Stowa.de --.

New, the price is 1.243,70 € before VAT, or 1462 US dollars.
Used, the price is 903,54 US dollars.

Considering I live in Canada (QC), importing the new watch will cost, roughly, an additional 225 USD.

See: Marine Original arabic white | Uhrenmanufaktur seit 1927

I have bought two watches directly from Stowa and in both cases, I have not paid any import duty. The additional fees were either brokerage or GST. One was shipped by DHL and the other by FedEx.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, DHL hands the package over to Canada Post - it explains the hit or miss nature of fees. Fedex, however, offers customs brokerage as a ''service''. Taxes will always be applied.

If I'm not mistaken, Fedex brokerage fees are about 40$?
 

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I'd say a good price is 700-800 pre-owned in good condition and should be able to get your money back if you buy at that price. Stowa marine originals in roman arent super common pre-owned but if you have patience, one will come up eventually. I sold mine a long while back for a little under 700 because it was too big but I have a 6 inch wrist lol. Crossing my fingers for them to make a 36mm version with small seconds and roman numerals.
 
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