Rolex / Tudor
Excellent point, and thank you VERY MUCH for posting this personal experience. It is hard to tell a story when a person feels like they have gotten a raw deal. Someone will benefit from this story:thanksTo all who may be contemplating purchasing watches from auction sites please make sure you ask whether the VAT has been paid. Yours truly didn't.
I purchased a DOXA from a well know auction site from a UK vendor. I am also in the UK. I had cause to send the watch back to the Doxa factory for repair. When the watch was sent back it came with a large customs VAT bill because there was no proof that the watch had previously entered the country.
Doxa were superb in helping and advising me and I can't thank them enough but UK customs and excise are an anomaly, guilty until proven innocent. Even though I purchased the watch second hand, as the current owner I am liable for the VAT unless I can prove otherwise.
I'll pay the bill and put it down to experience but please all learn a lesson from this and ask before you buy.
I may be telling you all to suck eggs and I'm the only one who has fallen into this trap but if not........ASK BEFORE YOU BUY.
Another great reason to just buy directly from DOXA:-!:-!