I just ended a listing with bids for a Ladies Cartier Tank Paris Swiss Vermeil over sterling Argent 925 Wristwatch item number 150831494554
I started at $9.99 and decided I needed to do more research when people started emailing me asking if I would give a buy it now price and wanted to know beyond a shadow of a doubt it was real so I took to a jeweler and he is charging $65 to open up and examine it. He said it is like doing surgery. He said the good news is the face is crystal and he is 99% sure it is real but the story will be told when he opens it. He said he has been trained in the high end watches and he said in this vintage watch you never find a battery and if you do that it is a sure fake.
He said he feels good when he opens this it will have the Swiss movement it should have and that he will replace and fix whatever needs to be done to make this a working watch. Then I will feel 100% beteter about putting this out there. This is my question...is it better to have a buy it now with a best offer because he said this is worth $1,000 if it is real.
Also, is it just the vintage watches...the Cartier Tank Argent 925 that never have batteries or do the more modern ones have batteries because I see these called vintage on ebay and have sold for over $400 each time so is mine older than Vintage or should I be calling it something else. I am confused because he said these watches if they are real do not use batteries. Are these others fakes or real but more modern ones sold on ebay? But they are being called vintage.
I know zip about vintage watches as you can tell. Thank you for any help!