- Oct 25, 2006
Hello and Happy New Year to all! I have a small dilemna. Before Christmas, I gave my husband a wish list which included a Cartier watch model number. I have held on to the model number for a long time, ever since I tried one of the watches on at the store. Well he bought me the watch, only he didn''t go through an authorized dealer of Cartier because the model number I gave him was retired. (I guess there is a newer model of the watch with a few differences.) But they didn''t tell him this when he went to Cartier. They only told him they didn''t have anymore in the company. Of course since I gave him the information, he was adament that he wanted to get me the one I wanted. So he didn''t even look at the other stuff they had. He search high and low and finally found the watch I wanted from a watch dealer online. Well I was surprised and so happy to open my new watch...until I found out that it isn''t "Cartier Certified". I mean the thing looks authentic and Cartier looked at it and said "it''s fine", without commiting to anything really. I guess they really frown down upon going anywhere else, because they even mention, "We don''t like to work on watches that weren''t purchased from us." He paid $3500 for it (which is about $700 less than it retailed for) so I''m sure it''s "real". But I guess I''m wondering if I break his heart and ask him to return it and get me the newer one at Cartier, or do I just smile and love it as it is? I mean don''t get me wrong, it''s brand new with box and papers and even the tag on it and is exactly what I wanted. I can''t believe I feel this way just because it wasn''t purchased at Cartier, but all my nice watches have been purchased from authorized dealers. What is anyone''s experience about online watch purchases like this? Do these watches come from the same place a Cartier store will get them from? Is it basically same thing, only without Cartier''s warranty? I''m sorry to sound so ignorant or spoiled. Thanks for any advice.