Question about unmarked gold cases

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  1. Paul Raposo

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    I saw an interesting IWC wristwatch today, which had an 18k gold mark on the outside of the case back (18K inside a triangle,) but inside the case back there were no markings whatsoever. I don't believe this is normal. Is this something common and I just haven't seen it before?
     
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    I'd be real skeptical, if I were you.
     
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    I thought that too Hawk53, but it has a weight like gold and isn't yellow but rather pink gold. I wondered if it might be a privately made case, but why would someone have gone to that expense? The lack of any markings on the inside case back is odd.
     
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    Real odd IMO. It could be a small company privately made case, but why would they go to that extreme and not mark the case properly?
     
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    Agreed. At the very least I would expect to see a makers mark or the key symbol.

    I saw this at an antique mall as the dealer was putting it on the shelf and he became incensed that I would question his description.

    I'm still curious though :confused:
     
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    Any "reputable" dealer usually welcomes questions, those that don't, aren't reputable!:mad: or end up with a reputation that honest people don't want!

    Remember the old saying about "curiosity killed the cat".....
     
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    Good point Hawk53.

    I've been doing some research online and I haven't found any vintage cases that don't have some markings inside the case backs. The only markings this case had on the outside of the case back were the 18k inside a triangle and a serial number.

    Nice watch but at this point I'm going to have to assume a plated steel case and a fake stamp.
     
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    I do believe you've made the right choice Sir! :clap:

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    Just out of "morbid curiosity" what was he asking for the watch?
     
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    With taxes $1500 CAD. And I just realized I made a mistake in my first post; it was a JLC, not an IWC.
     
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    WOW!
     
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    Was this the antique dealer down at Southworks Paul?
     
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    Hi MINI, it was at Freelton Antiques.
     
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    Thought I'd post an update. Someone ended up buying the watch. I certainly hope they didn't get burned on that one.
     
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