Unfortunately in luxury watches you don’t always get what you pay for. A high price tag doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dealing with a high quality watch. I can check out for you the watch your interested in. I can also, for free, tell you (in a private message) about some brands you should not ever even consider buying.
Top 15, problems on new +100’000$ watches:
1.Damaged casings. Polished too many times and out of shape or scratched lugs.
Retailers don’t by expensive watches to keep in their stock. Watch brands lend them to them. If not sold the watch will go to another retailer. On the way to the next shop it will pass the factory in Switzerland and get polished, grained, sand blasted, whatever the finishing requires. Depending on how many times this is done, the poor thing will look miserable. The original shape will be so rounded off that you can’t tell if it’s an apple or a pear. Turn your watch around and you will most probably see the scars under the lugs, left there by too many ham-fisted strap changes.
2.Cracked or scratched dials.
These can be pretty difficult to see in stone, enamel, mother of pearl etc. The price of an exclusive dial will make your eyes water, so you want to find out about these faults before the warranty runs out. Better yet, before buying.
3.Marked or scratched hands.
Hard to see, especially on a polished surface.
4.Dirt on the dial side or in the movement.
This is very objective but dirt is dirt and will harm the performance of a watch. Tiny, nano particles, only seen with a microscope, will not.
Again, hard to see. A tiny mark in the anti-reflex coating is not a problem.
6.Winding and hand setting too hard or too “free”. Hand setting not “smooth”. The crown does not stay in the intended position.
Again, very objective. But, generally, if you feel something’s difficult or wrong, something probably is.
7.Cracked or badly oiled jewels.
A serious fault. No client will see this.
8.Scratches on the movement. Damaged screws and eccentrics.
A god indicator of the quality of a given watch.
9.Counters on chronographs not working correctly.
10.Minute repeaters not striking correctly at all times.
11.Rate and amplitude problems.
Pretty impossible for the client to check in the shop.
12.Watch not as water-proof as promised.
13.Crown not turning true.
If a lazy watchmaker tells you it can’t be made better… change watchmaker.
14.Badly printed and centered dates, retrogrades, moon faces etc..
15.Coarsely working pushers.