WatchFacts® founder John Cormier has always been passionate about watches. At an early age he was fascinated by the amazing advertising narrative of Rolex, Audemars Piquet, Patek Philippe and Cartier, luxury wristwatches presented as a vicarious experience by the glossy magazines. When John graduated from college, the relatable life scenarios and nirvana images of the watch world had made its mark on him enough, that he treated himself to his first watch, a pre-owned, two-tone Rolex DateJust for 40% less than the price of a new Rolex DateJust. Soon after he purchased the watch, John noticed that the watch did not track time properly and began to malfunction. Thinking the watch was in need of a cleaning, he sent the watch to Rolex in New York for service. After the watch was inspected by Rolex technicians, he received a call that advised him that while the watch had an authentic case, it had inauthentic replacement parts. Without the knowledge and expertise, it was impossible for John to know that he had purchased a clone. All his hard earned money and keen aura of owning the iconic status of the Rolex brand went into the back of a dresser drawer, because the cost to restore the watch to its original condition was more than the value of the watch.
If a third party certification had been available, or if John could have ordered an inspection report covering the validity and unclear provenance of the watch, he would have been an informed buyer and avoided the frustration and disappointment of what was for him, a costly lesson. John still owns the watch, and has held onto it as an important reminder of that experience. An experience that provided the inspiration to create WatchFacts, to help the consumer overcome the challenges and allay the risks of purchasing a pre-owned timepiece.
Patrick Desbiolles, experienced Swiss Watchmaker from the world renowned Watchmaking School of Geneva in Switzerland.
Edward Faber is the author of “American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Style and Design”, the definitive text on collecting American vintage watches.
Chronosky, 20 years as a watchmaker and training by Rolex, Swatch Group, Breitling and other Brands gives them a special edge in the watch industry.
Steven Kivel is President and owner of Central Watch. With over twenty five years of watch industry experience he is the third generation of the Kivel family to lead Central Watch. He is routinely sought as an expert on fine watches by media outlets including MSNBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and many others.
The WatchFacts® partnership of specialized watchmakers and technicians lend support to our in-house most advanced, state-of-the-art machines and technology to ensure that your timepiece will be evaluated with expertise to pass the WatchFacts comprehensive inspection.
With over 6,000 members from 64 countries, the International Watch & Jewelry Guild (IWJG) is the world's most active central exchange for acquiring, buying, selling and trading fine vintage, collectable timepieces, estate jewelry, and important diamonds.
Founded in 1943, the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc., is a nonprofit educational association. The NAWCC School of Horology, organized in 1995, is a leader in watch and clock repair education in all facets of timekeeping and consists of 19,000 members worldwide.
From simple mechanical movements to high grade complicated wristwatches such as perpetual calendars, tourbillions, and repeaters, Swiss Watchmakers & Co. provides top notch factory quality repair and refinishing services for high grade complicated timepieces. With over 30 years of combined experience, our team of certified watchmakers can bring almost any piece back to prime condition. We speak multiple languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
WatchFacts® partnered with Ferrari Express for logistics and fulfillment for watch inspections. Ferrari Express has been in business for over 50 years and services some of the top jewelry and watch companies in the world. With over 31 drop locations worldwide in 19 countries, Ferrari Express provides WatchFacts® international expansion capabilities to accommodate clients worldwide including Logistics, Inspections, and Security.