Strange watches from Canada...

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Has anyone here had any experience with Rufus Gerard watches? They have a banner on a different watch forum, but now they have a full page ad in the Feb 2008 WatchTime.

Seems like a silly name, and the website is kinda cheesy. This Rufuslin company says that it is the sole distributor of Rufus Gerard, Botta (allegedly from Germany) and Angular Momentum (allegedly Swiss).

I put this out not because I am interested in such watches (I do not have the intention of ever owning such a watch), but just that it seems kinda scammy. This Rufus claims to have a Japanese movement and they want to sell it for $8,800.00 USD. They also say:

"Rufus Gerard. A distinguished Canadian name in the Swiss-dominated global watch industry." *ahem*

I am Canadian. I am proud of that. But.....
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Yeah, sounds fishy. I am in Vancouver, so I could visit them at any time, just for curiosity. I might do that and report, if anyone cares, and if I get around to it, which, honestly, is not a priority.
hmmm.... why did this post disappear?
Well, I was in the neighbourhood and I did visit (sort of) the office of Rufus! The website says "305 - 5811 Cooney Road", however, #305 was a packaged office space with many individual businesses, none of which had anything to do with Rufus or Kakkazan. Kakkazan had an office at #207, so I went to the 2nd floor and it was just a door with Kakkazan indicated on the outside. Since Kakkazan runs a separate business apart from their watches, I didn't bother going in.

Maybe Steve can give us more intel if he chooses to explore this further.

Gee.... sounds like I have a lot of time on my hands eh? :001_tongue: Like I said, I was in the neighbourhood -- had to renew some passports and the passport office was across the street.
Well Steve, it was a waste of time like I suspected it would be. Don't bother.

Grady, seems like a very strange set-up they have. Perhaps not a scam, just as a scammy feel -- I am sure they do sell watches, if anyone would like to buy them, that is. Their credibility seems to be severely lacking though. A "distinguished Canadian name" in luxury products? Yikes! Looks like overpriced #[email protected]!. Just my opinion.
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