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Why Second-Hand Watches are worth Your Time

5th July 2018

Put down the future and put on the past. Yes the classic wrist watch is making a comeback (did it ever go?). If you’re after a unique piece at an unbeatable price, second-hand watches are in fact, the future.

Second-hand watches are nothing new but if you’re unsure why you should buy a second-hand watch, read on.


  1. Availability

If there is one huge benefit that to buying pre-owned watches and second-hand jewellery in general, it’s that they’re limited. How is this a benefit you ask? Some pieces are hard to come by, but when you do find them, you may not come across the same piece – again.

Purchasing a pre-owned watch, gives you a unique piece that will mean something greater to you, than buying a new one. Depending on the age of the piece, some second-hand watches may have been discontinues and are therefore not available brand new.

  1. Nostalgia

If you appreciate a traditional wrist watch, or two, buying second-hand is a no brainer. Vintage pieces can bring buyers a sense of nostalgia or it can transport them to another era of style.

Second-hand watches aren’t right for everyone. They need and even more so, deserve to be taken care of. Proper care of your vintage watch will be worth it if you want to sell it later down the line.

  1. Size

Pre-owned and vintage watches are usually smaller compared to today’s watches. This is beneficial for those who want a smaller watch face and something more ‘traditional’.

  1. Save Money

Depending on where you look to buy your second-hand watch, you could save yourself up to 70%. These huge savings could open more choices to you than you first thought possible.

70% off the retail price sounds like a lot. You could be fooled to think the quality won’t be as good as a brand new watch. Independent jewellers will store pre-owned watches with care and ensure their value is reserved.

If you’re willing to spend the time researching, you could save a lot of money on some of the top watch brands such as Rolex, Cartier and Omega.

Of course, be mindful, if a price seems too good to be true, stick to your gut. A second-hand watch can be still be an expensive item and so if you’re not sure the price is right. It more than likely isn’t.

  1. Right Time, Right Place

If you want to avoid buying your second-hand watch online, be sure to check out your local jewellers. If you’re able to see the watch before buying, it will give you more confidence when it comes to making the final purchase. Also, most local jewellers should provide you with a warranty, should there be something you’re not happy with.

Buy Second-Hand Watches Safely Online

Before you set off hunting for that vintage watch you’ve always dreamed of, be prepared. Although there are hidden gems out there, they can be surrounded by many fakes.

If you’re viewing a watch online, make sure you check out the seller. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Real customer reviews
  • They’re a trusted business / person and there’s nothing on the internet that would tell you otherwise.
  • Active on social media
  • Up to date and secure website

Sellers should be happy to answer any question about the product you’re looking at. This includes the background of the piece and that it’s not stolen.

If you’re happy the seller checks out, here are some things to look out for before you buy.

  • Do the watches they sell come with original boxes and papers?
  • Is the piece damaged? Minor damages may not be such an issue but you want the watch to work.
  • Do you have the option to return the watch if it doesn’t meet your requirements?
  • Does your second-hand watch include any warranty?

If you have any questions about our second-hand watches, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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