Shopping for a new watch is one thing but it’s a whole other story to buy pre-owned watches. Especially when it involves buying luxury pre-owned timepieces like Patek Philippe, Rolex or Cartier. These watches go for big money. So, we put together some tips that will help you feel confident throughout the process of purchasing a fine timepiece.
The Six Keys To Buying Pre-owned Watches
Step one- Identify the luxury watch brand you want to purchase. Buying a pre-owned watch should be a fun process. Some watch brands are focused solely on making a sportwatch. While other watch manufactures may make dress watches suitable for business or more formal occasions. A watch like Rolex is known to be rugged and durable yet appropriate to wear for any time of day. A Patek Philippe is a timepiece you may wear for certain situation but not all the time. Find out what brand you identify with.
Step two- Research the model watch you want. It’s always good to take some time and read up about all the different features a watch has. Is it self-winding? Does it have calendar? How about a power reserve? Is it water proof.
Next, figure out what metal you prefer. All stainless steel? Rose gold? Platinum?
Now, go try the watch on before you buy it. Your dream watch should feel good on your wrist. The best watch dealers are ones that have a brick and motar watch store as well as a website.
Step Three- Find a company that specializes in certified pre-owned luxury watches. Stay away from pawn shops. Forget auction houses as they tend to be way too expensive.
Step four- Make sure that you buy a luxury pre-owned watch that is certified authentic. These timepieces have been nicely restored and only contain original factory parts.
Step Five- Verify condition. E-commerce websites routinely feature hi-resolution photos of all the watches, so you can really check things out. Many of today’s certified pre-owned watches can look almost like new but it’s not unusual to see a watch that has a scratch or ding. It may have even be engraved on the back. Watch condition grades can range from Unworn and Mint down to Fair. The average pre-owned and vintage watch buyer is generally more comfortable with imperfections. If you’re a person who isn’t then stick with brand new watches.
Step Six- Make sure you buy pre-owned watches that come with a warranty.
About Harold Freeman
We offer a fine selection of luxury pre-owned & used watches for men and women. Each one beautifully restored and ready for the next proud owner. All our watches come with a two year warranty. Buy, sell or trade your next certified pre-owned watch at Harold Freeman Jewelers – Authorized Rolex Dealer. In business since 1947. Call, email or visit our store and let one of our courteous watch associates assist you in finding that perfect watch.