Buying Second Hand Luxury Watches – What To Look Out For

Buying second hand luxury watches is a great way to save money compared to purchasing a brand new luxury watch, and although trends and fashion change all the time, a classic or luxury watch is timeless.

Purchasing an older luxury watch means that you are buying quality. A classic design is timeless and will always look modern. The fact that the watch has survived long enough for you to purchase it in excellent condition only confirms that there is no reason why it should not last much longer.

However, it can be difficult to know where to start when looking to purchase second hand classic or luxury watches. By following these few simple steps, you can easily avoid unforeseen drawbacks.

Buying Second Hand Luxury Watches

Know Your Budget

A luxury watch is more than excellent timekeeping and good looks – it’s also a personal statement that subtly displays your success to everyone around you. You may also want to purchase a second hand luxury watch as an investment.  However your budget will play a major factor in choosing the best watch you can afford.

There are many great watches in mint condition that you can purchase at reasonable prices, but don’t rush into a purchase and settle for second best. If you need to save for a few more months to get the kind of watch you deserve, do so instead of sacrificing quality.

Research The Seller

With the unfortunate rise of unscrupulous sellers waiting to get their hands on your hard earned money, you need to carefully research sellers before engaging in any dealings.

There are a number of forums online for luxury watches where participants rate and discuss a seller’s trustworthiness. Always seek recommendations from other purchasers and collectors before you buy. If your intuition does not trust the seller, forget the deal.

Beware Of Fakes

Over the years there has also been an upsurge of fake watches in the market.  If the watch is supplied with the original packaging box and warranty card, it gives more support that the watch is genuine. For older versions of course, the box and papers might not be available. However in all cases it is prudent to get a verification of authenticity from a trained watch maker who will identify the imitations as well as inferior parts that could be installed on the watch.  No-one wants to spend thousands on a beautiful watch which then turns out to be a fake!

 Return Policy

Any reputable seller will have a returns policy. If your purchase is not satisfactory, you should be able to return it and get a refund without any hassle – so check out the seller’s policy before you buy.

Taking time to shop around and choose the right watch for you is part of the enjoyment of buying second hand luxury watches.  And it’s also the most sensible approach to ensure you end up with a genuine watch from a reputable seller.  Don’t be led solely by your emotions – your judgment can be clouded by a good deal, but remember if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you require assistance in choosing the right second hand classic or luxury watch, or want to know if we have anything suitable in stock, please contact us today.