What to Consider When Buying Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

When it comes to beautiful vintage watches, it makes more sense to purchase a pre-owned one. There’s something incredible about a classic piece with iconic features that have stood the test of time.

Perhaps it’s the beauty and sheer sophistication that comes with the intricate design. Perhaps it’s the notion of becoming acquainted with history. Or perhaps it’s learning about the craft of watch-making in its purest form.

But there is something that draws us to the beauty and allure of vintage chronometers.

If you’re planning to purchase a preowned luxury watch, here’s what you should consider:

What Type of Watch Are You Looking For?

Don’t just go for the fancy title of “vintage luxury watch.” You need to first think about what exactly you’re looking for.

Do you want a Blancpain, Omega or Rolex? You need to first figure out what exactly it is that you want. Every watch and brand is different and comes with its own charm.

Pre-Owned Watches Are Intricate


Don’t go for the visuals. You need to first learn about the intricate design and complex mechanics of the watch. Sure, the visuals do matter but shouldn’t be chosen over the features.

Analyze the movement/sweep of the watch. Does it move smoothly or does it get stuck after some time? What about the hands and the minutes track? Do the hands reach the track without any problems?

Check the case-back for marks and scratches. If there’s clear evidence of the case-back being full of scratches from the tools of the watchmaker, you know there’s been trouble. Such watches need constant repairs and work done.

Make sure that the piece that you choose is reliable, durable and can last a lifetime.

The Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Submariner “Hulk” are watches that are worth considering.

Learn To Maintain It

Vintage watches are timeless and a symbol of reliability. But that doesn’t mean they don’t become worn-out or broken. They do need repairs but if you’re careful, your watch won’t need it.

Look into how you can maintain the watch you’ve bought. Different watches have different requirements. You need to get your watch repaired or serviced every 3 years.

This way, you can keep it running for generations to come. Keep it away from humidity and moisture. If you’re going for watches with unique chronometers—like Patek Philippe—make sure to get the parts insured.

Make sure you have the serial number written down with you at all costs. Photograph your watch and its parts so that in case it gets stolen, you know how to get it back.

But one of the best ways to keep it maintained is to get it serviced every few years by a watch repair specialist. Not only can a professional restore your watch to its prime, they can show you how to keep it safe from scratches and damages. A good service is what your watch needs to look and work like brand new.

Vintage and Modern Watches, LLC offers comprehensive services and solutions to all your modern and vintage watch woes. From repairs and to maintenance, they’ve got you covered!

Feel free to contact them to learn more about how they can help.

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