Tips on Buying a Luxury Watch for Your Style and Budget
November 5th, 2018
Luxury watches are more than just a means of checking the time. They're exquisite pieces of jewellery that can define a signature look, and they're cherished gifts for anniversaries, graduations, and holidays. When looking for pre-owned watches to buy or trade, a little knowledge can take you from novice to expert with a growing collection in no time.
How to Start Investing in Luxury Watches
The places you can buy watches are almost limitless now that there's a flourishing online community. You'll have a better chance of getting a good deal by learning a little about how to value watches, where to find reputable vendors, and doing a little legwork in advance. Some of the most popular platforms for buying desirable watches like vintage or specialty timeless is online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. Look for top-rated sellers with an established presence. If you feel more comfortable seeing the merchandise in person before you buy, browse high-end jewellery shops or look for estate sales.
Jewellery stores are an excellent source to find upscale brands like these exquisite Tissot timepieces or designer Gucci watches. Luxury jewellers often have experts on-hand to take you through the finer points of each piece, and they're able to certify authenticity.
Before you go watch-shopping, set some parameters to make sure you get the best value and stay within your budget. It's a good idea to set price range and stick within it. Are you searching for Omega watches for less than $1,200? They're out there.
Consider the purpose of the purchase and the lifestyle of the recipient. Are you looking to add to your collection or is the luxury watch for gifting? When you're investing this much money, a diver's watch is more appropriate for a sportsman than something that's just for show.
To help you with your luxury watch search, here are a few more tips to keep in mind:
Go for a Big Market Leader
When it comes to watches, the Swiss are the indisputable leaders for luxury and function. However, Japanese watches are very collectible, and they're an affordable way to break into the market. For example, you can find stylish, functional Seiko or Citizen watch for less than $200. If you're going retro, Orient watches date back to the 1950s; you may even find a rare one from their first burst onto the market in the early 1900s.
Look for Smaller, Indie Watchmakers
They might not be as well-known as Breitling or another luxe brand, but indie watches offer a kind of boutique cache and affordability that makes up for lack of a name. Look for unique features and styling that take this accessory to new levels of charm without sacrificing function.
Try Buying Vintage
There are many reasons to go vintage. You can purchase a pre-owned watch for much less than a new one, and vintage watches have a retro aesthetic that's very trendy. You can customize or upgrade the look by switching out the band. The best places to find vintage designer and luxury brands is from a jeweller who deals in pre-owned merchandise. Just be careful to do your research before you buy.
Whether you want to own a piece of history, give an elegant gift, or add to your collection, Golden Tree Jewellers carries a fine selection of vintage, up-scale, and designer timepieces for any budget or purpose. Contact us to learn more or buy today.