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7 Things To Expect When Browsing Secondhand Watches For Sale

What can you expect when looking at secondhand watches for sale online or otherwise?

Posted by Drew Hamley

What to Expect If Browsing Secondhand Watches For Sale

Don't get taken advantage of. Read this guide before you make a purchase.

Watches are a simple and classic accessory that will make you look classy and sophisticated no matter where you're headed. But oftentimes the high end watches that many people want to add to their collection will cost thousands of pounds if you buy it new.

Secondhand watches for sale can significantly reduce the cost of these luxury items without sacrificing any of the style or status of such an item.

Buying secondhand items can be a tricky business: between fake items, damaged goods, and unreliable sellers, you have to be careful when buying secondhand.

That's why we've written this guide on what to expect when looking for secondhand watches for sale. Listen to our advice carefully so you won't be scammed or taken advantage of by a shady watch seller.

1. Some Watches Won't Work

This would probably be the worst case scenario that you would encounter: you find the perfect watch, take it home, and discover that it doesn't work. This could be because of a broken dial, a dead battery, or simply just old age.

Speak to the seller and examine the watch before you buy it. Also, check the seller's return policy in case you get a broken item.

If it's working, great. If it isn't, make sure you understand exactly what's wrong with it before you buy. It's up to you to decide whether the watch is worth paying to fix or if you should keep searching for one that is in proper working order.

2. Watch Out for Damage

Besides being broken, many secondhand watches for sale will have damage. This could include scratches, dents, or other wear-and-tear damages.

Let's face it: used watches will have some damage. They're worn on the wrist and can easily be banged up with everyday wear.

Minor damage is acceptable, but, obviously, it's your call on how much damage you're willing to overlook when purchasing a secondhand watch.

3. Warranties and Insurance

Even secondhand luxury watches will be quite costly. If you're worried about damaging or breaking your new precious accessory, some secondhand watch sellers will provide you with a warranty and insurance on the watch.

You might not think this is necessary, but this is a great benefit to look out for when buying secondhand. You're shelling out the big bucks for a luxury item, so you might as well look for a seller that will provide you with protection.

4. Fake Watches

Some untrustworthy watch sellers will try and trick you into paying full price for a fake brand name watch. Fake Rolexes are notoriously common.

You want to be sure that you're getting the real deal, especially when you're paying what amounts to thousands of pounds.

So how can you tell a fake vs. a real brand name watch? The first step would be to look at your seller. If they're selling watches on the side of the road out of the boot of their car, chances are the watches aren't legit.

Do your research on the seller and their reputation. Do they have a professional website? What about customer reviews? Can you return the watch if you have an issue with it?

Asking yourself these questions will save you from buying a fake watch from an unreliable seller. You can also look at pictures of real vs. fake brand name watches so you're prepared going into a buying situation.

5. Complete Set vs. Watch Only

You can buy a secondhand watch by itself, or you can buy the watch along with the box, papers, manuals, and service history. These items may or may not be important to you. If you're a collector or you want to have proof that the watch is the real deal, the complete set is crucial.

Another upside to getting the complete set is the access to the service history. Knowing the service history of the watch will give you information about both the wear and tear of the watch you're buying as well as how well kept the item is.

However, if you're going through a reliable seller and you're getting a very good price for the watch you've had your eye on, maybe you won't care if you don't get the papers or the original box with your purchase. Just keep both sides in mind when you're looking at secondhand watches for sale.

6. Reliable vs Unreliable Sellers

We mentioned this point briefly when we talked about spotting fake watches. But it isn't always easy to spot an unreliable seller; not all of them sell watches out of the side of a van.

Reliable sellers will look and act professionally. They'll have professional, nice looking websites alongside testimonials from previous customers. They'll have guarantees and an option to return if you're unsatisfied with the product or have any issues with the watch.

An unreliable seller will be hard to get in contact with and will probably have either bad reviews or no reviews at all. Beware of eBay sellers: there might but a reliable one on there, but there are too many eBay horror stories to count.

As long as you do your research on the seller and stay smart, you should be alright.

7. Price Differences

It's easy to get caught up in getting a good deal, but what are you sacrificing for the lower price? A word of caution: things are usually listed as cheaper for a reason.

If you find a Rolex or a luxury watch listed for way less than other sellers, you should be suspicious. It's probably a fake or has damage that would end up making it a bad buy.

It's hard to shell out a lot of money for a luxury item, but paying the price something is worth will almost guarantee a good purchase as opposed to getting a bargain and ending up with a cheap knockoff or a broken watch.

What to Expect When Looking at Secondhand Watches for Sale

Looking for the next watch to add to your collection is exciting and fun. But you want to make sure you get exactly what you're looking for, even if you choose to buy the watch secondhand.

We have extensive buying guides that can help you during your search. We also offer a wide selection of high-quality secondhand watches. Feel free to contact us with any questions.