aBlogtoWatch Guides To Buying Watches On eBay

aBlogtoWatch Guides To Buying Watches On eBay

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Buying and selling watches online can be a tricky game, even for the more seasoned watch enthusiasts out there. For casual and new watch buyers, it can be downright daunting. Considering the holiday season is upon us, we wanted to share some of our guides to buying and selling watches on eBay. We wanted to present a resource for anyone to refer to, no matter what their level of knowledge is.

So, without further ado, here are some of our guides to buying and selling watches on eBay:

Happy shopping, and we hope we were able to help with the process. Suggestions for guides that you'd like to see? Feel free to let us know!

  • TrevorXM

    Where does this crap about it taking “a year to make a Rolex” even come from? Do they just make all the parts and let them sit around for a few months between each process? Are they counting the time it takes to mine and refine the metal ores? It’s a ridiculous assertion. I mean think about it: It takes Roger Smith 11 months to completely hand-make a watch from scratch — and we’re supposed to believe that all those hundreds of thousands of mass produced Rolex watches take a full 12 months to make! As silly as most of the marketing junk associated with Rolex, this is one of the most persistent cons — though not as annoying as the Mercedes rip-off by association hand implemented in the 1950’s. They are quality watches, to be sure, but let’s stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

  • Marius

    Buying watches on eBay would be acceptable for low-end ones. However, aquiring high-end, expensive watches on eBay is just risky business with Tom Cruise. You can perform a double and triple due-diligence, anything can be faked these days: papers, dials, watches. Even buying from reputable watch dealers can be tricky, just ask John Mayer.
    Interestingly enough, even pre-owned, most high-end watches are still costing thousands of euros. Given that the price of used watches is also slowly increasing, the best option would be to keep saving a bit more, and just buy a new watch from the authorized dealer. In Europe, for instance, most used watches cost around 70% the price of a new one. So if you can negociate a discount with the dealer, you could buy a new watch for almost the same price as a used one. Plus, with a new timepiece you know that its genuine and hasn`t been tempered with.

  • WolverBilly

    My guide to buying a watch on eBay: Don’t.

  • Lurch

    I have had mostly terrible experiences buying watches on Ebay. Sellers who have their heads us their arses and flakes. None of the watches’ conditions and issues has been disclosed accurately. I only shop on Watchuseek when I buy used and only if it is still under warranty. Lately, I have only purchased new from retailers because I have found new watches are priced about the same as used watches on Ebay or Watchuseek.

  • TrevorXM

    I had a great experience buying my Damasko DA36 off ebay a few months ago. Absolutely as new condition. But then again, Damaskos aren’t like normal watches and are made out of the same forged, nitrogen-fused “ice hardened” patented steel Damasko uses for their aerospace contracts, and harder AR coating on their sapphire crystals than other watches, so they always look brand new.

    Outside of a Damasko, the only way I’d buy another second-hand watch off ebay would be from one of those speciality sellers who focus on one thing and have built a big positive rep from satisfied customers. For example, there’s a guy who restores and sells nothing but vintage Omega Seamasters and Constellations and a few other models on there whom I would feel comfortable buying from.

    • egznyc

      Which guy, may I ask, do you like and trust for restored vintage Omegas?

  • Larry Holmack

    I have been on ebay as both a buyer and seller since 1998…..and I have several thousand positive feedbacks without a single negative….and pretty much can spot a con artist on ebay when I see one. I have purchased several watches in my years on ebay…and have not had single problem. But…I tend to be extremely picky who I buy from…especially my watches. Most of them I purchased from a specialty jeweler who main business on ebay is selling reconditioned vintage watches. He has even tried to repair a couple of my vintage watches…one in particular was a vintage watch produced in Israel back in the early 1960’s. Unfortunately…the movement was un-repairable…and he sent it back to me. If you want to try ebay…do you homework…try to get a phone number so you can talk to the seller….and most of all…trust your instincts. If you feel something is wrong….it usually is. No one can force you to bid on an item. Oh…and the old saying is really true on Ebay…..”If it sounds too good to be true…..it is!!”

    • egznyc

      May I ask whom you use as your go-to specialty jeweler for vintage purchases and repairs?

  • Pandybelly

    Made my first eBay watch purchase this year. I bought an Oris Aquis Date in blue from a private seller in the UK. The watch was exactly as he had described and within manufacturers warranty. I checked the serial number on the Oris website as soon as it arrived and was pleasantly surprised to discover an additional years factory warranty for registering it online. All in all, I am delighted with the watch and my experience.

    I have bough through Watchuseek on one occasion for a limited edition Certina DS-2 and that too was a good experience.

    I guess the old adage of “buyer beware” always applies and checking and double checking a sellers feedback and sales history. Do not get caught up in auction fever and end up paying as much for a used watch as a new one. Best of luck to future buyers.

  • Baseless22

    eBay has far stronger buyer protection than almost any other medium to buy a watch.