Adam E. from San Francisco, CA asks:
Do you have any recommendations on where to find a trustworthy place to buy used watches online?
There are a lot of places to by used watches online. We don’t know all of them, and when it comes down to it, there are two important factors. The seller and the watch itself. Because used watches have been worn, no two are alike. That means it is in many instances up to the customer to decide if the used watch is good for them. When buying online make sure the return policy offers you a reasonable chance to inspect the watch to make sure it is cosmetically and mechanically up to your standards.
Some watch retailers such as Tourneau have used watches that they certify. Which seems to mean that the watches have been checked over and given a two-year warranty. There are likely to be other sites that offer similar promises. We also like the auction house Fellows, which regularly has interesting used watches for sale. But neither of those are probably the most common sources for buying pre-owned watches.
Most of the time, watch people look on eBay, Chrono24, and the sales areas of watch forums for used (pre-owned) watches. A good way to start, is to use Google and search for the watch(es) you are looking for, but don’t expect all the listings to necessarily say “used” or “pre-owned” in them.
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