Selling Your Prestige Watch Online these days has become such a minefield. I always loved watches and been a collector for years, I set up the website 4 years ago to hopefully acquire some nice pieces for the collection also along the way help sellers selling their watches the easy way, face to face in person with hassle free transaction.
The watch market since Brexit has changed so much, As Rolex is one of most wanted and bought watches on the market today, Rolex sports in particular used to be bought from EU at super knock down prices off the list RRP. Rolex over the last 2 years have manged to shut a lot of the big sellers in the EU selling cheap to UK non Rolex dealers in masses (know as grey market). Which that started to push prices for used and new pieces.
Once Rolex combated that then Brexit happened so the pound plummeted against all the currencies worldwide. As since the Brexit process UK now currently is the cheapest place to buy watches all the models wanted are non existent in the Authorized dealers up and down the UK.
Rolex sports models such as Submariner 114060, Submariner 116610LN, Submariner 116610Lv, Gmt Master 2 BLNR, Submariner 116613LB, used to be in the window to buy a year ago, now nearly all the models are waiting list watches some up to 2 years wait!!! But also buyers want them more and more as not available to buy. The Rolex Daytona 116500LN has always been a watch with a waiting and is a ridiculously long list that every man and his dog wants.
Now things have changed so much watch prices from “dealers” trade price for a Rolex and “private price” folk are wanted the private price off a dealer, Due to some of the factors mentioned watches that are new pre-owned unworn private sellers are wanted over list RRP off a dealer. So where does this all end? The big players online are pushing the markets with prices that are eye watering and pushing collectors and other smaller dealers out of the game online also they have the monopoly online.
The other point to note is folk trying to sell on platforms like Ebay find it to hard to sell to genuine purchaser as apart from scammers, shill bidding there is no confidence in selling or buying on Ebay. Shill bidding is where you bid on a item and the seller has friend, family member bid the item up to achieve more money!! So is very difficult to gauge auction end prices as most listings get re-listed due the shill bidding. Buy it now prices can so varied on a watch from up to as much £10.000 difference in prices from one seller to seller. Ebay has always been the platform the gauge a price of any item watches included so how do you come to figure on this platform with such a vast price range that nothing sells!
The big Players online only tend to make offers on watches they only want to purchase, half the time wont even offer or reply to your inquiry as I found speaking to sellers, then want the seller to post a watch done South to await an inspection to come back with a offer that may or may not match the initial offer.
Some times companies will send a pre-addressed special delivery pack so free postage. But most of the time seller have to post the watch on their own back covered with Royal Mail Special Delivery service covered up to £2500, but if watch is valued at more than £2500 Royal Mail policies state “null void” if value is over stated amount £2500. Which means you get nothing if the parcel gets stolen or lost. Crazy but true with Royal Mail unfortunately.
So to sum up overhaul the watch market at the moment is just crazy, how to sell a watch is crazy too so be careful online selling your watch, I am always happy to help with advise on selling, buying! The Watch-Collector Leeds
Talking watches with john Edelman, this video Stephen Pulvirent from Hodinkee is interviewing John regarding his fantastic pieces from all the Swiss watches from the best brands. A nice variety of collectible pieces. Bulavo, Rolex, Porsche design, Omega, Heuer some of the watches in the video!
Hands on With Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref 18.104.22.168.01.001, this version is the update to the previous model on a old post on my blog link here Omega PlanetOcean. The new one is still water resistant to 600m and is really distinct with the black ceramic unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel, with its Liquidmetal diving scale on a 45mm case. The Omega is satin and polished finish and is a big nice timepiece.
The movement is calibre 9900 and is self winding Co axial escapement, resistant to magnetic fields 15,000 gauss, Central hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands, small seconds hand, 12-hour and 60-minute recorders with power reserve 60 hours. The date window is at 6 o clock, the Omega has a see through caseback housing the 9900 movement is always nice finish to a watch. Sapphire crystal has anti glare coating as most Omega’s have.
The bracelet I noticed a nice tweak and modified so you can adjust on the clasp instead of having to take a link out of the bracelet all the previous seamaster range had no adjustment at all.
Overhaul this is the best Omega Seamaster PlanetOcean chronograph I have owned looks just stunning in the flesh a hell of lot of watch for the money for the Omega lovers. The Planet Ocean definitely come a long way from the first design, I have had a fair few but never keep them no idea why!! I think its the Rolex in me get board fast.
Talking watches With Alton Brown courtesy of Benjamin Clymer part of the talking watching series a video interview from some of the worlds esteemed collectors great eye candy!! Tudor, Rolex, Omega content not surprised all collectors should have all three Swiss brands in their vintage collection. All unique to themselves but great pieces.
Patek Philippe Exhibition Arts and watches in New York 2017 take a look inside. Hodinkee as done a video of the watches in the exhibition. Some truly great pieces that will go for sale. The collectors place to be, wish I would have made the trip, watches becoming more collectible than ever these days markets pulling high premiums for the sort after watches with provenance especially ones with famous celebrity attachment.
Patek Philippe Market pulls in the big hitters Patek Philippe still holds the record for the most expensive watch sold at auction the Henry graves super complication for a staggering $24,000,000 dollars but the pocket watch was way a head of its time. I feel you would need a degree in watchmaking to use the watch super complication, but doubt it was bought to use more an invest piece also one of a kind piece.
enjoy the video!
Hands on With Tag Heuer Grand Carrera Wav511A, the grand Carrera’s are the higher end of the Tag Carrera range. I had a few grand Carrera’s in the past and they can be very pricey watches indeed. This watch model WAV511A is the simpler version of grand carrera calibre 6 movement with second counter at 6 o clock. case size is 41mm, water resistant to 100m so not a dive watch, the date window at 3 o clock, the glass is anti -glare sapphire crystal to stop sun reflection when reading the time of sunny days, a overall blend of polished and brushed stainless steel.
The bracelet is stainless steel with a clasp style closer with Tag Logo, this is the updated version bracelet for the carrera range. I always prefer brushed steel watches they wear well over time and seem to pick up less marks on the bracelet.
The carrera has a nice see through caseback so you can have a peek at the movement. The watch is chronometer tested for time keeping as most Swiss watches are to be fair. The Tag is a great bit of kit always great value for money plus loads of racing heritage to boot, all most everyone has had a Tag Heuer for a first watch or owned one at some point. I moved on fast from Tag Heuer once I found the love for the Rolex brand!!
Here a up and coming auction possibly the largest Vintage Patek Philippe collection of watches for auction, Christie’s auctioneers hosting the event on 11th July for 11 days. If your around in New York looking for a vintage Patek that is the place to be. The auction is named Arts of watches grand exhibition, the theme is both past and present and Patek history of horology. I think it is an exhibition that in turn becomes a auction for you to spend plenty of money.
Christie’s will be offering two ways to own your Patek Philippe Grand horological history. Firstly 85 pieces ranging from $5000 to $250,000 in a special online auction this starts on the 13th July. The second part is a special private sale where the stakes are much higher price ranging from $5000 to $5,000,000 where the buyer can buy some exotic vintage pieces from some famous owners from the past. The auction seems to cater for all types of buyers from the rich to not so rich and still get a museum quality history piece. Christie’s have arranged a private selling exhibition for the pieces that can bought on the day and viewed prior the main event at 20 Rockefeller plaza
They will also be a series of tours, watch making classes, lectures will support the sale and exhibition. So sounds like the place to be New York!!
The URWERK UR-110 latest design and enovation from Urwerk in Rose Gold. The star Robert Downey JR has been seen on the red carpet wearing the watch Robert is a renowned watch collector and loves his timepieces. The URWERK watch brand is very different to the normal run of the mill Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe etc… I doubt they will be cheaply priced. The watch was also seen in the Spiderman film “Homecoming” I suppose Tony Starks Aka Ironman is cool enough for the URWERK watch!!
The Spiderman trailer below wearing the URWERK:
In iron man he wore a Bulgari Diagono Retrograde Moonphase Rose Gold Watch which was rather nice for Bulgari not been a brand I love to be honest I had one a while back Bulgari scb 38S chronograph which did sell in the end. The URWERK watch is definitely a watch for a chap who likes to stand out from the crowd style, unique, ingenious design I suppose only other thing you should know, is how to tell the time on the watch?
The main selling feature is orbiting satellite complications URWERK,s radical way the tell the time. The Website tells you more in depth on how the watch works? doubt I will ever own one I like simplicity and vintage and price tag of 100k plus ouch that is me out! Great watch you wont see everyday and stand out in the crowd.
As the title says a video by Hodinkee a week on the wrist with a Rolex Sea Dweller 126600 this was the big big launch from Rolex this year at Basel 2017. Its the 50th Anniversary of the Sea Dweller so hence the Basel launch, the new Dweller has “SEA -DWELLER” in red writing as a homage to the original had 50 years ago.
The new Sea Dweller Ref 126600 discontinued the previous model Rolex 116600 which was in production for 3 / 4 years which was one of the shortest produced sports watch. Not sure why it was such a short run possibly due to the model sat in the shop windows of Rolex Dealers for a long while was always the last one standing at the price. The new one is bigger and better Rolex put a lot of thought in to this model with a cyclops at 3 o clock which was a shock for the Sea Dweller range, a new bracelet slightly wider etc… Watch and Enjoy the video !!