Old is gold, as the price of certain vintage items can tell you. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at how much this vintage bottle of The Macallan whisky went for. Vintage watches are no different, but not all will be priced as exorbitantly as that bottle of whisky.
Now, not many will think to buy watches online. There is a certain prestige about walking into a brick-and-mortar timepiece store and being fussed upon by eager sales assistants. Also, most people will tell you that having a look and feel of the expensive timepiece you wish to purchase is essential. Hence, purchasing upscale watches online is still an uncommon thing.
However, things are set to change. With online shopping being a common occurrence, the watch world is slowly joining in. This is particularly evident in watch giant Richemont Group acquiring Watchfinder & Co. last year, an online retailer of pre-owned luxury watches.
These websites are also the best place to take your time and shop for any particular vintage watches you’ve had your eye on. After all, good things come to those who wait. Bide your time, and you’ll be able to get your hand on a highly-valued vintage watch soon.
Looking for pre-owned Rolex watches? Then Bob’s Watches is the place for you to go to. The site used to only deal with Rolexes, but it has now expanded its repertoire to include other brands such as Panerai, Audemars Piguet, and more. The site is also the only one in the industry to use the exchange concept, which essentially means that it openly display how much the company paid for a model and what it would cost to buy, as well as its resell value.
While not exclusively just an online watch reseller (the site also has a great selection of vintage furniture and art), the selection of watches that 1stdibs has on its website is pretty solid. You can find gorgeous pieces from Cartier, Bulgari, and Rolex, including a very classic vintage ladies’ Cartier Tank watch.
“Born from a passion for history and great design, Analog/Shift exists to bring an authentic and trustworthy experience for today’s timepiece enthusiasts,” reads the website’s introduction. The site has been very nicely done with original photography of the timepieces sold. Each timepiece also comes with a story, as well as its design history, which make for a fascinating story the next time you wear your purchase out.
Bulang & Sons immediately makes it clear that the website is a place where collectors and enthusiasts gather—not businessmen. The watches in its listing have been carefully curated and are all displayed with gorgeous original photography as well as the story behind them. Expect to find brands such as Rolex, Omega, Tudor, and more.
If you’re looking for a specific timepiece, it’s likely that you’ll find it in Chrono24. The website is one of the largest online marketplaces for luxury watches in the world. It’s a great spot for both watch dealers and private sellers to list their wares. It goes without saying that it’s also a good place for you to shop for your own vintage timepiece.
Looking to sell your luxury watch and not purchase one? Then you might want to look at Crown & Caliber, one of the top consignors for luxury watches. But it doesn’t just benefit sellers. Buyers too, will benefit from the added value that the brand gives—watches will be authenticated and certified, serviced, and given a one-year warranty.
It probably comes to no surprise that one of the most popular timepiece magazines in the world also has a shopping tab for watch enthusiasts. Hodinkee started out small—selling watch straps back in 2008—and later moved on to stocking vintage watches a decade later. With the team knowing so much about watches, you can rest assure that the pieces stocked here are going to be of a great value.