Watches are unique in the jewelry world. From the invention of the first self-winding pocket watch to the introduction of the modern-day wristwatch, personal timepieces have been valued throughout history as both a fashion accessory and an everyday necessity, and they continue to draw the admiration of jewelry lovers and serious collectors alike.
Here at Southwest Jewelry Buyers, we are more than just experts in gold, silver, diamonds, platinum and gemstone jewelry. We have been buying luxury watch brands including Rolex, Cartier, Breitling and Omega since we opened nearly 20 years ago. If you are looking to sell your high-end watch and unsure where to begin, here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Find out about the history of your timepiece.
Is it a family heirloom passed down through generations? Or is it something you received more recently for a birthday or a special occasion? The more you know about the history of your watch, the easier it is for buyers to determine its value—and there is a better chance you will get top dollar when you are ready to sell.
2. Make sure you have the necessary paperwork.
If you have the original paperwork, packaging and certificate of authenticity that came with your watch, it will likely add to the value of the piece. Buyers also appreciate seeing a record of the service history to know if all of the parts are original or if anything has been replaced. If you have those records, be sure to bring them along when selling your watch.
3. Research what similar watches are being sold for.
It is never a bad idea to do your homework and see if you can find similar pieces for sale elsewhere, for example in an online marketplace such as eBay. You can also check stores to see what newer models of your watch are going for; however, many vintage and antique pieces are often worth more to collectors.
4. Determine where you want to sell your watch.
This is perhaps the most important thing for sellers to decide. Auction houses such as Christie’s or Sotheby’s are an option, but typically only used for watches worth $10,000 or more. It can also take up to six months to sell your watch through an auction house, and they will take a significant cut for commission fees, photography fees, insurance and shipping.
Selling your watch on eBay is another option, but this is often not the best choice for first-time sellers. Successful eBay vendors are those who have sold numerous products and built a reputation as a trusted seller; this can take time you may not have. In addition, you will need to take very good photographs of your watch so potential buyers can see it from every angle, and you will be responsible for shipping the item and dealing with any dissatisfaction from the buyer.
The best place to sell your high-end timepiece is at Southwest Jewelry Buyers.
Getting top dollar for your watch is as simple as making an appointment and coming in to meet with one of our experienced watch appraisers. We offer an upscale, discreet office environment to ensure your privacy, with no obligation and no pressure to sell. Once your watch is appraised and you do accept our offer, we pay you instantly.
At Southwest Jewelry Buyers, we keep our finger on the pulse of the current watch market, so we know what your watch is worth the day you bring it in for valuation. As a result, you always get a fair, honest offer based on the condition and value of your watch. Even if your timepiece is not a high-end brand, we purchase gold watches for quality and karat as well.
Why bring your watch to Southwest Jewelry Buyers?
In a word: trust.
Southwest Jewelry Buyers has been in business for nearly two decades and boasts an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We also earned the Spectrum Award for Best Customer Service from City Beat News. When you choose to sell your unwanted jewelry with us, you can rest assured you will be working with the friendliest, most knowledgeable and professional services in Scottsdale, Phoenix and the surrounding area.
Ready to meet with us? Call 480-773-8004 or contact us here to schedule a no-obligation appraisal for your gold or luxury watch.