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Will you buy more used watches as NIB prices rise

  • Yes - more bang for the buck

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  • No - I'm afraid of buying a lemon

    Votes: 2 5.9%
  • Only if they take boscoebucks

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Shhhhhh!! Quiet! The greatest bargains in watches are those that are cast aways by our own WIS's. They are cared for and a reasonable price is asked most of the time along with some real bargains....I would assume about 50% of my watches are from Forum sales.
 

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With the heavy depreciation of some watches, if you can find a gently pre-loved one it seems to make a lot of sense. That's how I'd bought my last few watches. You just try and find a good discount on a Panerai or Rolex new. :eek:
 

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I've bought some very nice ones, but one thing to keep in mind is the age of the watch and warranty. Your preloved watch may need a service which may be as much as the price you payed for the watch in the first place.
Not being a downer just food for thought.
 

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I've bought some very nice ones, but one thing to keep in mind is the age of the watch and warranty. Your preloved watch may need a service which may be as much as the price you payed for the watch in the first place.
Not being a downer just food for thought.
Depending on the watch, I figure the cost of service into the price before I buy. It's prudent. You make an excellent point.
 

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I want a prestige watch.

I haven't decided which one, but it will likely be an Omega Deville or a Rolex AirKing. Those are two weird choices, but of the two brands those are the two models that I like best.

If I can find a suitable specimen, I would definitely buy used, but I need to bone up on the nuances of buying used watches.

I've never bought a used gun, even though I feel comfortable with guns and I think I know a serviceable weapon when I see one, but because the stakes are high, I prefer to buy new.

I feel almost the same way about a watch, but at least I know with a watch, it will never blow up in my face or fail to function with fatal consequences.

A reputable dealer and some kind of warranty would be a necessity.
 

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I have no problem whatsoever with used watches. In fact, that's predominantly where I look for new ones. Furthermore, as we have seen here on WTF, it is very often the case that a pre-LOVED watch comes in better condition than a "new" watch, the latter sometimes being a return, etc.

I own 2 pre-loved pieces. 1 was a not-so-loved impulse buy off e-bay, and the other was in mint condition and came from a WTF member. I much prefer the quality and condition of the second, and I now visit the sales board regularly. It's worth it to buy from someone who really knows how to take care of them. Someone said it best before: "Let the first buyer eat the depreciation"...

Great thread!
 

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It depends on what I'm buying. Often times I want "my watch". I want to have the box, every little bit of the packaging, and the whole experience of purchasing it for myself. Kind of like getting a new car and enjoying the smell of it's interior.

Other times, I'm just interested in the watch. For instance, I've been looking into getting an Invicta Sapphire Ghost. I'm not a big enough fan of Invicta to be inclined to pay retail for it. In fact, I'm not sure what I want to pay even 70% of retail for it. But if I found one on the cheap somewhere, I might get it to try it out and see how I like it.
 

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I prefer to buy new watches from last years models. They are typically priced way low, still new and with full warranty. I can usually find out how well the particular model sold and how it was rated. Just my way to look for bargains.
 

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I'll absolutely buy used again.

I've purchased my two Invictas that way, and both are beautiful watches which were both obviously well cared for.

In thecase of my second Invicta, the Times Square Automatic, I got it for $99.00 on eBay. I've found two others on eBay and both were well over $300.00.

If there's a compelling reason to not buy used, I haven't heard it...
 

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We've discussed the rising Euro, falling dollar and sinking US economy.
So here's the question, will all this make you purchase more used watches?
The only watch that I purchased pre-loved is my 2003 Rolex TT/Blue Sub. My local AD confirmed authenticity and the condition of the movement, which looked like new. The best part was finding this gem for $2900 under today's asking price for a TT Sub. The only condition placed on buying this watch was to promise my wife I wouldn't purchase another watch for 20 years! :lol: That lasted about 6 months before I purchased my Seiko Auto Dive watch::D Actually, my wife completely supports my addiction which she commonly refers to as the Watch of the Month Club.

Gary
 
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