How to: Sell Your Watch For The Best Price


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Luxury watches such as Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Audemars Piguet & many others are revered for their status, craftsmanship, and timeless appeal. However, there may come a time when you decide to part ways with your watch, and you'll want to sell your watch for the best price. Whether you're upgrading to a new model or simply in need of extra funds, selling or part-exchanging your luxury watch is a strategic move. 

To sell your watch for the best price, and have a smooth selling experience, follow these steps and insights on how to sell your watch for the best price, either selling on our platform, or if you're looking to sell privately, we've got you covered.

Gather documentation for your watch.

Having proper documentation can be important when selling your luxury watch. Collect all the original paperwork that came with the watch, including the warranty card, instruction manual, tags, any service records, and the original purchase receipt. These documents not only further validate the authenticity of your watch which can help with faster payouts and less hassle from potential buyers but also provide them with confidence in their purchase. Some Dealers, Pre-owned retailers and individuals alike will disregard watches from the outset if there is no accompanying documentation - So it’s worth taking the time to find these items before listing. Watches with Box & papers add to the overall perceived value of the timepiece by the buyer. Dealers understand this and so may offer a higher sum for your watch.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

— Bertrand Russell, Mathematician and Philosopher

Determine your watch's condition

An accurate assessment of your watch's condition is paramount. If the watch doesn’t match the description upon arrival, dealers may penalise you on the price & submit a revised valuation, which is an inconvinience & can be disheartening to what otherwise should be a pleasant experience - Be honest with yourself about any visible wear and tear, scratches, or dings to the case, bracelet and crystal of your watch. Take high-quality photographs that clearly showcase the watch from different angles, highlighting its imperfections. Transparency about your watch's condition can build trust with potential buyers and help you when setting a fair asking price.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

— William Shakespeare, English Playwright, Poet, & Actor

Understanding the value of your watch | Setting a realistic asking price

It’s expected that the perfect watch listing, with all the bells & whistles of guarantees, excellent timekeeping, a full service & refurbishment, a watch will sell for a premium & attract the most interest from serious buyers & collectors. However, sellers must be mindful that to provide these guarantees & warranties requires investment, which will impact the margin to a dealer. It is therefor important to be realistic when setting your asking price when selling as an individual, and not as a retailer. Setting unrealistic asking prices will deter dealers from making an offer and in many cases, will be detrimental, as there will be a much smaller pool of dealers bidding for your watch. Listings often get overlooked quickly if an asking price on a watch is too high, without taking a second look, this is, in part, due to a retailer or dealer not wishing to offend the seller with an offer for their watch. Have a reasonable asking price and you will attract the highest number of genuine offers on your timepiece.

The future is something that everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever they do, whoever they are.

— C.S Lewis, Author

Be patient.

It may be tempting to lose hope if your watch isn’t attracting attention. Selling a high-quality luxury watch often requires patience. It may take some time to find the right buyer, especially if your piece is limited edition or rare. Be prepared to wait for the right buyer who recognizes the value of your watch. Perhaps consider including more or different photographs of your watch to entice those that may be on the fence about buying, or add some more information to the listing. It may be prudent to make the asking price more attractive, and accept a faster sale in return for a little less cash. That being said, don't be rushed, oftentimes it takes a little time for the right buyer to find your watch.

I am not particularly interested in saving time; I prefer to enjoy it

— Eduardo Galeano, journalist and writer

Be Available & Respond to Potential Buyers Right Away.

Communication is key here, be as concise and accurate as possible when responding to questions about your watch & don’t leave interested parties waiting too long - Things can happen very quickly in the world of luxury watches - Budgets change, other watches may become available to them, or another seller may have their attention because they’re responding faster and seem more engaged. Buyers don’t want to feel that they're pressuring you in to a sale & so it’s important to engage with them & get a deal completed that’s satisfactory for both parties.

There is a time for work and a time for love. That leaves no other time.

— Coco Chanel, French Fashion Designer

Finishing Up | Completing Your Watch Sale

Selling your Luxury watch can be a rewarding experience when done right & when selling to authentic, trustworthy individuals and retailers. By following these tips and taking a methodical approach, you can maximize the value of your watch and ensure a successful sale. Keep accurate records of the transaction & be sure to leave a review when selling to retailers – This helps others greatly when deciding who they wish to sell to & can remove much of the nervousness a seller may have. Take in to account time to payment & the general ease of transaction. Remember that patience, transparency, and thorough research are key elements in achieving the best price for your watch. Whether you're parting ways with an heirloom or making room for a new addition to your collection, selling your watch should be a respectful process & WatchWise is a small community of people who are here to help every step of the way. Get in touch today to see how we can help you sell your watch for the best price.

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