Where To Buy A Vintage Watch Online

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While vintage watches harken back to the good old days, shopping online for authentic timepieces is a risky modern-day undertaking. You don’t always know who you’re buying from and often you don’t see the watch until it arrives at your doorstep. Fortunately, if you go the right direction, buying on the internet doesn’t have to be the nailbiter that BSU’s 2007 Statue of Liberty Play was. This roundup will help you find where to buy a vintage watch online. 

Going vintage opens the door to unique styles and potentially good investments. Whether you’re going classic with a Rolex, athletic with a Casio, or fancy with a Patek, one of these guys can help you out.

Bob's Watches

Bob’s Watches

Bob’s Watches is a trusted marketplace that specializes in Rolex. They’ve acquired more vintage Rolex watches than anyone in the industry in the past 10 years. Here, you can literally find coveted yesteryear models like Submariners 1680 and 5513, and elusive watches from the ’30s. Bonus points for transparency: Most watches on their site are posted with the price they’ll buy it for and the price they’ll sell it for. New arrivals are updated hourly.

Watchfinder

Watchfinder

Watchfinder has several prongs to their business that makes them an effective resource for buying and for information. They’re certified to service several high-end watches including auction darlings Cartier and Vacheron. If you’re in New York, you can make appointments to see any watch on their website at their showroom in the city, a nice semi brick-and-mortar touch. And they also feature cool content on their online publication The Watch Magazine.

StockX

StockX

StockX is a data-driven marketplace mainly aimed at sneakerheads, but with a top-notch selection of cool-guy vintage watches. As “a stock market for things,” the StockX buying platform allows you to see live 12-month data on every watch listed, including units sold so far, average sale price, and percentage over or under the retail price. You can have a lot of fun with this if you’re the type of guy who gamifies everything. StockX offers a wide selection of vintage Casios and goes as high-end as IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Crown & Caliber

Crown & Caliber

Crown & Caliber is designed to take all the risks that come from buying watches online for you. They buy, inspect, and authenticate every watch. By the time you’re clicking on that 1974 Tag Heuer Carrera, you can rest assured it’s been vetted like a Navy SEAL BUD/S graduate. That being the case, they own all the watches they offer so you never have to chase down a seller if you have issues with a purchase. They also have a cool Youtube channel.

Chrono24

Chrono24

Chrono24 features watches from what seems like every brand on Earth. Since they’re so comprehensive, their discontinued watches category is a particularly interesting place to go digging. If you’re trying to find an unknown Bulova from the ’50s and all you remember about it is how it looked, Chrono24 is your guy. Last time I checked, Sean Connery’s Rolex 6538 from Dr. No was available on their site. Unsurprisingly, they have sellers in over 100 countries.

Jomashop

Jomashop

Jomashop is for bargain hunters. Some of their deals seem too good to be true, but they actually are very much true. They buy most of their inventory from authorized dealers when the dealers need cash, similar to an overstock situation. Jomashop’s vintage offerings are subject to what deals they can find, but somehow there’s never any shortage of cool watches. They often have several Omega Seamaster 300s from the ’90s available for cheap.

1stDibs

1stDibs

1stDibs is a high-end online marketplace founded in Paris in 2001 originally focused on interior design. Their sellers are all vetted, reputable industry professionals. 1stDibs definitely isn’t consumer-to-consumer. Their selection of vintage watches lean into the artier side, making them an effective resource for limited editions. Think 1970s Rolex Air Kings with custom bracelets or experimental Raymond Weill watches. 

eBay

eBay

The ultimate success story of the dot-com bubble is now a pretty decent place to find a vintage watch. eBay recently rolled out Authenticity Guarantee, of which any watch over $2,000 is subjected to. If you buy a 1960s Speedmaster, eBay will first send it off to an authenticator, tag it, and repackage it in premium boxing, then send it to you fully insured. Plus, any marketplace this crowdfunded is always a treasure trove. 

Watchbox

Watchbox

Founded by tech-based luxury entrepreneurs, Watchbox is a finger-on-the-pulse marketplace for luxury brands. Their business operations are located in the world’s top watch markets including Hong Kong, Switzerland, and Dubai. Watchbox is a good resource for premium vintage watches if you’re into unapologetically fancy brands like Hublot and Panerai. They have a literal team of Swiss-trained watchmakers doing quality control. You can even get a collateral loan using your watch or watch collection with them.

BeckerTime

BeckerTime

BeckerTime was started by a father-son duo, and focuses on pre-owned Rolex watches. They’re a good place to turn for vintage Rolex fans looking to eventually level up. They offer a lifetime trade up guarantee, which means if you buy a pre-owned Rolex from BeckerTime, you can upgrade to a new watch by trading in your last watch, its full price going towards your new acquisition.

Gray & Sons

Gray & Sons

Located in the ritzy Bal Harbour shops near Miami, Gray & Sons specializes in jewelry and restoring certified pre-owned watches. They sell Gemological Institute-certified diamonds, so their know-how on the gem front makes them a great resource for vintage watches like Rolex Pearlmasters or other iced out timepieces. They also have Swiss-trained watchmakers on hand for restorations and servicing.

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