Want to Pay Less for a Luxury Watch? Buy Used
It’s true that certain high-end watches tend to hold their value relatively well (and in some rare cases, they even quickly appreciate), but not unlike a luxury car, a high-end timepiece tends to depreciate once its sold and leaves the boutique. That’s why buying used is such a great way to save money on a new watch. Sure, you don’t get to be the first owner, and you might have a scratch or two to contend with, but really, if you’re saving hundreds, even thousands of dollars, who cares? What’s more, you don’t need to look towards the sketchy annals of eBay and risk getting taken for a ride; tons of retailers like Tourneau, StockX and Crown & Caliber do all the verification and service work for you.
Tudor North Flag
What we like: The North Flag was the first Tudor watch to usher in the brand’s era of in-house movement, so there’s signifcance to this watch right off the bat. What’s more, the rugged timpiece sports sleek field watch-looks as well as an integrated bracelet design rarely seen on modern watches.
You save: $1,376
Omega Speedmaster Professional
What we like: Buying a Speedmaster is practically a rite of passage in watch-nerdery, and you can get a big savings on even a newer version (this one is from 2010) when you buy pre-owned. What’s more, the watch has barely changed in decades, so no matter what year you go for it wouldn’t look very far off from the brand new one.
You save: $1,950
What we like: The Milgauss was originally concieved as a tool for scientists and doctors. Today, it’s one of the boldest, loudedst watches in the Rolex lineup with orange and green accents and a lighting-bolt shaped seconds hand. Fun! And it still boasts superaltive magnetic resistance, too.
You save: $2,555
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