Want to buy a Rolex on eBay, but don’t know if it’s legit?

by Barron Cuadro  |  in Watches

Did you know eBay authenticates watches? The company just rolled out its own authentication service: Authenticity Guarantee. Now you can buy that incredible pre-owned, vintage Rolex and feel confident it’s the real deal.

All of us watch enthusiasts love a good timepiece.

And some of us enjoy the hunt for a great watch just as much as owning it, which is why eBay is the ideal hunting grounds for a perfect pre-owned/ vintage luxury watch.

“But,” I can hear you saying, “how sure are you that…

  • “The watch is real, in good condition, and not a replica or a ‘frankenwatch’?”
  • “I’ll actually receive the watch I expect / purchased?”
  • “My money won’t just vanish into thin air?”

All great questions, and totally justified. 

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If you’ve ever shopped eBay for luxury watches before, you know how important it is to do your homework.

There are plenty of signals to watch out for: How reputable is the seller? What are their reviews like? What other products do they sell? 

Then you have to pay attention to the watch listing itself.

Are there enough detailed, sharp photos to assess the watch’s condition? Its quality? Can you examine the case, dial, and other details? Is there a photo of the movement? If not… is the seller hiding something?

It’s important to be diligent and do your homework, but at the same time, you can only do so much.

You almost have to cross your fingers and hope for the best when you’re buying watches online, especially sight unseen.

Until now, that is!

eBay just rolled out its own authentication service: Authenticity Guarantee. Now you can buy that incredible pre-owned vintage Rolex and feel confident it’s the real deal. 

How eBay’s Authentication Guarantee Works

Let’s say you find a sweet Rolex Day-Date on eBay. It’s covered by Authentication Guarantee, so you purchase it. What happens next?

The Rolex Day-Date is sent off to eBay’s third-party authenticator. After confirming the item and collateral materials are consistent with the listing title, description, and images, the authenticator performs a multi-point physical authentication inspection. 

Finally, when all that’s done, a security tag will be attached to the watch. And then, your watch is boxed up in new, premium packaging and sent straight to you via expedited and insured shipping.

You also receive an authenticity report which verifies the watch. This is great because if you ever want to sell the watch in the future, having an independently verified authentication from a reputable company like eBay will most likely boost resale value.

eBay lays out all the info and details for you here.

So the bottom line is this: You can finally shop with confidence for luxury watches (priced $2k and above) on eBay because of their new Authentication Guarantee, which is awesome.

You’re receiving:

  1. Expert authentication from independent, vetted, industry experts, so you know your timepiece is meticulously inspected. Plus, you get a detailed inspection report
  2. Fast, secure delivery with 2-day shipping and signature-required handoff, so your new watch won’t get nabbed by porch pirates
  3. NO added costs, since eBay is covering all these costs, from authentication to delivery. Normally you’d have to pay for these services yourself, which could easily add hundreds of dollars to your total cost! Now, you just pay for your watch, and that’s it.

Finding Authenticity-Guaranteed luxury watches on eBay

Luckily for us, eBay makes it pretty easy for us to take advantage of their new service.

As you search for watches, you can easily filter for the qualifying watches on any search results page. Every watch (save for a few restrictions) over $2,000 is covered under the Authenticity Guarantee service. 

When searching eBay for watches, make sure to check “Authenticity Verified” under “Show Only” in the filters column

You’ll find this filter on any luxury watch-related search results page. If you tap on that checkbox, you’ll see only watches that come with the Authenticity Guarantee.

Of course, you can always filter down based on brand, condition, price, and all the usual eBay filters along the left-side column as well.

When available, you’ll see “Authenticity Guarantee” indicated on the page

And then when you open up any watch listing you’re interested in, you’ll see Authenticity Guarantee front and center as well.

Shop for luxury, vintage, and pre-owned watches with confidence on eBay

Start with these Authenticity-Verified eBay searches for classic favorites to add to your watch collection: Rolex Datejust, Omega Speedmaster, Cartier, IWC, Tag Heuer.

And, if you’re one of the lucky few who’s in the process of shopping for a grail-worthy watch, eBay doesn’t leave you out. Favorites such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and other ultra-luxury timepieces are also covered under the Authenticity Guarantee.

As of this writing, there are currently 52,000 watch listings on eBay that are authenticity verified. So if you’re in the market for a luxury watch, whether brand new, pre-owned, or vintage… you’re bound to find it on eBay!

Definitely take a look around the watches section on eBay and let us know what you find!

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