It can be difficult finding that perfect timepiece while trying to avoid all the potential obstacles along the way. So we wanted to put together a quick and easy
Whether you’re buying the fifth
By the way, shout out to our friends at Watchfinder for partnering with us on this informative article. Make sure to check out their selection of high-end watches by visiting them online, or if you’re in the NYC area, scheduling an appointment at their newly-opened boutique showroom on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Tip #1: Be Careful Shopping From A Non-Reputable Source
There are many potential issues when purchasing from a non-reputable source. To avoid being sucked into their lure, we need to know what to look out for.
So, what does a non-reputable source look like and when should alarm bells start to ring?
In terms of websites, the page may be cluttered with ads, there are likely to be no or few reviews, no contact details or social media links, and product images may be scarce and low in quality.
They may also have a range of watches that seem almost too good to be true, with great prices that undercut the rest of the market, with promises of the latest releases and models—if it seems way too good to be true, then it probably is.
Imagine you take the plunge and invest a few thousand in a new
Sure, perhaps some people might not realize that it isn’t a real Rolex, but you’ve just shelled out a large amount of money for something you didn’t want, and now you’re left feeling ripped off and foolish.
If you shop from an assured, trustworthy source, you won’t be left with nothing at all or something you didn’t want. The Rolex would have been real and there’d be no sour taste lingering in your mouth.
Tip #2: Don’t Buy A
Watch Solely As An Investment Piece
There seems to be a myth in the
While this is somewhat true—you can make some good returns on luxury watches—a
If you buy a
Tip #3: Don’t Buy A
Watch Without Considering Its Service Costs
As much as a heavily depreciated
The same way you wouldn’t purchase a car without considering it’s running costs and reliability—because a broken car is no good to anyone—you also shouldn’t forget that watches too, may need some TLC in the form of servicing.
That classic piece may look beautiful and come packed with charm, but there’s nothing charming about a possible $500-plus servicing bill (depending on the complication), especially when you’re not expecting it… which could hit you as frequently as every two years.
With costs like that you could end up paying out more than what you paid for the
Tip #4: Learn From Others, But In The End, Buy What You Like
Opinions—we all have them, we all project them into the world, and you’ll be sure to find plenty online.
The internet is, on the whole, a brilliant tool for researching before you buy, helping millions of consumers make informed purchases every day.
All this researching seems harmless, but I’m sure you’ve been in a position where you are dead set on something—let’s say a Cartier
So, now you find yourself doubting your own opinion, that you were so sure of only five minutes ago.
The seed of doubt has been planted in your mind and now you need to figure out if it is there for a good reason, or if it is merely an imposter, posing as a friend, but one who doesn’t properly understand you or your needs—because only you understand what you want.
Perhaps you prioritize style over substance, and that’s okay. It’s you who will part with the money and it’s you who will own the
Tip #5: Buying A
Watch Now Vs. Saving For One You Really Want?
Waiting for something you really want can feel like a lifetime—especially when you put aside a bit of money each month to save up for it.
So, when a cheaper alternative comes along, one you can get your hands on right now, it can be easy to cave in to the temptation.
Thoughts will swirl around your head: “But I can have this
A rushed decision is rarely a good one, especially on a unique purchase such as a luxury
Now you know what to avoid, it’s time to think about what to get!
Take your time, do your research, and get to know a handful of brands and models that catch your eye.
Once you’re ready, narrow down your selection, and keep an eye out for the model you want.
Don’t force it,
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Watchfinder recently opened a by-appointment-only boutique on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Make sure to schedule a time to visit.