Choose the right watch and you could find you are wearing it for years to come, but why opt for a preowned watch when you could find a shiny new one, straight from the production line?
Modern watches tend to flaunt large faces and casings, however if your build is slighter or you do not wish to draw attention to your timepiece, you may want to opt for a smaller face. Watches are larger today than they have been historically, 44mm wide faces from brands such as Panerai became popular in the late 1990s. So chose a watch from before this time, and you may find that your vintage piece sits far more comfortably on your wrist.
Hunting for the same watch that your Dad wore for years, or for the watch you wore in your teens and lost during a summer of your youth? You may very well find a cherished version waiting for you to own. And what a great conversation starter at a social event when the watch you are wearing triggers a memory of nostalgia in a fellow guest.
Preowned watches allow you to find something that you won’t find on the general high street. You can’t just click “buy now” and purchase 5 vintage, Rolex Daytona Paul Newman watches, even if you are fortunate enough to be able to afford them. Also, you are unlikely to attend a business meeting or a dinner party, to find that someone is displaying the identical watch to you if you have purchased a preowned, rare model.
More watch for your money
Providing the watch you buy is genuine and from a trustworthy source, buying a preowned watch can be a worthy investment. Purchase the right piece and you will find you are guaranteed more watch for your money than you would gain by buying a newer model, with little or no depreciation in the future, it may even increase in value over time.
If you do opt for a vintage or preowned piece, remember to ensure it continues to run smoothly for years to come, by having your watch professionally serviced regularly.