Buying your first luxury watch is a real rite of passage. You may have been wearing cheap plastic watches for a long time and you’re ready to move on to the real thing. Or, perhaps you already have a luxury watch or two and you’re adding to your collection.
Here are a few tips for buying luxury watches to ensure that you buy the right watch, a beautiful watch, a watch that lasts forever and a watch that is a real investment.
Buy from a reputable watch dealer
No matter where you are in the world, buy your luxury watch from a reputable watch dealer. Whether you buy online -and yes, many people buy luxury watches online – or from a store, make sure that they are reputable. Some watch dealers have an automatic good reputation and you know you are fine, but not all. Ask questions, ask to see certificates and read reviews. Chat to other people who have bought watches, and ask them for their feedback. You are spending a lot of money on a luxury watch and you want to get excellent value, but also you want to ensure you get the real thing. There are con artists out there, so be careful.
Research your watch
Spend a bit of time looking at the different luxury watches on offer. See if you are more of a Rolex guy or you’re a Cartier kind of fellow. Look at the Jaeger LeCoultre watches and imagine one on your wrist. Now think about Seiko watches. Omega. Or Casio. There are a lot of luxury watch brands and while you are going to be deliriously happy with any of them, do your research. Of course, you can just chat to a good watch dealer and ask their opinions and get their feedback. Or, pop into a luxury watch store and try on a number of watches. You are never under any obligation to buy and you’re spending a lot of money, so, take your time.
Look for value
Even though you are spending a lot of money on a luxury watch, you still want to get a good deal. Do some online research and compare prices. Some watch dealers offer a ‘no tax’ system. Some watch dealers sell slightly used luxury watches that are still super valuable. If you are buying four luxury watches – perhaps as an investment – it is your right to ask for a good price.
Make sure the watch is legitimate
When you do buy your watch, ensure that it is the real deal. Get the certificates and the guarantee or warrantee. You should know that the watch you are buying is the real deal just by looking at it. You can see the difference between a real Rolex and a fake Rolex just like that. But, work through a reputable watch dealer. You want to be safe. This does not mean you have to go into the watch store directly. Luxury watches are all sold online today. But you do want to deal with a very good online watch dealer. A rule of thumb – if you are buying a luxury watch online, you should make sure that the watch dealer also has an actual store. Or many stores.
Talk to your friends
Everyone has a story about the best place to buy leather, the best place to buy fresh produce and the best place to buy a suit or a dress. In the same way, people have stories about the best place to buy jewelry or luxury watches. Listen to your friends because usually, they know. Chat to them, ask about their good experiences, or bad experiences, and take their advice. Remember, not everyone has a luxury watch – buying a luxury watch is something special. You’re lucky you can do it.
A luxury watch is an investment
Buying a luxury watch is an investment. A luxury timepiece – Rolex, Tag Heuer, Cartier, Omega – there are many more brands – is something that will increase in value. A luxury watch is an heirloom; it is something that you can leave behind for your children. You want to make quite sure that the luxury watch you are buying is going to increase in value. The watches we have mentioned all increase in value, and as we said, there are MANY more, but do your homework and make the right investment.
Buying a luxury watch online
Ten years ago people did not do this, but the Internet has changed everything. You can buy luxury watches over the Internet and you can do it easily. Buy a watch online after doing your research. Make sure your payment is totally safe and verified. Ask about shipping and how the watch will reach you. Find out about warranties and return policies too. A good online watch company will talk to you in real time and you can ask all the questions you need to.
When you buy a luxury watch, you are spending a fair amount of money. It’s a good investment and a stylish investment. You may just find that you learn a whole lot about luxury watches and you want more than one. That is exactly why people start luxury watch collections. They are real items of beauty, they look magnificent and they’re valuable.
Good luck and remember, ask questions. But buy yourself a luxury watch. It’s a good idea to indulge, every once in a while.