A guide to buying a pre-owned Rolex watch

Rolex watches are synonymous with style, sophistication and status. They are widely accepted as one of the best luxury watches, and this is why so many people purchase them. However, for a variety of reasons, the pre-owned Rolex watch market is beginning to take off with increasingly more people wanting to purchase either a vintage watch or a pre-owned one.

This can be a tricky purchase to navigate as you never know if what you are purchasing is genuine, if the seller is reputable or if the watch is faulty. Here at Cuttings, we have put together a guide for anyone wanting to purchase a pre-owned or vintage Rolex watch.


Finding a pre-owned Rolex

When you are looking for a pre-owned Rolex watch, it is important that you buy from a trustworthy source. While it is not necessary for watch dealers to have qualifications, asking lots of questions is paramount in gaining an understanding of how much experience and knowledge your dealer may have.

If you have a local pre-owned or vintage Rolex dealer nearby, make sure to check their references and go and see the watches in person. Being able to meet the watch dealer and gain an understanding of how they are and if they are trustworthy.  


Checking the conditions

If you cannot visit the watch dealer in person, ask for images of the watch. You will be able to check yourself that the watch looks genuine and doesn’t have any significant marks. You are also able to compare the images provided to you with other images from other watch dealers and this will help you to avoid being scammed.


Vintage Rolexes

For Rolex watches before 1980, getting a full set is more difficult. During this time the Rolex brand did not hold as much significance as it does now which means that finding an authentic vintage Rolex watch, which still has all it’s original parts, is quite tricky. 

Due to this being quite a difficult thing to spot if you are new to vintage Rolex watches, we would advise that you speak to an expert before purchasing a vintage Rolex watch.


In Summary

Here at Cuttings Jewellers and Pawnbrokers, we are a family run business that has been trading for over 50 years. We specialise in vintage and pre-owned jewellery and luxury watches.

If you are looking to invest in a Rolex watch, you can view our wide collection of watches here, or visit us in store

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