Please take a minute to browse our recommended shopping partners. We have selected three top rated eBay sellers and two of the most trusted online sources of preowned luxury watches.
eBay’s Top Rated Sellers
eBay may not be the first place a buyer will consider when looking for a pre-owned Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Tudor or other similar luxury Swiss watch. The truth is – there are some unscrupulous sellers trying to pass off counterfeit goods as the genuine article – so it’s sensible to be cautious. HOWEVER – the good news is that there are some fantastic sellers with years of history, thousands of sales and 100% positive feedback from satisfied customers. Here’s our short list of Top Rated sellers and their speciality brands.
Kensington Gate Watches
Speciality brands include Tudor, Rolex and Omega
100% feedback from over 10,400 buyers.
Speciality brands include Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Bremont, Oris, Panerai, Tudor and TAG Heuer
100% feedback from over 8,600 buyers.
Mark Worthington Jewellers
Speciality brands include Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Tudor, Hublot, Oris and TAG Heuer
100% feedback from over 1,400 buyers.
Established online stores
To help our visitors avoid the risk of buying a FAKE WATCH further we have joined forces with two pre-owned watch specialists. PLEASE visit these partners for complete peace of mind when buying a pre-owned luxury watch. Scroll down for more information or simply click the logos or links below.
(USA – with worldwide option for $125)
Bob’s Watches (for USA visitors) – Luxury Watches with certificates of authenticity
Bob’s Watches offer a great range of USED / PRE-OWNED watches all with 12 or 24 month warranty and CERTIFICATES of authenticity. Their speciality brand is Rolex with hundreds in stock at any one time. However, they also offer certified authentic watches from all leading brands including Tudor, Breitling, Omega, Oris, Bell and Ross and many more.
Worldwide Shipping – (free in the USA)
Bob’s Watches ship to a majority of the WORLD. Remember the buyer is responsible for TAXES and DUTY. The average cost of shipping to the UK is $125. It might sound expensive – but it’s better than losing £10K on a FAKE Rolex ! More information on international delivery here
Chronext (for UK visitors) – quality assured pre-owned watches
What started off as a small room with 2 desks has developed into an international company full of passionate people who share a love of fine timepieces. CHRONEXT combine the ease and convenience of the internet with first-class service of an offline boutique, many years of experience in the watch industry and guaranteed security by opening up the world of luxury watches to a wider audience. Their trading platform with guided customer service ensures that you are able to find the perfect watch for you through our wide selection of over 7,000 models.
We pride ourselves in our service that meets the highest standards. With a finely crafted watch generally not being your everyday purchase, our team of specialists are here to ensure that your experience at CHRONEXT, be it to buy, sell or trade-in, is effortless and enjoyable. A wide selection of exquisite brands also means independence in providing you with impartial guidance on choosing your watch.
Jurawatch – authorised dealer for several Swiss watch brands
Jurawatch is another long term shopping partner of Chronodivers. We have personally bought watches from the team at C.W Sellors and highly recommend their services for Oris, TAG, Bremont, Breitling, Seiko, Bell & Ross and many more luxury watch brands – shop now at Jurawatch
Avoid buying a fake watch
Avoid the potential of buying a FAKE watch by purchasing from established / authorised dealers with high street branches around the UK. We strongly recommend checking prices with our shopping partners from the links above.ChronoDivers is in no way responsible for the authenticity of the watches listed on this website.
But don’t be put off
Buying a used luxury dive watch can be fun if you take some precautions. I have bought several watches from eBay including an Omega Speedmaster and Breitling Airwolf. In both occassions I re-sold the watches for more money than I originally bought them. I could prove their provenance & authenticity and highlighted that fact when selling them
Do some research before buying an expensive used watch. Visit a local jeweller and inspect the model closely. The better you know the product – the more confident you can be in spotting a fake. Take note of minor details such as :
- hour, minute & second hand details – shape, design & luminous marking style
- hour markers – design, shape, size and application
- bezel design – are the numbers etched, printed, recessed – check the unidirectional functionality and even the “click sound”
- caseback design – some brands have intricate designs etched in to the caseback – others are completely clear of markings
- does it have serial numbers – if so get to know what to expect
- crown detail (often logo’d)
- wording on watch face (detail, clarity, application technique)
- weight and overall tactile feel of the watch
Get to be an expert on the specific brand and model. Watch videos on YouTube – there are actually some really good one’s regarding specific fakes on the market. We’ve added a Watchfinder.com video at the end of this article – Spotting a Fake Rolex
Time to go shopping
So now you know what the genuine article should look and feel like. It’s time to start looking on eBay and other second hand watch websites. Check for the following points to help prove the authenticity of the watch and build confidence in the seller
- Original purchase receipt
- Warranty card signed / stamped by an authorised store
- Original box(es) – inner and outer
- Original manuals
- Spare links
- A healthy eBay Seller rating – check for 100% feedback and 100+ sales
- Location – check the item is located in your region
- Ask the seller some probing questions – expect detailed and enthusiastic replies
Warning Signs – walk away
If the item is being sold without all of the above confidence builders and any of the warning signals listed below – WALK AWAY. There’s plenty of genuine products out there – just wait for another one to come on sale
- No papers – often sold as WATCH ONLY
- Description is vague and does not give any provenance details
- The seller has less than 100 or more sales on eBay
- The seller answers your questions with vague, uninformed replies
I have seen watches listed on eBay something like this …. “For sale – a Rolex Submariner – watch in gold and blue. Worth over £20k. I need to sell as I’ve got a baby on the way. Grab a bargain” …. No way ! Walk Away from this one
Spotting a Fake Rolex
Our disclaimer – ChronoDivers.com is in no way responsible for the authenticity of any watches sold on eBay. We try our best to filter out suspicious listings wherever possible – however, inevitably and unfortunately fakes will sometimes get through. If you are in any doubt of your personal skills at identifying a fake – please buy from a reputable / authorised dealer.