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How to Buy High End Luxury Watches

How to Buy High End Luxury WatchesThinking about purchasing a high-end luxury watch, such as an Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre or Rolex for a loved one this holiday? Here’s what to know before you buy.

Despite the fact that we all have clocks on our electronic devices, watch wearing has been on the rise. Besides added convenience, a nice piece of jewelry on your wrist can finish an outfit and add to your sophistication.

A luxury watch can be a special item that is built to last and worth handing down to the next generation. Some of the most elite watch brands include, but are not limited to, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC ), Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Rolex, and Jaquet Droz.

Be honest—can you afford it?

Before purchasing a luxury watch, the most important thing is to be honest with yourself if you can afford a brand-new one. Will the watch be an asset or a liability? Do some research: There are various versions of high-end watches available out there, including pre-owned and refurbished. Consider buying pre-owned, but make sure it’s authentic and not a “knock off.” The key is to honestly assess your financial situation carefully and choose your watch accordingly.

Make sure it’s real.

In the past, fake high-end knockoff watches were so poorly made that it was usually easy to distinguish them from the genuine item. Today, counterfeit watches can be almost impossible to distinguish (to the untrained eye) from the world-renowned masterpieces. Online auction houses and individual internet sellers commonly offer very convincing copies. If you want a genuine Patek, Rolex or other specific designer, make it clear to the dealer that you are interested in seeing and buying only a 100 percent genuine, unaltered watch — including the watch band.

Make sure the dealer is legit.

Even a pre-owned luxury watch is an expensive item. It is absolutely essential that you buy from a knowledgeable dealer you know you can trust. Every year, people are scammed out of millions of dollars thinking they are buying “the real thing,” when in fact it’s a knockoff. That is why it is important to buy a new or used high-end watch from a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. If you do find one online that you like, read reviews on the company and make sure their return terms are clearly stated.

A new luxury watch can be purchased from an authorized dealer or it can be obtained from an independent, unauthorized watch dealer selling new, near-new, pre-owned, or vintage watches. If your objective is to purchase a new, current model watch and to save on the price, or if you are looking for a specific model no longer available from an authorized dealer, then buying from an independent watch dealer is a good option. To find an authorized dealer in your area, visit the manufacturer’s website for dealers in your area.

Understand the guarantees.

Before buying, ask the seller if the watch is an authentic, unaltered piece, and if they offer an unconditional money back guarantee. Also ask for a full, written, timekeeping and water resistance guarantee with the watch for one full year, and that the bracelet contains only authentic parts.

Confirm that it’s in good working order.

Also, before you buy, make sure the watch is working properly, and has been serviced by an authorized manufacturer service center, or reputable and experienced independent watchmaker known to specialize in high-end watches.

Get the model and serial number.

Make sure you get and check the model and serial number of the watch before buying. The dealer should give you the opportunity to take the bracelet off and check the numbers located between the lugs for authenticity.

Take your time deciding.

Whether you are buying a new or pre-owned luxury watch, choose carefully and don’t allow yourself to be rushed into buying. Do your research, and if necessary, ask the dealer to hold the watch for you for a day or two while you consider buying it.

Trust your instinct: if the deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with the watch and the purchase—this is an heirloom item that should last your lifetime and be handed down to the next generation. Finally, once you buy, insure it and enjoy it!

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Father’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Father's Day Jewelry Gifts

Father’s Day Jewelry Gifts

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Here are some cool and classic jewelry gift ideas to help show the father figure in your life that you appreciate all he’s done.

Some background on Father’s Day

Let’s first start with some history of the holiday. Father’s Day was created in 1910 by Sonora Smart Todd. Her idea was to create a day to complement Mother’s Day, which had been established in 1908 by Ann Jarvis. Although it would take almost two decades for the holiday to gain popularity, it eventually took hold, as we still celebrate it today.

Say it with a piece of jewelry

To really impress your dad or the father figure in your life, you may want to consider giving a piece of jewelry, such as a watch, tie clip, or cuff links. As jewelry designer David Yurman said, “I’ve always felt that jewelry is one of the most personal and emotional gifts you can give your loved one.” Men really do appreciate a good piece of jewelry as much as women do, especially if it’s wearable and practical, in addition to being beautiful.

Watches: convenient and fashionable

In our digital age when most people check their phones for the time, a handsome watch can be a convenient time piece, as well as a way to elevate one’s style. Watches offer a truly unique statement about the wearer. If you’re considering giving a watch, take a moment to think about your father’s personality.

What’s your dad’s personality?

Is he classic and conservative, or edgy and cool? Is he active and in need of a durable sports watch? Or tech-savvy who will appreciate a smartwatch that is an extension of his iPhone? If so, then consider the Apple Watch Sport or a host of other iOS-compatible smartwatches on the market.

Consider your budget

If his taste leans toward classic styles and higher end brands, a fine watch can become an heirloom that is handed down for generations. Before you spend more than you should, read 6 Things to do before Buying a Rolex.

A necklace that reflects his personality

Like a watch and other pieces of jewelry, a necklace should really speak to your father’s personality, taste, and interests. Consider a pendant that reflects his personal beliefs. Is he a religious man? How about a classic gold cross or pendant with the Hebrew life sign? Or a guitar if he’s a musician; or maybe a dog tag proclaiming your love for him. There are some unique options out there, including a Batman logo with the saying, “You are my superhero.” Take time to investigate and you’ll be sure to find the perfect pendant. Just make sure the piece is well made so it lasts a good long time.

A pair of classic cufflinks

Few pieces of men’s jewelry say class and elegance like a pair of gold or silver cufflinks. Prices range widely for cufflinks, so don’t be intimidated. A basic pair of cufflinks generally starts around $20 (typically made from stainless steel) and increases into the thousands, depending on the metals and gemstones adorning them. Go the extra step and have them monogrammed with your father’s initials.

Make time to spend time

Whatever you decide to give to your dad on Father’s Day, remember that time is the most precious gift of all, so schedule time out of your busy schedule to do something with your dad he really likes. Or take time to reminisce and remember him with family. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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How to Determine the Value of an Estate Watch

Are you looking for a watch? How do know an estate watch’s value? With the growing trend of wearing wrist watches again, many are looking at estate, vintage or antique watches. If you’re looking to find out how much a watch is worth, there are a number of factors that go into evaluating it. Here’s an overview of what makes a watch valuable.

Condition of the watch.

The condition of the watch is extremely important in appraising its value. A watch will be worth much more if all of the parts and movement are original. There should be no changes to the face of the watch. Any scratches, dents, chips, or rust will obviously lower its value.

Inside of the watch.

What a watch looks like on the outside is only part of the evaluation. The watch appraiser will look inside to see the internal movement of the watch and to make sure it’s working or can work, and if the mechanism parts are original. Also important is the number of jewels used in the mechanism. Generally the greater the amount of jewels, the better the movement.

The manufacturer and brand.

If a watch is by a famous or rare name brand, or from a well-known manufacturer, it’ll usually command a higher price. Within the watch should also be serial or model numbers to confirm its authenticity.

Its design and composition.

Craftsmanship and design matters. Intricate designs, enameled or hand painted designs, and inlays of precious stones will make your watch extremely valuable. An antique or vintage watch in solid gold or platinum, especially with an original band in good condition, will greatly increase the worth of the watch. If the watch is truly gold, it will be stamped 14k, 18k or 750 (the European designation, meaning 75 percent gold).

Gizmos and gadgets.

Watches that have unusual displays such as moon phases, timers, stop mechanisms, and/or show month date and day are of interest to collectors and will raise the value of the watch.

The watch’s age.

Although the quality of the watch’s condition is usually more important, the age or historical value of the watch is also a consideration.

Consumer demand.

Finally, a less scientific factor influencing a watch’s value is whether or not it is in demand. If a watch is in demand, it will fetch a higher price.

Before you buy.

If you’re interested in buying an estate, vintage or antique watch take note of any logo, markings, serial or model numbers as well as metal stamps indicated on the watch.

Then, do some research online to find a reputable jeweler with a specialty in fine watches and ensure it comes with an accurate appraisal. If you’re in doubt, get an appraisal by a professional jeweler who specializes in watches who will provide you with the most accurate estimate of what your watch is worth.

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How Antique and Vintage Watches are Valued

Whether you’re an owner of antique and vintage watches, or you’re in the market to buy, understanding the factors that determine a watch’s value is key to getting the best sale price. Here is a general overview of how antique and/or vintage watches are valued and estimated, based on the article “How to Understand the Value of Your Vintage or Antique Watch,” on PocketWatchRepair.com.

Know what you have.

The most important factor in understanding the value of a watch is knowing what it is. Before attempting to buy, sell, or pawn a watch, make sure you have a clear understanding of who the manufacturer is, its model, age, grade, condition, and any other details about the particular watch.

A watch made with precious metals adds to the value of the watch. Does yours have a gold or gold-plated case? Many watches contain gold in the movement itself, including gold-plated train wheels and gold jewel settings.

Precious gems in the setting also adds to the value of a watch, and its jewel count is sometimes marked in the movement, as in 20J. Most antique watches have a minimum of seven jewels. According to PocketWatchRepair.com, under 15 jewels is considered a lower-grade watch; 15-17 jewels is considered a mid-grade watch, and 19-24 jewel movements is considered high-grade.

Age, appearance, and authenticity

Age – To determine the age of a watch, find the serial number from the movement, aka the moving/working part of the watch, not the watch case. With certain European and Swiss watches, it is more difficult to find the serial number. If this is an issue, you may be able to find out the age based on the style of the movement, and/or the way the watch was made. This may be tricky, and you may need help from an expert watch appraiser.

Appearance – Like anything else, the appearance and condition of the watch will have a big impact on its estimated value. Is the watch clean and in working order? Is the glass face and case without scratches and cracks? Are the hands clean and movement smooth? Does the case align correctly? If the watch is in working order, listen to hear if the ticking is “clean and crisp.” These and other factors of appearance contribute to the overall value of a watch.

Authenticity – Like a classic car, a watch that is “authentic,” or in original condition is  more in demand than one that has been refurbished with “after market” parts. Make sure the hands are the same, and also look for extra screw marks on the case, which would indicate that the case has been replaced. Make sure a watch is not counterfeit, especially if you’re thinking about buying it.

One final thought…

Determining the value of a watch can be complex, but you can do some research ahead of time to get a good idea of what you have and its worth. Keep in mind that condition, uniqueness, and rarity all contribute to the value of a watch, but it really comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it.

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