The watch world is filled with an array of stunning timepieces that are absolutely worthy of their luxury status. Whether they are pre-owned or new, buying a luxury watch is a big deal and a decision that you should never take lightly.
At Topwatch, we are not just South Africa’s top pre-owned watch dealer. We also sell some of the most exquisite new watches from some of the world’s most sought-after brands. We are serious about supplying our clients with the biggest range of luxury watches for sale at competitive prices. And whether you opt for a second-hand watch or a new one, you can be sure that the one you receive is a genuine luxury brand watch.We also offer watch repairs and services.
Both options certainly have their benefits and depending on what you are looking for in your watch as well as what budget you have to work with, either option could be the ideal one for you.
Second hand watches do tend to be a lot cheaper, but although you can most certainly expect to be paying out a lot less, the price alone shouldn't be the main deciding factor as there are a few other things to take into consideration.
It is easy to think that since second hand luxury watches are available on the market, new watches have fallen out of favour with the buyers. But the truth is that new watches are still selling out each year and watch brands are constantly adding new watches to their collections to keep up with the demand for these high-end accessories.
When buying a new luxury watch, you are buying something that is exclusive and covered by a decent warranty. These watches can be bought from watch dealers or even directly from the watch brand itself.
One of the biggest determining factors when buying such a watch is going to be the price. New watch prices can get a little eye watering, but they are that expensive for a reason. Being the first to own a luxury watch means you are holding something that is exclusively yours and will always hold a certain amount of sentimental value. And then there is the fact that the new watch you buy is going to be a real investment.
A used watch can be an incredible buy. When bought from a real, trusted watch dealer, not only will you become the owner of a superb timepiece, but you will also be buying a high-end watch that doesn't come with that high-end price tag.
When you are buying a pre-owned watch, you will need to make sure that the one you buy is authentic. So while you could purchase your watch from a random dealer, it would be best to stick to companies or sales people who have a trusted reputation in the industry.
Before you decide to buy a used watch it is important to make sure that you go through the various factors that will give you a keen insight into whether the used watch you are looking at is worth the buy. These factors are only really applied to used watches as brand new watches don't necessarily need to be examined in the same way:
Since all second hand watches have been worn before, the condition of the watch certainly needs to be taken into consideration. If there are scratches or any other type of damage to the watch, it is best to steer clear of the watch as it might have lost value due to the condition.
You should have a look at whether or not the watch comes with any of its original accessories or at the very least, accessories related to the brand. Often the watch accessories are just as important as the actual timepiece.
Both new and used watches can have a warranty period. The difference is that for the new watch the warranty will come directly from the brand while with the used watch, the warranty period will be supplied by the second hand watch dealer.
Naturally, a used watch is going to be a whole lot cheaper. But if the watch is too cheap it could be a sign that the watch is either damaged in some way or it could be that the watch is actually a fake and as such a waste of money.
While watches are known to hold their value, the older the watch is, the less valuable it might be if the brand or the watch itself is not highly sought after. So you should do a little research into the watch you are buying as well as how in demand it is.
You should also make sure that the watch is certified and that it comes with a certificate of authenticity.
They are most certainly worth it. Pre-owned watches hold their value really well and they are since they are a bit more affordable, you can easily add a luxury watch to your collection.
The best second hand watch to buy would be any watch from the Rolex family. This brand is not only manufacturing superb watches but they are also able to hold their value really well.
The best place to buy your watch would be online and at Topwatch we have a wide selection of the best luxury watch brands, both new and second hand.
All luxury watches have the power of holding their value but some of the more reputable brands include Rolex, which is by far the most popular.
Any luxury watch will be a great choice to collect. Some brands that you should give extra attention to include Rolex, Omega, Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin and Patek Philippe. Some of the best watches to look for include the Longines Vintage Chronograph, the Rolex Daytona and the Rolex GMT.
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Hi Johan, I received the watch yesterday, but unfortunately I was on call and only got to it today. You were right, it''s absolutely stunning. Very happy with my purchase! I think it''s the first time I''ve had to read the instruction manual in order to figure out how to set the time! Thanks for excellent service once again, and a brilliant product. Looking forward to my next purchase. Regards,
DR Sharvay J BagrateeAnother Satisfied Client
Professional, efficient, trustworthy and an absolute pleasure and joy to both buy and sell watches through Topwatch and their team. Their varied selection of watches across price ranges has me on their website too often and you won´t find any better in South Africa. I have no reservations in highly recommending Topwatch to anyone looking for a great watch or 10!
Alexis ApostolidisPatent Attorney and Partner AT Adams & Adams
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Cordell Mc QueenInternational Stuntman
A thumbs up to Johan & Topwatch team for always delivering quality timepieces. I''m over the moon with my new watch!
Quintin Michael RossiCape Town Property Management Expert
I am in heaven. My love for watches has found a home.
Gursh DuarteAvid Watch Collector
The recent recognition of Topwatch by Topco Media stands as a testament to the levels of excellence Topwatch demands in its business. This passion and committment to excellence is evident in the range of watches carried by Topwatch. From cult brands like Rolex, Tag Heuer to the new kings of haute horoligie such as Richard Mille, Topwatch caters to both collectors and those looking for a statement piece.
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The Iris House family would like to send you a personal THANK YOU (to Topwatch) for supporting us at our Ball on the 26th of August. In total they raised a record breaking R700 000 including an in kind donation of R210 000 from the Resolve Group. We hope that you will be part of this spectacular event again in 2018 on the 25th of August.
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Hi Guys and Girls I recently bought my Tag Grand Carrera 17 and a Ball Fireman II from you, both times my experience was exceptional. Not only are the watches exactly as describes, but the customer attention and ease to purchase as made me refer so many of my friends and colleges to your site. Well done on an amazing site and fantastic service. Dewald van der Walt / Managing Director
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My wife''s Yachtmaster and my my son Edmund''s Rolex was serviced by Topwatch and was handled with utmost care and professionalism.
Anton HattinghHappy Topwatch Client
Hi Guys and Girls I recently bought my Tag Grand Carrera 17 and a Ball Fireman II from you, both times my experience was exceptional. Not only are the watches exactly as described, but the customer attention and ease to purchase as made me refer so many of my friends and colleges to your site. Well done on an amazing site and fantastic service. Kind Regards Dewald vd Walt
Dewald VD WaltTopwatch Client and Watch Enthusiast
Thanks so much for this and for the fantastic service as usual.
Steve MacleodPleased Panerai Purchaser
I have bought a Panerai Radiomir from Top Watch this week, and I am extremely happy with it. The whole process was a pleasant experience, and their service is fantastic. I dealt with Johan, Henco and Jackie, and their knowledge of the watch industry is immense. From the start of the process I had a click with Henco, who has advised me on the advantages and disadvantages of certain watches, which made my choice easier.
Andre van der WaardMD Recruitment Group
I would like Topwatch and management to know of the excellent service Mr Soobramoney has given me in the whole purchase process of my Rolex Milgauss. He was very friendly and helpful to relieve me of my hard earned money ;-). He was able to give me a good deal on my watches in a trade-in and kept me in the loop the whole time the deal was being done. This is my 5th watch that I bought from your establishment and each time was only a pleasure.
Hello Topwatch team, Yesterday, I received my IWC watch by FedEx. Everything went well. Delivery was faster than I expected. It was well packed, and complete. Thank you very much for your service and concern. I will give a good review for your firm at Chrono24. Kind regards,
Johan and Team thanks, I got the link, will get it fitted. watch is PERFECT now!&nbsp;Excellent customer service
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