W hether buying or consigning, savvy watch collectors need to consider a few key points. Style, size and many other factors are important in determining if a timepiece is right for you. Click ahead for top tips from the experts in Sotheby’s Watches department.
1. Knowledge is Power
The watch market is robust and constantly shifting – there is a lot to see. The best way to understand the current market trends and also to develop your own personal style is through exposure. Go to sothebys.com to view our ever-changing selection of vintage and modern watches. Our selection features some of the most sought-after timepieces today, from iconic Patek Philippes and Rolex Daytonas to modern, complicated wristwatches from small firms like F.P. Journe and A. Lange & Söhne.
2. Icons Never Go Out of Style
Iconic wristwatches have staying power, and never go out of fashion. Sotheby’s Watches offers collectors iconic designs like Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and the Rolex Daytona in excellent condition and quality.
3. Size Matters
Wristwatches come in a range of sizes and shapes, so pay close attention to the dimensions and bracelet lengths in our detailed dimensions section of each watch for sale.
4. Does It Match Your Lifestyle?
Whether you are a watch aficionado or a new collector, it is important to consider your lifestyle when purchasing a wristwatch for everyday use. For ease, style and accuracy, take time to consider the watch in your daily routine, including those made of stainless steel, waterproof materials and quartz.
5. Buy What You Love
Ultimately, it is most important to buy what you love. Wristwatches are made to be used! For example, many types of watches provide you with useful and sometimes necessary tools for your daily life, whether you are timing an event or just checking the date. Always buy something that you would wear and love yourself.
6. Treat Your Watch as an Investment
Buying a timepiece is an investment. With wristwatches, you have the pleasure of utility and equity. Enjoy your timepiece, but respect it, and take care of it by providing trusted service on a regular basis. By doing so, you and future generations can enjoy the watch for many years to come.
7. Meet the Specialists
When making a big purchase, it’s important to get the facts. Sotheby’s Watches team is here to answer your questions and assist you in building your collection. If you’d like to learn more, or have a specific question, please do not hesitate to call, email or stop by.