Pre-owned Rolex Watch



Everything You Need to Know When Buying a Second Hand Rolex Watch

Wanting to purchase a second-hand Rolex for yourself or a loved one? Here at Christopher Brown, we have a wide selection of pre-owned luxury watches including pre-owned Rolex’s. Read our helpful guide on everything you need to know when buying a second-hand Rolex watch.

Is a second-hand Rolex worth buying?

Second-hand Rolex watches are extremely popular and their after-market trade price often exceeds their new RRP. Over the last decade, the price of pre-owned Rolex watches has climbed upwards making the right model a very worthwhile investment.

When it comes to choosing the make and model of a pre-owned Rolex many people opt for a stainless steel Sports Rolex including the ever popular Submariner and the GMT but it’s really important to choose a model that you like and one that fits with your lifestyle.

What are Rolex papers and can you get replacement papers for a pre-owned Rolex? 

A brand new Rolex comes with a Rolex guarantee card and older models come with guarantee papers. However if you lose these papers they cannot be replaced. The ‘papers’ these days consist of a plastic card that contains the watches unique reference number, serial number and date of sale. It’s worth noting that some unscrupulous sellers may often sell fraudulent Rolex papers with a watch so we recommend doing your research and purchasing a Rolex from a retailer with a sound reputation. With this in mind, if you already own a Rolex, it’s important to keep your Rolex paperwork safe so that if you were to sell your watch the paperwork is with it.

Is it worth purchasing a Rolex without the papers?

Yes it is, especially if you plan on reselling your watch. On average you can expect to pay a few hundred pounds more when the watch comes with papers and the box as without them the resale value of the investment is reduced accordingly. Despite this, it is difficult to say exactly how much value the box and papers add as the true value is dependent on the model number and the age and condition of the watch.

Can you tell if a Rolex is second-hand?

Pre-owned Rolex watches from Christopher Brown Jewellers have undergone a full professional service and strap and case refurbishment. After this level of care, the watch can look like new. If you are purchasing a Rolex watch any reliable watch dealer will be honest about the watch being pre-owned. If you are not buying from an Official Rolex Dealer then the chances are the Rolex is second-hand.

Are you buying your Rolex from a reputable source?

When purchasing a Rolex it’s important to talk to experts and find a seller or retailer that you can rely on. We recommend staying away from private sellers you don’t know as it really isn’t worth the risk. There are many fake and replica Rolex watches circulating in the market. Some cost many thousands of pounds and only an expert can distinguish it from the genuine article. Therefore, buyer beware – remember if it looks too good to be true then it usually is!

What condition is the watch in?

It's important to buy a watch that’s been serviced or carries a warranty. If you are buying from a reputable source then the watch will be examined beforehand but this may not be the case if you are buying from a private seller. It's also worth finding out whether the watch has all its original parts or has replacement parts. All Rolex watches carry a full two year warranty with Christopher Brown Jewellers.

Is the watch a good price?

A simple online search will give you a general idea of prices. Remember to compare like for like though with the age, make, model and condition all having a large impact on the value of the watch. To make sure you are getting the best deal talk to experts and ensure that you aren’t getting ripped off.

Whether you are a Rolex collector or just planning to purchase your first Rolex contact us today. Christopher Brown Jewellers is a great way to purchase a pre-owned Rolex watch because all of our watches come with a full 2 year warranty and have undergone a full service from an expert Rolex engineer.Our team are extremely knowledgeable and we are a retailer you can trust.

We will work with you to help you find your perfect pre-owned watch at the best price.


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