Watches have been a symbol of status for centuries, dating back to the first time-pieces owned by kings, nobles, and the world’s most wealthy. Today, watches remain one of the most popular accessory options, worn by men and women equally for both practical and aesthetic purposes. Famous designers around the world have worked hard to make a name for themselves in the world of fine-watch design, with some becoming timeless classics that remain highly sought after for decades.
At David Ellis, our customers know us for our incredible inventory of designer and antique watches. What keeps our customers coming back is our high-level knowledge of watch history and various fine designers. We have appraised and examined countless timepieces and worked with some of the most respected experts in the industry to learn the skills necessary to handle antique watches with appropriate care.
Do you have an antique watch that you would like to sell? Keep reading to learn how:
Antique vs. Vintage: What’s the Difference?
The terms ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ are often used interchangeably, but there is a slight distinction between the two terms. Vintage watches are typically 45 to 80 years old, whereas antique watches are those that are 80 years plus. Some antique watches may be well over 150 years old, though these specimens are extremely rare and valuable. Most often, antique watches bought and sold on the open market are between 80 and 120 years old.
Getting Your Watch Appraised
Doing research online is a great way to determine a basic estimate of what your antique watches could be worth, but there is no way to get an exact price without having the pieces formally appraised. An appraisal is conducted by an experienced expert who knows the key features to look for when determining the value of a timepiece.
In addition to knowledge of specific designers and styles of watches, a qualified appraiser will be familiar with precious metals and stones, the mechanics of watches, market value, and more. To gain the experience necessary to accurately appraise antique watches, individuals undergo years of training with masters in the field and view countless timepieces to learn the full scope of the industry.
Sell for the Best Price to David Ellis
Once you have had your antique watch appraised and know what it is worth, it’s time to find a suitable buyer. Unfortunately, independent sellers can rarely get the best pric