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How do I safely/reliably buy used watches?

I have a couple of nice ($5-10k) watches I got new. I love this kind of stuff, and would like to expand my collection, but it's really hard to justify laying down that kind of cash on a regular basis. So I'm considering buying some used watches. However, I'm really nervous about getting ripped off if I buy used (either online or from a local dealer who I don't have a track record with). If you buy nice watches used, where do you go, and how do you know you're getting a quality watch at a fair price?
posted by primethyme on Jun 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for a woman's sports watch with no exposed metal.

My wife would like a sports watch. She doesn't need GPS or fancy gadgetry, just something to wear to the gym. She needs large digital numbers that can be read easily while she's moving, and some timing functions. The problem is that she's allergic to metal, so anything that would touch her skin would have to be leather or plastic--the strap, the buckle, the back of the case, and any buttons on the side. I've looked in sporting goods stores but only found metal on the backs of cases, and that's something that's hard to tell online. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Apr 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Is there an app for that?

I’m interested in the DURR, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app so I’m sure it’s not crazy. If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
posted by migurski on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Watch band pin replacement

One of the cotter pins in the stainless steel band of my Citizen watch has come loose to the point that it slides out on its own rather easily, separating the links of the watch band. The watch is still under warranty, but I'd rather not deal with shipping it away and waiting for such a minor repair. Are local jewelry shops likely to have a replacement pin, or [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Dec 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Incognito Rolex?

From 1967 until his death, my dad wore a perpetual-movement stainless steel watch that my mother gave him when they got married. He always said it was an "incognito Rolex," and I've recently learned that there might be some truth to that. Watch-loving MeFites, can you help me discover my watch's history and teach me how to change the date on its face? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 18, 2013 - 8 answers

time! time! who's got the time?

is there any place in the bay area that doesn't charge a fortune to replace a watch battery? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Nov 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Sleek Digital Watch

I'm starting to look at watches, and I think I'd like something sleek and digital. Something that looks like a FitBit, perhaps (I hear the FitBits don't always display the time, which is why I'm ruling it out). Please point me toward sleek digital watches!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Good replacement watch band for calculator watch?

I wear a Casio CA53W calculator watch and I need a replacement band. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

How Do I Sell a Watch?

I have a very sell-able and somewhat valuable watch that I would like to sell. I have no idea where to begin, though. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Wristwatch identification

Can anyone identify this watch?
posted by payoto on Aug 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Do all GPS running watches show altitude?

Looking for a running watch for mud runs... more details inside... [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Replacement Citizen watch strap that won't break the bank?

I have a Citizen Eco-Drive watch that I received last year, and I love it. But the leather strap is coming apart, and the only "real" replacement straps I can find cost $70. Are there any straps that will fit the watch's curved case without costing an arm and a leg? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jul 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Watch adjustment

I have this type of watch. The manual suggests that I should get Timex to repair the battery. I'm hoping to be able to do it myself and save a few bucks. However, I don't really see any way to get the back off. I also want to adjust the band as it's too large for my wrist. But, again, I really have no idea how to do this. Hoping someone here can tell me if this is something I'd be able to do from home (and tell me how to do it) or whether I should take it to a jeweler.
posted by Proginoskes on May 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Where did all the radium watches go?

Is it legal for me to purchase a used radium watch? If so, where can I find one? If I had one, how hazardous would I be to the people around me, if at all?
posted by rtimmel on Apr 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Mechanical Pocket Watch

I browsed pocket watches on amazon.com and I noticed that nearly all mechanical ones show the skeleton movement (gears) inside. And it is not pleasant on the eyes. Why do manufacturers not hide the inner workings with cover, like the old times? Do they try to say implicitly "Look, we said mechanical and you see it yourself, no battery inside" ? Or is there some other reason for producing these ugly watches?
posted by raphael19 on Apr 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Daring to pick three of good/cheap/fast

I'm looking for a fitness watch I can use for interval training. I don't need anything fancy, but I do want something that'll vibrate in place of beeping. Can anyone recommend something? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Apr 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Anti-semitic lizards. But why.

What's up with the swastikas on my watch? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 13, 2013 - 37 answers

Where can I sell my watch online and/or in Sydney or Melbourne?

I have inherited a watch that was purchased a few years ago for about $2000. It has rarely been worn and I think it has all of the box/paperwork with it (from what I can see from similar watches online), including the purchase receipt. My question is where/how can I sell it? Either by listing it online, but there seems to be so many websites, or in person via a second hand dealer or similar? I've seen lots of watch websites, but are some better than others? Especially considering I don't have a profile or history on such sites. Thanks
posted by MT on Feb 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Classic, quality watch under $1000?

I want to buy my partner a watch. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 15, 2013 - 14 answers

How to properlly set a Patek Philippe Celestial 5102 Watch

I was recently gifted a knockoff Patek Philippe Celestial 5102 watch and am curios as to how properly set the watch's many functions. With all the face time & celestial functions I'm a bit overwhelmed. Does anyone have the instructions or know how to properly setting this watch?
posted by pgswim on Jan 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Replace the motion of my Pop-pop's pocketwatch

So I have my father's father's retirement pocketwatch. My father gave it to me almost twenty years ago and it has never worked. Recently I pulled it out of the china cabinet and tried to fix it myself following some youtube tutorials. Unfortunately I forgot that I am clumsy and bad at not losing small things. Long story slightly longer, I lost/broke a couple pieces. At that point I took it to a jeweler/watchmaker and he could not fix my mistake. Now I'm wondering if I can just replace the entire internal mechanism of the watch while keeping the part that has my Grandpa's name on it. I'm having no luck finding anything online. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Jan 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Digital watch with an alarm that will wake me up?

I'm looking for a pretty cheap digital watch that has an alarm that will actually wake me up. [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jan 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Silent Night...

I'm trying to find a watch that does not beep when I press the button to illuminate the watch face. I also need it to have an alarm and to be somewhat water resistant (suitable for jogging/hiking in the rain). It would be awesome if this watch cost less than $50. Any suggestions?
posted by wearyaswater on Dec 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Nice, cheap, digital: pick two

I'd like to buy my girlfriend a pretty, cheap, digital watch for xmas. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Why 18-hour schedule on submarines?

Why do US Navy submarines operate on 18-hour schedules, with 6 hours on watch and 12 hours off? How did this start? Is there independent justification, or is this some hold-over from old traditions? Why did someone think this was a good idea?
posted by cthuljew on Dec 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find a wristwatch for my mom with very specific criteria.

Do they make a pretty woman's analog watch that lights up, is easy to read and has both the day of the week AND the date on the face? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Dec 6, 2012 - 8 answers

When a wizard turns 17...

Can any Harry Potter experts tell me more about when a wizard turns 17 and receives a watch? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Nov 17, 2012 - 23 answers

Where can I find a watch like this?

I'm looking for a replica of this antique watch (or something similar to it) that I can purchase online. My mother has an antique watch from her grandmother that is very small. It's less than the width of a finger and it has a "jewelry clasp" on the thin leather straps. Is there a name for this style of watch? Or, is there a similar style that you have happened across online? I'm not looking for this exact watch, per se, just something this small and of the style.
posted by john the fourth on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to watch election results in Berkeley?

Anybody have a good idea where to watch the election tomorrow in Berkeley or North Oakland? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Taking the black

I want to be a night's watchman (from Game of Thrones) for halloween. It's not too hard of a costume, considering I just get all black stuff and wear it, and try to find some black fur looking stuff too. However, in the tv show everyone's outfits are pretty faded and covered in snow. How can I replicate that? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Oct 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Is sleeptracker still the best in 2012?

Is there something better than the Sleeptracker watch now for waking you up when you are in the least deep part of the sleep cycle? Original Sleeptracker watch broke and I want to upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Oct 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Buy my kid a watch

I would like to get a watch for my 10 year old with the following specifications: [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Would you look at the time? (And try to recognise this watch)

My friend lost her beloved silver watch, which she bought at Disneyland 1-2 years ago. Her birthday is coming up and my friend and I want to pitch in and get her another one in the same style. Can you recognise the type of watch from these semi-blurry Facebook pictures, and/or tell me where to find it? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Have you seen this watch?

Is there a digital watch out there that displays nothing but the time? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on May 29, 2012 - 16 answers

multi-alarm woman's watch

My googling is inadequate. I need a woman's watch, a small one, with TWO OR MORE daily alarms, for a friend who needs reminders to take her medications. I'm hoping to find a watch that costs less than $30 (the only one I can find is $70) [more inside]
posted by anadem on Feb 23, 2012 - 5 answers

It would be a crime to not watch the Superbowl in Boston this year

Where should I watch the Superbowl in Boston? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Feb 3, 2012 - 12 answers

rolex watch accuracy

Rolex watch accuracy [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Jan 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you find this watch?

Can you find the watch that matches this bracelet? The watch and matching bracelet was the first present i ever bought my wife, and she lost the watch the other day. She is distraught and i would love to surprise her with a replacement. [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Jan 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Good pedometer watch, to track running and walking

Can you suggest a good pedometer watch, for less than 100 dollars? [more inside]
posted by raghuram on Dec 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Kisai Rogue Touch...I want one!

I want a Kisai Rogue Touch LED Watch. They're all sold out. [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Nov 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Who knows where those fake watches come from?

How can I learn more about the fake watch industry? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Nov 18, 2011 - 3 answers

ID this watch?

Can you identify the brand / model of this watch?
posted by fac21 on Nov 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Justice For The Ninety-Six

I'm in the USA. How can I watch the House of Commons debate the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster which is scheduled to begin at 2PM EST, 1900 BST today? [more inside]
posted by Edogy on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona game, aside from the two schools' official alumni bars?

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona -- aside from the "official" sports bars of the two schools' alumni groups? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for the perfect LSAT watch.

I'm searching for the perfect LSAT watch. Does anyone know of a purely analog watch with vibrating alarm function and rotating bezel? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Aug 24, 2011 - 13 answers

What is the best way to poke a hole in a leather watch strap?

I have several watches that I wear that all have leather watch straps. With a couple of the watches, my ideal placement for the hole in the strap is actually in between two current holes. What is the best method to create a hole big enough to use? I have tried a sharp turkey skewer to poke a hole in it, and while it pierced the leather, it didn't leave a hole large enough to easily go through every time. I have thought about a leather punch (which i guess is used for belts?) but that would be way too large. Suggestions?
posted by dbirchum on Aug 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Where in Milwaukee can I take a Tiffany Portfolio watch to be appraised/sold?

Where in/near Milwaukee can I take a Tiffany Portfolio watch to be appraised/sold? [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Aug 23, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I watch a MLB game for free?

Is there a way I can watch a full Dodgers game online for free? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Aug 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Who watches the watchman?

I am looking for an analog wristwatch for my husband's birthday. I know nothing about watches; this is more of a meaningful/nostalgic gift for both of us. Price: let's say up to the $250 range. Anyone have model suggestions or tips for finding one? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Aug 9, 2011 - 24 answers

My shower is not a hyperbaric chamber. What gives?

What are the rules for finding a "waterproof" watch that really is - one that can be reliably taken into a shower or pool, long term, without leaking? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Aug 5, 2011 - 18 answers

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