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