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New versus vintage

The preowned watch marketplace is growing by leaps and bounds, with big companies coming in to assure customers of their purchases. But should you buy new or should you buy preowned? Here are the pros and cons of both:




Buying New: Pros

Buying New: Cons


Buying Preowned: Pros

Buying Preowned: Cons

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There’s no right answer as to whether buying new or preowned is better. It’s all about personal preference and how much work you want to do to make sure the watch you are buying is exactly what you want it to be.

If you are a lover of a certain version of a timepiece, like the Omega Speedmaster for example, and this year’s Speedmaster doesn’t float your boat, then you should definitely buy the model you want on the preowned market.

If you love buying a new watch and the thrill of unboxing you brand-new watch gets your blood pumping, then buying new is for you.

And many collectors buy both. They buy the new watches they love and search out the vintage pieces they can’t live without.

Whatever you buy, new or preowned or both, just make sure you do your research on the watch and the seller. This way, you’ll never regret any of the purchases you make.


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