When it comes to buying vintage watches, the phrase “buy the seller” should always be at the back of your mind. That’s because trust is always paramount when you’re buying anything pre-owned due to that nagging fear the watch you buy might not arrive at your door as advertised. This year, eBay has made a big move into the pre-owned watch space, showing they understand the concerns of both buyers and sellers. Their solution is to offer their Authenticity Guarantee program for all watches over $2000 US, and an escrow payment service for all transactions over $10,000 US. Essentially, what this means is you can now rest assured that eBay will verify that any watch purchase you make is water-tight. Let’s take a look at the types of watches on offer, with five watches you can buy on eBay right now through the Authenticity Guarantee program.
Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “Double Red”
Get excited: the rarest of the rare Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller is available now through eBay. As one of the most desirable vintage steel sports watches on the market, it’s exciting to see one hitting the block. See the listing right here.
Patek Philippe Complications World Time Watch ref. 5131J-001
Complicated watches can lose some of their beauty when their dials become over-cluttered with too many apertures or sub-dials. When it comes to Patek Philippe World Time watches, however, the opposite is true as they communicate a complex view of time in a format that is simply stunning. With a yellow gold case and a cloisonné enamel dial centre, this could be the only watch you ever need to own. See the listing right here.
IWC Mark XVIII Edition Le Petit Prince
This perfectly proportioned pilot’s watch from IWC’s Antoine de Saint Exupéry collection would make a great addition to your collection. With a balanced case diameter and a design borrowed from the watches of World War II, this is a tried-and-true classic. See the listing right here.
Rolex GMT-Master Rare Vintage Nipple Enamel Dial 18k Yellow Gold Jubilee 40mm
Still shopping for a present for a significant other, or just looking to reward yourself for surviving 2020? We’ve got you covered with one of the more attractive examples of a vintage Rolex GMT-Master in the yellow gold ref. 16758. The yellow gold of the case and bracelet contrast wonderfully against the brown dial and bezel, making for an enticing 40mm package. See the listing right here.
Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 126603 two-tone
With a depth rating of 4000 feet, the Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 126603 is easily the most bling you’ll see at the bottom of the ocean, should you choose to put this beast through its paces. It’s also one of the rarest modern Sea-Dwellers that was only released at the Baselworld fair last year. See the listing right here.
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