How to Find
If you’re an aspiring watch collector, it can be a little disheartening to see such high price tags attached to the watches that you really want. There’s no doubt that watch collecting is an expensive hobby, but it shouldn’t put you off it altogether.
In fact, there are a few ways in which you can find amazing watches to add to your collection without paying an arm and a leg. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or you’re new to the game, our tips will help you in the quest to get better prices for the watches you buy. Take a look!
Buy ‘authentic’ watches
While most watch brands are always announcing new releases with all the latest developments, they’ll also have the trusty models and long-time favourites that have stood the test of time. More often than not, these models will be cheaper than the new-fangled releases currently being hyped up. Remember that there will be a reason why a certain model is so revered. Like the Timex Weekender, these watches are classics and you could save a little money going for those over new pieces.
Be present in the forum community
When it comes to watches, there is a whole subculture out there that loves to discuss the latest goings on, and it’s all happening on forums. Whether it’s buying, selling, or just reviewing, the community is always debating. You’ll definitely learn a thing or two! Most importantly, you may get some insight as to where the best deals are.
Make sure you buy a watch suitable for your lifestyle
When you’re on a budget, one of the most important ideas that will help you get the right watch is that you need to get a watch that suits your lifestyle. You’ll know if you need a water-resistant watch, or one kitted out with a GPS system. Buying the wrong watch can be an expensive mistake when you end up selling it for less than you paid (or even losing it).
Don’t forget about independent brands
In the past, the watch world has been accused of being a little brand-obsessed. Brands like Rolex and Omega (just two of many possible examples) have dominated the market for so long that it can be hard for smaller brands to get a look-in. However, you could save money with those brands. Independently-owned watch brands want to be accessible, and for that reason must have an accessible price point. Plus, there’s a strong argument for the quality of indie craftsmanship versus the major manufacturers.
Buy second-hand, not vintage
It’s tempting to buy vintage, but if it’s a good deal you’re looking for, then we’d say to ignore vintage purchases. While it’s a nice idea to own something with a bit of history behind it, it’s better for your pocket to buy second-hand (as long as the watch you’re buying has been safety-checked). With vintage watches, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be paying for repairs and maintenance at some point down the line.
Most important of all, look after your watch
Looking after your watch is one of the most important tips of all, and it’s like anything: look after something, and it will look after you.
When you invest in a watch, you need to take proper care of it whether you’ve spent a lot of money or not. You can do just that, with the watch cases from the Case Farm.