The mechanical wristwatch has been a traditional sign of effluence and style for centuries. Even with the introduction of cheap, mainstream quartz watches in the 1980’s, the luxury watch market attracted a constant stream of wealthy clients, who defined themselves by the elegance and workmanship eminent in swiss watch engineering and design.
However, given the rise of used rolex watches for sale online, it has become increasingly important to be able to identify a high-end watch from its fake counterparts.Used luxury watches are often in high demand and low supply and although most online retailers are transparent about their policies and where they source their products, there will always be those trying to charge you the price of an original when in fact, it might not be.
The appeal of high-end watches go beyond simply having a pretty and expensive writs accessory. Traditionally, high-end watches evoke class, character and punctuality. Regardless of all the various brands and designs available, luxury watches are typically known to have sturdy, quality and intricate designs, often a number of special features and complications, are often handmade and engineered and usually feature real gold, silver or platinum on the wristband and face design.
A tell-tale feature of a high-end watch is often hidden in its movement, which is also often indicative of a handcrafted element (handcrafted exterior or hand finished mechanical movements). Handcrafted watches are often luxury items as they are mechanized using traditional methods and are considered more authentic than their mass-produced counterparts.
Apart from the above-mentioned features, there are a number of other things to look for to determine whether a watch is high-end or not. These include:
1. Solid metal construction
2. Crystal face
3. Movement (sweep instead of tick)
8. Clasp quality
9. Weight (the heavier the more likely it is a high-end watch)
10. Manufacturer signature on clasp or crown
11. Dial illumination
12. Consistent price at retailers
Identifying a high-end watch may not come easily at first or may prove consistently difficult. Opinion may also differ so it might be valuable to speak to an expert before attempting to buy a high-end watch.
Despite the above-mentioned factors, watches and brands do differ and some things may prove more important to some people than to others. However, some consumers are also more focused on brand than they are on the actual quality of the watch, so it depends what you are looking for and whether you want to invest, collect or simply have a good-looking, long-lasting watch.