eBay used to be a bit of a wild west when it came to it luxury watches. Sure you could find some absolute gems (vintage originals, discontinued models), but there was always this element of buyer account about the process. Not anymore. Watch connoisseurs can easily navigate because eBay, which is now one of the largest luxury watch markets in the world, with a watch that sells every 28 seconds, has unveiled its new EBay Authenticity Guarantee Program for watch lists with a value over £ 2,000.
Instead of relying on the seller’s honesty, all watches above this price range will be thoroughly reviewed and verified by Stoll & Co., one of the most respected watch service centers in the United States that has recently established a based in the United Kingdom. The process is simple: once you’ve purchased a watch in eBay’s dedicated “Authenticity Guaranteed” section of your watch category, the seller is obliged to send the chosen piece to be authenticated.
When the watch is received, one of the Stoll & Co teams will check the list title, description and compare the watch with the eBay images. They will also inspect the crown, bezel, dial, box, brooch, hands, and reference number, as well as additions other than watches, such as boxes and presentation cushions, if included. The watch even has a unique barcode, so it can be tracked and built-in with NFC chip technology to ensure authentication has been done, making it easier to resell. Stoll & Co will act as an intermediary in case the buyer wants to return the watch to the seller, making sure that the condition of the watch is as it was before passing it.
Omega Seamaster Vintage Classic 60s
PVP: £ 2,500
Before Daniel Craig paired a sports watch with a suit, this is probably the kind of Seamaster that most Bond fans would have imagined 007 had tucked under his flawlessly starched cuff. Purists might reject the tailored strap, but that can be changed, and then you’ll have in your possession a watch that Vesper Lynd would no doubt correctly identify.
Ikepod Solaris 18 carat solid white gold
PVP: £ 4,999
Drop your Apple Watch and grab the original. Ikepod was the watch brand founded by Marc Newson and Oliver Ike in 1994 and, although it originally made its name with rather bulbous rounded designs, in 2009 it launched the Solaris, with a square bevelled edge box that recalls the outlines of the Apple Watch Newson designed. Given that it is in 18 carat white gold, its price is considerably less than its weight. And you can have a piece of design history in the bargain.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Dirty Dozen military watch
PVP: £ 2,950
According to those who know, this is the best watch of the Dozen: the list of 11 Swiss watch brands and a British who designed tool watches for the British army. This one has a really good nick. Yes, the box is scratched but, according to the seller, the movement, the Cal 479 manual wind, is original and so are the needles. It’s a great opportunity to have a vintage original instead of a reissue.
It’s an amazing addition to eBay’s vintage and second-hand watch market that will make clicking the “Buy It Now” button less edgy and more exciting.
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