Most Frequently Asked Questions

Many ‘Sell my Watch’ websites ask me to send my Watch or Jewellery. Do you offer this service?

Answer; Yes. Both meeting in person and sending Rolex, Cartier, AP, Hublot and Vertu you wish to sell is possible with the Gentleman Watch Collector. I always use Royal Mail Special Delivery (Insured) within the UK and Fedex on an international basis. This assures you ultimate Peace of Mind when sending items to me in Hatton Garden – the major centre of excellence for Fine Watches, Jewellery and Diamonds since medieval times

Second; many of these so-called Distance Buyers (i.e. buyers far from where you are based) have simply disappeared leaving sellers high and dry. Do you wish to take such a risk?

You state Instant Cash Paid. What do I need to bring along with me when selling?

I need you to be completely honest with your description of condition for the most accurate price. Upon meeting you will need to produce Official ID for a successful sale and receive Instant Cash for your piece.

Will other buyers pay in cash instantly once satisfied with the watch and my ID?

A Virtually none do. They will pay you often after a few days. It has been known for some sellers to in fact wait to sell your piece before paying you!

Why should I trust the Gentleman Watch Collector rather than my local jeweller or a watch buyer I have found on Google?

I am not asking you to trust me but rather all of the happy sellers I have met over the years. My aim is always for a fair and good deal so both parties are pleased.

Do you purchase replicas and what checks do you do on the pieces you buy?

I NEVER ever purchase anything other thank 100% Original pieces that belong to the seller. Any fakes/replicas/ill-gotten pieces will be reported to the manufacturer and The Police. Every serial number is checked against various Manufacturer and Insurance databases prior to sale. Please never send any valuation requests for such pieces.

Can I give you my Vertu or a Swiss Watch on a Sale or Return basis or as a Broker?

I do not actively sell and so cannot offer this. I would strongly advise against using Sale or Return or Brokers to sell – often dealers and brokers will tell you can sell your piece for a very high price through them in order to have additional stock in their shops/online sites at zero cost to themselves. One must ask why a broker would not buy the item for approximately the price they advise you to sell at if it were realistic?

I have been offered a price range by a large Watch Buyer which is better than what you have offered. Surely I should use them?

My answer is always the same – large companies with huge online presence provide wide ranging valuations some of which will seem attractive. If you are not geographically close it involves – at your own risk – sending your valuables in. This makes it more likely you are hooked in to accepting their offer.

The other case is you take your Watch to them and they offer you the bottom of the valuation range despite the piece being as you described.

What are common reasons for large dealers and watch buyers to reduce their bids from aggressive valuations given over the phone or by email.1) They have bought the same watch since providing you with the valuation (even if they provided a valuation a few days ago).

2) They put your watch on a machine and tell you it is not sufficiently accurate (in terms of timekeeping) for their standards.

3) Their valuation assumed you serviced the watch recently.

4) General wear and tear but not significant damage of note has been sustained.

5) Your watch was not originally purchased in the UK.
Why would they do this? Because once in their store or once you have sent your piece in you are statistically most like to sell to that business. They know it and exploit the fact.