Fratello On Air: Tips For Buying Used Watches
Fratello On Air returns with another listener-inspired topic. This week, we tackle buying used watches and give some tips that we’ve learned over time. Expect a good back-and-forth dialogue while our co-hosts are traveling away from Germany. As always, we’re interested in your thoughts on a topic like this — we’re sure that many of you have great ideas!
Buying used watches can be a daunting activity. Concerns about the seller, the price, the location, and the watch itself are just some of the challenges that come to mind. We’ll do our best to explore these in more detail and provide our thoughts.
This week, Mike is in London, England, and Balazs is in his hometown of Pecs, Hungary. To cope with their travels, they’re each sporting easy-going watches for this episode. Balazs is wearing his trusty G-Shock GW-B5600-2 that serves as his “only-G-Shock.” Mike decided to bring his MoonSwatch Mission to the Moon on a black Artem strap with a deployant buckle. Clearly, “comfort” is the name of the game during this recording.
Buying used watches
Used watches are so plentiful, and so many people buy them every day that it seems like easy business. However, challenges do exist. Hugh, a listener of ours, sent us a note and asked about the Omega Seamaster GMT 2534.50.00 (not the watch you see above), a model he has been eyeing. He asked us to discuss some of the top concerns we have about buying a pre-owned piece, so we’re happy to comply! Everything from buying from a source with protection, asking for better pictures, and pitfalls to avoid come up in the discussion. Locating spare parts and a good watchmaker also makes the cut. If you like to trawl online marketplaces, this episode might interest you. As mentioned above, feel free to share your top tips in the comments section below.
As always, we thank you for listening. Feel free to let us know if you have any topics for a future episode.