If you had 1k for a second hand watch?

(106 Posts)
MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:25:16

Just thinking about it really. My current watch is not keeping time well. It was left to me by my Nan and i really like it. It's an Omega. I've spent hundreds on having it serviced over the last 5 years and it never improves. I still wear it but then look at my phone to tell the time. confused

I would like a second hand everyday watch (i don't see the point of spending lots on something only for special/dressy occasions).

I don't really have a clue about where to go for a good second hand watch and i don't want to trust ordering something over the internet.

CocktailQueen Sun 10-Jul-16 22:27:36

Ba hah hah. If you want to spend 1k on a second hand watch, you must know the kind of thing you want! Otherwise you can get a perfectly decent watch that keeps time for about -ooh -£20.

NowWhat1983 Sun 10-Jul-16 22:40:16

Christ. I wanted a Ted Baker watch but couldnt justify the £70 sale price.

Spending hundreds having it serviced?

Just wear it as jewellery and use your phone to tell the time

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:41:30

sigh. No, i only know the watch i wear is valued at that for insurance purposes. I have never spent anything like that on a watch (as i said left to me by my nan). I obviously know there are rolexes for lots more and swatches for a lot less. But i thought there might be some which are better secondhand than others and some people who may advise on that. But, thanks for your help. hmm

NowWhat1983 Sun 10-Jul-16 22:43:28

Go to a jeweller?

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:47:50

I think that wearing a watch which doesn't work is pretty pointless and i am struggling to continually get my phone out of my bag when i am out rushing and late and pushing a buggy and shouting at ds1 who is scooting off in the opposite direction (which is everyday). So i think buying a 20 qud one would actually be preferable. But as a treat i am fantasising about something similar but different and better at time keeping than my current one.

feathermucker Sun 10-Jul-16 22:48:47

I'd spend far less and have a bloody good holiday :-)

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:49:09

I am a bit sceptical as i feel they may just want to flog me one they want to get rid of. I just thought someone may know a bit about watches. But if you don't then thanks anyway.

NowWhat1983 Sun 10-Jul-16 22:50:43

Can you post a picture of the watch op so we can see your style?

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:51:15

I'm not allowed to go on holiday - I have a 21mo an almost 4yo and i'm about to have a baby! DH and i have had a really bad few years and this would be a treat in lieu of any kind of nice holiday for a long long time grin

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 22:56:37

I'd replace the one i have like for like but as this is such a poor time keeper it seems a bit silly to buy another one.

It's similar to this .

CocktailQueen Sun 10-Jul-16 22:58:26

So you can't afford a holiday but want to buy a watch? Wtf??

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:02:26

Noooo. We can afford a holiday. It just wouldn't be a 'bloody good' one for a grand with all my children! We have just had a very nice holiday at Eurocamp tho which cost over that for a week.

43andcounting Sun 10-Jul-16 23:03:43

I hear you OP. I'd say either Girard-Perregaux or Jaeger Le Coutre. But watches are a very personal thing so dedicate your time to finding the right one for you xx

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:05:32

I thought feathermucker meant go away alone for a great holiday rather than trail 3 crying under 5s (on with asd) on a plane. Being given deathstares by strangers certainly isn't my idea of a treat. grin

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:12:09

Thanks - i have never heard of those brands, i'll have a look.

NowWhat1983 Sun 10-Jul-16 23:21:24

The probem is buying a secind hand one means you dont know if it will need lots of servicing

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:30:05

Yes, that's what I'm worried about. Like secondhand cars, I wondered if some aged better than others?

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:32:50

Also like cars I don't want a new one which loses half its value the moment you buy it. And I haven't seen any new I like as much as my vintagey crappy timekeeping one.

NowWhat1983 Sun 10-Jul-16 23:37:50

Is there really nothing that can be done to improve your current watch?

evelynj Sun 10-Jul-16 23:38:18

Jesus. I love Cartier watches, just like the classic look & love the little sapphire cabochon on the winder so that'd be my choice. Fil gifted me one for Christmas some years ago that he bought off eBay but was a bit too ladyish for him. I love it but save for best now. No idea what is best for reliability I'm thinking of getting a Fitbit for other reasons. Check out local auction houses for more of a bargain

evelynj Sun 10-Jul-16 23:39:08

Ooh can you post a pic of your cirrent one that you like so we know the style you're after

hellsbells99 Sun 10-Jul-16 23:39:14

Op, I have an Omega which I love. It's about 10 years old and keeps the time perfectly. My sister has a Cartier and she had problems. A local jeweller/watch repairer ended up replacing the winding mechanism (I think) for about £50 and is has been fine for the last year. See if you can find an old fashioned jewellers that do watch repairs.

MrsKoala Sun 10-Jul-16 23:45:23

I've been to 4 different old fashioned jewellers who have each serviced it and said there is nothing they can do. Each time has cost over £100 so I am loath to waste more money on it even tho I love it.

MagnumAddict Sun 10-Jul-16 23:48:33

I never understand why people get angsty and bitchy about what other people would like to spend their money on!

You don't have to justify yourself op! I'd suggest auctions for good Second hand watch deals. For around 1000 I'd rather buy a new tag heur or rado but that's just personal preference.

Enjoy your new watch and your new baby!

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