Our Services - We Buy Watches

Watches we are particularly interested in

We consider trade-in and outright purchase of fine Swiss vintage watches from personal collections and dealers. We are interested in timepieces made by major Swiss brands: Audemars Piguet, Alpina Gruen, Angelus, A.Lange & Sohne, Breguet, Breitling, Cartier, Clebar, Gallet, Eterna, Excelsior Park, Girard-Perregaux, Heuer, InternationalWatchCo (IWC), Jaeger-LeCoultre, Movado, Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tissot, Tudor, Universal Geneve, Vacheron Constantin, Vulcain, Zenith and others. 

How does outright purchase work?

It is always a transparent and straightforward process which consists of the following steps:

  • Once we receive an inquiry and some photos of the watch you would like to sell, we will follow up with a preliminary evaluation range.
  • If you agree with a preliminary range, you would need to ship the watch to our showroom in Munich. We will gladly arrange a pick-up by FedEx at our cost and guide you through the necessary steps.
  • Within 48 hours we perform a detailed evaluation and diagnostics of your timepiece and make a final offer.
  • We sign the sales-purchase agreement. The payout is carried out within 7 working days by wire transfer to the account you specify

Why don't you pay in advance?

Being a professional dealer means facing a lot of risks. The vintage watch market is growing rapidly attracting a lot of newcoming watch aficionados. Unfortunately, it attracts a lot of cheaters and criminals along with passionate enthusiasts. Now we face more fraud attempts than ever before. 

We're conducting business ethically: we operate a limited liability company which is called GmbH in Germany and is the most serious form of legal entity after joint stock company. We pay taxes and report every transaction, import and export goods in a perfectly legal way. We operate a brick'n'mortar shop in Munich, an eBay and Chrono24 accounts in good standing. We are a member of Watch Traders Association in good standing. Therefore, everyone can easily check our background and trustability.

Unfortunately, we can't do the same check-up with private individuals.

Can I trade-in my watch?

If you are interested in purchasing of a timepiece from us, we are able to make you special offer on trading-in your watch. However, the very same terms on detailed evaluation apply.

I have one more question!

If you have further questions you can always contact us. We will be happy to assist!

FAQ - Size guide

Vintage Watches

General Questions

Payment & Delivery

Condition Report Glossary

Sizing Guide

Warranty & Refund

Precision of Vintage Watches

Terms & Conditions

Measuring a watch

It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.

In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width. 

Diameter without crown

It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:

Lug-to-lug width

This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.

Lug width

This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.