Should I Buy A Pre-Owned Watch, or New?

Fcators to consider when purchasing a new or preowned watch

When in the market for a luxury new watch, there tends to be a big question you mull over:

“Should I buy new, or save some money and go for pre-owned?”

Though pre-owned timepieces tend to be cheaper, this is not the only aspect that you should consider before shelling out the cash for a watch. Used or “pre owned” watches are not like used cars, which typically differ significantly in appearance and condition when compared to a new vehicle. Most pre-owned luxury watches are in a “like-new” condition, that might look strikingly similar to a brand new one. In fact, most watch buyers might not be able to tell them apart.

So then why the big fuss surrounding pre-owned vs. new? Why can so many people not make up their minds when it is time to buy?

Pre Owned VS. New – 3 factors to Consider

  1. Where you buy it from, and where you get your expertise

    When buying a watch, you need to make sure that the watch dealer selling it to you is trustworthy and reputable. Here at CS Bedford we have a renowned reputation for expertise and customer service, always going that extra mile for our customers. Don’t take our word for it – be sure to check our reviews! Ultimately, It’s better to buy a pre-owned watch from a great jeweller that can offer multiple services, than buying a new one from a less reputable one. CS Bedford offers far more than just expertise; watch maintenance, battery replacement, Aftercare, Link and strap replacement etc.

  2. Condition of the Watch

    In order to justify the purchase of a pre-owned watch, it’s condition must be relatively good. The watch has to be in “like-new” condition complete with paperwork and box; otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense to purchase it.

  3. Watch Price

    A used watch, even in ‘like-new’ condition, is going to cost less than an unworn model. This is the main reason that customers who want to get the most bang for their buck gravitate towards the pre-owned market. If the difference between the new and used model is significant enough, sometimes buying pre-owned is the better option.


Whether you are in the market for a new, or pre-owned watch, CS Bedford would be more than happy to help you on your search. Even if it is just for advice, contact us today on: 01895 632 100 to discuss which models we have in stock.