Updated: 5 days ago
We get tattoos, color our hair blue, get body piercing, all to get attention.
At Watchartexchange we are a little more subtle. We recommend a beautiful Vintage Watch. You won't find our watches on anyone else's wrist.
Not in our "brand new" factory condition.
We continue to grow our business, especially in watch repair and restoration.
Customers are extremely pleased with the results. No one else can do what we do:
LASER technology to repair nicks and dings, Diamond cutting to finely restore even the most delicate hands from rust and oxidation, and our Dial Restoration expertise and equipment is the best in the world.
Where Rolex, Omega and even Patek refuse the repair or they don't have replacement parts, our customers come to us as their last hope. They are not disappointed.
A recent visit to New York City this Holiday Season showed us that the Watch remains an important Asset Class, both to show your clients that you are worthy to sit at the table and to store value in these difficult times for the future.
It occurred to me that watches can easily be restored to original factory condition, especially if relatively new, say 5 to 10 years. If I were to buy a Patek, Rolex, Omega or any luxury watch with a leather band, then I would remove the brand new band and store it. Our handmade leather bands meet or exceed the manufacturer bands and come in all imaginable exotic materials at an affordable price. It's just that, when you go to sell your watch, the value goes down considerably with a worn band. Please ask us about this service. You will be very impressed with the quality.
It is not uncommon for a $50,000 watch to be worth only $5000 after as little as 5 years. It is true that tastes change, but that same watch in factory condition usually sells
for much more than $5000 and quite possibly more than $50,000 to the individual who missed out when originally issued and is no longer in production, especially with the original new band. We are in the business of safeguarding your precious investment.
We really do "create wealth" by restoring your watch to factory condition. Please look at our site and read the reviews. We have countless emails from satisfied customers and will share them with you soon on our website.
Thank you for visiting WatchArtExchange. You will find exceptional vintage watches to purchase.
We are an exchange and prices fluctuate. Just like stocks, place a bid, you never know.
If you are in need of a watch repair, then rest assured you are at the right place for a perfect repair.
P.S. Below we have a great video about Vintage Watches. Look carefully at the watches presented. None of those watches would pass our quality control and in our opinion are not worth buying without $1500 to $2000 worth of repair and restoration. No wonder Vintage Watches have a bad reputation.
The video is great but leaves out the most important reason to buy Vintage: Service!
Vintage watches were not made to be disposable, like an Apple Watch. There are millions of Vintage Watches out there. Authentic parts are readily available.
Same with cars. When a Ferrari breaks down, only Ferrari has the parts. Many expensive modern watches are made 100% "in house" with very complicated movements with limited parts available. Yes, your $100,000 watch today cannot be serviced 20 years from now because no extra parts are available. Imagine, a $100,000 disposable watch!
Below the video is a slide show of our Vintage Watches. Our watches look brand new and are in factory condition with a 1 year warranty.
You get what you pay for!
Please look at our entire collection of over 1500 watches. If you don't see it, then we can get it for you.
Some of you have contacted us about the
"Factory Condition" of our watches, specifically questions about our polishing technique.
We use what we call "Zero Loss Polishing."
We employ LASER to add gold or stainless steel to the watch to repair deep scratches and dings. We do not over polish. This is a very fine art and requires years to master.
No one else does this, to our knowledge.
For comparison, Rolex will often refuse the watch case repair and will offer a new very expensive case as a replacement. We charge a few hundred dollars for this service. Rolex will charge you a few thousands for a new case!
Take the worry out of Vintage Watches
Perfect Vintage Watches or your money back
One year warranty
Updated: Jun 28
Many vintage watches don't have papers.
Until recently, the papers that came with your watch were just that, papers that were filled in by the jewelry store at the time of sale. You can buy blank vintage Rolex papers on eBay and fill in whatever you want.
Many watch collectors go crazy over the original box and papers.
More power to them.
I personally do not carry my original box and papers with me when I wear my watch.
No one has ever asked me for my box and papers when they see my Rolex.
The truth is, it's nice to have the original box and papers. If you find someone who will pay you more for your watch with box and papers, then you're lucky. Your jeweler certainly will not.
Secret: What's really important is that your watch is 100% authentic, and that it keeps accurate time.
For example, how important are papers from 10 years ago if you dropped your watch and had your local jeweler do the best he could with generic parts. You could sell that watch with papers and forget to mention that it's no longer 100% authentic.
For example, how important are papers from 10 years ago if you never had it serviced but wore your watch every day and even went swimming with it. Just before the sale, you got the watch serviced by Rolex. Almost everything inside was destroyed and you paid a fortune for a new movement, dial, and hands. Your watch was quite rare but now is no longer original because Rolex threw in new replacement parts. The value has dropped considerably.
When you buy a watch, unless you are buying directly from the manufacturer, you are taking a chance. Most credit card purchases protect you against fraud for a period of one year. If the used Rolex you bought from eBay or Chrono24 turns out not to be authentic, then you have recourse with the help of your credit card company to get your money back.
The only way to tell if a used watch is 100% authentic is to do a complete tear down or "overhaul" and examine every single piece of the watch. All the pieces need to be authentic and the general age of the parts should be consistent. It's not just a matter of looking at the watch and confirming that it has a serial number.
Simon at WatchArtExchange has been servicing luxury watches for over 30 years. Simon knows our watches inside and out. With papers or without papers, our watches are 100% authentic and they keep accurate time.
This is what really matters.
Updated: Aug 29, 2022
Why pay twice or three times for the same watch.
Some of our customers buy their watches on Ebay or Chrono24 and pay top dollar to buy a nearly "perfect" watch. Once purchased the same customers send us that same watch for restoration to make it an absolutely perfect watch.
If that same customer contacted us first they could have saved a fortune. We would have advised them to buy a less expensive watch but in acceptable condition to restore to near factory condition.
We know watches. We can save you money.
Some of our customers bring their watches to their local jeweler or send them off to the manufacturer like Rolex.
The local jeweler does not have the expertise nor the tools nor the authentic parts to do a professional job.
Rolex for the most part does not restore watches, especially vintage, they merely throw new parts at the watch. The result is a mosaic watch of original and replacement parts.
Rolex makes their money selling watches, not fixing them.
It's not uncommon for Rolex to take 6 months to a year for the repair.
Rolex costs 2 times to 3 times what we charge for a repair. Why? Because they can!
You are better off sending us the watch first to get a perfect repair and restoration.
WatchArtExchange has assembled some of the best talent in the world.
We have specialists that only work on the movement of your watch.
We have specialists that only work on the dial of your watch.
We have specialists that only work on the case of your watch.
We have specialists that only work on jewelry and the gold of your watch.
We have specialists that only work on the band of your watch.
All of our customers are blown away by the quality of our watches. Yes they cost a little more, but what you're buying does not exist in the marketplace. You are buying a vintage or non vintage watch in essentially factory condition. Yes it's incredible until you hold it in your hand. Beautiful. Perfect in every detail.
WatchArtExchange, we are your complete watch company.
Thanks for reading,
From all of us, thank you for your trust.