How Do I Find Out How Much My Watch is Worth?

The value of a watch fluctuates over time based on market trends and demand


If you're wondering about the value of your watch, there are several factors to consider.


A Rolex Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000

Sold for £31,500


Brand, model, age, condition, and any unique features all come into the equation. Any original receipts, boxes and certificates can assist in determining this information. Should you not have paperwork, a thorough inspection of a watch should provide a brand name, model, and reference number – you may need to remove the case back to gather some of this information; if you do not have the tools or knowledge to do this, it is best to take it to an experienced jeweller or a professional watch valuer instead.

The quickest and easiest way to find out how much your watch is worth is by consulting with professional appraisers or watch experts. They can provide you with an accurate valuation based on the specific details of your timepiece and advise on current market trends. Reputable auction houses, such as Dawsons, offer a variety of options to obtain a valuation for watches in the most convenient and seamless manner.


An elusive double-signed Beyer dial Patek Philippe

Sold for £19,000


Another option is to research similar watches online - check auction sites to see what they are selling for at the present time; this can give you a rough idea of the current market value of your watch and works relatively well for modern pieces. However, be aware that this method can be far less reliable if the timepiece in question is rare, vintage, or antique.

Additionally, there are websites where you can enter the watch details and they will provide a value based on an archive of currently listed and sold watches. The information requested is typically make, model, reference/serial number, size, material, dial, and condition, so if you have all these details, this could be an option for you.

It is worth noting that the history of a watch can be the most influential aspect on value above everything else. Timepieces that have historical significance are highly desired and collected worldwide. Bear in mind that online searches and websites cannot take this additional information into account, indeed only an expert appraiser will be able to determine the perceived value of the provenance.


An incredibly rare Rolex Precision Pre-Explorer ref. 6150 watch

Sold for £19,000


The watches market consists of some very keen and knowledgeable enthusiasts who collect everything from 18th century pocket watches to 20th century military timepieces to contemporary designer watches such as Rolex, Jaeger le Coultre, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Omega, Breitling, Tag Heuer and Vacheron & Constantin. It is worth noting that many rare, vintage, and antique watches may have had repairs or restoration, which could potentially devalue the watch and will almost certainly only be noticeable to an experienced eye.

Keep in mind that the value of a watch fluctuates (sometimes quite dramatically) over time based on market trends and demand, so it's always a good idea to get updated valuations periodically if you're considering selling or insuring your timepiece. To obtain an accurate assessment of any watch’s value, we strongly recommend taking it to a reputable specialist.


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