Anyone interested in luxury watches has heard the name Rolex. For decades, this prestigious brand has perfected its craft & built an excellent reputation based on carefully considered quality and hand-crafted design. To own a Rolex is to own a timeless piece of history.
However, buying a brand new Rolex can come with a hefty price tag. Rolex uses only the finest materials, such as 18-karat gold & diamonds, to create their watches. You may be wondering:
How can I own a piece of the Rolex legacy?
There are several factors to consider when buying a used Rolex. In this buying guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to ensure you make a wise investment. Whether you’re a seasoned watch enthusiast or a first-time buyer, these tips will help you find the perfect used Rolex for sale.
Set Your Budget
Before you start shopping for a used Rolex, it’s essential to determine your budget. Rolex watches vary significantly in price, with factors such as model, age, condition, and rarity influencing the cost. Having a clear budget in mind will help you narrow down your options and make a more informed decision. Gray & Sons Jewelers’ wide selection of used Rolex for sale vary in price to accommodate your budget.
Choose Your Rolex Model
Rolex offers consumers a wide range of options to suit different tastes and lifestyles, from sports watches to dress watches, and everything in between. When choosing a Rolex, consider your personal style, intended use, and budget. Some popular models include:
- Rolex Submariner: This durable and versatile diver’s watch is known for its waterproof capabilities and classic design. The Submariner is suitable for both underwater adventures and formal occasions.
- Rolex Datejust: This timeless classic features a date window at 3 o’clock. It’s available in various sizes and materials, making it a popular choice for everyday wear.
- Rolex GMT-Master II: Designed for travelers and pilots, this watch features a dual time zone function and is recognized for its unique bezel with a 24-hour scale.
- Rolex Day-Date: Often referred to as the “President” watch, it is known for its prestigious status. It displays both the date and the day of the week, making it a symbol of luxury.
- Rolex Cellini: This collection is part of Rolex’s line of elegant and dress watches. These watches feature classic, refined designs and are suitable for formal occasions.
These are just a few of the Rolex models you can choose from. At Gray & Sons, we offer the best used and pre-owned Rolex watch selection available to buy and purchase online, in our catalog and in store. Browse our wide catalog to find the used Rolex for sale that suits you.
Have you found a Rolex that catches your eye? The next crucial step in buying a used Rolex is ensuring its authenticity. With the high demand for Rolex watches, the market is flooded with counterfeit timepieces. To avoid falling victim to a counterfeit Rolex, consider the following authentication methods.
Rolex watches feature a small hologram on the case back, which is hard to replicate. Genuine Rolex holograms have a three-dimensional appearance and change when you tilt them. Counterfeit holograms often lack these characteristics.
Ask the seller for any accompanying documentation, including the original box, papers, and service records. These documents can provide valuable information about the watch’s history and authenticity. Here at Gray & Sons Jewelers, we give you the peace of mind you need for such a purchase. All of our used watches are certified authentic, inspected and examined by Swiss trained Master watchmakers and industry experts.
Rolex watches have unique serial and model numbers that are engraved on the side of the case. These numbers can be cross-referenced with Rolex’s official records to verify the watch’s authenticity and history.
Consulting an experienced watch dealer, such as Gray & Sons is the safest way to authenticate a used Rolex. We can inspect the watch’s movement, case, and serial numbers to verify its authenticity.
The condition of a used Rolex is paramount. A well-maintained Rolex can look and function like new, while one with significant wear and tear may require costly repairs. Pay close attention to the following details:
- Case and Crystal: Inspect the case for scratches, dents, or signs of polishing. Scratches on the crystal can usually be polished out, but deep ones may require crystal replacement.
- Dial: The condition of the dial is crucial. Ensure that it is free from stains, discoloration, or fading of the hour markers and hands.
- Movement: A Rolex with a well-maintained movement will provide accurate timekeeping. Check if the watch keeps time accurately and smoothly winds and sets.
- Age: Vintage Rolex watches can be highly sought after, but they may also require more maintenance. Newer models may come with updated features and technology.
Buying a used Rolex can be a rewarding experience if done right. With this handy guide, you are now well-equipped to make an informed decision and find the perfect used Rolex for sale. The most important tip is to be sure to purchase from a seller you can trust.
With over 40 years of experience selling top-of-the-line used and pre-owned Rolex watches, Gray and Sons Jewelers is here for you when you want to buy the perfect used Rolex for sale. We have competitive prices and all of our watches come with our in-house, exclusive two-year warranty. Contact us today to begin your watch shopping.
Gray and Sons is a Proudly Unauthorized Independent Rolex dealer dealing in pre-owned, used and unused Rolex watches, buying, selling and repairing Rolex since 1980.