Remember that promise you made at the beginning of the year that you were absolutely definitely going to reduce the time spent gazing at online watch auctions? You don’t? Oh, that’s ok then, because Catawiki has a constant stream of new watches coming up for grabs every day, and it’s a site you should be adding to your favorites, there to dip into when the first opportunity presents itself.
Just because you may not be familiar with Catawiki, 14 million people a month are, and it’s about time you joined them. Catawiki was founded in the Netherlands in 2008, originally as a website for collectors to keep track of their collections online. Then in 2011, Catawiki began hosting weekly auctions in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, jewelry, fashion, books, wine, stamps, and of course, watches. Today the site also has offices in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Spain.
The Catawiki bidding system is simple and immediate. If you make the highest bid, your bid turns green. If you are outbid, your bid turns red. That means you need to do something about it, or gracefully bow out.
The people selling on Catawiki are not just having a go at shifting a watch or two. Anyone wishing to place an item for auction on Catawiki first has to submit valid, checkable ID to offer an additional measure of security to buyers.
Each auction is overseen by experienced auctioneers, and experts in their own particular field. As a result, many of the models up for grabs are highly collectable. You can also get impartial advice from them about each lot.
Catawiki caters to all tastes, from pilots watches to vintage pocket watches, along with plenty of rare Swiss watches from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Frankly, some of the watches you see on Catawiki you are going to hate and want to share on Facebook simply because they are so incredibly blingy or just plain fugly. But sooner or later you risk falling in love with a near mint yesteryear watch model you never even knew existed, and that’s when the covert bidding begins; the late nights, the panicky outbid moments, the adrenaline highs, the secret credit card stashed inside your couch; all the hallmarks of the cagey watch auction junkie will come to the fore. For this is no ‘Buy it now’ playground, these are real high stakes watch auctions.
So now the only question remains. What are you going to bid on tonight?