A Guide to Buying Watches at Online Auctions


Where do you buy your watches online? Of course, there are a number of great online auction sites and marketplaces, but what do you look for, how do you look for it and which of those sites can you trust? Next time you’re looking for watches online, one particularly great place to check out is the online auction platform Catawiki.


Netherlands based Catawiki auctions over 2,500 watches every week and each watch is first carefully reviewed by the Catawiki team of watch experts for authenticity and quality before it is allowed to be included in the auction. The expertise of the staff combined with the site’s secure payment system makes Catawiki a trustworthy and rewarding place to buy watches. But what should you look for? Here the Catawiki watch auction experts have shared some top tips to consider when buying a watch online.

 1.  Know what you want


The hunt for a watch is much easier if you first identify exactly which brand and model you really want. This is a very personal decision. Some good questions to ask yourself before starting your search are why do you want a watch? What will its purpose be in your life? What’s most important to you (design, brand, functionality, etc.)?

2. Research


Try to know as much as possible about the piece you’re looking for. A great place to start is on watch forums (Ed: none better than Watchuseek!), blogs, dedicated websites, Instagram, etc. Some topics to research include price, condition, changes and modifications to the model through the years, strap choices and so on. Once you know what you’re looking for and you’ve done your research, you’re ready to hit the auctions.

On Catawiki you can filter on specifics, for example, brand and movement, making your search even easier. You can even set up your own search alerts to notify you when watches come up for auction matching your keywords, so you’ll never miss the chance to bid on that particular watch you’ve been searching for.

3. Be very critical (condition, condition, condition!)


When buying realty, it’s all about location. When buying watches, it’s all about condition. Do you want the best price or the best watch? It’s important to try and find the very best watch your budget will allow. Don’t try to save a couple of bucks by going for a piece in worse condition. It will bother you in the long run.

When looking at watches on Catawiki, it’s important to remember that the photos are part of the description. Study the pictures, ask for more pictures and you can always ask the experts questions if you need more information.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help


Friends, watch forums, bloggers and Catawiki’s watch experts are all great resources to reach out to when you need somebody who can give a decent opinion. The experts at Catawiki are always available to answer any question you may have about specific watches in the current auctions.

5. Safety

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Always buy from respected sources. As mentioned, Catawiki has an experienced staff and secure payment system, but they also have a unique protection for buyers. If ever you encounter any issues with a watch you purchased from Catawiki, you can report it to their customer support team within 10 days of your purchase and they will mediate between yourself and the seller in order to resolve the issue.

Registering for an account on Catawiki is free and easy. Once your account is verified you can start placing bids straight away. If you’re looking for a watch right now, why not give Catawiki a try.


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