Watches, watches, watches…
Nothing says prosperity better than owning and wearing a luxury watch. While a luxury watch won’t make time slow down when you’re on vacation or speed up when you’re at work, it will keep time far more accurately and in high style. The following ten websites will be helpful at deciding just which luxury watch is perfect for you. Some of the sites are those of the actual company, given for research purposes, while others are retailers that carry a variety of well renowned luxury watch brands. Just as you can find a “Rolex” for $20 from a sidewalk vendor in Mexico that really isn’t a Rolex, take care that you are dealing with a reputable company that guarantees authenticity. If the price seems too good to be true, you are probably getting a replica. There’s nothing wrong with owning a replica if that is what your budget allows, but pay replica prices not authentic. The following ten websites are listed in order of their Alexa traffic count rating. No research has been done regarding their ability to produce the real deal, so buyer beware. The clock is ticking… get shopping!
Global Alexa Rating: 11,874
Jomashop has a number of well-known luxury watch brands as well as everyday varieties. They carry both men’s and ladies watches, as well as designer accessories, fashion jewelry, fine pens, crystals & flatware, dinnerware, desk & shelf clocks and fine gifts. They also carry watch accessories such as watch boxes, watch straps, watch tools and watch winders. Each day they put a specific item on their Deal of the Day which is at tremendous savings off the MSRP. Some of the watch brands they carry are Rolex, TAG Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Breitling and Invicta. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee and also guarantee authenticity. They have been online since 1999 and are a BBB A+ accredited business. At this time they are offering free shipping on U.S. orders with the coupon code “FASTSHIP” – this may change by the time you read this and order, so look at the top of the page for the current offer, if any. They also offer flash sales. If you aren’t in a hurry to purchase a luxury watch, sign up for their updates and special offers, as well as keep an eye on the flash sales and deal of the week.
Global Alexa Rating: 17,678
Rolex has been known as an impressive watch company for more than a century and their website is every bit as impressive as their watches. The history of Rolex is thanks to the visionary spirit of its founder, Hans Wilsdorf who entered the world of Swiss watchmaking in the early 20th century. He wanted a watch that was precise, elegant and reliable and I think everyone would agree that he mastered that to perfection. A great tool on the website is the “Find my Rolex” feature that will help you choose the best Rolex for your purposes. It begins with gender and follows through to your choice of materials, colors, type of bezel and shade of dial. Each watch has plenty of information including the history and specifications. You can brose, choose and save watches to your wish list and then go find your Rolex at a local retailer. The website also includes information about the World of Rolex in sports and culture, and their philanthropic activities.
Global Alexa Rating: 18,399
Chrono24 is the place to go to both buy and sell new and pre-owned watches. Since 2003, they have selected more than 1,000 reputable dealers who offer high-quality watch brands alongside several thousand private sellers. The website homepage has a top 10 luxury watch brands section for ease in locating Rolex, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Hublot, Audemars Piguet, Omega, Panerai, IWC, Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre watches. They have a live auction feature as well. Bidding begins at half the estimated value for the watches. The search feature for locating a watch is easy to use allowing you to choose the make/brand or search using keywords. Other options you can select for the search include type of movement, type of watch, gender, bracelet material, case material, location and price range. When you select a watch, you will see information about it including how long they have had a relationship with the seller, where the seller is located, if they have a store and if they have any pending or unresolved disputes or complaints about the seller. At the top of the homepage is a search bar that tells you how many watches are currently available and in how many countries. At the time of this review, they had 171,547 watches in 76 countries. It is free to register for the site which allows you to save watches to the notepad, create unlimited searches and receive current offers by e-mail.
Global Alexa Rating: 19,367
Ashford is located in a historic bank building in Brooklyn, NY that was built in 1866 and they enjoy a gorgeous view of the Empire State Building. They are an authorized reseller of many brands and non-authorized to several others. Every watch they sell is guaranteed to be 100% genuine and authentic, free of any serial number tampering, shipped in its original box with original packing and owner’s guide and is protected by their exclusive two-year warranty as well as a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Ground shipping in the continental US is free. They also feature a state-of-the-art repair center on the premises employing watchmakers with more than 150 combined years of experience. The website is well organized with the ability to shop by brand and by gender and feature. They also carry fine and fashion jewelry and have both a weekly deals section and a clearance section. You can enter your e-mail address to get updates on special offers and sales events. The savings percentage off retail pricing is substantial with amounts as much as 89% off when on sale. They carry inexpensive watches as well as luxury watches. They don’t have every luxury watchmaker out there, but there is a pretty good selection.
Global Alexa Rating: 24,922
James Edition is the place to go for all things luxury, so it stands to reason that they would also have luxury watches available. If you are looking for more than a luxury watch, you can also use this website to locate cars, motorcycles, yachts, jets, helicopters, real estate, real estate developments, jewelry, collectibles and much more. Some unique offerings include luxury toothbrushes and a state of the art home entertainment flight simulator. Not for the faint of heart, this website boasts the finest watches in the world. Perhaps a Vacheron Constantin Tour de I’lle for € 2,033,861 interests you? Don’t worry if that is out of your league as they offer a few in the € 800 to € 1,000 range as well. At the time of this review, they listed 24,261 watches for sale including 4,538 Rolex watches, 1,685 Omega watches and 1,357 Breitling watches. The website is also a nice place to go for reading material as they have nearly 1,600 articles about everything from a brief history of Maserati to the top five jets for business travel.
Global Alexa Rating: 34,002
TAG Heuer is another of the watchmakers to boast a long existence – beginning in 1860 by Edouard Heuer and continuing after his death in 1892, they’ve been pioneering time and earning awards. You’ll see many a celebrity as an ambassador for TAG Heuer including Cameron Diaz, Steve McQueen and Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1945, General Eisenhower wore a TAG Heuer. The website describes all the watches they make and also includes breaking news about the company and events. Use the watch finder to find your perfect timepiece in a few steps or the store locator to find the nearest TAG Heuer boutique. There is also a customer service link for finding advice and your closest customer service location. Whether you are looking for a dress watch, casual watch or sports watch you will find a TAG Heuer that is perfect for your needs and looks ultra-stylish on your wrist.
Global Alexa Rating: 53,763
Although this website doesn’t give much information about the company itself, they do offer some great deals, free standard shipping, 100% authentic watches with serial numbers and a money back guarantee. They also offer a best price guarantee should you find the exact same watch at a lower price within 30 days. They have a variety of price points when it comes to watches with about 500 watches below $50 and over 800 above $1,000. They offer nearly 30 different brands in the over $5,000 luxury watch category. They have nearly 10,000 different watches total and the ease at searching for the one you desire makes this a nice website to use. They also offer some other things besides watches including bags, pens, accessories and gifts. If you are looking for a bargain, check out the limited time deals and sale items that can be 30% to 80% off.
Global Alexa Rating: 71,302
The Watch Gallery isn’t just a place to shop for a watch – it is also a place for entertaining and informative articles. They are a leading UK independent watch retailer stocking the world’s premium Swiss-made luxury watch brands. They were launched in 1985 by fine watch collector H.R.H Prince Ernst of Hanover. They offer 0% financing on loans up to £20,000 (excluding 10% deposit) for 12, 24 or 36 months. Delivery within the UK is free and can be expected the next working day on orders placed before 1 PM. Other areas take anywhere from 3 days to 10 days to receive and cost up to £25. A good way to start is to sign up for their newsletter and receive up to date news, exclusives and previews via e-mail. The site includes a number of buying guides, videos, reviews and more.
Global Alexa Rating: 72,042
Luxury Bazaar is an online portal for luxurious high-end watches, jewellery and accessories with a specialization in high-end timepieces. They are a member of the prestigious International Watch & Jewellery Guild affording them access to an enormous pool of dealers who buy timepieces from around the world. They have been online since 2001. They accept payments from more sources than most other companies – including PayPal, Google Checkout, wire transfer and even via an escrow service. They are located in Southampton, PA and have showroom hours as well as online ordering. Their Extras section includes MSRP price lists, a currency converter and a language translator. The watch categories showcased on the watch page are Inventory Specials, Most Viewed, Most Popular, Staff Picks, Sales of the Week and Daily Deal. They also have a nice blog section.
Global Alexa Rating: 105,913
The history of Rado began in 1917 in the small Swiss town of Lengnau when three brothers, Fritz, Ernst and Wener Schlup opened the Schlup & Co. clockwork factory. The first watch collection was launched 40 years later, in 1957, when it became Rado Uhren AG. In the 1980s the use of high-tech ceramic became a well-known brand identifier of Rado watches. The greatest Rado innovation to date, however, has been the development of high-tech diamond for use in watchmaking. With a hardness of 10,000 Vickers, the Rado V10k is the hardest watch in the world. The website includes a watch selector tool and a store locator as well as the ability to buy online at the official Rado store. The site also includes news articles relating to the company that have been archived back to 2011.
Whether you want to find an everyday watch for a few hundred dollars or something absolutely amazing in the million dollar range, or anything in between, these websites will help you locate the perfect one. Most of the sites not only offer watches for sale but also go into great descriptions about them. There is always the option of going to the website for the watch manufacturer for additional information. You can shop online or use the information you learn to shop locally while knowing what various pricing is available. Just because you can afford the very best, doesn’t mean you have to pay the highest price for it.