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Tudor Daytona: Preowned Luxury Watches

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Rolex Tudor: Preowned Luxury Watches

As Rolex gained popularity throughout the years their demand skyrocketed. Along with an increase in demand comes increase in prices. Rolex watches are now the most sold luxury Swiss watches in the world.

Because Rolex’s demand a high price tag a market opened up for more affordable watches with the same styling.  In 1946 Hans Wilsdorf started the Tudor line which were a more affordable option to Rolex.  Most Tudor’s were modeled after their Rolex counterpart.

One of the most popular preowned luxury watches that Tudor made was the Daytona.  Rolex also makes a watch that they call the Daytona and they have very similar looks and functions.

Both watches are designed around the chronograph function which makes it possible to time seconds and minutes, up to 30 minutes.  They both have a tachymetre bezel which can measure speed over a given distance.  They also both share the name Daytona which is reminiscent of a race.

Where the watches differ are in their prices.  The Tudor Daytona retails for around $5,000 while the Rolex Daytona retails for over $10,000.

Tudor recently stopped selling watches in the United States in 2004 due to a decrease in demand.  However, they are still sold all around the world in places that include Europe, South America, and South Asia.

Tudor watches still have a high residual value in the world of preowned luxury watches and are a more affordable option to Rolex.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Breitling Super Avenger: Preowned Luxury Watches

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As we approach Christmas in the preowned luxury watches market we have seen an increase in sales of oversized watches.  The past couple of years has seen watches like the Breitling Super Avenger sell like crazy.  Measuring in at a whopping 48.4 mm, the case puts any gents watch to shame with its size.  As an industry standard, 36-40mm is correct for a gents watch.  The Super Avenger is 21% larger than the normal gents watch.

The Breitling Super Avenger is what Breitling is all about.  As far as preowned luxury watches go Breitling represents a large, hefty, and sturdy watch.  A watch that can withstand any environment.  To get the true feeling of a Super Avenger you must have it on your wrist.  Its massive size will make a statement no matter where it is worn.

It has a chronograph feature that can measure elapsed seconds and up to 30 minutes on two different dials.  It also has a date window.  Because it is automatic it is incredibly reliable especially for people who travel a lot and to not have time to leave it for a new battery.

The Breitling Super Avenger is an substantial watch built to last.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Oprah’s Favorite Things: The Philip Stein Watch- Watch Sell

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This year during Oprah’s annual Favorite Things segment, the legendary talk show host featured an exclusive watch from Philip Stein. If your not familiar with Oprah’s Favorite Things list, during this annual segment Oprah shares products with her audience that made an impression on her during the year. These items are typically great gift ideas for the holiday season but on occasion there are a few extravagant items, like this years 2011 Volkswagen Beetle. The biggest draw to this segment is the fact that the audience during the taping of this episode get all the items from the list for free! Thousands of dollars worth of free items tends to get peoples attention. Watch Sell.

This is the third time a Philip Stein watch has been featured on the show. This year the Philip Stein timepiece was created specifically to commemorate Oprah’s 25th anniversary on television. The specifically created watch has a
silver “O” on the dual dial and also features a “2” and “5”.

The Philip Stein watch comes in two forms: one with a fixed diamond bezel with a total carat weight of one carat and one with no diamonds. The retail value is approximately $700 with no diamonds and $2,300 with diamonds.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Luxury Watch Production Slumps: Preowned Luxury Watches

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According to the latest edition of “Watch Time” magazine the production of preowned luxury watches has taken a dive.  They are basing this estimation on the amount of watches submitted for COSC.  (Watch movements that pass the rigorous test of the COSC receive a officially certified chronometer movement.)

Rolex, Breitling, and Omega are three of the biggest luxury Swiss watch companies and are also the three biggest who send their movements to COSC (accounting for 78% of all chronometers).  In 2009 the total for all companies submitting their watches to COSC dropped 27.4% to 1,160,631.  According to COSC, that is the lowest total since 2004.

It is obvious that this decline is due to the recent world recession.  Less people are buying preowned luxury watches during tough times.  However, I predict that next year production will increase.  It seems most of the world is recovering and people are more willing to spend their money.  Hopefully we will look back at 2010 and say the trend turned upwards.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Preowned Luxury Watches: Breitling Bentley

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The Breitling preowned luxury watch watch that catches the most attention is the Bentley.  The Breitling for Bentley line of watches are for those who want to make a statement of luxury.  Bentley specifically requested a line of Breitling watches that can match their luxury and design and thus the Breitling for Bentley line was created.  They usually have oversize cases to demand attention to the watch.

We recently purchased a preowned luxury watch Breitling for Bentley from the Bentley Motors model.  There are several models within the Breitling for Bentley line, with the Bentley Motors being the simplest (in a line of extravagant watches).  It has a large 48.7 mm case as standard size in gents is anywhere from 36-40 mm.  It has a working chronograph and tachometer bezel.  The watch’s case and bracelet are both of the highest quality stainless steel.  The “motor” that drives this preowned luxury watch is a Calibre 25B automatic movement.

One look at this watch from a distance will make you inquire as to what it is.  It is a watch made for those who want to make a statement of wealth.  The Bentley Motors line makes a great compliment to someone who owns a Bentley convertible or to anyone looking to look important.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Preowned Luxury Watches: Cartier Santos 100

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The Cartier Santos 100 ladies midsized with pave diamonds is becoming a more sought after preowned luxury watch.  Recently there has been a large demand for large and flashy watches for women.  This Cartier Santos 100 fits what women are looking for.

The Cartier Santos 100 was made in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cartier.  It has a huge case and when it is made from 18kt rose gold it has an absolutely stunning look.  The only thing that can make it look even better are pave diamonds throughout the bezel and lugs.

This particular preowned luxury watch has a 44.2 x 33.0 mm case.  It’s beautiful alligator leather strap closes with an 18kt pink gold clasp.  An automatic movement powers this gorgeous machine.  It is a watch that says “look at me” in any situation.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Preowned Luxury Watches: Rolex Yachtmaster

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One of the most popular preowned luxury watches is the Rolex Yachtmaster. Introduced in 1992, it was only available in solid 18kt yellow gold with a white dial (model 16628).  Two years later a mid size and ladies size were introduced, available with a white or blue dial.  In 1999 the most popular version came out on the market, the stainless steel that came with a platinum bezel.  It wasn’t until 2005 was when the two tone models came out.

Even though the Rolex Yachtmaster is a relatively new watch, it is one of the most sought after preowned luxury watches.  It is sort of a luxury diving watch that can be worn by wealthy yacht owners.  The solid 18kt yellow gold model is a stunning example.

The main function of the Yachtmaster is not necessarily a function at all; it is to look like luxury.  From the stainless steel model to the solid gold model it oozes style and wealth.  The bezel is marked with ten minute increments and is rotatable in both directions as to time a race.  It of course is, like all Rolex watches, a certified chronometer with an automatic movement.

When looking to buy preowned luxury watches one should always consider the Rolex Yachtmaster.  With its stunning design and useful functionality it makes a great investment.

by, Seth at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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