We’ve teamed up with our friends over at WatchBox to bring you a new weekly segment. You might have already guessed from the name what it’s about. If not, let us spell it out for you. It’s a top 5 list of some of our favorite pre-owned watches currently for sale on the site. Now to be clear, these are watches we’ve picked. Without interference or influence from WatchBox. Yes, it’s true we do earn a small affiliate fee if you click on our link and buy a watch. And this in turn makes a small contribution towards helping us keep the site going. So, if you choose to buy, thank you.
Regardless though, our selections are genuine. These are watches we would buy ourselves given unlimited funds. We’ve tried to stay off the beaten path a bit and away from the usual generic choices. So, we’d love to hear what you think of this initial selection.
Ok, that’s enough chat, let’s get to this week’s watch selection.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref 15300R
If you’re a regular reader of The Watch Lounge, you might have caught our article on the Ref 15300 already. Be sure to check it out if you missed it. Long story short, we make the argument for the Ref 15300 being the best of the modern Royal Oaks. But with prices moving north of $55k for examples in steel, it may be time to consider alternatives. Which is where this Ref 15300R comes in. Same watch, same great design but wrapped up in a rose gold case paired with a new brown alligator strap. And offered for a more modest US$39,000.
De Bethune DB25 Moon Phase
There’s no question that De Bethune is one of the most intriguing indie watchmakers of the modern era. If you’ve ever worn one, you know what I mean. Contemporary, almost futuristic design, blended with the best aspects of traditional high horology. And the attention to detail is on another level. Even so-called “simple” designs, like this DB25 Moon Phase, pop on the wrist. De Bethune have a well-earned reputation for its sculpted, three-dimensional moon phases. And this was one does not disappoint. At 44mm the white gold case is on the larger side but hugs the wrist thanks to the shaped, skeletonized lugs. Complete with box and papers, pricing is set at US$69,950.
Patek Philippe Ref 5056P Annual Calendar
Every serious watch collector should own at least one Annual Calendar watch from Patek Philippe. But you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Now discontinued, this Ref 5056P from 2006 is a great example of a nice, complicated watch from Patek. But without the associated hype. Presented in a 37mm, platinum case, it wears on the smaller side. An ideal choice for the well-dressed gentleman (or lady) with smaller wrists. This is not a watch that is going to see a huge appreciation in value. Most likely. That said, you can actually wear and enjoy it. Without having to worry about too much unwanted attention. Plus, you couldn’t even buy half a steel Ref 5726 for the price. Which is a manageable US$39,000.
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref 116710LN
We had to include at least one hype watch in the list. They’re kind of hard to miss these days. So, we went for this nice Rolex GMT-Master II Ref 116710LN from 2016. This model has seen some serious appreciation since Rolex stopped production in 2019. But it remains a touch more accessible than some of its peers. It also stands out a little less in the crowd thanks to its all-black everything aesthetic. One of the great GMT models of the modern era, this is a wear anywhere for anything type watch. Complete with box and papers price is US$14,950.
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ref 4500V
It’s taken a while for collectors to catch on to the appeal of the VC Overseas 4500V. But now that snowball is well and truly rolling. There are reports of years long waiting lists at authorized retailers. Pricing has not yet gone completely mental on the secondary market though. Unlike the other hype watches of the day. Sure, you’ll pay over retail but not 100%. More like 30% – 40%. Which is still a lot but might be better than waiting years to get one. Assuming Vacheron agrees to sell to you in the first place. This clean black dial example from 2020 is available complete with box and papers for US$27,950.
Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the selection in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And if you’re looking for a specific watch, feel free to reach out. I will be more than happy to try and help you find it.