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Where to buy second hand Rolex watches in Australia

February 2, 2022
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With the demand for luxury watches steadily on the rise throughout Australia and across the world, more people are looking to purchase their own Rolex. However, in most cases it is not as simple as walking into your nearest Authorised Dealer and buying one in store.

Why is it difficult to purchase a new Rolex?

In order to purchase any of the popular models new from Rolex you will need to go on the mysterious “waitlist”.

Normally with a waitlist you would expect to leave your details at the shop and receive a call when they have stock, however with Rolex this is rarely the case.

Popular watches will first go to those who have an existing relationship with a long history of purchasing watches from them. It is possible to buy a one new in store, however it will only be for models which are in low demand.

This is a huge reason that buyers look to the pre owned watch market in order to buy a their dream watch.

Pre owned watches

Thankfully in Australia, there are several places you can explore in order to find your dream watch. Wristies lists all of the watches for sale in one place so you can easily browse. All our watches on site are from either commercial dealers or private sales.

A commercial dealer is anyone with a licence to sell second hand watches who buys, sells and trades watches through a company.

The alternative is buying private, where you are making a purchase directly from an individual seller.

What is Wristies?

Wristies aggregates watch sales from these commercial dealers and Facebook groups (which list private sales) all across Australia so you can find them all in one place.

Below we have featured some of the dealers you will find on our site:

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European Watch Gallery

European watch Gallery is located in Melbourne CBD and was founded by Mr Shonie Herbath who is recognised one of the worlds authorities in Patek Philippe timepieces.

He is also incredibly knowledgable when it comes to other high end brands such as Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre, Omega, Panerai, Hublot and Cartier.

They have been operating for more than thirty years and have huge range of watches available in different price ranges. If you are looking for second hand watches in Melbourne, this is a great place to start!

Watch Time

Watch time has been around for over 30 years, with the Melbourne showroom located in Melbourne CBD. Here you will find quality watches from popular Swiss brands including Rolex, Omega, Tudor, IWC, Breitling and so on.

Not only does Watch Time have a large selection of pre-loved watches to purchase but they also offer a range of other services such as, repair and full restoration of vintage and pre owned watches.

If you are looking to sell or trade in your existing watch then have a chat to the experienced team at Watch Time.

Dovi & Co

If you are looking for something with a bit more wrist presence then start here. Dovi & Co is likely to have your dream watch – well known for having some real heavy hitters that will make the mouth of any watch collector drool.

Think Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and vintage Rolex. If you are looking for a consignment service, Dovi & Co are also able to help you list your watch for sale.

Dovi & Co works as a team with Collections Fine Jewellery of Toorak who have been dealing in luxury vintage watches for over 40 years.

You will find the Melbourne showroom at 148 Toorak Road – exactly where it has been since 1982.

The Watch Gallery

The Watch Gallery is another incredibly well established dealer based in Melbourne who has been buying and selling second hand watches for almost 40 years.

Located at 337 Little Collins Street, The Watch Gallery has been under the ownership of Chris La Galle for the last 15 years.

As you would expect they stock watches from the brands you would expect including Omega, IWC, Breitling, Jaeger LeCoultre, Panerai, Tudor, Chopard and many other luxury timepieces.

Like some of the other dealers listed here, if you are looking to sell your watch you can send in photos or visit the Melbourne showroom to trade it in for cash. If you need your watch serviced or repaired, or even a full restoration – they can help with that too!

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Nicholas Hacko – Fine Watches

Nicholas Hacko is a third generation Master watchmaker and watch collector. His life has revolved around watches and he has been repairing high grade luxury watches for a significant amount of time. If you are looking for fine Swiss watches then look no further.

Nick Hacko does not only repair and sell pre owned watches but also started Rebelde, the World’s smallest watch brand.

At any one time you will find a range of luxury watches in the Sydney showroom which are often in mint condition and even better, you will find competitive prices. If you are in Sydney it is definitely worth checking out!

Luxuria Watches

Another Sydney establishment worth investigating if you are a watch collector, is Luxuria Watches. Not only do they have and large range of high second hand watches and sought after pieces but their prices are always reasonable too. Their address is: Shop 20, Level 2, QVB 455 George Street Sydney NSW 2000.

Their site shows most of their watches but we recommend taking the time to check out their Sydney showroom if you get the chance as the service is always impeccable.

Vintage Watch Co

The Sydney store was set up in 1994 and you will find it in the heart of the CBD of Sydney in the famous Strand Arcade. The store offers a wide collection of pre owned, modern and vintage watches that any watch collector would lust after.

They stock all of the brands you would expect and regularly rotate their stock so you will get to check out a fresh range of second hand watches.

Address: Suite 28 The Strand Arcade 412-414 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Looking for more places to purchase second hand watches?

We list over 1,500 watches for sale from all of the mentioned commercial dealers plus more. We also list for sale watches from private sellers. Visit Wrisites and take a look!

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