For some, buying a watch can simply mean going to the drugstore to pick up a digital Timex, but for more discerning clientele, buying a watch can mean making a choice that will last a lifetime, and may represent a substantial financial investment.
For the latter group, we’ll take a look, in no particular order, at some of the best places to buy luxury and vintage watches in Orange County. Also, keep in mind that when it comes time to sell your luxury watch or valuable antique timepiece, Orange County Jewelry Buyers is recognized as the best place to get the highest cash return.
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Jewelers On Time
Jewelers On Time was founded in 1980 by third generation watchmaker Alberto Frosio, the son of Radames Frosio, the renowned Argentinian master watch technician who was responsible for the training of many technicians for Rolex and Patek Philippe in the 1960s.
The successful business at their Avon street location now employs five full time watchmakers, two polishers, and one jeweler. Sales and customer service are handled by long time watch collectors and expert watch dealers Kenny and Victor Nguyen, twin brothers who bring their considerable knowledge of haute horlogerie to the business.
Although Jewelers On Time specializes in vintage and pre-owned Rolex watches, their catalogue includes many luxury watch brands, including Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Sohne, and Breguet. All the watches offered at Jewelers On Time have been thoroughly inspected, and all mechanical parts and components are guaranteed to be original from the manufacturer.
The service center at Jewelers On Time features Rolex factory trained technicians, and their master watchmaker has over forty years of experience and has worked at the Rolex factory in Switzerland. All service work is done on premises, and any internal parts needed will be replaced with genuine factory components.
Case and bracelet refinishing is among the best in the industry, and all repair work is backed by a one year warranty. Using the latest equipment, the Swiss trained technicians have over 150 years combined experience in watch repair, and the shop is bonded and insured.
The Watch Connection
Conveniently located near the junction of 405, 55, and 73, The Watch Connection is a high end watch boutique catering to the well-to-do contemporary watch aficionados of Orange County. For over twenty-five years The Watch Connection has offered the finest in new, luxury Swiss watches, specializing in hard-to-find and highly sought after timepieces.
Their wide selection is presented in the showroom in beautifully elaborate showcases, and the expert staff strives to make a lasting connection with clients, embodying the motto, “Familiar Faces, Trusted Hands.” Customer service is their highest priority, and they offer a full complement of distinctive and elegant watches for nearly any lifestyle.
Featuring relatively young watch brands like Hublot, Bell & Ross, and Maurice Lacroix, The Watch Connection offers the best in contemporary Swiss design. From the traditional look of Baume & Mercier’s Clifton series to the unflinchingly bold designs of Ulysse Nardin, The Watch Connection is sure to provide the right watch for the modern watch aficionado.
Watch Expo – Orange County
Although Watch Expo sells both new and pre-owned watches, their main focus is in pre-owned luxury watches, and in helping clients find the right watch at the right price.
The company was founded by Paul Busby, whose twenty-five years of experience with pre-owned Swiss watches has helped make Watch Expo one of the biggest online retailers of pre-owned Patek Philippe watches in Orange County. They also carry many other luxury brands, including Rolex, Cartier, Panerai, Breitling, and Audemars Piguet, among others.
Clients at Watch Expo can expect not only top quality, pre-owned watches that are guaranteed to be authentic, but also a staff that promotes a careful and well thought through buying process. Clients are encouraged to consider the pros and cons of when it is advisable to buy new over pre-owned, as well as which watches may have the best potential to appreciate in value over the years.
All pre-owned watches are guaranteed to be mechanically sound and free from defects for a period of one year.
Atlantis Watches and Jewelry
Founded by GIA certified gemologist P.J. Javanshir, Atlantis Watches and Jewelry is located in the heart of Orange County, and has offered luxury watches and fine quality jewelry to the community for many years. With a well earned reputation for fair prices and exceptional customer service, Atlantis Watches and Jewelry provides a wide variety of new and pre-owned watches from many manufacturers, including Breitling, Omega, Rolex, Chopard, Ebel, and Bell & Ross among others.
The service department at Atlantis Watches and Jewelry specializes in restoration, overhaul, ultrasonic cleaning, and polishing. After service or repair, each watch undergoes a series of quality control tests to verify accuracy, winding function, and water resistance, insuring that the watch is back to factory specifications. Each serviced watch is then guaranteed for a period of one year.
Tick Tock Fine Watches and Jewelry
Tick Tock Watches provides its Orange County clientele with exceptional service, as well as a wide selection at their Westminster location. Their expert staff can confidently assist patrons in selecting the perfect watch for both men and women, focusing on contemporary chic as well as classic stylings.
Tick Tock is an authorized dealer for some of the most popular luxury watch manufacturers, including Omega, Ebel, Mont Blanc, Gucci, Tissot, and Versace.
An on-site, certified horologist provides repair and maintenance, from simple adjustments and minor repairs to complete restorations.
Founded by Paul Altieri, Bob’s Watches is mostly known as an online destination, but if you are in the market for a pre-owned or vintage timepiece, a trip to Bob’s Watches in Huntington Beach is one of the best places to start a “hands on” search.
Bob’s main focus is on the Rolex brand, and their retail strategy is to provide a “pre-owned Rolex exchange” to customers, transparently publishing all the current buy and sell values for each Rolex model.
In addition to the many certified authentic Rolex watches in the showroom, Bob’s also offers vintage models from some of the most famous luxury brands, including Patek Philippe, Cartier, Breguet, Panerai, and Vacheron Constantin, among others.