How To Find A Watch On Ebay for Under £100

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Watches Under £100

eBay is without question, equivocation or mental reservation, the best place to find high-quality timepieces at the most reasonable price. 

From vintage pieces sold at auction for a fraction of what they’re worth, to new watches sold by grey-market purveyors, you can easily find the watch you’re looking for when the retail markups are too high for your budget. 

Even the world’s foremost collectors and horologists turn to eBay, monitoring the airwaves for the next deal they can swoop in on. Message boards and online forums are inundated with collectors sharing their recent eBay finds and selling watches that are collecting dust in the case. 

If you’re in the market for a new timepiece, whether it be an entry-level watch to get you through the day or a vintage masterpiece sold by someone who found it and has no idea what it’s worth, eBay is a virtual treasure-trove of deals for the shrewd and savvy bidder.

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Buying A Vintage Watch

The biggest drawback when buying any watch at auction is that you run the risk it’s a counterfeit. 

Avoid Counterfeits 
To combat that, the steadfast rule is the adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

1. Compare the Details 
When searching for vintage watches, it’s important to really compare the minute details of the watch to other images found online. 
Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions about the watch. Simply having the serial number can be a great method of determining authenticity and ensuring you’re not buying a stolen timepiece.
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2. Watch Condition = Look At The Dial & Movement 

When it comes to determining the condition of a pre-owned watch, one has to rely on the images and the information given by the seller. 

One of the best ways of determining condition is simply looking at the dial. The dial is the window into the watch, and if it’s in poor condition, chances are the timepiece isn’t worth your time. 

If the glass is cracked, the face shows significant wear or the hands are bent, these are all good indications that you might have difficulty keeping accurate time. 

The next step is to look at the movement. If the watch is mechanical and not quartz, the movement is arguably the most important part of the timepiece. Check to make sure the movement is clean and free of dust, dirt and debris. 

Does it look rusty? Are the gears worn down? These are all important factors to consider when spending your hard-earned money on a timepiece. 
If the pictures do not reveal the intricacies, ask for more pictures.
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Price

The next (and possibly most important) step is the price. If you find a Rolex for under £100 you might as well consider it fake. 

As mentioned, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Compare the price of the watch you’re looking at to others that have been sold in the past. You can easily do so by clicking the advanced button right next to the eBay search bar, and then checking the box next to Completed listings. 

If the price is significantly lower, that’s usually a good indication that it’s either damaged, not running or is a counterfeit. Rarely will you luck out and it happens to be some heirloom piece found in the attic and sold by someone who has no idea of its value. Sure, it happens, but it’s rare.
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Buying A New Watch

Most people looking for a watch under £100 aren’t looking for anything extraordinary. It’s generally understood that you won’t find a luxury timepiece for that price. When shopping for an inexpensive watch, the two factors most consider is the aesthetic appeal of the watch and whether it works properly. 

Take a look at our collection of watches we’ve created on eBay for you. 
Basically, we did the work for you but if you don't like the style or if you want something else, you have to dig deeper on your own. 

All of these watches are for sale at less than the retail price so you can walk away happy that you found a great deal. Be sure to buy a watch that fits your lifestyle. If you wear a suit to work, consider something simple but elegant like the  Bulova dress watch

If you work in a labour-intensive job, consider something like the  Casio G-Shock
If you’re a student and just want a great daily-wear timepiece that’s perfect for everything, we recommend the  Timex Weekender or a Daniel Wellington watch.

Bidding

The best way to get a good deal on a vintage watch is through bidding. You’ll win some and you’ll lose some, so it’s wise to think of it as gambling. 

In other words, don’t bid more money than you’re willing to lose unless you’re sure the watch is working, and it’s authentic. 

Of course, it always helps to checkout the seller's reputation and return policy. Well known watch sellers will have a great feedback record and have a return policy. That way you can inspect a watch in person? 

You will likely not score the deal of the century, simply because the seller knows his or her stuff. At the same time, you will likely still get a good value because eBay prices for vintage watches are usually much lower than retail prices.
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