Old time Watch
There are lots of good reasons to go for a pre-owned watch. You might like the idea of owning a timepiece with a story behind it, or you could simply prefer retro styles. And sometimes, choosing pre-owned means you get a watch that’s beyond the budget when it’s new.
Every watch in the Goldsmiths Pre-Owned Watch collection has been professionally serviced – and we’re so confident in the pieces in our collection that they all come with an industry-leading two-year warranty. We’ll also take your watch as trade-in – pop into your nearest store today for a valuation.
You’ll find our Pre-Owned watches in selected showrooms as well as online, including our newly refurbished flagship showroom in Newcastle, which has been a Goldsmiths since 1892. It reopens in July after a £1 million refurbishment, and to mark the occasion we’ve hand-picked five pieces from the second hand watch collection that will only be available to purchase in the showroom.
Just a selection of our fine second hand watches…
Who’s it for? Classic dressers with a timeless sense of style
This mint 18-carat yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was produced in 1987. Not that you’d know it – the design of the classic Rolex Day-Date has changed very little since it was introduced in 1956 and it has a timeless quality to it.
Back in the 1950s, it became the first watch to show the day written in full, in addition to the date. Over the years, Rolex’s icon has been worn by many of the world’s luminary figures, including Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower. For that reason, it’s often referred to as the ‘Rolex President’.
This example has an 18-carat yellow gold case with Rolex’s signature fluted bezel, a blue dial and a blue alligator strap.
Rolex GMT Master
Who’s it for? Regular travellers with an eye for an historic timepiece
Rolex aficionados call this particular version of the steel Rolex GMT-Master the ‘Pepsi bezel’ because of its colour scheme. But when the model first appeared in 1955, it had much more to do with the now defunct Pan American World Airways. Its pilots had complained of the difficulties of overcoming jet lag when skipping across time zones (this was the dawn of the jet age and passenger airlines), so Rolex made them a watch that could tell both local and home time. The thinking was that the psychological benefit of knowing the time home and away would help battle the lag. Whether it worked, who knows – what we do know is the experiment produced an iconic timepiece.
Rolex reinvented the Pepsi bezel recently, but this example dates back to 1962 – what it would be to own an original!
Rolex Datejust II
Who’s it for? Anyone who needs a statement watch they can wear every day
Unlike the watches above, this Rolex Datejust II doesn’t date back a few decades or even a few years – at a little over two years old, it’s almost new.
It’s powered by one of Rolex’s famous automatic Oyster Perpetual calibres, a bullet-proof movement that’s chronometer-certified for accuracy, and that with regular servicing should last a lifetime.
The watch has a hard-wearing 904L steel case, a grey dial with bold Roman numerals, and a fluted bezel. Its date appears at 3 o’clock underneath Rolex’s trademark Cyclops lens, and changes instantaneously at midnight within a few thousandths of a second.
Patek Philipe Aquanaut Ref 5167A
Who’s it for? Active, sporty people who want to mix high-performance with high-end luxury
This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on a watch from one of the world’s most prestigious luxury watch brands – an Aquanaut by Patek Philippe. The collection was launched in 1997 and has since become a design classic. This piece is only a few years old.
The Aquanaut is known for the gently rounded octagonal shape of its steel case and is classed by Patek Philippe as a ‘dress sport watch’ because it so elegantly merges smart and casual. It has an automatic mechanical movement, a date window at 3 o’clock and a rubber ‘tropical’ strap that complements its 120-metre water-resistance.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Ladies Reverso Squadra
Who’s it for? Elegant, sophisticated women who love traditional mechanical watches
The Reverso is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most recognisable design and one of luxury watchmaking’s legitimate icons. It was originally developed for polo-playing British Army officers based in India. They wanted a watch that wouldn’t smash while they were playing the famously competitive game, so Jaeger-LeCoultre created a watch with a reversible case.
This plush ladies’ model is a modern take on the design. Made from steel, the case is a delicate 28.8mm wide and boasts a diamond-set bezel. It has a silvered dial with a traditional Swiss guilloché pattern finish, and a white alligator strap. It’s the sort of timepiece that will never go out of fashion.