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How to Sell Watches with Sotheby's

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Selling Watches with Sotheby's is Simple

To receive an auction estimate from a Sotheby's specialist, we offer two convenient and confidential options:
1. Request an estimate online
2. Meet with a specialist in person in your nearest city

Talk to a Watch Specialist

Talk to a Watch Specialist
Our watch specialists are located in Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Schedule an appointment or inquire about a visit by calling your closest Sotheby's office.

GENEVA: +41 22 531 00 24
NEW YORK: +1 646 568 1233
LOS ANGELES: +1 310 274 0340
HONG KONG: +852 5808 2138
LONDON: +44 20 3868 8955
TOKYO: +81 3 6770 2873

Watches Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of watches does Sotheby's buy and sell?
    Sotheby’s Watches sells the finest timepieces from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including pocket watches, wristwatches, tourbillons and perpetual calendars. Whether you’ve inherited your watch or are looking to update your collection, the worldwide authority in valuing and selling luxury watches, makes consigning easy and rewarding.

    While Sotheby's does not buy watches directly, we offer year-round sales into which you can quickly and privately consign your watch. If you would like more information about a specific watch brand, please click below to find out more:
    Cartier
    Piaget
    Audemars Piguet
    Franck Muller
    Patek Phillippe
    Rolex
    Omega
    Chopard
    Hublot
    Vacheron Constantin
    Richard Mille
    A. Lange & Söhne
    Panerai
    Van Cleef & Arpels
    Breitling
  • Can I sell watches online with Sotheby's?
    Absolutely. Throughout the year, we hold live and online watch auctions that attract global audiences competing for the top luxury watches. In fact, Sotheby's had recently launched Watches Weekly, a new fast and dynamic online auction format to meet collectors’ needs and respond to the rapidly evolving market. This new format offers a quicker turnaround between appraisal and sale. In the second Watches Weekly of the series, a Patek Philippe sold for 3,750,000 HKD, making it the most expensive watch ever sold in an online sale . When you submit a watch for review by one of our specialists, they will consider it for consignment in any of our online sales, whether our standard watch sales or for Watches Weekly.
  • Which watch models consistently perform well at watch auctions?
    Watch enthusiasts are particularly fond of Rolex Daytona, Rolex Submariner, Patek Philippe Calatrava, Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemar Piguet Royal Oak and Cartier Tank watches. Sotheby's is your best resource to sell these luxury watches and much more.

    In addition to Sotheby’s live sales , online auctions also attract watch collectors and connoisseurs. From Patek Philippe's special edition of their iconic world time reference 5130, to A. Lange & Söhne's limited-edition minute repeater, and an experimental Rolex watch, Sotheby's online auctions are a top-quality option for consignors to sell their watch quickly and to a broad international audience.
  • What is the most elaborate complication in a watch?
    Typically, the first examples that spring to mind are watches incorporating perpetual calendars and tourbillons. While these are by no means easy feats in watchmaking, they are somewhat overshadowed by what is widely considered "the most complex of horological complications" – the grande sonnerie or grand strike complication. This can be seen on an example such F.P. Journe's Grande et Petite Sonnerie Souveraine. This piece combines a quarter striking mechanism with a minute repeating mechanism, which allows the user to hear the time striking as it passes and to activate a minute repeating function on demand.
  • How much does it cost to have Sotheby's appraise my watch?
    Sotheby's does not perform appraisals but rather we provide auction estimates for all watches we believe we can sell at auction. Our auction estimate evaluations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. If your watch is a good fit for one of our auctions, your dedicated specialist will provide you with a sale recommendation and expected sale value. They will be able to assist you with any questions about commission, shipping, or sale timing. If we believe your watch would sell better elsewhere, we will try and give you a recommendation for an alternate venue.
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