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How to Sell Your Watch with Sotheby's

Selling Your Watch 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
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    Watches | Paris
    17 December
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    Watches | Tokyo
    7-11 January
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    Watches | Kuala Lumpur
    8-9 January
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    Watches | Singapore
    14-16 January
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    Watches | Taipei
    24-25 January
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    Watches | Manila
    17-18 January
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    Watches | Bangkok
    29-31 January
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    Watches | Jakarta
    4-6 February
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    Watches | Hong Kong
    Ongoing
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Get Started with an Estimate

Get Started with an Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your watch. Complimentary estimates are provided for each Patek Philippe, Omega, Rolex, Audemars Piguet or other watch that meets our minimum consignment value ($5,000 in New York, £3,000 in London and HK$40,000 in Hong Kong).

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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.
  • 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.
  • What is a Tourbillon watch and how do I know if my watch is one?
    In 1801, Abraham-Louis Breguet patented a design for a new type of regulator called the Tourbillon. Before the wristwatch, pocket watches sat stationary on a desk or in one’s pocket. Since these watches remained in a single position, gravity took its toll, having adverse effects on the regularity of the horological movements. In pursuit of greater precision and accuracy, the tourbillon was conceived. Aptly named, the tourbillon – or “whirlwind” in French – places the entire escapement within a revolving carriage. This mobile carriage rotates consistently and averages out positional errors caused by the effects of gravity. Submit clear images of your watch and our specialists will help you identify what type of watch you have.

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