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You Have an Uncontrollable Urge to Buy a Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner


There comes a time in a man’s life when there is this itch, a burning sensation, an uncontrollable urge to buy a watch. And not just any ordinary watch, mind you, but a proper watch, like a pre-owned Rolex Submariner for example. Certainly not an Apple watch, anybody with an urge to buy one of these needs to seek professional help. The problem with buying a watch is that it isn;t like buying a six-pack of beer, a watch is more expensive and will last longer than beer, hopefully, if you make the right choice, much longer. So before you delve into the world of luxury watches totally blind and ignorant, learn what you can about the industry.



The movement, also referred to as the calibre, is the mechanism inside the watch that powers it. It’s basically the engine of the watch. Modern watches offer two main types of movement; the quartz watch and the automatic watch. The majority of watches are quartz because they are cheap to make and very accurate. A quartz watch is powered by a battery to keep proper time.

Now, watch enthusiasts will tell you that only real watch lovers choose automatic movement. Automatic watches work by using the movement of the wearer to wind the mainspring. All great watch manufacturers including Rolex, Omega and Philip Patel produce in-house movements that are duly tested before placed on the market. And despite the fact that most watch snobs would never own a quartz watch, they are actually more accurate than automatic movement watches.

People prefer automatic watches for the same reasons they prefer classic American muscle cars over Hyundai Elantras and vinyl records over MP3s, it is not so much what something does, but rather how it does it. Go out and take a 1967 Chevelle for a spin and you will see what we mean.

An automatic watch is a living thing, something you are sure to discover yourself once you have strapped one on. One of the notable highlights of a watch with an automatic movement is how the hand “sweeps across the dial while a quartz movement ticks every second. Keep in mind, however, that if you fail to wear your automatic watch for a few days it will stop running.



The extra dials and hands of a watch beyond the dial and hands that tell time are known as complications. Complications go from the chronograph, which has stopwatch functionality, to the GMT which provides a fourth hand for alternate time zones. In this age of smartphones, complications are really unnecessary, but nobody cares because they look cool.


Size Does Matter

If you’re a dude with weedy wrists, a watch with a case diameter of 50mm will look ridiculous on you. Rugged individuals with wrists like tree trunks can handle larger diameter watches.


How Much to Spend

You should not spend more than what you can afford on a watch. You will want to look for value and to get as much as you can. Used Rolex watches are a great investment as their prices hold steady. Beyond price, buy a watch you love, something you will wear with pride and joy every day.

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