Luxury Watch FAQs

Many people love to collect and shop for luxury watches. But the industry can be intimidating to enter without the right expectations on what to buy, how to care for your watches and what categorizes a watch as a luxury or vintage product. We have complied frequently asked questions regarding luxury watches to help provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Do you only carry pre-owned watches?

Valobra is not a certified dealer of specific watch brands but carries a broad selection of watches including pre-owned, branded, new, never been worn, vintage, limited, mint condition and discontinued watches for him and her.

Do you carry watches for men and women?

While most of our assortment is men’s and unisex, we carry some incredible women’s watches that are sometimes discontinued, very hard to find, and collectors’ items.

What are the type of pre-owned luxury watches you sell?

Valobra always has an assortment of watches for men and women. Out brands include Rolex, Cartier, J.P. Journe, IWC, Franck Muller, Panerai, Breguet, Phillipe Patek, Chanel, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Bvlgari, Christian Dior, Hublot, Ulysse Nardin, Girard Perregaux, and Vacheron Constantin. However, we constantly have new brands all the time.

How are pre-owned watches valuated?

Pre-owned watches are valuated based on their general condition. The most important features that determine the value of the watch are the dial’s appearance, the state of the crystal, stamps and engravings, the case, and precious metals the watch has.

Can I get my watches adjusted?

Your watch can be adjusted by our on-site jeweler. The jeweler will remove links from the watch to adjust it to your wrist size. We offer repairs and maintenance by our off-site watch repair specialist.

What are the parts of a watch that need maintenance?

Most of the care and maintenance required for luxury watches is rather straightforward.  Keep the watch clean, away from chemicals and over exposure to water.  It is best to have the watch examined by a jeweler every few years to check batteries, movement and that it is running properly.    

What should I look for in a luxury watch?

When looking to purchase a luxury watch, there are various factors other than the brand and model that you may want to consider such as the dial type, the material of the band or strap, watch movement, watch features, the watch’s weight, water resistance, and quality signs. Be sure to check the serial number, if possible, for authenticity.

How do you maintain a luxury watch?

There are a few steps to help you maintain a luxury watch. Make sure to clean your watch as much as possible, get your watch serviced regularly, avoid magnets, take care of the crystal, avoid long exposure to sunlight, avoid chemicals, and most importantly, read your watch manual. If the watch as an automatic movement, keep it going in a watch winder to maintain its power.

How long can a luxury watch last?

A luxury watch can last a lifetime if properly taken care of and regularly serviced.

How do I protect my expensive watch?

You can protect your expensive watch by avoiding long exposure to sunlight, avoiding direct contact with chemicals, staying away from magnets, and by understanding how water resistant your watch is.

How do you clean a luxury watch?

To clean a luxury watch, you will need a small bowl with water, a lint-free cloth, a soft-bristled toothbrush mild soap detergent, and leather cleanser if necessary. Gently scrub the case and face of your watch with the soft-bristled toothbrush using soapy water. Once you are done scrubbing, rinse off the soap and dry the watch using the lint-free cloth.

How do you travel with an expensive watch?

The best way to travel with an expensive watch is to purchase a watch roll to store your watches and protect them from any potential damage while traveling. We carry Wolf travel rolls and travel cases in the store. It is also safe to simply wear your watch while you travel to ensure their safety.

How can I protect my watch face?

You can protect your watch face by purchasing a plastic screen protector to avoid scratches and potential damages to the crystal.


Why do people collect luxury watches?

People collect luxury watches for various of personal reasons. There is a great passion and admiration for the authenticity and artisan skills that are apparent in luxury watches. Some people use them as an heirloom passed down through generations.

Is a luxury watch a good investment?

A luxury watch is a good investment as they increase in value and are expected to thrive in the marketplace in the upcoming years.

Do luxury watches hold their value?

Luxury watches that are rare, premium, or limited edition tend to exceed their original price or regain their value as the years pass by. Depending on the brand and model of the luxury watch, their value can rise and be held.

How do you inspect a used watch?

When you inspect a watch, you want to focus on ensuring the glass is scratch free by inspecting the top in various angles. You also want to focus on the cyclops of the watch and search for any scratches.

What makes a vintage watch?

A vintage watch is determined by its age. If a watch is at least 20 years-old, it is considered vintage. Anything under 20 years old is not considered vintage but just “old”.