10 Pre-Owned Luxury Watches Under $3,000

There aren’t many worlds with more entry requirements than that of luxury watches. First, you need to be prepared to shell out the money. Once you’re sorted on that side, you have to work through the not-so-simple decision of which watch you actually want. That means getting to grips with the lingo to figure out what you’re actually buying, and there’s a lot of it.

From quartz movements to complications, mechanisms, retrograde second dials, and more, you may feel like the luxury watch world is working against you. Fortunately, the boom in resale offers the opportunity to considerably simplify your search. Buying second-hand luxury watches removes some of the investment from the equation. Sure, it’s still an investment, but instead of losing $6,000, you can look around the $3,000 mark and still secure yourself a companion for life.

To further ease the burden of finding the perfect pre-owned luxury watch, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best we’ve found on eBay. With watches now included in eBay’s Guarantee of Authenticity, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Shop 10 of our best pre-owned luxury watches found for resale below.

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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Calendar Retrograde

Masterpiece Calendar Retrograde Steel Manual

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As its name suggests, this Maurice Lacroix chronograph is a masterpiece. Undoubtedly one of the most valuable watches in this roundup, finding a pre-owned Maurice Lacroix of this quality is no small feat – they are usually locked away as heirlooms. Everything about this timepiece is elegant, from the Art Deco dial to the alligator strap. At 46mm, however, it’s not for small wrists.

Breitling Foal

Colt Steel Auto

Breitling is another watch name that carries considerable weight. Founded in 1884, the Swiss company has been creating chronographs for science, sport and industry long enough to be considered an expert. The Colt family keeps things classic with a dive style. We particularly like the satin-brushed steel bezel of this chronometer, water-resistant to 200m and equipped with a self-winding caliber. Quarter-hour rider lugs punctuate the unidirectional bezel without over-complicating the clean overall finish.

Porsche IWC Schaffhausen compass

Porsche Automatic Compass

The Porsche Compass from IWC Schaffhausen is a nice detour from the world of diving watches with its leather strap and simple dial. Wondering why this piece is called the Compass? Well, just flip up the dial which is attached to a hinge to reveal the compass underneath. Pilot’s watches always have a surprise or two in store…

Omega Speedmaster

Speedmaster Chronograph Date Automatic

Omega has much to be proud of and much of the brand’s success is due to the Omega Speedmaster. Officially the first watch on the moon, the family has proven itself in some of the most extreme conditions in the world (and beyond). Visually, this watch is classic in essence, but what we love about this example is that its case measures just 39mm, making it one of the smallest in today’s roundup. Talk about the best things, the little packages.

Metro NOMOS Glashütte

steel metro manual

There is a tendency in the luxury watch scene to confuse complexity with value. The very minimalist watches from NOMOS Glashütte are the antidote to this. An immaculate dial, with tiny dots and a sub-dial defines the German company’s approach to design: less is more.

Seiko Prospex Diver

Prospex Diver Auto

The Seiko Prospex Diver is a watch that has proven itself time and time again in the luxury arena. While Seiko is best known for providing affordable, high-quality watches, the Japanese company also offers high-end models like this. Unlike its more well-known budget partners, the Prospex Diver had a lot of work to do. But, earning the title of one of the most reliable and popular divers on the market, it does its job very well.

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer

Aquaracer Chrono Caliber 16 Auto

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer is another mainstay of quality watches, making it a great option for anyone looking to buy a pre-owned luxury watch. This example is a fairly recent release, so you can rest assured that you have years before repairs or replacements are on the menu. The sleek titanium case is a big draw for this automatic watch, giving the piece a decidedly modern feel that many watch junkies crave.

Tudor Glamor Day-Date

Glamor Day-Date Automatic

One of the most beloved watches of all time is undoubtedly the Rolex Day-Date with its unmistakable day register at the top of the dial. In a similar style, but available for a fraction of the price, is the Tudor Glamor Day-Date. While luxury steel watches often pair silver cases with black dials, the Tudor Glamor Day-Date leans toward a tonal silver dial that helps lighten the visuals. With a 39mm case, it’s a stylish addition to the wrist.

Bell & Ross BR S

BR S Quartz

Designed in Paris but built in Switzerland, Bell & Ross is a relative newcomer to the world of watches. Founded in 1993, the imprint has had time to grow but is by no means a heritage brand like most of its counterparts in today’s roundup. But what it lacks in heritage, it makes up for in refreshing design. The BR S features the signature square case with rivets in each corner. Under the hood you have a quartz movement which matches the precision exhibited in the build.

Omega Seamaster

Seamaster Professional

Dive watches are a timeless choice if you’re looking to get into the luxury watch game. The style is virtually trend-proof and paves the way for top watch brands like Rolex, Omega, Tudor, etc. The Omega Seamaster is an icon in this field, launched in 1948, it was the first family of watches that Omega ever released. It’s one of the most popular men’s luxury watches to date and for good reason. Reliable, elegant and designed to perfection.

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