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Precious Time is a synergy of two long term friends, both collectors and watch enthusiasts that decided to turn that passion into a profession in 2014. We first provided our services in the watch capital of the world, Geneva, but ultimately decided to move to London, a vibrant megalopolis where the whole world meets.
Having followed major auctions, trade shows and watch related events, we have amassed experience and knowledge on how to help you to start your collection or find you the ultimate exit watch . We are mainly focusing on Patek Philippe and Rolex, but are also excited by many other manufacturers, such as Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, Breguet or F.P. Journe.
We are relentlessly thriving to propose the best timepieces, with box and original certificates, or if not, from the finest provenance possible. All our timekeepers have been checked for authenticity and for time accuracy by professionals in order to provide you with the smoothest buying experience possible. In case of any mechanical malfunction, we offer a one year warranty starting on the date of invoice. You would also be given with every purchase an ID card for your timepiece.
Operating on an appointment only basis in our office located in the heart of Mayfair allows us to better understand our clients’ needs and to provide you with the best possible care. From the very popular stainless steel Rolex that just released to the finest vintage timepiece such as a pristine Paul Newman Daytona or an important Patek Philippe perpetual calendar, we are constantly aiming to offer a wide selection targeting all types of clients with different budgets. One thing is sure, whether you are buying your first watch, or the minute repeater you have been looking for ages, our attention to your needs is paramount for us.
You will also find all our watches listed on Chrono24, where we have been trusted sellers since 2014 and have been recommended by our peers on numerous occasions. We post on a almost daily basis on Instagram, so you can easily follow our actuality and latest incoming watches. We would also like to offer you a glimpse of an insider in the watch world with our articles and reports covering the major events of the horological community.
All our timepieces are second hand items, sometimes in a new or like new condition. Although we carefully select our watches, we always encourage prospective buyers to pay attention to the description and pictures of the watches. We display many pictures, from different angles in order to give you the best representation possible of the condition of the watch. All the eventual flaws will be fully listed on our description. Transparency and trust to our clients are paramount to us, and we are always available to answer all your requests.
The Precious Time warranty
Every single timepiece proposed to you on our website has been thoroughly assessed for authenticity and mechanically checked by our watchmakers. If need be, the watches has been serviced for you to fully enjoy your timekeeper.
You will be provided with an invoice for every purchase you will make with us. This invoice gives you a 1 year warranty for your timepiece. Please kindly note that this warranty only covers the movement and not the case, crown, dial, or pushers of your watch. In order to be valid, your timepiece should not be touched by watchmakers that are not fully certified by the manufacturer.
Terms of payment
At Precious Time, we want to offer you the widest possibility of payment. You can therefore pay by:
Bank wire on the following bank details:
Credit card by paying online through a secure payment interface or directly in our office
PayPal for deposits.
Cash payment up to 15,000â‚¬. Please kindly note that in accordance with Anti Money Laundering Â and HMRC laws, you would need to provide us with some details.
You could at any moment reserve any watch you desire by paying a 10% deposit via credit card or PayPal. The reservation will last 7 days from the moment you make the payment. If after 7 days, you have decided not to purchase the watch, your deposit will automatically be reimbursed. Once the payment made, we will contact you in order to smoothly arrange the next steps in your purchase of your dream watch. Depending on the sum of the remainder, you could pay by bank wire, credit card or cash payment.
Given the recent fluctuations in the foreign exchange market, we have decided to choose Euro as our index currency, but we also naturally accept British Pounds. The spot exchange rate with Euro at the time of the purchase will determine the price of your watch in Pounds. Please note that if you reserve the watch on one day, and pay the remainder of the sum on another, the conversion rates will not be the same. The conversion rate at the exact time of payment(s) will always prevail.
A quick example for a watch listed at 10,000 EUR.
10% Deposit made on 04/07; 1,000 EUR = 809 GBP (1 EUR=0.80947 GBP)
Remainder paid on 04/11; 9,000 EUR= 7,211 GBP (1 EUR= 0.80121 GBP)
The prices advertised on our website do not cover shipping ad insurance charges. These will be added to the final price. We ship fully insured throughout the world with the safest couriers. We will always give you a range of possibilities of shipping suited for all the different needs. A tracking number will help you follow the evolution of the much coveted parcel.
You are also more than welcome to pick up your timepiece in our office in Mayfair.
Please kindly note that our prices are including E.U. VAT of 20%, and we do not offer the possibility of tax free returns as we operate on a margin scheme. For all transactions outside the European Union, VAT of the country of destination will be added to the price of the watch. We are not responsible for these fees, and encourage our international buyers to contact their respective customs offices in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.