Buying Made Simple

Read the description, ask any questions, once you are happy, start bidding. Your next watch could be only 7 days away.

Buying with Watch Collecting
How to buy - Watch Collecting

How it works

The Watch Collecting buying process is designed to be simple and secure, protecting buyer and seller alike. Please take time to read all the information before placing a bid. Further information is available in FAQs .

01Step 1 - Register


Register for an account with Watch Collecting and add a payment card. The card will only be charged if you are the winning bidder.


Find a watch you want to bid on, then read the description fully. Be sure to note the condition of the watch in the images and description along with other details such as the location of the seller.

02Step 2 - Find
03Step 3 - Ask


Ask any questions of the seller that you may have before placing a bid. It is important that you are sure as bids cannot be retracted. Be aware that questions asked in the final minutes of an auction may not allow sufficient time for an answer.


Bid live, entering the next bidding increment, or enter your maximum bid which we will use to bid on your behalf. Note that the buyer's fee of 6% (+VAT for UK buyers) of the sale price with a minimum price of £500 (+VAT for UK buyers) will be charged to your card should you win.

Watch Collecting reserves the right to place a hold on your card for the value of the buyer’s fee. This is to ensure that you have the funds available should you win the auction. This is not a charge just an authorisation, and you will only be charged if you are the winner.

04Step 4 - Bid
05Step 5 - We Notify

We Notify

We will notify you if you are outbid, allowing you to bid again. To prevent ‘sniping’ any bid placed within the final 2 minutes of the auction will reset the clock back to 2 minutes.

You Win

If you are the highest bidder when the auction ends, you have won. The buyer’s premium will be automatically charged to your registered payment card.

06Step 6 - You win
07Step 7 - Receive


You will be introduced to the seller to pay the hammer price and complete the transaction. Links to shipping, insurance and escrow services will be provided in your winner’s notification email, should you need them. Should you wish to use our escrow partner, please check that the seller will accept this method of payment before starting the process. It is the responsibility of the buyer to arrange delivery of the watch. Based on location, local collection may be possible on agreement with the seller.

Frequently asked questions


Still have questions? Whether you're buying or selling, our FAQs may be able to help.

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