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Bid On This: The Future of Vintage Watch Hunting?

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Forget the hundreds of specialist vintage watch stores across London, if you want to get your hands on an original member of the Dirty Dozen or an Art Deco dress watch, your best bet is the auction house.

Yet while estimates tend to be significantly below what they would be retail price, if you go to the big auction house triumvirate of Sotheby, Bonhams and Christie’s you’d best not be expecting a deal. They might have some of the best-sourced pieces in the world, but the lots garner so much attention you’ll nearly always have a fight on your hands to get the watch to your wrist.

Then again, what are the other options? Nobody has the time to trawl through the endless smaller auction houses across the country, let alone seriously consider keeping an eye on them all. It’s just not feasible. Except that is when you can do it all online.

How to buy vintage

Bid on This

Bid on This is a simple enough concept that it seems strange it’s not been done before. Essentially the website brings together a vast number of auctioneers across the country in one digital portal. It lists all their upcoming sales along with full lot programmes, allowing you to bid on live auctions at the click of a mouse or a tap of a finger.

There’s a cost of course, there always is, but rather than the 3-5% that you’d need to pay for most online auctions, Bid on This settles for 1.5. It means that when you get that superb deal on a 1965 OMEGA Seamaster, it is actually a superb deal.

Rather than become resigned to paying over the odds for vintage pieces or, god forbid, actually going to an auction in the flesh, Bid on This might well be your watch-sourcing solution. That way, next time you hear a story about someone picking up an original Cartier Tank for a steal, it might well be about you.

Upcoming Auctions:

Two-Day Live Online Auction of Antiques, Jewellery and Collectables (Monday 18 September 10:00 – 21:53)

Live online auction of Antiques, Silver, Art and Jewellery (Monday 18 September 11:00 – 14:41)