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How to Sell Girard-Perregaux Watches

July 18, 2017 - Watch Articles

One of the most popular luxury watch brands, Girard-Perregaux has been producing high-end, innovative timepieces since 1791. Though selling your luxury watch can seem like a daunting task, with the right preparation it can be an exciting, lucrative process. Read below for a comprehensive guide to selling your Girard-Perregaux timepiece.

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Girard-Perregaux’s origins date back to 1791 in Switzerland, when watchmaker Jean-Francois Bautte began producing timepieces. In 1952, watchmaker Constant Girard founded a watch company. Upon marrying Marie Perregaux in 1856, the Girard-Perregaux watch manufacturing company was formed. Girard-Perregaux was taken over by Girard’s son, Constantin Girard-Gallet, who merged the Bautte house with the Girard-Perregaux company, creating the brand we know today. Some of the brand’s most famous models include the 1945, the Hawk, the 1966, and the recently-reintroduced Laureato. In 2011, the company was purchased by the Sowind Group, a subsidiary of luxury goods conglomerate Kering. Famous Girard-Perregaux wearers include Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Jackman, Kobe Bryant, and Quentin Tarantino.



Deciding to sell a luxury watch can be a difficult decision. Perhaps you are looking to acquire cash for a new vacation or to save up for an important purchase, perhaps you are just looking to upgrade your watch to a style that you prefer or is more suitable for you, or perhaps the watch was a gift or inheritance that you are ready to part with. No matter the reason, if you have decided that selling your Girard-Perregaux watch is right for you, keep reading for more information to assist you with your sale.



Once you are ready to sell your watch, one of the first questions you may be wondering is: what is the value of my Girard-Perregaux watch? The value of your watch will be dependent on a few factors:

  1. Condition – The better the condition of your watch, the more valuable it will be on the secondhand market. Scuffs, blemishes, or damage to the watch will lower its value significantly.
  2. Model – The model of your watch can greatly affect its worth. A rare or limited edition watch will have a high worth, and certain models will be in higher demand depending on the conditions on the secondhand market at the time of sale.
  3. Material – The material of the bezel, dial, and bracelet can alter the piece’s worth. Valuable materials will generally correlate to a more valuable piece.
  4. Age – Vintage or antique pieces will be priced very differently than modern luxury watches.
  5. Diamonds/Gemstones – Any diamond or gemstones adorning your timepiece will add value to your watch.
  6. Box and Papers – Buyers will pay a premium for box and papers. Learn more below.




Not every seller will have their box and papers. Perhaps the watch was a gift and you never received any paperwork to come with it, perhaps you misplaced the box and papers, or maybe you simply don’t have any information. Regardless of the reason, it is absolutely still possible to sell your watch without box and papers. The information buyers are looking for is typically the box the watch came in, a warranty card, an authenticity card, and manuals that came with the watch, any documentation of service history, and any other appraisals or paperwork you may have. Though buyers will pay a premium for this paperwork, you can still receive a great price without it. If you would like more detailed information, read our guide to selling luxury watches without box and papers.

If you do have the box and papers, gathering them and letting your potential buyer know you have them will be beneficial to your sale.



Once you are ready to sell your piece, it is time to decide who your buyer will be. Some of the most popular selling options include:

Selling OptionProsCons
eBay/CraigslistWebsites like eBay/Craigslist are generally user-friendly, easy-to-use platforms.It can be very difficult to price your watch accurately, and you may unknowingly undersell your item. Additionally, websites like eBay charge a fee for every sale.
PawnshopPawnshops can be a convenient way to get quick money for your good.Pawnshop owners are likely not experts on the luxury watch market and may undervalue your good. Furthermore, some pawn shops may just be looking to sell your watch to a watch dealer for a quick profit—profit you could have kept for yourself.
Online Auction HouseSelling through an online auction house can seem like a convenient way to sell your watch.Selling through an online auction house can be a lengthy process with high fees and no guarantee of sale. Additionally, the reserve may be set low and someone may purchase your watch at a bargain.
Jeweler on ConsignmentWith enough time, you may be able to fetch a good price for your watch.Just like using an online auction house, selling to a jeweler on consignment can be a lengthy process with expensive fees and no ultimate guarantee of sale.
Online Specialist Watch BuyerAn online specialist buyer like WP Diamonds offers a free, quick service for selling your watch online. You have the option of mailing your watch in (free of charge and secure) or scheduling an appointment. The expertise and experience of a specialist buyer will ensure you receive a competitive price for your item.Depending on the company, there may be limited appointment locations.



If you are interested in selling your watch online, WP Diamonds is here to help. We offer a fast, secure service for selling your luxury watches, diamonds, and designer jewelry online. Selling through WP Diamonds will ensure you receive a fair price for your Girard-Perregaux watch, and you can have money in your account in as little as 24 hours. Simply fill out the online form and one of our  luxury watch experts will be in touch shortly with an initial price quote.


If you are interested in upgrading your watch, you can get 10% more on your offer in store credit at James Allen or up to 20% more in the form of store credit with our local jewelry store partners.

Bio: Written by one of our diamond, designer jewelry or luxury watch experts. With over 150 years of combined experience, our experts are able to comment on trends, share industry knowledge and provide diamond, designer jewelry and luxury watch education.

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