Used IWC Portuguese Chronograph 3714 – Perfect Dress Watch?

“Perfect” may be a stretch, but the IWC Portuguese Chronograph is one of the best dress watches out there.  It’s dressy, but also looks a bit sporty.  At 40.9mm, it’s big, but not overpowering.  And it’s an IWC – one of the best brands around.

IWC knows that it has a hit on its hands.  The aggressive price increases are proof of that.  The watch now retails for $8,600!!  I don’t remember the historical retail prices, but I seem to remember the watch being priced in the 6s not too long ago.

Never fear – you can still snag the watch for a reasonable price on the second hand market.  The pre-owned models sell for $5,000-$6,000 depending on a number of factors – condition, box/papers, buckle, etc.

If you find one, don’t be afraid to move quickly.  These watches sell fast.  And after the initial depreciation hit, they hold their value.

Check out the silver dial model available on eRelyx: IWC Portuguese Chronograph 3714


Watch of the Summer: Tag Heuer Formula 1 WAC1214.BA0852

Fun. Sporty. And a little flashy.  This Tag Heuer Formula 1 is a great woman’s watch for the summer.  The best part about this watch is that it transitions from day to night very well.  It works well for the beach or the sports fields and for a dinner out on the town.

Retail price is $3,000, but we’re only asking $1,899 for this unworn model.  Check it out here.


Rolex Submariner Date – Best Holiday Watch Gift

If you’re looking to buy that someone special a luxury watch, I don’t think it gets much better than this!! A Rolex Submariner Date.  Classic.  Good investment.  Extremely versatile.  It’s a no-brainer!  Check out the Rolex Submariner Date on eRelyx.


Collectors Alert! Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi

Want to buy a watch and get paid to wear it?  Then the Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi is your watch.

Let’s look at the facts.  Rolex is the most well-recognized watch brand in the world.  The sport models are Rolex’s most popular models.  Rolex stopped making the “Pepsi” models several years ago.  Rolex raises their prices every year.

We’re not betting folks, but it would be hard to imagine this watch being worth less than $7,000 in 5 years.  So, you’ll essentially get paid to wear it!!

Click here to check out our Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi on eRelyx.


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Wear & Compare: The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is one of our favorite watches.  It is a pure classic, which has evolved gradually over the years, undergoing enhancements without dramatic changes. It is, at its core, an extremely well-designed diver’s watch, that has (for good reason) been replicated by numerous other luxury brands.

We just love this watch, and have, ourselves, worn many variations of the traditional Submariner model over the years.  Recently we did a side by side comparison of a newer, ceramic bezel model (est. 2011) and a slightly older stainless steel bezel model (est. 2005).

- Both watches are the same 40mm case size, black face, date complication, oyster finish bracelet.  And since a comparable brand new Submariner is going to cost you $8500 retail, they both offer great values.

- We really enjoyed wearing each watch, and the differences are subtle.  They both offer exactly the same fashion look, so to the eyes of anyone checking out your watch, the impact is the same – great looking Rolex classic watch.

- Both have the same stainless case, sapphire crystal and oyster bracelet design and finish.

- Both have the same rotating bezel which is one of the best designs for a timer (by rotating the bezel counter clockwise, you align the arrow with the minute hand, and keep track of elapsed time without the risk of a chronograph stopping).

- The newer model has larger markers with more luminescence on the face, making it just a bit easier read (important for anyone with aging eyes).

- The durability of the bezel is higher on the newer model, given the superior ability of ceramic to resist scratches and dents.

- The clasp on the newer model is thicker, and feels a bit more solid.

Conclusion: After 2 days of wearing each, we prefer the ceramic model, mainly because the increased heft of the clasp when putting the watch on, but also because the increased luminosity makes it very easy to read in lower lighting conditions.

Overall the difference between the two watches comes down to very subtle improvements in the design, however, those improvements, at least for us, are certainly meaningful ones.



Financially Savvy People Buy Pre-Owned

Attention you financially savvy consumers out there! Did you know that, today, the US spends nearly $13 billion per year on used goods? What’s more is, can you imagine the billions of dollars on top of that that we, as a nation of consumers, are saving by purchasing pre-owned?

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All those watches? You betcha she bought ‘em used!

So how exactly should you determine what’s worth buying at retail, and where is your penny better spent purchasing pre-owned?  Yahoo! Finance breaks it down for us in their  list of the “Top 5 Things to Never Buy New,” and, of course, (this is an blog, after all) luxury watches made the cut-

“Jewelry- Although it may be rich in sentimental value, fine jewelry can lose as much as 10% of its purchase price in the first year of ownership, partly due to hefty markups. Watches depreciate more slowly, at about 5% per year. So if you’re looking for new bauble to add to your jewelry collection, you’ll get a bigger bang for your buck at estate sales, pawnshops and online retailers.”

To see what else made the list, check out the full article on Yahoo! Finance today- or click here! Also, for more financial wisdom, be sure to read our other blog posts on shopping for used luxury watches:


What The… Wimbledon!?!?

 OMG!!!??!! No way… He LOST!?!?  I don’t believe it… WHAT HAPPENED??!!??

Despite the premium brand image of luxury watchmaker Rolex, you just know someone in their marketing department was feeling pretty rough after watching their poster boy, Roger Federer, strike out so early. His second-round defeat at the hands of Sergiy Stakhovsky was one of many early upsets at this year’s Wimbledon Tournament.

Federer wont be showing off his Rolex from the trophy-stand this year.

Rolex has enjoyed the benefits of sponsoring both the iconic tennis event, and the Swiss tennis star, who has claimed the title of champion seven years running. But, alas, this year will not see a picture perfect photo-op of Roger, wearing his Rolex and hoisting that trophy high. We feel your pain on this one, Rolex. So, while we’re certainly no Roger Federer, we’ll be wearing our Rolex watches around during the rest of Wimbledon, for good luck if it helps.

And we suggest all of you out there do the same. No Rolex to wear (yet!!)?? Fear not- we’ve got three great options for you to choose from below:

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Racing Time: The Luxury Watch & Le Mans

At eRelyx, we are gearing up for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans is this weekend – the drivers parade is today and the race starts tomorrow, finishes on Sunday. Celebrating 90 years this year as what is arguably the worlds most famous endurance race, Le Mans has certainly made its mark. 

Ever wonder why the ignition for a Porsche is on the left hand side? Well, you can thank Le Mans. In the 1960s drivers ran to their cars, started them and then took off.  By allowing the driver to start the ignition with his left hand and put the car into gear with his right, Porsche gained a few tenths of a second on the field.  That’s the kind of attention to detail that leads to performance and luxury.

And speaking of luxury, there has been a longstanding history between auto-racing and luxury watches. Numerous Tag Heuer models have their roots in the sport of racing; the Carerra, Grand Carerra and Formula One all share performance racing as inspiration.  Most notably, of course, is the Heuer Monaco made famous by Steve McQueen’s 1971 film “Le Mans” about (…wait for it…) this very race.

However this year’s Le Mans will NOT be sponsored by Tag Heuer, but by Rolex, the king of luxury watches. Porsche Design luxury watches are obviously rooted in racing, and both Breitling and Panerai have collaborated with several automakers on special edition watches, as well.