The pre-owned watch market is bigger than ever and savvy watch collectors regularly scour the internet for the best hidden gems. Welcome back to the WatchGecko Nearly New Range.
A reminder - what are our Nearly New Watches?
These unique purchase watches come from three primary sources. They are mostly photographic samples which we have pulled from new deliveries to become photo-models. These watches have never been owned and once they have finished their time as in the studio we really cannot sell them as brand new, even though some still have manufacturer stickers on them. They represent an amazing opportunity to own "new" watches at bargain prices which still come with a six month WatchGecko warranty and often the balance of the manufacturers warranty.
Another source will be customer returns. When we take possession of a return we obviously cannot resell them as new so we carefully look at each watch and decide if it is suitable for Nearly New. Any selected are subjected to the same QC process as new watches and also have the same warranty benefits as the photo samples.
So, here is our choice for April 2023
To buy new - £299 Nearly New price - £129
Inspired by classic timepieces of the 1950s, the Ensign introduces a classic taste to Geckota's current range of chronographs. This is a watch designed for those who want to experience one of the greatest eras of watch design at a price they can afford. With a sapphire crystal and robust construction this is a watch which looks vintage but is ready for everyday wear.
The Ensign dial is made up of many levels to create depth and stunning contrast. Featuring sunken subdials, a chamfered tachymeter scale, a stamped concentric circle texture and applied hour markers. The gold hands and polished detail contrast the subtle sunburst dial and brushed finish of the case.
Using the reliable Seiko VK64 movement, the subdial on the left counts the chronograph minutes when its running, the subdial on the right counts through the hours of the day in a 24 hour format.
To buy new - £299 Nearly New price - £179
The same specifications as the blue Ensign above but with a striking silver concentric circle texture dial.
To buy new - £1199 Nearly New price - £999
This special listing is a purchase of all 3 of the standard EnduraTimer Chronographs packaged in a black genuine leather 3 watch case.
The EnduraTimer is Forzo’s take on the classic three-register chronograph. Like all of Forzo’s watches the EnduraTimer is inspired by the classic motorsports watches of the past and draws on vintage designs to produce something that’s the perfect mix of old and new.
The 40mm steel case is just 12.5mm thick (excluding the crystal), and with a lug-to-lug length of 47mm it wears very well on the wrist.
To ensure the best scratch-resistance and legibility the EnduraTimer has a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, as well as 100m water resistance to guarantee that you can wear it pretty much anywhere. Furthermore, the hands are applied with Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9 lume for readability in low-light conditions.
The EnduraTimer Chronograph uses a Japanese Seiko VK63 meca-quartz movement. This calibre is widely used by many watch brands as it mimics the functionality of a mechanical chronograph movement with an instantly resetting seconds hand whilst also offering the reliability of a quartz movement.
To finish off the vintage look, the EnduraTimer comes on a steel flat link bracelet, with solid end links, screw-in links and a signed clasp.
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