Blog Posts by Charles Tian

Charles is the founder of WatchCharts.com.

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Market Assessment

Retail vs Secondary Market: How do Watch Prices Compare?
Posted by Charles Tian on May 01, 2021

A few months ago, we analyzed the pros and cons of buying a watch from a pre-owned dealer versus a private seller. In addition to this, we also shared some interesting statistics: in general, a watch is 13% more expensive when purchased from a secondary market dealer compared to a private seller. Naturally, a follow-up […]

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New Watches

New Reveals: Watches & Wonders 2021
Posted by Charles Tian on April 07, 2021

At Watches & Wonders Digital Edition 2021, we’ve already seen new releases from some of the biggest names in the industry. Here we highlight some of the most interesting and sought after releases of the biggest digital watch event ever. Patek Philippe: The new 5711 is Green When the Patek Philippe 5711/1A-010 was discontinued at […]

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Market Assessment

2020 Recap: WatchCharts and the Watch Market
Posted by Charles Tian on December 31, 2020

We made it! 2020 has been a crazy year for the watch world (and outside of it), filled with ups and downs and interesting developments. In this post, I’d like to share with you a recap of our year at WatchCharts, and discuss some changes we’ve seen in the and market as well. Most of […]

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Watch Trading

Dealer vs. Private Party: Where to Buy your Watch?
Posted by Charles Tian on December 16, 2020

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated in updated in 2021 with new analytics. The new information provided is up-to-date as of May 2021, and reflects a more accurate estimate of the premium that dealers command using a more comprehensive statistical model. One of the most important considerations on any secondary market watch purchase is […]

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Opinion

Three reasons why the Omega Aqua Terra is the perfect everyday sports watch
Posted by Charles Tian on November 18, 2020

To me, there are a few characteristics required of an everyday watch suitable for any occasion. In order of importance, they are: water resistance, stainless steel construction, a sapphire crystal, and strong lume. Such contenders include just about any stainless steel Rolex, a big reason why the brand has such large mainstream success. The Tudor […]

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Market Assessment

Market Update: Rolex Discontinuations of 2020
Posted by Charles Tian on November 04, 2020

Rolex surprised the watch world in two ways in 2020. Firstly, the fact that we got new releases at all, after a tumultuous first half of the year in which Baselworld was canceled and Rolex shut down their factories for 45 days. Secondly, when Rolex did announce the new 2020 releases on September 1st, the […]

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Opinion

Collection Concept: 3 Watches for $3K
Posted by Charles Tian on October 21, 2020

The proposition of a three-watch collection for $3,000 has always been interesting to me. At an average of $1,000 per watch, it’s a price point where you’ve graduated from watch newbie options like a Seiko 5, but also not yet ready to step up to the offerings of typical luxury watch brands we might think […]

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Opinion

Five Lesser-Known Speedmasters
Posted by Charles Tian on September 30, 2020

Nearly every watch enthusiast has probably had a Speedmaster in their collection at one point or another. One of the longest-running watch collections from a brand not named Rolex, the Omega Speedmaster has both a timeless design and ultra-compelling history, giving it a cult following among collectors. One great thing about collecting Speedmasters is that […]

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Opinion

GPHG 2020: Our Picks Under $10K
Posted by Charles Tian on September 23, 2020

Every year, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) highlights and awards the year’s standout watch releases in various categories. There are awards for mens’ and ladies’ watches, precision timekeeping, complications, style, and more. The full list of shortlisted watches was published last week and available on the GPHG website. As you might expect, a list […]

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Reference

Omega and James Bond: Overview and Live Pricing
Posted by Charles Tian on September 16, 2020

Omega’s partnership with the James Bond franchise has been one of the most prominent features of luxury watches in popular culture in recent memory. Since GoldenEye in 1995, James Bond has worn an Omega (or multiple Omegas) on his wrist as he saves Great Britain and everyone else from the world’s most dangerous supervillains. The […]

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Market Assessment

Rolex Price Appreciation and Watches Below Retail
Posted by Charles Tian on August 26, 2020

These days, the Rolex brand has become synonymous with long dealer waitlists and aftermarket markups. In this post, we take a look at the history of Rolex price appreciation, and present some current models available near or below retail price. The chart below depicts asking prices and volume of all Rolex trade activity on a […]

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Market Assessment

Omega: Surprisingly Affordable
Posted by Charles Tian on August 19, 2020

Omega watches make some of the most compelling buys on the secondary market. While priced comparably to Rolex at MSRP, you can avoid depreciation and get a significant discount when going the pre-owned route. And with a broad range of offerings from the Moonwatch to limited edition world timers and collaborations with Obris and James […]

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