1357 Greene Ave. 2nd floor, Montreal, Québec, H3Z2A5 Canada 514.845.8878   info@mattbaily.ca

Selling to Us

Selling to Us

For the last 30 plus years Matt Baily has specialized in purchasing and selling fine pre-owned and vintage watches. We still cater to the pre-owned and collector’s market today, in addition to retailing many popular new brands.

If you are interested in selling your timepiece to us, please contact us via email or phone us directly at 514 845 8878. If you are in the Montreal area appointments can be booked for an in-person evaluation at our Crescent Street location. We request that you forward us several clear and detailed photographs of the watch you wish to sell, along with the model number, serial number, and the history of the watch (when and where it was purchased, from whom, how long you have owned it, etc). Good photos of the dial, case, bracelet and caseback are ideal and will aid in our evaluation of your piece.

When purchasing a pre-owned watch, we consider the following criteria:

The Brand - Certain brands carry higher residual values and more desirability on the used market. We are selective when it comes to choosing what brands we purchase. In general we prefer pieces from well-established high-end brands – such as Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre, Zenith, Vacheron Constantin, Blancpain, Breguet, etc. Note that we cannot purchase pre-owned pieces for brands that we carry new due to our contract restrictions as an authorized dealer.

The Model - Not all models are popular. To determine the popularity of a certain model or variation, we follow market prices, auction histories, and the opinions / tastes of collectors and clients. In general, larger sized men’s watches are more popular than midsize or ladies models, and we prefer to focus on men’s pieces. We also prefer mechanical watches, as quartz models have far less value on the pre-owned market.

The Condition - The closer to as-new condition, the better. The overall condition of the watch, as well as the service history (or lack thereof), is important to determining the value of the watch. When evaluating vintage pieces, the originality of the components is also considered (replacement and refinished parts are less desirable and reduce the collector’s value). Having the accessories (box, paperwork, guarantee cards, etc) also adds to the value, particularly for vintage watches.

When purchasing a watch we always file a police report. Watches of dubious origin will not be considered. Serial numbers must be intact and legible. Watches with fake or aftermarket components will also be rejected.

When evaluating a watch, we must see the watch in person. We do not give prices over the phone or by email without handling the watch first. To arrange a meeting or shipment of a watch to us for evaluation, please contact us for details and provide us with photos beforehand.