Our Story

The roots of our company can be traced back to 1991, the year Essential Watches founder Seth Grossman launched "Global Trading" at the age of 16. Global Trading specialized in selling collectible Swatch Watches from the 1980s, which, unbeknownst to the U.S. market, were in high demand in Europe and parts of Asia. While we may have gone from trading Swatch to Patek Philippe, this early exposure to the watch business formed the foundation for our company today.

Our internet presence began in 1999. For many years, our company solely operated on eBay. In 2004, we initiated the development of our ecommerce site which launched in December of 2005. Since then, we have worked tirelessly to keep our website updated and organized to ensure that our users have the best experience possible. Through our dedication to customer satisfaction, we have become one of the most recognizable and reputable online sellers of luxury watches in the world.

What We Offer

We specialize in high-grade watch manufacturers, offering current production, discontinued, and vintage models. We encourage you to contact us if you are interested in buying or selling a luxury timepiece. A substantial portion of our clientele trade in a watch or two when acquiring a new piece for their collection. Our team is trained to make this process easy for you.

In our many years in the business, we have built a network of watch dealers which connects electronically to the Essential Watches database. It is this pool of American suppliers that keeps our site accurate and allows our clientele to get the best possible prices.

Transparency and authenticity are central to our business. Our site only features in-house photography; we do not use stock images. Every watch we sell is guaranteed authentic, and your discounted timepiece always comes with a warranty. In each transaction, we hope to make our customers happy with both their watch and our service.

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