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A watch is an essential item and a watch or clock can also make a great gift for a birthday or holiday or for graduations, mothers day or fathers day.  Here we will tell you about quality sellers of fine watches and about the deals they have to offer.


Update September 10, 2013  Below, on this page, we have several reports about The Valencia Time Center.  The Valencia Time Center no longer operates a store in Santa Ana but the Valencia store in the City of Santa Clarita in northern L.A. County continues offering the quality watches and services featured in our TV reports.


Update April 3, 2013  You have to be very careful about buying a high-end and even brand name watch.  High end watches are often counterfeited so be careful who the seller is.  When I buy a high end watch I either buy direct from the manufacturer at an outlet or company store, or from a major retailer.  I would never even consider buying a watch froma door-to-door seller, street seller, and I am sorry to say I wouldn't trust anyone selling watches at a flea market either.  If something should go wrong with the watch, I want to be able to go back to the seller immediately.

In fact the first Rolex watch I bought about five years ago was running fast.  I bought it from one of the biggest watch specialty stores in the country and with no questions asked they made an immediate exchange.  That company was Tourneau at the Century City mall here in Los Angeles.  They earned my trust.

I would be very careful about buying watches from an online seller even though there are quality online sellers.  When it comes to very expensive watches, you might want to consider buying a pre-owned watch.  There is a brisk market for pre-owned Rolex watches, for example and many retailers do have an inventory of pre-owned watches that were traded-in for new watches.  Ask about these when you go into a store.  The Tourneau store in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has a large inventory of quality, pre-owned watches that can be a great value.

If you buy a watch and have the bracelet sized, be sure you keep any links that were removed in case you later sell the watch, or you need to expand the bracelet size.  Keep the warranty papers even after the warranty expires.  Keep the original box that the watch comes in because in the case of certain watches such as Rolex, the box itself has a value in the resale market.

I know that many people who give watches as gifts like the idea of having a greeting or dedication of some sort engraved on the back of the watch.  And while that does create a nice gift it can hurt the resale value of a watch.  The next owner might not want an inscription that reads "to my son the doctor" or "for your Bar Mitzvah."  On the other hand, it you wanted to impress someone you might want a watch with an inscription that says "congratulations Mr. Chairman."

If your watch is not battery powered, make the modest investment in an automatic watch winder which not only will keep your watch running, but it will save you from having to reset the time and wind the watch too many times which could cause excessive wear or even damage.  When you go to buy your watch, I just hope you don't have a shopping experience like the one Jack Benny had in the classic TV show episode below.


Update December 4, 2012  Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills is loaded with high-quality, pre-owned watches that watch collectors will enjoy for the holidays.  And the prices at Gem & Loan are at least 50% off what the watches would sell for if new.  All of these pre-owned watches come with a one-year warranty and are guaranteed to be authentic, and they have been cleaned and polished.  Gem & Loan painstakingly inspects all of the watches to be sure all of the parts are original.

The current collection of discounted, pre-owned high-end watches includes the limited edition Breitling for Bentley in gold.  You'll also find a Rolex Submariner with a blue face and two-tone gold and stainless steel bracelet.  There is also a Carier Santos 100 Chronograph, and a very hard to find lady's Rolex that is mid-size in rose gold with a a diamond dial and a fluted design.  Also in the collection for sale at half-off original prices are more watches by Heublot and Tag Heuer.  Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.  Remember, these are unique deals but new inventory arrives all the time.  And remember that Gem & Loan offers loans and can buy classic watches and other valuables.

Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills
263 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California
(866) 331-PAWN or (310) 657-9999


Update May 31, 2012  You never know what you will find at Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills, the pawn shop on La Cienega Boulevard.  But when it comes to luxury watches you can be assured that the watches are carefully checked out and that they are authentic and there is a one-year warranty on their movements.  Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills currently has deals including a pre-owned Cartier XL Ballon Bleu for only $5995 and a pre-owned Rolex Yachtmaster in sterling silver and platinum for only $6195 and a Breitling Chromate Evolution for only $3995.  These prices on the luxury pre-owned watches are about half the retail prices of new watches.

Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills recently purchased a closeout of new Gevril GV2 watches and these are priced at $399.99 which is about $300 under some of the Internet prices I found.  These Gebril Swiss-made watches are brand new and sold in their box.

Gem & Loan of Beverly Hills is at 263 South La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills.  Call (866) 331-PAWN or (310) 657-9999 or go to for information.  Watch our TV show report below for Father's Day 2012.


Update May 21, 2011  It's worth the short drive to the Valencia Time Center in the Valencia Town Center Mall in Santa Clarita.  This is right off the 5 Freeway at the Valencia Boulevard exit.  The Valencia Time Center is fully stocked for Fathers Day watches and watches for grads -- both for him and her.  And remember to mention Alan Mendelson for an extra discount.  You will be amazed at the great brand names and the low prices.  There are many high quality watches now in the range of $100 or even less.  Look for exceptional values on Michael Kors for the women graduates and Nixon watches for the men graduates -- and for dads too.  There is also a tremendous selection of G-Shock watches for the men.  And Casio is back with "calculator watches" and I was told that "nerds are back" and now "nerdy is trendy" when it comes to the newest watches.  What really impressed me is the wide variety of high quality watches priced at under $100.  Be sure you mention "Alan Mendelson" for an extra discount.  Call (661) 222-9700 or go to for information.  And the Valencia Time Center is always stocked with waches for mom and watches that always make great gifts for someone or for yourself.  Yes, they change batteries and do repairs and maintenance.  Our TV report is below.


Update January 20, 2011   Just in time for your Valentine's Day shopping, the Valencia Time Center in the Valencia Town Center Mall has great deals on Fendi, Skagen and Boccia watches.  There are discounts of 40% on Fendi because the Valencia Time Center got special closeout pricing from Fendi and these prices rival those prices you might see at outlet stores.  Boccia watches are stylish and prices are cut 40% now, and Skagen watches are discounted by 25%.  The Valencia Time Center is now able to make some G-Shock watches in custom colors and one of the first custom designs has G-Shock watches with the colors of the Lakers basketball team.  The Valencia Time Center has a promotion on watch batteries, and they service all watches including high end watches.  Watch our video report below.

In an earlier visit to the Valencia Time Center, we took a look at the special watches they imported from Germany, including a spectacular line called Abacus which features watches without hands.  Yes-- look, no hour hand and no minute hand.  Now, these are not digital watches.  These appear to look like conventional watches until you look closely at the watch face when you see there are no hands.  So how do you tell time with a watch with no hands?  Well, you simply follow the ball bearing.  Huh?  Take a look at the video and below the video read more about Valencia Time Center in Santa Ana and in Valencia.  Oh, you will also see in the video replicas of World War II pilot watches, and high tech watches that follow the designs of airplane controls.

Valencia Time Center (on the web at has two locations: the original Valencia Time Center in the Valencia Town Center Mall and you can call them at (661) 222-9700, and the second location at The Main Place Mall in Santa Ana and you can call them there at (714) 835-5400.  Or visit them on the web at for more information.  We have a video report below.

Valencia Time Center offers discounts of up to 50% on many major brands and they carry the top brands including Movado, ESQ, Fendi, Tissot, Victorinox Swiss Army, Nixon, Skagen, Festina, and Ball watches.  You'll find the newest styles here, as well as a complete service department for repairs, installing batteries, cleaning, refurbishing and major repairs.  Valencia Time Center also takes trade-ins and you will find exceptional deals on pre-owned watches.

Among the hottest sellers now is the line of Nixon watches which are the new oversized watches that are very trendy, and you will find closeouts of ESQ watches with all ESQ watches now 40% off.  If you are looking for a great gift item at a low price there are fashionable Skagen watches starting at under $100 that offer a rich look for men and women.  Remember to mention "Alan Mendelson" for extra discounts when you shop here.  Click on another video report below.

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