Chicago Loan Company regularly purchases and loans against luxury timepieces from the finest watchmakers in the world. Our experienced loan officers are prepared to evaluate your watch and understand the premium that complicated movements deserve.
When making a loan against or selling such important luxury watches, please remember to bring the original box and papers that accompany the watch if available.
Luxury watch brands we accept for loan or purchase:
- Audemars Piguet
- Breguet & Fils
- A. Lange & Söhne
- Jaeger Le-Coultre
- Patek Philippe
- Vacheron Constantin
A wide selection of both dress and sports watches is available from French jewelry house Cartier. Their models for both men and women combine classic shapes and Cartier’s signature details: blue sapphire crowns, roman numeral markers, and an understated elegance that is always in style. The most popular models for women include Panthère, Tank, and Ballon Bleu, with Santos, Drive, and Calibre among the most sought-after styles for gents.
Audemars Piguet or “AP” timepieces are prized for their bold styles and precision movements. Their large-scale cases with octagonal bezels are instantly recognizable, whether in the dressy Royal Oak or the sporty Royal Oak Offshore. Based in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking region for over a century, Audemars Piguet offers collectors the best of cutting-edge design and high-caliber engineering.
Patek Philippe is synonymous with quality and elegance. Marketed as the timepiece that will become a family heirloom, Patek Philippe’s offerings pair refined lines, precious materials, and unmatched pedigree. The Nautilus is still the go-to for both collectors and trend-setters and the unrivaled Grand Complications series puts the best of horological design on the wrist of the discerning.
Nothing beats Rolex in name-recognition or iconic design. Their signature Datejust and Presidential models are the gold standard in practical sophistication, while the Submariner, Daytona, and GMT Master are sought-after by serious sportsmen and watch collectors alike. Rolex delivers on its reputation, crafting timepieces to an exceptional standard, built to bring lasting enjoyment.
High-end Watch Evaluation Process
Please keep in mind that every timepiece evaluation is unique. Below are just a few of the benchmarks we use in determining loan or purchase value:
- Brand and Model – the brand and model of the watch is unquestionably a major determinant of value
- Condition – scratches, dents, restorations, and replaced parts may impact value
- Rarity – both modern and vintage watches are more valuable when produced in limited quantities, or, in some cases, when a model is discontinued
- Age – for contemporary watches, the value is typically higher when the item is newer. Vintage models are valued based on rarity and condition
- “Provenance” – the original box, a bill of sale, or any papers that are associated with the watch will add value