About Us

Pre-owned watches at Est1897

Here at Est1897, we’ve been buying and selling pre-owned jewellery and watches for over 120 years.

Our fine collection of pre-owned watches includes timeless classics from luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Breitling, Cartier and Tag Heuer to name just a few.

Our ladies and men’s jewellery collection includes a variety of stunning pre-owned items including; rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in gold, silver, and platinum, as well as pieces set with diamonds and other precious and semi-precious gemstones.

We take pride in the authenticity and quality of our pre-owned items. All of our jewellery and watch items undergo strict scrutiny by our expertly trained gemologists, watch team, and horologists who test for timekeeping and undertake extensive refurbishment procedures to ensure each item meets our high standards of quality.

Our History

Est 1897 is the retail brand of leading pawnbrokers, H&T Group, set up to stock a fantastic range of pre-owned watches and jewellery from luxury brands. As the name suggests we were established in 1897 and have been growing ever since.
 
Alongside over 250 H&T stores across the UK, our Southampton store is dedicated to the luxury brands of Est 1897.
 
We have been lucky enough to experience the game-changing innovation and improvements in luxury watch manufacture over the years. Our experts keep up with the latest advancements and use the most up-to-date techniques and equipment when preparing a piece for sale in-store, or on our website.

 

 Warranty

Est1897 Warranty

All watches sold through Est1897 come with a 1-year warranty after undergoing stringent testing procedures to ensure it is in working order.

We inspect and evaluate all items before they are listed, whether it’s a vintage 1950s Rolex, a contemporary diamond necklace, or a pair of Victorian silver earrings. Some of our pieces were manufactured recently and may only have been worn once - if at all - whereas others have already been passed from generation to generation and have a real story to tell.

All of our watches undergo strict testing for timekeeping to ensure they meet our standards of quality. Where available, our watches are also referenced against manufacturer records and are assessed by a fully qualified horologist to ensure they are authentic.

 Return

30 Day Return

We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you’re not, All retail items (except new earrings) can be exchanged or refunded up to 30-days from the date of purchase, as long as you have a valid receipt.

To return the item/s, they must still be in the original packaging and both the product and the packaging must be in the same condition as when the product was sold to you. We will be happy to exchange or refund the item as long as you have your receipt.

Please note that if the original purchase was made using a credit or debit card, refunds will need to be to that card (cash cannot be given).

Please be aware that we endeavour to process refunds promptly, however, it can take some payment institutions up to 3-5 working days to clear the funds back to your account.

View in Store

We have the added advantage of being able to offer 250+ physical locations across the country in which you can view a number of the items listed on our website.

While we do our very best to include high-resolution images which have been taken from a number of angles, we understand you may want to view a watch or an item of jewellery in person before you commit to buying.

If you’d like to view any of our online items for sale in your local store, simply enter your details and we’ll let you know when your requested item(s) is ready to view. You are under no obligation to buy the item once you have seen it, and this service is completely free for all customers.