FAQs

Shipping

What Shipping Methods Are Available?

We deliver everything free of charge within the UK only, including the highlands and islands. All items are shipped using Royal Mail Special delivery, and every item sent is insured for your protection. You can also view many of our items at one of 250+ stores managed by our sister company - H&T Pawnbrokers.

Do You Ship Internationally?

No, currently we do not ship outside of the UK through the Est 1897 website.

How Long Will It Take To Get My Package?

We aim to have items sent within 5 working days via Royal Mail Special delivery. Delivery times may be extended over public holidays and in extenuating circumstances.

Payment

What Payment Methods Are Accepted?

We accept all UK registered Credit and Debit cards as well as PayPal.

Is Buying Online Safe?

At Est 1897, we have payment security measures in place to combat fraud and secure your personal data.

Returns

What is the returns policy?

Retail items can be exchanged or refunded up to 30 days after purchase, as long as you have a valid receipt. You can find out more in our returns policy.

Can I exchange my item for a different one?

We are happy to exchange or refund an item as long as you have your original receipt, and the item has not been personalised or modified in any way.

How long does it take to process a refund?

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.

Selling a watch

How do I sell my watch through Est 1897?

Selling your watch through Est1897 couldn't be simpler. Just fill out the enquiry form on our sell your watch page (link) and we will use the information to give you a preliminary valuation. Then it's a case of sending your watch to us or bringing it into one of our stores to complete the sale.

Do I need the watch’s box and papers?

If you have the original box and paperwork that goes with the watch you want to sell, it’s certainly worth including them as you will get a better price. However, if you do not have the original box and/or official papers, we can still make you an offer. All luxury watches come with a unique serial number hidden on or within the watch itself. We can use this serial number to prove authenticity of your watch directly with the manufacturer.

When will I receive payment for my watch?

Once you have submitted an initial enquiry telling us the make and model of your watch, we will send you an estimate. You can then send us your watch, or drop it off at one of our nationwide stores. After an inspection at our service centre, we will issue you a final offer. Once this has been agreed we will arrange for payment to be sent to you.

Can I part exchange a watch?

Part-exchanging your watch with Est 1897 couldn't be easier. Once you have submitted an initial enquiry telling us the make and model of your watch, we will send you an estimate. You can then send us your watch, or drop it off at one of our nationwide stores. After an inspection at our service centre, we will issue you a final offer. If you're happy with this, we can then take this value off a different watch of your choice and you’ll pay the difference. If the watch you want to buy is cheaper than what we have offered you in part exchange, we will pay you the difference.

Customer Service

I have a question about my existing enquiry, how can I get in touch?

If you would like to ask us a question you can contact us via email at info@est1897.co.uk or you can call us on 0800 169 0780.

Buying a watch

How do I know the watch is genuine?

We take pride in the authenticity and quality of our pre-owned items. All of our items undergo a strict testing process testing for time keeping, as well as testing for water and pressure resistance to ensure that they meet our standards of quality. All of our pieces are referenced against manufacturer records and are assessed by our fully qualified horologist to ensure that they are authentic. Our items are all supplied with an authentication card to mark the items passing these tests and all come with a 1 year warranty.

How do I know the watch is in the best condition possible?

All of our items undergo a strict testing process testing for time keeping, as well as testing for water and pressure resistance to ensure that they meet our standards of quality.

What happens if my watch develops a fault?

If your item develops a fault within the 30 day return window, you can return the item to us permitting you have the receipt. Once we have the item and have assessed it we will then process the refund and the money will be put back on to the credit/debit card that was used to place the order online.

What's the difference between mechanical and quartz watches?

A mechanical watch is powered by a tightly coiled mainspring. Manual mechanical watches must be hand wound to keep them in power. An automatic watch is also mechanical; however, it is predominantly wound by a rotor weight that turns with the wearer's movements. A quartz watch is battery powered and extremely accurate and the batteries can last up to 5 years.

How long does a quartz battery last?

A quartz battery can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

How do I obtain a receipt?

With every purchase made through the Est1897 website you will receive a receipt via email, this will also be accessible within your account on the Est1897 website.

Account Query

How do I reset my password?

Go to the 'My Account' page, under the Login box you will see 'Forgotten Password'. Follow this link and the subsequent steps in order to reset the password on your account.