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Iconic Watches in Movies

Apocalypse Now (1979) – Martin Sheen as Captain Willard

Apocalypse Now captivated moviegoers with its raw portrayal of the Vietnam War. At the heart of this war epic is the story of Captain Willard, who dons this memorable Seiko watch as he leads a mission to find rogue officer Colonel Kurtz. During the Vietnam War, Seiko 6105’s were one of a few watches available for purchase on US military bases, making it a historically accurate and unforgettable choice for the film’s protagonist.

Aliens (1986) – Sigourney Weaver as Ripley

Seiko 7A28-7000

At the heart of James Cameron-directed Aliens is the Seiko 7A28-7000, designed by car designer Giorgetto Giugiaroto, who was named the Car Designer of the 20th Century and is well-known for designs such as the DeLorean DMC12, the BMW M1, and the Lotus Esprit S1. One notable design element of the Seiko watch is the chronograph feature protruding from the right side. The futuristic yet functional design of the timepiece matches the feel of the film.

Dr. No (1962) – Sean Connery as James Bond

Rolex 6538

One of the most memorable movie watches, the Rolex 6538 was featured in numerous early James Bond films, including Dr. NoFrom Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), and Thunderball (1965). Known amongst many collectors as “The Bond Submariner”, this watch set the standard for effortless style. For more on Rolex watches, check out our list of the top 5 most popular Rolex models, which includes the beloved Rolex Submariner collection.

Le Mans (1971) – Steve McQueen as Michael Delaney

Heuer Monaco

As racecar driver Michael Delaney, Steve McQueen sports this blue-dialed Tag Heuer timepiece throughout the film. The watch was discontinued in the 1970s and reintroduced in 1998 with updated mechanisms. The original watch worn by McQueen sold for $87,600 in 2009 and was again sold in 2012 for a whopping $799,500.

Casino Royale (2006) – Daniel Craig as James Bond

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Though James Bond remained faithful to his Rolex for many years, in 2006, Daniel Craig donned the notable Omega Seamaster for his turn as James Bond. Omega invested a great deal in order to associate itself with the James Bond brand. The same model was worn by Craig in Quantam of Solace (2008) and by Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). For more information, read a comprehensive history of Omega’s relationship with James Bond.

Drive (2011) – Ryan Gosling as Driver

Patek Philippe with brown strap

Ryan Gosling shined as a getaway driver in this 2011 film, sporting a one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe watch with a brown leather strap. Though this understated model isn’t available for public purchase, the watch played a notable role in the movie and left a lasting impression on viewers. Five or six models were used during filming and stunts, and reports say Ryan Gosling requested to bring one home from the film set as a souvenir once filming wrapped.

TIPS FOR SELLING JEWELRY

First, let’s learn a bit more about Tiffany’s illustrious history:

CAN I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY WITHOUT BOX AND PAPERS?

If you are looking to sell your Tiffany jewelry, one of the first steps is to gather all information and paperwork you can find about your item, including any receipts, warranty cards, certificates of authenticity, information booklets, presentation boxes, and any appraisals or other certificates you may have. This paperwork can assist potential buyers in accurately pricing your item and can make the sale of your item a simpler, smoother process. Additionally, many buyers will pay a premium for the box and papers along with your item.

Still, if you do not have the box and papers for your Tiffany item, it is absolutely still possible to sell your piece. Though you may receive a slightly lower price than you would have with the box and papers, a satisfying and successful sale is still achievable. If you do not have any information regarding your Tiffany piece, the best thing to do is see if the item is still listed on the Tiffany website as this will detail all of the jewelry’s characteristics. Any information you can provide to a potential buyer will be helpful. Learn more about selling your Tiffany jewelry without box and papers.

WHERE CAN I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY ONLINE?

Selling your jewelry online is a more convenient, simpler way to sell your jewelry than finding a buyer locally. Oftentimes, selling online can help you get a better price for your good, as you have access to a larger market of potential buyers. Some of the most popular ways to sell your Tiffany jewelry online include:

  • Online auction sites – A popular option for many people is to sell their Tiffany pieces on websites like eBay or Craigslist. These websites offer user-friendly ways to list items. Still, selling on these websites can be time-consuming, and it can be very difficult to accurately price your item without knowledge and expertise about the designer jewelry market. Additionally, many dealers will search websites like eBay and Craigslist for good deals on jewelry from inexperienced sellers.
  • Online Auction House – There are many online auction houses that accept Tiffany jewelry, but only for extremely high value, rare pieces. While these online auction houses can seem convenient, the process is often lengthy with high fees and no guarantee of sale. Additionally, if the reserve is set low, someone may purchase your item at a bargain.
  • Online Specialist Buyer – Online specialist buyers such as WP Diamonds offer a quick, easy online service for selling your Tiffany items. The knowledge and expertise of these specialist buyers ensure you get the best price for your good.

HOW DO I SELL MY TIFFANY JEWELRY THROUGH WP DIAMONDS?

WP Diamonds offers an easy, secure service for selling Tiffany and other designer jewelry, diamonds, and luxury watches. With an A+ rating from the BBB and excellent customer reviews, we offer a quick and transparent service with no fees.

Simply follow these five steps to have a satisfactory sale:

  1. Fill out the online form.
  2. A member of our team will be in touch shortly with an initial price range.
  3. Make an appointment or mail in your Tiffany jewelry via our free, fully insured FedEx Priority Overnight shipping.
  4. Receive your final offer.
  5. If you accept the final offer, you can get paid in as little as 24 hours. If you are not satisfied with the offer, we will return your item to you insured and free of charge.

DESIGNER JEWELRY 2017

  • Harry Winston

Harry Winston was founded in New York City in 1932 with Harry Winston, himself, as the founder. He was soon crowned the “King of Diamonds” and “Jeweler to the Stars” for his high-end creations. One of the most notable pieces he acquired was the 45.42-carat Hope Diamond, a heart-shaped grayish-blue diamond crown centerpiece, which was passed along to King George IV of the United Kingdom. Today, it is found in Washington DC as part of the Smithsonian Institution displays.

Famous Wearers: Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Julie Andrews, Natalie Portman

Price Range: $4,000-$20 million

Most expensive Harry Winston sold at auction: The Gulf Pearl Parure, a 325-carat natural pearl and diamond parure, sold at $4,189,165 in 2006

Cartier

Founded in 1847 by Louis François Cartier, Cartier is been best known for their fine jewelry collection. The brand earned its reputation as “The Jeweler of Kings, the King among Jewelers,” pioneering the combination of platinum and diamond.

Famous Wearers: Andy Warhol, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Zac Efron, Kate Middleton

Price Range: $1,000-$2.76 million

Most expensive Cartier sold at auction: A 25.6-carat Burmese Ruby, called the Sunrise Ruby. It was dubbed as the most expensive ruby, gemstone, and non-diamond gemstone in the world, and sold at $30,335,698 in 2015

Chopard

Chopard is a Swiss brand started by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in the 1980s, originally known for creating watches and pocket watches for women. When Chopard was sold to Karl Scheufele in 1963, the brand was noted for its Art-Deco inspired timepieces and Happy Diamonds jewelry line.

Famous Wearers: Javier Bardem, Colin Firth

Price Range: $2,000-$16.26 million

Most expensive Chopard sold at auction: A suite of Emerald and Diamond jewelry, sold at $1,171,932.51

Van Cleef & Arpels

After their marriage in 1895, Alfred van Cleef and Estelle Arpels started a luxurious jewelry line in 1906 that still exists today. The brand has patented an innovative creation called Mystery Set—an intricate piece with a clip that takes about 300 hours for a skilled jeweler to create.

Famous Wearers: Queen Marie Jose of Italy, Margot Robbie, Cameron Diaz, Mariah Carey

Price Range: $1,500-$490,000

Most expensive Van Cleef & Arpels sold at auction: 8.24-carat Ruby and Diamond ring, sold at $4,226,500 in 2011

 GraffGraff origins began in England in 1960, when Laurence Graff founded the company. The brand is famous for its large diamond jewelry designs and also widely known for buying and resetting prominent diamonds.

Famous Wearers: Melania Trump, LMFAO, the late Princess Diana, Princess Charlene of Monoco

Price Range: $1,350-$46.2 million

Most expensive Graff sold at auction: The Graff Pink, a rare 24.78-carat pink diamond, sold at $46 million in 2017

David Yurman

This jewelry line was founded by David and Sybil Yurman in 1980. It has been known to sculpt designs reminiscent of the American Craft Movement. One of the popular designs is their signature cable bracelet in sterling silver and gold, embellished with colored gems.

Famous Wearers: Kate Hudson, Shakira, Brad Pitt, Jessica Simspson

Price Range: $300-$50,000

Most expensive David Yurman sold at auction: 18K Gold, Diamond, and Citrine interchangeable necklace, sold at $7,380

HOW TO DISTINGUISH IF YOUR JEWELRY IS REAL:

  • Look out for brands or logos – Premier brands usually have their brand or name stamped on the jewelry.
  • Find hallmarks – Common hallmarks for gold are 18K, 14K, 10, 750, 585, 375; for platinum, 950, PLATINUM, PLAT; and for silver, 925, Silver, 800, and Sterling.
  • Diamond Certificates – Authentic jewelry come with certificates from grading laboratories such as their own brand certificates or GIA, EGL, IGI, etc.
  • Have your jewelry appraised ­– If you are having second thoughts about your jewelry’s authenticity, have them appraised. Many jewelers will offer an appraisal service for a fee.

WHAT MAKES DESIGNER JEWELRY VALUABLE?

A number of essential factors affect the value of designer jewelry:

Brand –Luxury, high-end brands such as the ones listed, have held their popularity throughout the years. Their brand names are synonymous with luxury and high-end craftsmanship. Extensive marketing has established these

The Market – The value of luxury jewelry is dependent on market demand.  Should you have a classic, timeless design that you are looking to sell, this will likely sell more quickly and for more than a less known design. The reason being is that classic designs are always in demand.

HOW TO SELL YOUR DESIGNER JEWELRY ONLINE

If you are looking to sell your designer jewelry, WP Diamonds has your back. We offer a quick, safe and hassle-free online process as well as appointments at our New York office located on Fifth Avenue. Our in-house designer jewelry experts will be able to assist you and ensure you that you get the maximum value for your jewelry.

Watch and Jewellery industry

The veteran chairman and controlling shareholder of Richemont, was in a defensive mood when unveiling the Swiss luxury goods group’s annual results in May. “Please do not expect us to make predictions on margins, sales,” he told journalists bluntly. His comment captured the uncertainty gripping the watch and jewellery industry. Last year was difficult for many brands; Mr Rupert described it as “horrible”. Luxury goods were in retreat in 2016. Global sales of Swiss watches fell steeply as a result of heavy overstocking in the large Hong Kong market; at the same time changing tourist flows, weak economic growth and terrorism worries hit European and US markets; and the effects of China’s clampdown on “gifting” continued to work through. At least some of those factors have now faded. Sales in mainland China have become a bright spot: Swiss watch exports there in the first four months of 2017 were 21.6 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS). Optimism is growing among industry executives and analysts that the worst of the downturn is over, although jewellery is outperforming watches, where excessive inventory remains significant. Share prices of luxury groups have moved sharply higher this year, reflecting the improvements. China drove strong sales growth in the first three months at Hermès. LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group, also reported a strong first quarter. Investor optimism was boosted when the FHS reported that total exports — admittedly a volatile barometer — were 7.5 per cent higher in March than 2016, following 20 months of falls. Baselworld visitors were down 4 per cent, exhibitors 13 per cent But hopes of a revival were then set back when April’s figures showed another fall in Swiss watch exports, which were 5.7 per cent lower than a year earlier. (Analysts reckoned sales would have risen if differences in the number of working days had been taken into account.) The more recent data were “disappointing and will raise concerns over the timing of any tangible restocking cycle”, warns Thomas Chauvet, analyst at Citigroup. As a result, it remains unclear how powerful the sector-wide recovery will prove — or whether the upheaval caused by sluggish global economic growth, geopolitical risks and technological change spell a further period of restructuring and consolidation for the sector. Luxury executives remain cautious. At this year’s Baselworld watch trade fair, where luxury brands generate as much as half of their annual sales, the number of visitors was down 4 per cent at 106,000 on 2016, organisers said, and exhibitors fell 13 per cent. In response to this decline and problems in the sector, the organisers will shorten Baselworld from eight days to six next year and cut exhibitor fees, a source of complaint. “People are buying watches but the question was always going to be how long it would be before the inventory cycle worked through,” says Scilla Huang Sun, luxury sector specialist at GAM Investment Management in Zurich. “Things are improving — it may just be a bit slower than people expected.” Large groups with significant watch activities, such as Richemont and Swatch, bore much of the downturn, as privately owned groups and Japanese watch companies gained market share at their expense, according to research by Swiss bank Vontobel. Rolex, an independent group, took over from Richemont last year as the number two (after Swatch) in traditional watches by worldwide market share by value, according to the bank’s research. The good news for luxury watchmakers is that smartwatches, led by Apple, have not emerged as the threat some feared For high-end independent brands, family ownership is a part of their cachet, notes René Weber, luxury analyst at Vontobel. Remaining independent has become harder, however. In April, private equity group CVC Capital Partners announced it would take control of luxury Swiss watchmaker Breitling, which has been owned by just two families in its 133-year old history. CVC will buy an 80 per cent stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. Larger groups not only have the financial power needed during prolonged periods of structural change, they are also arguably better at reacting to technology-led developments. Jewellers and watchmakers are having to adjust to fast-altering markets, stepping up efforts to rethink distribution channels and respond to consumer demands. Swatch, the company behind brands such as Omega and Tissot as well as its eponymous mass-market watches, revealed recently that it was developing an operating system to rival Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. This would enable the creation of its own range of miniaturised watch-tech products. But the good news for traditional luxury watchmakers is that smartwatches, led by the Apple Watch, have not emerged as the threat some feared. There was a 51.6 per cent fall in smartwatches shipped in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 2015, according to IDC market intelligence. IDC did also predict, however, that the industry would sell 76.6m smartwatches in 2020, up from 21.5m last year.