I've Been Saving Up for an Investment Piece—Now I Have My Eye on These Watches

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For much of my young adult life, I had the most beautiful white-gold watch that sat amid a band of delicate chainlink strands. I wore it every single day until I lost it while driving through the south of France with a lover. I can't even tell you which town I lost it in, just that after a tearful goodbye in the Cannes airport, I realized it was gone and I never saw it again. Fast forward five years, and I still haven't worn another watch. After all this time of squirreling away some money, knowing a day would come when I'd find another watch worth wearing on a daily basis, I've decided it's time to love again. I want something special, though: A watch that feels unique yet timeless—a luxury piece that fits into my everyday.

I knew immediately that meant sourcing one secondhand, so I turned to eBay's collection of authenticated luxury watches. I've got my eye on some that toe the line between timepiece and fine bracelet; a few classic white-gold chainlink bands that feel a little masculine and polished; gold bands ranging from mesh chainmail to a Cartier option with links featuring the iconic screw motif from its Love collection; and, of course, a handful of sturdy leather bands that all offer a special unique quality. I know I can't have them all, so take a look at these 16 dream-worthy watches I'm considering before I've snatched one up.

The Timeless Gold Piece

The Bracelet-Watch

The Sturdy Leather Timepiece

Copy Editor, Branded Content

Aralyn Beaumont joined Who What Wear as the copy editor for branded content after a career in food media. Years of poring over intricate recipes with a fine-tooth comb and working with high-profile chefs has prepared her well for working with fashion's top brands while honoring Who What Wear's voice. Her background as a research editor makes her a finicky editor who will probably care too much about making sure all copy is as factually accurate and aligned with the house style guide as can be. Maybe it's because she's a Gemini, but her personal style is impossible to pin down: One day you'll see her in a turtleneck sweater tucked into a midi skirt with heeled boots, and the next, she'll be wearing mom jeans, a white Hanes tee, and classic Vans. At the end of the day, her style reflects her various moods. Sometimes it will be feminine and elegant, and others it will be grungy or androgynous. Certain things will always remain constant, though. She'll forever be on the hunt for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans.