Past. Present. Pre-owned.
Not just a symbol that you’ve arrived,
but a reflection of who you are.
It’s About Time.
Alexander’s Jewelers is proud to represent some of the world’s most respected and renowned watch brands. Every watch you see in our case will stand more than just the test of time. They also stand for impeccable quality, unique design, and the pinnacle of craftsmanship. Stop in or contact us to learn more.
HOW WE HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT WATCH.
At Alexander’s, you’ll find true watch aficionados, trained to help you navigate the seemingly endless options available to you. We’ll take the time to explain how to find the perfect watch for your wants and needs. Here are the things we’ll discuss with you:
Some people want a watch to wear merely as jewelry, and that’s just fine! Others, though, are looking for distinct functionality, accuracy, or special complications. We’re here to go over all of the specifics so you can feel confident in your selection.
Alexander’s is proud to boast some of the world’s most sought-after timepieces. If there’s a certain brand or model you’re looking for, if we don’t have it, we can help you get it.
This refers to the diameter and thickness of the watch’s main bezel area. While some watch buyers may be looking for a very substantial and bold look, others are looking for simple elegance. Cases also come in many different shapes, such as circular, squares, ovals, tank, and even more. There’s no wrong look when it comes to watches. It’s all up to you as the customer!
Just like fine jewelry metals, case material matters. We’ll discuss the particulars with you, such as why stainless steel and titanium may be the better choice for an active person, while gold may be the best for a formal dress watch.
Watches today are much more complex than those of the past. For example, a chronograph watch has three dials; second, minute, and hour. There are also subdials to track things like different time zones or phases of the moon.
Bracelet or Strap
Another thing to think about is the strap that will hold your watch on your wrist. Bracelet styles are typically metal and have links that can be added or removed to secure a good fit. You’ll find bracelet styles on many classic, dressier watches. Straps made of leather, alligator, fabric, or sometimes a plastic synthetic material have drilled holes for easy adjusting and are seen on classic watches and those made for an active lifestyle.
Mechanical movement watches can either be manual wind or automatic. For a mechanical movement to work continuously, the spring needs to be wound periodically. If a person is a watch purist they will insist this is the right type of watch to have, and it’s the original or classic option. This does not mean they don’t keep accurate time, though. They’re extremely accurate and will only lose or gain a few seconds per day. A Rolex is a mechanical movement watch. The other main watch movement category is quartz. Quartz watches are powered by batteries that vibrate little crystals. When an electrical current is applied, the crystal will vibrate at its resonance frequency, making it a type of oscillator. In watches, this oscillation can be harnessed for timekeeping. It replaces the role of the balance wheel and mainspring. A quartz watch is accurate within a few seconds per year.
Tang Buckle or Deployment Clasp
Beyond the choice of a bracelet or strap is specifically how the strap or bracelet is secured on a watch. A tang buckle is perhaps the most common type of watch strap with its signature pin that holds and secures the watch to your wrist, similar to a belt buckle. The pin is usually made of stainless steel and is mostly used on leather and textile watch straps. They provide a classic and simple look that's still dressy. Conversely, a deployment clasp is a folded piece of metal with a hinge that tightens up the watch. You’ll find them more commonly on bracelet style bands, but it’s an option on straps too.
Long ago, you would worry about getting your watch wet. These days, some type of water resistance is commonplace with watches. A watch stamped with "water resistant" means that it is humidity-protected, too. It can endure washing your hands or being caught in the rain. However, water resistance does not necessarily mean you should swim or shower with your watch on. Water is the biggest enemy of a watch unless you’re diligent about purchasing one that is safe for serious water contact. If that’s something you desire, a watch should have a minimum depth rating of 100 meters. This makes it okay for snorkeling and swimming, but for serious dives, it is best to have a watch that is water resistant to at least 200 or 300 meters.
For non-watch aficionados, complications can seem, well, complicated. However, this is watch terminology that primarily refers to “extras” you want in a watch. These complications can range from a chronograph that acts like a stopwatch to a GMT that tracks several time zones at once to a moonphase and a perpetual calendar. And that’s just a handful of what is available. At Alexander’s Jewelers, we can help you decide which will work best for you and your needs and wants.
OUR WATCH BRANDS
Ball Timepieces was founded in 1891 by Webb C. Ball as a need for accurate timekeeping in the railroad industry. It was his timepieces that set the standard for railroads, and it was his system that helped to establish accuracy and uniformity in timekeeping. Today, Ball Timepieces are one of the most respected and established brands in the world. Despite changes in appearance from Webb C. Ball's original design, the founding "Industrial Function" spirit of the company has never once been compromised. For the legions of people today whose split-second decisions keep the world ticking, Ball is the timepiece for you.
Technical sophistication and aesthetic ideals are the guiding principles upon which the MeisterSinger brand was founded. In the quaint watch shops of Europe, MeisterSinger lives amongst the finest timepieces in the world, such as Patek Phillippe and Vacheron. MesiterSinger is committed to the idea that good things take time and need to be approached with devotion. Devotees of MesiterSinger timepieces know the pleasant feeling of not letting time rush them along, but shaping it as they please. Owning a MeisterSinger is more than purchasing a watch, it is your recognition of the importance of the rituals of time.
The mechanical wristwatches made by Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte fully focus on the fundamental task of a timepiece: to measure time exactly and to display it so that it can be read at first glance.
Tissot, with its signature “Innovators by Tradition,” has been pioneering craftsmanship and innovation since its foundation in 1853. Today, Tissot is a member of the Swatch Group, the world's largest watch producer and distributor. The company has always had its home in the Swiss watchmaking town of Le Locle in the Jura Mountains but now also has a presence in 160 countries.
Hamilton watches are innovative, iconic and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision. Hamilton employs the highest performance standards and Swiss made movements in automatic, mechanical, and quartz for both men and women—along with a reputation for craftsmanship and strong movie, military and aviation heritage.
Although certainly known for their new luxury timepieces, Alexander’s is renowned for its extensive collection of pre-owned brands; actually, one of the largest in the Midwestern U.S.! Within this collection, you’ll find coveted brands you know, such as Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, and IWC. But you’ll also discover others that are quite rare to find, like Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Hublot. If you’re looking for the definition of a fine designer watch without the extravagant price tag, shop our unique collection of pre-owned luxury watches today. It’s truly affordable luxury at your fingertips.
FIND YOUR PRE-OWNED FAVORITE
When you own an exquisite timepiece, you want it to last. At Alexander’s Jewelers, we’re happy to offer battery replacements and watch strap and bracelet style adjustments, such as adding or removing links. However, when it comes to more intricate services, we work with off-site Master Watchmakers. The timeframe for the watch services we don’t offer in-house varies by the manufacturer and the service that needs to be done. Please inquire for an estimate of both time and cost.
BEYOND SKILLED CRAFTSMANSHIP
The watchmakers we work with provide you the best service for every watch brand we carry. When you own a spectacular timepiece, it represents not just your personal style, but it also makes a fundamental statement about your appreciation of craftsmanship and tradition.
WHAT THE MASTER WATCHMAKERS WE WORK WITH OFFER
Complete Overhaul Service
Every 5-7 years, a fine timepiece should be overhauled to maintain optimal working condition and accuracy. This process prevents excessive wear from damaging your watch’s movement.
Timekeeping Testing & Regulating
Time testing and regulating is also recommended for any fine timepiece. Our Master Watchmakers ensure your timepiece maintains accurate time. Every watch is tested to meet their standards once precise timing adjustments are made.
Refinishing, Cleaning, Repair & Polishing
Of course, the outside condition of your watch is as important as the interior working mechanism. They’ll remove damage and scratches, and refinish it to make your watch look as perfect as the day you purchased it.
Water Resistance and Pressure Testing
If there is any moisture in your watch, we recommend you bring it in as soon as possible. To ensure the integrity of your watch, water resistance and pressure tests are conducted during your servicing.
Since most people wear their watches regularly, your watch crystal can oftentimes become damaged, scratched or cracked. The watchmaker can easily buff out the scratches and replace the crystal if needed.
In most cases, we can replace your battery while you wait.
Buying or Selling Your Watch
Alexander’s Jewelers is not only one of the largest sellers of fine watches in Columbus, but we are also one of the leading luxury watch buyers in Columbus as well. In fact, fine watches are Alex’s passion. With his unparalleled experience, he can provide you with a knowledgeable estimate of the value of your timepiece. Stop in to meet with him or begin the process by filling out this form online to receive an estimate. The process is simple! If you’re looking to trade-in your fine timepiece, we’re happy to apply the value toward your new watch purchase.