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Top Spots To Buy Watches In Philadelphia

January 15, 2013 7:00 AM

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In 1868, Patek Philippe, a Swiss watchmaker, fashioned the world’s first mechanical wristwatch. Fast forward now to Philadelphia’s historic Jeweler’s Row, and you’re looking at more than 300 retail jewelry operations. It’s considered to be the first diamond district in the country, and is second in size to New York City. Shoppers will find pocket watches, pendant, pin and wrist watches in myriad shapes, sizes and designs right here in Philadelphia.
National Watch & Diamond Exchange
8th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(800) 892-8243
www.nationalwatch.com

Since 1988, National Watch & Diamond Exchange, located on Jeweler’s Row in Center City, has bought and sold pre-owned Rolex and other high-end Swiss watches, as well as GIA-certified diamonds and jewelry. The company specializes in Rolex watches for men and women, as well as diamond Rolex varieties. Each watch comes with a minimum warranty of one year. The warranty covers parts and labor for normal wear and tear. Used watches have been cleaned and refurbished. All Rolex watches have individual serial numbers guaranteeing their authenticity. Recently, the company began buying and selling CAC-verified coins as well.

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Sansom Watches at Genesis Jewelers
736 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 519-9810
www.sansomwatches.com

Sansom Watches and Genesis Jewelry opened on historic Jeweler’s Row in 1993. Featuring new and used major Swiss-made watches — including Rolex, Brietling, Omega, Cartier and 40 other brands — Sansom Watches also buys and trades watches and other items. Offering free estimates for watch repairs, Sansom performs all repairs in house and backs its work with a one-year warranty. As part of its repair operations, the company buys and trades Swiss watch parts and links for major brands. It also offers in-house electroplating and ring repair.

Delicious Boutique & Corseterie
212 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 413-0375
www.deliciousboutique.com

Delicious Boutique on Liberties Walk was designed by Philadelphia artist Mark Brodzik and opened in November 2005. Originally, the boutique specialized in creating circus-styled handmade corsets for musicians and costumes for theater and film companies. Within four years, it opened a men’s and women’s clothing and accessories department. Providing unique, custom-made clothing, the boutique features Goth-inspired and Victorian-style fashion as well as one-of-a-kind watches perfect for those with more eclectic tastes.

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Martin Pulli Fine Jewelry and Watches
4337 Main St.
Manayunk, PA 19127
(215) 508-4610
www.martinpulli.com

A traditional jeweler, Martin Pulli learned his trade while apprenticing with the family business for more than 20 years. During that time, he learned about the culture of vintage watches, jewelry and antiques. Using that experience, Pulli opened a retail business in a formerly industrial section of the city. The showroom features vintage jewelry and contemporary, custom jewelry designed by Pulli. His interest in horology is reflected by the vast selection of watches in stock. While the boutique features widely available brand-name watches, Pulli also offers unique options from companies that produce niche-market pieces that are not found at other retailers.

Campbell & Company
702 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 627-4996
www.campbelljewelers.com

A dog-friendly store, Campbell & Company has been Philadelphia’s source of diamonds, custom-designed jewelry and watches for more than 60 years. Diamond and jewelry buyers come here for imported loose, independently certified diamonds of various shapes and sizes. Wenger Swiss Amy, Stuhrling, Charles-Hubert and Chisel Tungsten watches are available here at prices ranging from $90 to $600.

Jeffrey B. Roth, has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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