A Miniature Guide To America’s Best Watch Locales

What’s a reputable dealer you know of that can sell me a good watch? That’s a question I hear nearly everyday in school, a question that I actually enjoy answering. Unless the individual who makes this inquiry knows specifically what watch he, or she, is trying to track down, it is not an easy question to answer. This is why I, the one…and only Watch Adviser, have formulated the perfect small-scale blueprint of the best watch shops in the good ol' U.S.A.


Note From The Editor: If your store’s not on the list, don’t feel left out. The Watch Adviser loves every watch store, every watch collector, every watch geek, and pretty much anything else to do with watches equally. Also, no watch boutiques (company stores) will be featured on this list and the stores listed are in no specific order.

  1. Wempe- NYC: An exquisite store, all the finest brands.
  2. Betteridge- Greenwich, CT: Small, easy to navigate, nice selection.
  3. Matthew Bain- Miami Beach, FL: For vintage lovers, beautifully aged dials.
  4. Tourneau Time Machine- NYC: The whole nine yards, nothing special in vintage.
  5. Manfredi Jewels- Greenwich, CT:  Top quality pieces, automatic land, no quartz, a great dealer.
  6. Aaron Faber Gallery- NYC: Vintage, high prices (well someone’s gotta pay the rent).
  7. Shreve Crump and Low- Boston, MA: Tiffany and Co before there was one, pure elegance.
  8. Madison Fine Time- NYC: A museum for Patek guys.
  9. Central Watch- NYC: Not only the watches, but the NY subterranean charm, I guess.
  10. 10.  Shreve and Co.- San Francisco, CA: Been around for a million years, a well-know Patek dealer.
  11. 11.  H.Q. Milton Watches- San Francisco, CA: Known as “ A candy store for vintage Rolex lovers.”
  12. 12.  Cellini- NYC: A larger Manfredi, but with Rolex.
  13. 13.  Kenjo- NYC: Cool, retro, for the adventurous buyer.

14. Ralph Lauren Mansion- NYC: Classic. Mint vintage watches (Omega, Rolex, etc), high prices.

15. Bergdorf Goodman- NYC: A ton of vintage at every price point, still expensive for what you’re getting.


I hope you found my list to be somewhat useful in your journey of vintage watch buying.

Luke Rottman (Executive Editor: thewatchadviser.com)