I traveled from Northern California down to visit the Sandy Beaches of Southern California and the San Diego area. I thought I would see the amazing museums in the area, the world-renowned zoo in San Diego, and Sea World while sporting the pre-owned Rolex that I bought at a discount price earlier in the year. It was way below average Rolex prices, making it an excellent find.

The fantastic weather made this new adventure an excellent opportunity to take in some fantastic shopping at local area pawn shops. I love bargain hunting and had my heart was set on finding some pre-owned Rolex watches.

I also wanted to see if there were Rolex buyers in Southern California to see what they would give me for my Rolex watches. I had plenty of time to travel around Southern California and San Diego County. I knew that I would be on the hunt for Rolex watch buyers in the area, so I had done some preliminary homework and searched ‘selling Rolex watches’ in the area. I bookmarked Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry, a particular pawn shop I wanted to check out.

Finding an excellent Rolex while out thrift shopping has always been my thing. I can spend hours shopping, looking, and trying on different jewelry items. I like gold, diamonds, and any luxury watch, but Rolex watches are my go-to watch every time.

No need to pay high prices when you can get the fairest price at a Pawnshop

Not wanting to pay the prices asked at the big box stores like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, I have shopped in Little Italy, Uptown, and Orange Avenue, and around the sandy beaches of other coastal towns. I am always in search of perfect watches at the best prices.

Before I left on my adventure, I spent time going through and finding the original box for some of the watches I had purchased throughout the years. I considered selling a few of my Rolex watches, and this trip might be the perfect opportunity.

Rolex Watch

Each Rolex watch I have bought came in a carefully package unique to the model of the watch I purchased. I was good about saving the packages and heard that having original paperwork and packaging may bring extra money when you sell your watch. I guess I will see. This trip was going to be an adventure.

As I got in the car and took to the road, I knew this trip would be extraordinary. The fantastic weather would permit me to take in some shopping. It had been going through my unused timepieces and deciding on a few I might sell. If I did decide to sell them, I wanted to find something new for a great price.

I have a few brand names when it comes to luxury Rolex models like the Rolex Submariner, the Yacht-Master, and a few others that I found when I was traveling to a popular tourist attraction in Italy. I am not sure if I will sell these, but I wanted to see what I might be offered on these pre-owned watches.

I did want to make sure that I get the best prices for my used Rolex watches, and I am hoping someone else who is a Rolex watch buyer is out shopping for a fair price can find pre-owned Rolex watches as I did. Getting a Rolex timepiece at a low price makes the Rolex watches more enjoyable.

Traveling through San Diego, visiting a movie complex, seeing the zoo, and walking on the sandy beaches made me think about all I knew about Rolex watches.

Rolex Watches from Switzerland to Rolex USA

Rolex watches were initially made in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England, the company registered the word ‘Rolex’ as the brand name of its watches in 1908, and it became Rolex Watch Co. Ltd.

In 1905, at the age of 24, Hans Wilsdorf founded a company in London and began dreaming of a watch that would be worn on the wrist. During this time in history, wristwatches were not very accurate, but Wilsdorf was a visionary and knew that a wristwatch could become elegant and reliable.

A Short, Easy to Say and Remembered Name ‘Rolex’

He wanted a name that was short, easy to say and remembered in any language. Wilsdorf tried combining different letters in the alphabet to develop a name, and nothing worked. One morning he was riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London; he said, “a genie whispered ‘Rolex’ in my ear.”

I thought about how walking on the sandy beaches around San Diego made me hear ‘Rolex’ in my ear.

In 1910 a Rolex watch was the first watch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronomantic Precision presented by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne. Just four years later, I was awarded a class “A” precision certificate by Kew Observatory located in Great Britain!

Did you know that the people who wear Rolex watches are described as keen on details? They are typically bold and brilliant and are pretty unique in many ways.

Legendary people have worn Rolex watches like Warren Buffett, J.F Kennedy, and Winston Churchill. You can only imagine the effortless style, precision, and craftsmanship were the selling point to these iconic people.

Rolex watches have an array of gemstones and precious metals, and all these add to their value.

Did you know Rolex watches are the only watches made out of 904L type steel? Typically most watches are made out of 316L steel, stainless steel, and other metals or alloys.


To give you an idea of what this means, a chronograph Rolex such as the Rolex Daytona has 44 jewels. The IWCII IWC Il Destriero Scafusia has 76 jewels. Rolex uses synthetic sapphire crystals created to be extremely hard and durable. These sapphires are resistant to scratching, while acrylic does scratch. Now all Rolex watches feature the sapphire crystal. These crystals help make preowned Rolex watches look new with fewer flaws.

Rolex watches use 18ct gold, a princely alloy composed of 750‰ (thousandths) pure gold. Additionally, they have Everose, which is Rolex’s exclusive pink gold alloy.

Off to Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry

I walked in the door, greeted with excellent customer service. The store was neat and clean and had the feel of the stylish residents living in and around the shop. There was a vast selection of luxury watches, gold, silver, diamonds, fine jewelry, and luxury handbags. The store was classy, and the team was approachable.

Watch Experts

I was pleased when I discovered that Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry has a team of knowledgeable watch experts. They were more than willing to consider the gemstone and precious metals in my watches when I asked if they would consider buying mine.

The pawnbrokers said they sell Rolex watches and other name brands and always consider buying watches from customers to keep their inventory filled with pre-owned watches that people may want to buy.

We talked about Rolex watches and shared information back and forth. The pawnbrokers in the shop were the ones that told me that Rolex now uses all sapphire crystals when they make their watches. They said that Rolex Submariner has 31 jewels and is made of 29 parts. Incredible!


As I visited with the pawnbroker, I found out that the original Rolex Submariner 116613 diamond dial versions are no longer in production and were discontinued in 2012. The standard dial versions of the Rolex Submariner ref and 116613 are still part of the current brand.

Before I went into the pawnshop, I researched some sites and found out that a Rolex Submariner ranges from $8,950 to $37,950. I wasn’t sure what the shop would offer, but I understood that pawnshops would give a percentage of the market value of a luxury watch.

Don’t take the risk when selling your Rolex

I heard from other people that if you wanted to sell your Rolex watch and didn’t want to use an online watch buyer or try and sell it to a Rolex buyer by listing it on Craigslist or eBay, a pawnshop would be an excellent place to try.

Looking for an appraisal or a free quote?

I asked the pawnbroker who did the appraisals and was told that they have watch experts in the store who offer a quick and easy-to-navigate process on their webpage. You need to provide the model number, brand name, and a few pictures to expect fast results and friendly customer service, including a quote.


Precision pricing via valuation methods and tests results in each Rolex in San Diego sold by PB Pawn and Jewelry is a great find!

Pacific Pawn and Jewelry experts use precision pricing via valuation methods such as weighing and measuring carat, clarity, color, and cut of the gemstones in the watch. As for diamonds, the industry-standard Rapaport price list is used and is very familiar to the pawnbrokers at PB Pawn and Jewelry.

Expert Appraisals Lead to Low Used Rolex Prices and Confidence the Rolex is Authenticated

PB Pawn and Jewelry pawnbrokers are experts in appraising and authenticating Rolex watches. If you have multiple items that you are getting appraised, you might experience a longer time. Still, with highly-trained experts like the Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry team, you can be confident they will offer you quick yet thoroughly inspected results.

They understand that pawning or selling your Rolex luxury timepiece can be a huge decision. While it doesn’t have to be difficult, they want to help by ensuring that you are getting the best prices and the best possible resale value. I felt confident after talking with the team and showing them my watches.

Quick Cash

Unsure I wondered which is bound to bring the best prices?

These questions are no problem for the 2nd and 3rd generation jewelers at Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry. Their incredible team of goldsmiths, gemologists, diamond and watch gurus will help deliver fast and precise results to help make selling your Rolex watch a stress-free process while offering you the fairest price possible.

Having original boxes and the things that the new Rolex was packaged in can bring extra value to your luxury watch when you consider selling it for a great price. I was so glad I brought the original box, certificate, and packaging.

Original Box and Packaging Matters

The team in the pawnshop said that the original box and documents add value because customers shopping for a preowned Rolex feel more confident having these things along with their new preowned watch. It’s not just Rolex’s precision and style that customers love and look for in a watch and a good deal; it is the prestige and confidence they have a genuine Rolex and got it at an affordable price.

I let the pawnbroker at Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry know I needed to think about the offer before deciding to sell my Rolex watches. There was no pressure to sell them. I was so pleased with PB Pawn and Jewelry and their expertise and customer service I knew I would come back either way.

Rolex Watches

I offer the reader to do your research before settling on a Rolex Watch Buyer. Not all buyers are the same.

Another customer recommended Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry, and when I checked the Better Business Bureau, they were listed in good standing. I searched their website and discovered that the owner first started in the pawn business as a college freshman as a part-time employee. The owner found that the pawnshop he worked part-time wasn’t aimed at separating customers from their possessions and valuables for as little money as possible. Then, turning around to sell those same items for maximum profit turned out to be the inverse of that.

Dismantling social stigmas and stereotypes

I can’t help but say that I thought the same until I visited Pacific Beach Pawn and Jewelry. I thought pawnshops were dark, seedy, dishonest shops where you were talked out of your luxury item and offered a low price. I thought the resale store inventory items would be used, dirty, and overpriced. Boy, was I wrong.

PB Pawn and Jewelry Corrects All Misperceptions of Pawnshops and their Rolex Watch Buying Services

Correcting my misperception, after researching PB Pawn and Jewelry’s website, I learned the owner has been in the pawn industry for 26 years and operated more than 50 stores in 5 different states. The customer service I experienced was not only tremendous but excellent service, just like the website said.

After visiting San Diego, major attractions, the famous San Diego Zoo, downtown San Diego, and the amazing museums, I can honestly say the pawnshop, PB Pawn, and Jewelry was my most incredible adventure. I decided to give myself sometime before I decided about selling my Rolex watches and new this would give me a reason to return. If I couldn’t travel to the pawnshop, I could use their online services. I knew I had found the best pawn shop in Southern California.

The vast selection of pre-owned Rolex watches was enticing. They gained a new loyal customer indeed, and I had a grand adventure!