Boston’s Best Places to Buy Watches

January 15, 2013 6:00 AM

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

If you fancy a unique and fashionable chronometer, you have to know just where to go. These days, the traditional watch has gone from functional item to a high-fashion accessory. If you live in Boston, there are plenty of great places to purchase watches, but for the best, these five can’t be beat. Check out the best watch-selling companies in Boston.
European Watch Company
232 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-9798

If you’ve ever envisioned a guest spot on the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this might be your watch company. Then again, if you’re wearing a watch from the European Watch Company, you may already be living that lifestyle. This store specializes in Swiss timepieces and is known for offering great prices one time-honored works of art. Come here for watch repair to work with a time-honored team of watch professionals.

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Yuri’s Watches
142 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-8895

Yuri of Yuri’s Watches is well regarded as offering the best watch repair service in town. However, he also maintains a collection of unique, hard-to-find, vintage watches in his shop. If you have a beloved timepiece that requires a little tender loving care, visit Yuri and while you’re at it, take a look through the collection. You may find your next favorite watch there. The retail space is shared with Small Pleasures, but you will see Yuri’s sign displayed as well.

Bobby from Boston
19 Thayer St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 423-9299

If you are looking for a unique or vintage men’s watch, look no further than Bobby from Boston. This well-established vintage shop specializes in rare, vintage clothing both from the United States and abroad, especially the United Kingdom. Vintage watches and other accessories are available for men. A small selection of ladies vintage watches is available as well. To find Bobby from Boston, keep in mind that Thayer Street is not actually a street. It’s a paved, pedestrian walkway that sits between the loft building that contains Bobby and other design shops.

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Sowa Vintage Market
460C Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

The Sowa vintage market takes place year round inside of a lofted building on Harrison Avenue. This indoor version of the larger outdoor market offers access to rare and vintage finds, including watches. Vendors sell clothing, home goods, jewelry and accessories. Some of these unique watches may require slight repairs to be in good working order, but the repairs may be well worth it. You will want to plan this service as a part of the overall cost of the watch itself. The market takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available on site for $5.

765 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-5047

Salmagundi has an amazing reputation for its fashionable and unparalleled selection of hats, but it also sells unique, fashion-forward watches and accessories. It is conveniently located on Centre Street in the heart of Jamaica Plain. Visit on the first Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for special promotions and the opportunity to mingle with the dapper staff that will gladly suggest a watch to match your look. During first Thursdays, refreshments are served and either a live band or DJ will play music. It’s a fun first visit and segue into purchasing a unique and fashionable watch. Two-hour parking is available on Centre Street. The Green Street T station (MBTA’s Orange Line) is about a mile away.

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