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About Escrow.com and eBay

eBay has partnered with Escrow.com to help facilitate all payments for watches sold for $10,000 or more on eBay. This enhanced offering is designed to drive both Buyer and Seller confidence while providing U.S eBay users with even more security for these high-value transactions.
A long-time leader in the luxury watch market, eBay houses one of the largest inventories of new, vintage and pre-owned contemporary and fine watches in the world — including brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, Audemars Piguet, and Panerai. Combined with zero buyer fees and highly competitive pricing, those looking to buy a preloved luxury watch online can find the exact watch they want, at the right price.
This formidable partnership serves to strengthen security by reducing the risk of counterfeit and replica watch sales in the pre-loved luxury market.

How Escrow.com & eBay Work Together

Escrow.com keeps the transactions secure as part of eBay Authenticity Guarantee Process

Individuals can buy a luxury watch with complete confidence on eBay through Authenticity Guarantee, knowing the product will be fully vetted by an independent expert before it is shipped. Both the authentication and expedited, signed-for shipping costs are fully covered by eBay.
  1. 1. Browse eBay's luxury watch marketplace, looking for listings with the Authenticity Guarantee, then find your favorite piece.
  2. 2. Negotiate the terms of the sale with the Buyer and make the payment as usual. If the sales price is $10,000 or more, then the payment will now be facilitated by Escrow.com. The world's leading provider of online escrow services.
  3. 3. The Seller then sends the watch directly to a third-party authenticator who will fully-inspect the item, verifying its authenticity. All authentications are carried out within two business days of receipt.
  4. 4. Upon successful verification, the item will be shipped via a two-day, signed for consignment. If the item cannot be successfully verified, it will be sent back to the Seller, and a full refund will be issued.

Escrow.com's Process with Luxury Watches on eBay

All watches sold by U.S Sellers that sell domestically for $10,000 or above require payments to be facilitated by Escrow.com, providing a secure fully traceable payment method, with the most trusted licence escrow service providing protection for both buyer and seller with escrow payment fees waived for Watches sold on eBay.
  1. The Buyer Initiates a Purchase Through eBay. eBay covers any fees charged by Escrow.com for use of their service.
  2. The Buyer Funds Escrow.com Account. The Buyer sends a payment to Escrow and deposits the agreed-upon amount via Escrow.com. Escrow.com then verifies the payment and notifies the Seller.
  3. The Seller Ships the Watch to the Buyer. After payment verification, Escrow.com notifies the Seller to send the watch and tracking information to the Buyer.
  4. The Buyer Inspects and Accepts the Watch. The Buyer inspects the watch and has the option to accept or reject the watch.
  5. The Seller is Paid by Escrow.com. The Seller is paid via Escrow and receives the payment when both parties are satisfied with the transaction. The transaction is complete and Escrow.com releases the payment to the Seller.

Benefits of the eBay and Escrow Partnership

The partnership between eBay and Escrow.com was solidified earlier this year in July. This formidable collaboration between the world's largest online marketplace and Escrow.com came at a time when the need for trust and security online couldn’t be greater. In order to enhance the luxury watch shopping experience, eBay covers any fees charged by Escrow.com for use of their service. The Escrow.com experience ensures both parties’ payments are protected and professionally handled.
The announcement of eBay and Escrow working together further demonstrates the popularity and success of the partnership, cementing the message that eBay holds the security and authenticity of its users and marketplace in the highest regards.

Why use Escrow.com to purchase your next watch?

As a fully licensed and accredited escrow company, Escrow.com gives you security and peace of mind when you buy your watch. It's simple, safe and protects all parties involved.
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    Avoid Scams

    As a licensed online escrow service we are a trusted third party who holds the fund during the Watch transaction. Instructions are provided securely through our secure online portal.

  • Buyer and Seller Assurances

    Buyers are guaranteed to receive an authentic watch due to eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee. Sellers get a smooth, easy online transaction that is fully tracked from start to finish. Escrow.com protects Sellers, too, with no chargebacks, ever.

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    Identity of Buyer and Seller Verified

    When making the transaction, the buyer and seller profile are verified to ensure both parties are protected during the transaction.

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    Market Your Watches to Interstate Buyers

    With Escrow.com as the chosen payment method on eBay, funds are held safely in escrow while the watch is tracked and delivery is verified. Selling a watch over a long distance is easy and safe with Escrow.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Escrow.com?

Escrow.com is a fully accredited and licensed escrow company headquartered in San Francisco, California. To date, Escrow.com has securely handled over $4.5 billion in transactions.


What is escrow?

An escrow is a financial and legal agreement where a neutral third party (Escrow.com) temporarily holds a sum of money until the watch being purchased has been delivered by the Seller to the Buyer and both parties are satisfied.


How does Escrow.com protect Buyers and Sellers?

Both the Buyer and the Seller benefit from using Escrow.com to monitor and transact the exchange of the payment for each transaction. Escrow.com verifies the Buyer's and Seller's funds, information, which protects both parties from fraudulent users. We hold onto funds until the transaction is completed and both the Buyer and Seller are satisfied with their transaction.

  • • Without Escrow.com, the Buyer would be at risk of losing all their funds or purchasing a faulty watch
  • • Both parties are verified prior to starting/closing the escrow
  • • Buyers get a smooth, easy online transaction that is fully tracked from start to finish
  • • Buyers are protected from non-delivery and promptly refunded if such an event occurs
  • • Both parties are verified prior to starting/closing the escrow
  • • Sellers get a smooth, easy online transaction that is fully tracked from start to finish
  • • As soon as the the Buyer receives the watch, Escrow.com ensures that the Seller promptly gets paid
  • • There is no risk of having a payment recalled arbitrarily and Sellers are protected from unexpected chargebacks

What items require payment via Escrow.com?

All items listed in the primary category of wristwatches by U.S. Sellers that sell domestically for $10,000 or above (after Seller discounts but before shipping and taxes) require payment via Escrow.com, including items that qualify for local pickup. Check the payment type on the item listing or in checkout to see if payment via Escrow.com is required.

How do returns work for items where payment via Escrow.com is required?

Buyers have 7 days from the delivery of the item to initiate a return. If the Buyer is satisfied with the item, he or she can go to Escrow.com and "Accept" the item to close out the transaction. Buyers can initiate a return through eBay or Escrow.com and customer service representatives will guide you through the returns process. Please note that a return cannot be initiated after a buyer has “Accepted” the item or after 7 days from the date of delivery have passed.

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After the item is delivered, when can I expect to receive payment?

After item delivery, the Buyer has a 7-day inspection period to ensure that it arrived in the condition described in the listing. Once the Buyer "Accepts" the item on Escrow.com or the 7-day inspection period has expired, Escrow.com disburses funds directly to the Seller, with settlement into your account based on payment methods (wire transfer or ACH).

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