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Who is Bob?

September 2, 2010

BY Paul Altieri


Yesterday we talked about the most common question we get here at Bob’s Watches, but a very close second is always, “Who is Bob?”  Most people haven’t heard the story about Bob who started out as a small watch repair shop.  He gave every client his full attention, knowledge and skilled craftsmanship.  Bob loved luxury watches and it only made since that one day Bob’s Watches would become the premier destination for anyone looking to own a pre-owned Rolex watch.

Paul Altieri - Bob's Watches WSJ Article

Paul Altieri holds his Rolex Triple Calendar Jean-Claude Killy 6236. The watch is part of a collection of hundreds of timepieces amassed by Mr. Altieri, founder and chief executive of online-trading site Bob’s Watches. Photo: Emily Berl for The Wall Street Journal

Who is “Bob”?

Bob Thompson founded his company, Bob’s Watches, in the mid-1990s. As a watch retailer, the company dealt predominantly with brands such as Longines, Hamilton, Elgin, and so on. In 2010, Paul Altieri purchased the company from Bob Thompson and re-launched it as an online marketplace that exclusively sells pre-owned Rolex watches.

Bob has since retired but his love for luxury watches, especially Rolex watches, still lives on.  Bob’s Watches is comprised of a team of watch enthusiasts who are just as passionate about what they do as Bob was.  No matter who answers your phone call or who responds to your email, you receive the same treatment that Bob himself once provided.  Every client receives our red carpet treatment.

Paul Altieri

Not just a successful businessman, but a passionate Rolex expert and collector too, Paul Altieri is the CEO at the helm of Bob’s Watches. A graduate of Boston College and a long-time resident of Southern California, Paul Altieri’s hands-on approach to running his business means that he is very much involved in day-to-day operations. This includes everything from purchasing to receiving to sales and marketing at the company’s headquarters in Newport Beach, California. Under Paul Altieri’s leadership, Bob’s Watches has grown to become the world’s leading online marketplace dedicated to pre-owned Rolex watches.

Wall Street Journal Article Featuring Paul Altieri from Bob's Watches

Wall Street Journal Article Featuring Paul Altieri from Bob’s Watches

The Rolex Exchange

The driving force behind today’s Bob’s Watches is the unique Rolex Exchange — an innovative idea conceived by Paul Altieri. The Rolex Exchange concept is where both buy and sell prices of pre-owned Rolex watches are listed publically for all to see. This was truly a revolutionary concept in the secondary market for luxury watches, as this level of transparency had never been seen before. Prior to the Rolex Exchange, buyers and sellers of used Rolex watches found it almost impossible to determine the true market value of their watches, leaving plenty of room for deception. Today, however, anyone interested in either selling or buying a secondhand Rolex can go straight to bobswatches.com to find out how much a particular Rolex is worth.

Our Mission

Our mission at Bob’s Watches is very simple: to offer the best experience for our customers whether they’re buying or selling a Rolex. From the best deal possible to top-notch customer service and everything in between, Bob’s Watches ensures that each detail is taken care of for a smooth and secure transaction.

Our Products

Every luxury watch listed on our website has undergone a detailed evaluation by Rolex-authorized watchmakers to guarantee 100% authenticity of every product we sell. You can rest assured that you are in good hands when you trust in our selection.  Additionally, every Rolex is inspected, serviced, and, when necessary, restored prior to being added to our website. That is the Bob’s Watches promise. If you want to see who else trusts us, then read the article on Bob’s on Forbes.

Selling a Rolex Watch

Given the transparency, security, and customer care offered by Bob’s Watches, we are confident that we will provide the best price and service to anyone looking to sell Rolex watches. The Rolex Exchange concept guarantees that sellers of Rolex watches will receive fair market value for their timepieces. Plus, payment is wired the very same day we receive your Rolex watch.

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First-Class Customer Care to Our Amazing Customers (That’s You)

Our amazing customers live, breath and love Rolex, just like every one of us at Bob’s Watches. So whether you call in to sell your watch, buy a used Rolex, or even just to chat, you are guaranteed to talk to a knowledgeable member of Bob’s team.  Call Bob’s with your questions or concerns at 1-800-494-3708 to receive our famous red carpet treatment today!



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