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About Kristen Wiley

kristen-wiley-rolex-watch-chest-blogMy upbringing afforded me a unique opportunity: I am the only daughter of Chris Wiley, owner of Watch Chest, which happens to be one of the largest online retailers of pre-owned Rolex in the world.

I grew to appreciate and respect Rolex from a young age, totaling my time around my father’s business to 14 years. I received a stainless and white gold Lady-Datejust for my 16th birthday and it was replaced by a different one every year until I graduated college, upgrading little by little, learning the details of the various models while my dad was subsequently placing a savings account on my wrist.

I’ve already cashed out that savings account, selling it to travel around Europe for 6 months shortly after I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2010. It was an irreplaceable life and growing experience; one that I will never be able to repay my dad for.

I worked at Watch Chest through college but once I returned from Europe it became my full-time focus. For the past six years I’ve listened to the office talk Rolex non-stop all day, have mini-lesson conversations with Glenn Rutledge the watchmaker, and have done everything from managing inventory, customer service, operations, business and web development, shipping, to quality control. I took out links for sizing and even polished a watch or two. I am now an independent contributor and Watch Chest is providing me with an avenue through this blog to share the wealth of knowledge and experiences I’ve gained throughout my time there.

What was really happening the entire time I was inside the walls of the Watch Chest office was that I was figuring out every side of how an operation like this works, the retail and business side of things. Not only was I learning about how a Rolex functions or its options and history, but I was talking to customers every day, listening to what they knew or didn’t know about Rolex and making a luxury purchase like this online. I’m ecstatic to finally be able to share what I’ve learned to help you make the most informed decision as possible when conducting a luxury purchase online or even just simply for your own enjoyment. I want to fill a void in the e-commerce side of the pre-owned luxury watch industry, where I hope to promote, add credibility, and value to it.

But a little about me on a personal note: I’m 26 years old and I would spend all my spare time traveling if I could. I am both one-half city and one-half outdoor girl. I’m only a few classes away from a second degree in Philosophy. Entrepreneurship is in my blood. Take me to a winery with a picnic basket full of food and I’ll be more than happy.

Please feel free to connect with me here on the blog or through social media. I look forward to it!  

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10 Comments

  • Reply Gaurav chopra July 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Kristen, I must say that I am impressed with your insight into watches . I am into the business of developing luxury real estate and
    the comparison of a house to a car is exactly the one between a Rolex and an Apple Watch.
    If you could suggest the best available rolex Model for a persona like mine (pls check my website at your convenience).
    I truly value your insight.

    • Kristen Wiley
      Reply Kristen Wiley July 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Gaurav! I appreciate it. I sent you a much more detailed email, but I first would suggest a Daytona, but then new-style Datejust or even a GMT-Master II if these are more in your price point. Jordan at Watch Chest would be happy to walk you through anything. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Tommy C February 17, 2016 at 12:48 am

    HEY, Im looking to get a new rolex watch for my sister this birthday and was wondering which watch to get her. She already has a day date two tone gold and stainless steel with diamonds on the bezel, however this is her dress watch. I wanted to get her an everyday watch to wear and tear possibly a lady’s day just but not sure which one to buy. Im in the budget around $5K – $8K, so please tell me which model and if you have some pictures to send would help.

    Thank you kindly,
    Tommy

    • Kristen Wiley
      Reply Kristen Wiley May 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Hey Tommy! Sorry for the late reply and hopefully I’m not too late. If you still need my help, please email me and I’d be happy to give some suggestions! Thanks!

  • Reply Trent M April 3, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Hi Kristen,
    I have a 60s datejust with a stainless jubilee bracelet and a black dial. I’d like to get a new dial and give it to my wife for her birthday. What dial color/style do you recommend I look at? What is popular with women right now? My wife is 38. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Kristen Wiley
      Reply Kristen Wiley May 11, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Trent,
      Forgive my late reply! I love the idea of the vintage piece as a gift! If you are wanting to stick to a dial that is near that era, you will probably have the best luck with a silver dial – which, in my opinion is a beautiful monochromatic option that your wife will be able to wear with ease in regards to her wardrobe and a color I would choose myself. While 38 is the new 28 (!) there are those that choose dark colors for dials simply to be able to read the hands better and if that’s a concern for you, I would suggest black. Definitely email Jordan (if this reply isn’t too late!) at Watch Chest. He can track down authentic dials that they don’t have in stock depending on what you are looking for, and can even swap them for you and clean up your watch to look gorgeous for your wife when she opens it!

  • Reply Tim May 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Hi Kristen,

    I just bought a brand new datejust and wore it consecutively for about two days. I then had it off for about two days. On the third day I put it on and it was off 6 hours. Is that because I didn’t wear it for two days? I would think two days of wearing it would be sufficient “power”.

    • Kristen Wiley
      Reply Kristen Wiley May 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Hi, Tim!
      No matter how long you wear your Rolex, there will only be about two days of power within the reserve once you take it off. Based on your quick message, I would say that it’s working very well! Anyone who does not wear it for two days and again picks it up on the third day will need to re-set and wind their Rolex (here’s a quick video on setting the Datejust… but it also explains about winding it as well). If you find that you don’t wear your Datejust that often, a lot of people choose to purchase a watch winder. They can place the watch on the winder for “temporary wrist movement” and then not have to continuously re-set their watch.

  • Reply Denise Huntington May 17, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Hi Kristen- so impressive…..glad I stumbled across your website. Could use your help. We are considering a Rolex for our daughter (29 yrs old and looks so much like you…just beauties!!!!) She will be graduating from dental school next week. She loves watches but has never had a Rolex —a restored purchase from your Dad would be a wonderful option for us. What style would you recommend? She is getting married this September so I would like to mindful of $$$. Thanks so much

  • Reply Walter Bissa July 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Dear Kristen,
    I have a Rolex Oysterdate of 18k, mid size with ciclops lens. The serial number is 626314 and the case back have two numbers code (6627 and 6625). Which is the correct year this watch?
    Thank you for your attention
    Sincerely,
    Walter

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