ABOUT

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Hello watch aficionados, thank you for visiting my website.  I’m Marcelo Bustamante and I love watches. I love talking about them. I love looking at them. I love wearing them.

I also love business, and have run my own business since 2005. I get a real thrill doing business with like minded people.  My business style has always been based on simple values; Integrity, Dependability, Honesty.  It’s important for me to protect my reputation every single day as a trustworthy person to do business with.

One bright, warm morning in summer 2017, I decided it was time to mix together two of my greatest passions; Watches and Business.

we start

I’ve had an interest in watches for as long as I can remember – from when I had this compelling desire to repeatedly look in my father’s ‘man draw’ to find his beaten up old divers watch.  It was  Citizen B52806. The watch didn’t work. It didn’t even have straps. But there was something about it that I loved. I used to wonder what story it would tell if it could talk. This watch had been on my dads wrist for years. For decades even. It had seen a lot of action during some of his most memorable years. It felt big and heavy in my little hands. I don’t know why I loved it so much, but I did. On cold, dark winter mornings and on bright warm English summer mornings, I would, wake up, bound downstairs, rummage through the old screws, tools, paperwork and bits & bobs, to find and examine this hefty, scratched old watch.

we grow

I purchased my first timepiece at the age of 19. It was an Omega Speedmaster which I still own today.  But my real enthusiasm to acquire and collect watches came when I bought my first few vintage dress watches. A vintage Ulysse Nardin (date unknown). A 1960’s Cartier. And a 1950’s Longines.

I loved the thought that I had purchased something special. A little piece of history. Something that a team of people had spent many hours, weeks and months to build. Made up of tiny, intricate parts that all worked beautifully together to create this amazing little measurement of time.  And these fascinating things still worked and kept accurate time even today.

When I would remove the case backs and examine movements, just the thought of physically making parts so small would blow my mind, let alone have them all work perfectly together to tell the time and perform a number of other amazing complications. It would give me vertigo when I tried to comprehend what was going on in these microscopic miniature mechanical worlds.

I would watch the movements for hours (even under a magnifying glass) smiling at the thought of their history, the beauty of their appearance and the science of their construction. I didn’t have a clue what was going on it there, but it fascinated me nevertheless.

we want to help others

As a teenager and into my twenties, I remember always wanting to wear nice brand watches. But at the time, I didn’t have the cash to invest. I knew I would need to be patient.
As my modest watch collection grew over the years, so did my desire to find a way for others to be able to own and wear fine, prestige watches at an affordable price.  Today, my goal is simple – to spread watch satisfaction.

I created Prestige Watches to make this vision a reality. I hope you will find a watch on this site that is a good match for your style and your budget.

meet Marcelo

I am a proud family man and business owner.  I love keeping fit (running, Muay Thai, HIT). I attempt to play Golf. I love watches and whisky.  I love doing business.  I love craft beers and enjoy delicious meals with great company in memorable restaurants.  Oh, and I love a city break.

My proudest achievement has to be my family.  They make me happy every day.  This is how my little ones see me:

A feeder. A changer.  A safeguard from danger.
A stubbly snorer, an offspring adorer. A tent rigger and sandcastle digger.
A storybook reader, a motorway speeder. A bonfire lighter and ‘Dad Joke’ reciter.
A cuddly tickler, rarely a stickler.  A room decorator, a shopping trip hater.
A spider remover, allergic to hoover. A carer a sharer and rarely a glearer.
A butler and porter, a coach and supporter.  A gadget admirer, a BBQ firer.
A lender, a mender, a knightly defender. A grower, a mower, an ‘everything’ knower.
A bottle un-corker, a supper-time talker. A game inventor, role model and mentor.
A bin putter outer and sometimes a shouter. A free taxi driver, a playground survivor.
A party enhancer, embarrassing dancer.  A contest decider, a lecture provider.
A terrible teaser and all round good geezer.