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6 Of The Best Investment Watches
Looking for your next luxury watch to invest in? With so many brands and models to choose from, you may find yourself thinking about buying a watch that will retain its value and prove to be a good investment. To save you from hours of scouring the internet for your next watch, we asked our luxury watch experts to curate their top picks for the best investment watches to invest in. With their timeless style, remarkable performance and outstanding value, these 6 luxury watches will complement any collection.
Are luxury watches the best investments?
Rolex and Patek Philippe are the two watch brands that best retain their value, with some even increasing in value. But the reality is that the vast majority of watches are not investments. Some watches will resell for more than they retailed for, but it is impossible to predict which. It will simply depend on the supply and demand for that particular watch at the time of sale.
However, when compared to mass produced or smart watches, luxury watches are a far better investment. Why? Because mass produced watches often only last as long as their battery life and smart watches quickly become outdated once new technology is introduced. They therefore have little to no resale value whatsoever. Luxury watches, on the other hand, are built with quality materials and designed to last for generations, making them the best watch investment. Hence Patek Philippe’s slogan: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation”.
It is important to note that none of the watches listed below are guaranteed to increase in price, our watch experts have selected these based on watches that they believe will best retain their value. But with no guarantee that any one particular watch will increase in value, it is important to opt for a watch that you truly love.
6 of the best luxury investment watches to invest in
1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Duetto
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Duetto is the perfect watch to invest in thanks to its robust design and versatility. Built to last, the Duetto was created in the 1930s as a timepiece that could endure polo matches. To protect the dial during play, the case was designed so that it could flip over, with case back exposed and dial concealed.
This collection since has evolved to include watches that feature two dials that the wearers can effortlessly swap between. On one side, this Duetto features Arabic numerals as well as hour and minute hands. With a simple flip, the reverse dial displays a guilloche pattern with a gold rimmed circle that contains the hour and minute hands. No matter what your daily style may be, the Duetto will always be the perfect accompaniment.
2. Rolex Explorer II with a “Spider Dial”
A list of must-have luxury and best investment watches is never complete without a Rolex. The Rolex Explorer II is the perfect companion for any adventurer thanks to its exceptional durability, water resistance and precise movement. With the Explorer II’s 24-hour GMT bezel, 4th red hand and chromalight display, the wearer can easily distinguish the time of day or setup a second time zone. The date window, which automatically changes at midnight, sits underneath a cyclops lens for effortless reading.
This Rolex Explorer II features a Spider Dial, which is a rare defect that occurred during the 1980s when Rolex was moving form matte finished dials to a lacquer finishing. Under certain conditions, the lacquer would crack and create hairline fissures that look similar to a spider web. This Spider Dial Rolex Explorer II makes for a dependable timepiece with a unique dial.
3. Omega Quantum of Solace Seamaster
For luxury watch and film enthusiasts, this limited-edition James Bond watch is your perfect match, and is third on the list of best investment watches. Since 1995, James Bond has worn Omega Seamasters in every movie. This special edition Omega Seamaster was made for the James Bond film: Quantum of Solace. The 007 logo is inscribed on the case back and clasp, with the movie’s title printed on the dial.
The Quantum of Solace Seamaster also features a unidirectional bezel, date window at the 3 o’clock mark, SuperLumiNova coating for visibility in dark environments and a Helium escape valve for deep dives. Made with Omega’s co-axial movement, this watch allows for longer service intervals while maintaining peak performance. Whatever your next adventure may be, you will be well equipped with a watch fit for James Bond himself.
4. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
When it comes to the best watch investments, Patek Philippe timepieces are a must. Known for their beautiful, expertly crafted and richly complicated timepieces, Patek Philippe’s Perpetual Calendar makes for a timepiece built to last. This self-winding perpetual calendar is made with a Calatrava case that features a transparent case back, allowing the wearer to admire its incredibly thin and beautiful movement.
This watch is rich with complications with a display for the month and leap years at 3 o’clock, the date and moon phase at 6 o’clock as well as the day and 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock. Thanks to the recessed subdials, the dial is not cluttered and can be read at a glance. For a sophisticated timepiece that does it all, look no further than Patek Philippe’s Perpetual Calendar.
OUR PRICE: $38,500
Estimated Retail Price: $84,900
5. Breitling Transocean Unitime
If you are a traveller of the world, Breitling’s Transocean Unitime watch is a fantastic investment. Short for universal time, the Transocean Unitime watch contains a 24-hour ring and world time ring, allowing the wearer to tell the time in the 24 main time zones. With a simple rotation of the crown, you can easily adjust time zones. This watch is also a chronograph with balanced subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock as well as at date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. With an impressive 70-hour power reserve, you can depend on Breitling’s Transocean Unitime for all of your journeys.
6. IWC Da Vinci
Our final pick for the top 6 luxury watches to invest in is IWC’s Perpetual Calendar Da Vinci watch. This masterfully complex watch is a fitting addition to the Da Vinci series as it is brimming with innovation and beauty. With an array of complications displayed on 4 subdials with 9 hands, this Da Vinci never feels overwhelming. The wearer can read the time, date, day, month, year and moon phase at a glance. Best of all, this watch is programmed for the next 500 years, so wearers never needs to worry about adjusting the watch themselves. With its chronograph function, this IWC’s Perpetual Calendar Da Vinci is a powerful and sophisticated watch.
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