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Most watches (as fine automobiles) lose value once they you walk out the front door of the store. A collector (particularly one with an eye toward investing) will seek out models that retain (or rise) in value over time.
TIP: When you make the choice to put money into watches choose vintage or rare pieces.
Like the stock market, the world of watches can also be speculative and often volatile. Between 2004 – 2008 vintage watches soared and it seemed anyone could make a quick return. That bubble burst (most of them eventually do) and many high prices pieces dropped as much as 50% or more. It’s all about timing (as most things financial are) and the world famous Christie’s auction house reports the mood is looking up, with many wealthy clients putting their money into watches, rather than the market.
SUCCESS STORY: A 1942 Patek Phillipe sold for $2.77 million at auction, nearly doubling its purchase price.
Any investment, whether the stock market, real estate or watches requires discretionary funds, however that doesn’t mean only the wealthy can invest, there are lower prices opportunities for those with a keen eye.
· Pateks from the 1940s and 1950s (known for attention to detail and unusual design
· Limited edition Audemars Piguet, Breguet, A. Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin
· Independents likes F.P. Journe, Greubel and Richard Mille
Riding on the coattails of fame, “The End of Days” from by Audemars Piguet, produced in conjunction with the movie “End of Days” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger retailed for approximately $14,000 in 1999; one was sold recently for $85,000
Presuming you do find a luxury of value, how long should you wait until you sell? While times and the market fluctuate, a good rule of thumb is 20 years. During that time you can (should you wish) wear your investment or keep it safe and secure in a safety deposit box.
When you buy a luxury watch, you are buying a thing of beauty, craftsmanship, and history. Certainly the piece will always have the intrinsic value of it gold, silver or jewels, but it the sum total of these elements, the watch itself that ticks through the sand of times that provides it true value. It is certainly a time piece but it is also a treasure that is timeless.
Luxury timepieces offer wearers the ability to show some semblance of prestige and status. This makes luxury watch as investment in a timepiece seem logical. They are durable, reliable and long-lasting.
Stainless steel case and bracelet. Black dial. Luminescent hands and markers. Hand wind movement. Omega caliber 1863 engine. Tachymeter. Sapphire Crystal. Water Resistant 30 Meters. Case 42mm.
The omega Speedmaster is one of omega’s most iconic timepieces. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit. This omega Speedmaster professional “moon watch” features a black dial covered by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and graced by a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. The black bezel, with its tachometric scale, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case and presented on a matching bracelet. At the heart of this chronograph is omega’s mechanical Calibre 1863, the famous manual-winding movement worn on the moon, visible through the transparent Case back. This timepiece is offered with a special moon watch presentation box which contains a “NATO” strap, Velcro strap, a tool to change the bracelet and a book highlighting Speed master’s adventures.
Stainless steel case with a black rubber strap. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel with a black ADLC coated top ring. Black dial with luminous hands and Roman numeral and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. Automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Steel crown set with a blue synthetic spinel Solid case back. Case diameter: 42 mm. Case thickness: 12.7 mm. Round case shape. Strap width: 20 mm Tang clasp. Water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Cartier Calibre de Cartier Black Dial Rubber Men’s Watch W7100056.
Stainless steel case, black rubber strap, black dial, automatic movement, scratch resistant sapphire, water resistant up to 30 ATM-300 meters-1000 feet.
Black dlc coated zalium case with a black rubber strap. Fixed black bezel. Black opaline dial with black hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. 12 hour/60 minute, power reserve indicator, day/night indicator subdials. Harry Winston Calibre HW1001 automatic movement with a 45-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Transparent case back. Round case shape. Case size: 44 mm. Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: hour, minute, second time zone, two day/night indicators, power indicator, date. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Automatic Black Opalien Dial Men’s Watch OCEATZ44ZZ007.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (3970J) manual-wind watch features a 36mm 18k yellow gold case surrounding a silver dial on a brand new black alligator strap with an 18k yellow gold Calatrava Cross deployant buckle. Functions include hours minutes small-seconds day date month leap year indicator moon phase perpetual calendar and chronograph. This watch comes with the original box. We back this watch with a 15-month warranty! This watch will be ready to ship in 5-7 days!
Patek Philippe Grand Complications Split-Seconds Chronograph Perpetual Calendar (52041R001) manual-wind watch features a 40.2mm 18k rose gold case surrounding a black dial on an 18k rose gold bracelet with folding buckle. Functions include hours minutes small-seconds day date month moon phase leap year indicator split-second chronograph and perpetual calendar. This watch comes complete with box and papers. We back this watch with a 15-month warranty!
– With Manufacturer Serial Numbers
– Black Dial
– Ceramic Bezel
– Self Winding Automatic Movement
– Guaranteed Authentic
– Certificate of Authenticity
– Manufacturer Box
– Brushed with Polished Stainless Steel Case & Oyster Bracelet
– Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
– 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant
– 40mm = 1 1/2″ Case, 7″ Adjustable Bracelet
– Deployment Buckle
– Uni-Directional Rotating Bezel
– Luminescent Hands & Markers
Unworn Men’s Rolex Submariner 40 mm 116613LB oyster strap, 18k yellow gold/stainless steel material, with blue face. Movement: swiss-automatic. 100% authentic