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DISCOVER WHY SOME WATCHES ARE NEVER A BAD INVESTMENT

From sundials to the water clock and hourglasses to the first mechanical clock, man has constantly pushed the boundaries of timekeeping and taken it to new heights. But today’s watches aren’t merely for telling time; they are, in fact, instruments of fine craftsmanship and highly-coveted pieces of art that are worthy of collecting and investing in.  

Proof of that happened in 2017, when a Rolex Daytona once owned by actor Paul Newman was sold at an auction for over US$17million. Granted, it was once worn by the legendary actor but there’s no denying that the Rolex name itself holds tremendous appeal amongst watch collectors.

There is no exact science to knowing which watch will appreciate in value although there are brands and models which are more bankable than others – watchmakers with longstanding tradition and history such as Breitling, Rolex and TAG Heuer certainly come to mind. It must be said though that most serious watch collectors do hold the sentimental value of a timepiece in higher regard over its intrinsic value.

Investing in a quality timepiece is much like buying a piece of art in that aspect. It may increase in value over the years but its true worth is always in the eye of the beholder. As many watch collectors can attest to, time is never a bad investment, and the following examples are certainly proof of that.

DISCOVER WHY SOME WATCHES ARE NEVER A BAD INVESTMENT

From sundials to the water clock and hourglasses to the first mechanical clock, man has constantly pushed the boundaries of timekeeping and taken it to new heights. But today’s watches aren’t merely for telling time; they are, in fact, instruments of fine craftsmanship and highly-coveted pieces of art that are worthy of collecting and investing in.  

Proof of that happened in 2017, when a Rolex Daytona once owned by actor Paul Newman was sold at an auction for over US$17million. Granted, it was once worn by the legendary actor but there’s no denying that the Rolex name itself holds tremendous appeal amongst watch collectors.

There is no exact science to knowing which watch will appreciate in value although there are brands and models which are more bankable than others – watchmakers with longstanding tradition and history such as Breitling, Rolex and TAG Heuer certainly come to mind. It must be said though that most serious watch collectors do hold the sentimental value of a timepiece in higher regard over its intrinsic value.

Investing in a quality timepiece is much like buying a piece of art in that aspect. It may increase in value over the years but its true worth is always in the eye of the beholder. As many watch collectors can attest to, time is never a bad investment, and the following examples are certainly proof of that.

Omega

There are several choice models in the Omega collection that hold their value rather well. The Speedmaster range has the obvious claim to fame owing to its historic association with space travel, but there are others in the Omega family that are worthy investments as well. The Seamaster 300, for instance, has piqued many a collector’s interest following the line’s recent upgrades. With a slightly bigger case at 42mm, a new wave dial and the modern Master Chronometer calibre 8800 movement, the new Seamaster is newer and more high-tech compared to its predecessors. While the new range will appeal to modern collectors, previous models will surely rise in appeal amongst traditionalists. Either way, the Seamaster is a sound investment owing especially to its tie-in with the James Bond film franchise, which has resulted in some rather coveted 007 models.

Tag Heuer Silverstone - CAM2110.FC6258

TAG Heuer

When it comes to TAG Heuer, many often think of the Monaco and its ties to the world of motor racing and the legendary Steve McQueen. The square automatic chronograph is arguably TAG Heuer’s most identifiable and appealing models. It’s a style icon in its own right and a timeless classic that should find its place in any watch collector’s drawer. Vintage Monaco models are highly-coveted but its newest incarnations should retain its value and appeal as well. The TAG Heuer Silverstone is another example of a timepiece that’s worthy of consideration. Named for the legendary British race track, this limited edition offers a vintage design with a rounded square case and perforated blue leather strap.  Its throwback design will surely make this a highly sought-after model in years to come especially with its modern upgrades and the highly-successful Calibre 11 Automatic movement.

Panerai Luminor Marina - PAM00001

Panerai

With Italian design and Swiss technology, Panerai has garnered quite a following amongst watch aficionados. Its iconic cases are easily identifiable, which is a great asset. Limited-edition models of the range are held in high regard like the Radiomir 1940 42mm Automatic, which was released just a few years ago and limited to just 500. However, not all Panerai models appeal solely on its limited production. The Luminor Marina has caught the attention of many with its vintage good looks.  Priced reasonably and powered by an in-house movement, this model will continue to tick on, retain its value and never go out of style.

Breitling

Vintage models from this luxury watchmaker such as the Navitimer 806 have started to gain popularity in recent years and its signatures – Transocean, Navitimer and Chronomat – are in demand. Backed by an aviation heritage, Breitling timepieces make for sound investments. The Navitimer Montbrilliant Legende is one such example tipped to rise in value in years to come as is the Navitimer Rattrapante, which comes with a modern in-house manufactured split-seconds chronograph movement.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

The luxury watchmaker has produced some stunning and beautiful timepieces, and supplied movements to famous brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. Jaeger-LeCoultre recently looked back to its archives to produce a couple of unique models that are primed to rocket in value. The Deep Sea Chronograph, inspired by the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea, is a steel diving watch that offers a chronograph movement with three counters in a historic case. The Polaris Memovox is also worth a closer look at as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Polaris. The timepiece, which is limited to 1,000 pieces, embraces traits of the classic 1968 timepiece, with the offering enriched with an alarm mechanism and a diving helmet as well as anniversary inscription on the case back.