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Collectors and investors regard high-quality wristwatches as material assets with a potential to increase in value and an additional bonus: the joy of wearing them. Some tips on watches as an investment:
- Go for well-known brands
Like the stock market, watch auctions have some international “blue chips” that are very likely to increase in value. Luxury watch manufacturers from Switzerland and Germany dominate in this area. The best-known brands include Patek Philippe, Rolex, A. Lange & Söhne, Omega, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin.
- What’s inside counts
An essential feature is the type of watch mechanism. At the moment, watches with mechanical movements have the best chances of stable or rising prices. Preference is given to so-called manufacture movements, which are designed and produced by the manufacturers themselves.
- Classics with a history
Daytona, Nautilus, Royal Oak, Speedmaster and Reverso are just a few examples of watch models from well-known manufacturers that have a large fan base and enjoy a certain cult status. This potential for an increase in value is boosted by an exceptional history, for example previous ownership by an iconic actor or film star such as Paul Newman or James Bond.
- Out of fashion
Avoid fashion trends when buying. In general, the rule of thumb is “If I like it, others probably will, too”. Designer watches may be an exception to this rule. But even these are usually only interesting for a limited number of potential buyers.
- No limits
Manufacturers like to bring out limited editions to mark special occasions and anniversaries (e.g. Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 “P2P” or Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller). This makes a model more likely to increase in value, but bear in mind the points mentioned above.
- Enjoy your time
For an optimal appreciation in value, watch buyers are well-advised not to resell too quickly. Exceptions confirm the rule.
- The right marketplace
The choice of the right marketplace for a successful sale of a collector’s watch is often given too little attention. “For a watch with potential, you need financially strong buyers.” Large, international auction houses like Dorotheum offer buyers and sellers the high level of security and confidence necessary to achieve the best price at auction.
Image above: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Reference 3700/1, c. 1977/78, price realised € 128,000