A luxury watch can be an investment as well as an indulgence. The value of a watch may rise and fall with changes in fashion, but a few brands tend to retain or even increase their value over time. It’s important to know which luxury watch holds its value best. Buying a pre-owned watch from Luxury of Watches is an excellent way to begin owning luxury watches.
Rolex Watches –The Best Investment
The best-known luxury watches in the world are Rolex luxury watches. Many authorities say it is also the best watch investment. Over the last 10 years, Rolex watches have outperformed most other investments, including the stock market. A pre-owned Rolex watch will normally sell for much more than its original value. Their continued popularity with celebrities and investors indicates that Rolex should be a top choice for any watch investor.
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The Holy Trinity of Watchmakers
There are three Swiss watchmakers – Audemars Piguet, Patek Phillipe, and Vacheron Constantin — that have long been regarded as the “Holy Trinity” of watchmakers. All three were pioneers in improving watch technology during the 18th and 19th centuries and continue to make superb watches today. Patek Phillipe, founded in 1839, has a long history of producing elegant and innovative watches. They are the inventors of keyless winding systems and perpetual watch calendars. Their Nautilus 7010r-12 watch and Caltrava 5227G-010 watches are excellent investments.
Audemars-Piguet, founded in 1875, didn’t become widely known until the 1970s, when the company introduced the Royal Oak 26331ST.OO.1220ST.01. The Royal Oak was the first luxury quality sports watch and is still the most important watch in the Audemars-Piguet lineup. It is made of stainless steel with a distinctive octagonal bezel. Additional features include a chronograph counter and a moon phase indicator. Vacheron Constantin, founded in 1755, specializes in watches with multiple complications. Their watches are sometimes only half the price of a corresponding Patek Phillipe.
Blancpain: The Oldest Watchmaking Brand
Blancpain’s history goes all the way back to 1735. Blancpain never adopted the quartz watch and continues to make some of the most intricate mechanical watches in the world. Some Blancpain watches are one-of-a-kind works of art. Others, such as the Fifty Fathoms 5100-1127-w52a worn by Jacques Cousteau in the movie “The Silent Planet,” are more readily available to collectors. Blancpain would also figure on most lists of watch brands for women. Their Ladybird watch 0063d-1954-63a, introduced in 1956, is still in demand.
The Right Brand Above All
Many factors can affect the future value of your luxury watch, but the brand is often the most important. Any of the watch brands mentioned in this article should make a sound investment, with Rolex currently seeing the highest increase in value.
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Luxury of Watches carries many watches, both new and pre-owned, in these and other luxury brands that hold or increase their value.