From Rolex to Patek Philippe, here’s our roundup of the best watches to have on your radar.
This year, luxury watches outmoded Bitcoin and vintage cars will become the most coveted investment option among the three. Although watch prices have fallen since the infamous crypto crash, they are still significantly higher than their prices in 2019. In fact, during the pandemic, people used their saved money to invest in watches, including Rolex and Patek Philippe. Well-known watch brands have captured everyone’s attention as their resale value increases.
For example, in June 2022, various auction houses put many timepieces under the hammer. Sotheby’s auction house won nearly US$19 million in total from watch auctions, while Christie’s and Philips brought in over US$20 million and US$30 million respectively. According to the watch magazine Hodinkeeit was “the most successful spring watch auction season” in New York.
With that in mind, here are seven of the best luxury watches to invest in for 2022:
1. Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LV
Launched in 1953 for professional divers, the design of the Rolex Submariner has grown over the years, and so has its value. For example, the Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LV, also known as “Rolex Hulk” is considered one of the rarest – as well the most precious—the timepieces the watch brand has to offer. It is a bulky watch, thanks to its large lugs and ceramic bezel. The watch is priced at over US$12,000 on Sotheby’s website.
Additionally, Rolex has raised the price of another of its Submariners, the ref. 124060, over the years. It increased the cost from $8,100 in 2021 to $8,950 in January 2022, almost a 10 percent increaseall thanks to his request.
2. Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711
Come 2022, Americans realized the financial potential of Swiss watches, and watch brand Patek Philippe topped many lists, including the iconic Nautilus 5711/1A timepiece. This year, however, Patek Philippe has officially abandoned the legendary watch on their website. Although a sad farewell, it has increased the resale value of this watch. In December 2021 auction, the watch sold for $6.5 million. According Sotheby’sbuying this watch will cost you more than US$60,000.
Nicknamed the “the most coveted watch in the worldby some magazines, the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A is a steel luxury sports watch that was first introduced in 1976. The watch features a unique octagonal case and a horizontal raised dial. Its standby time can be up to ten years, and celebrities, like Leonardo DiCaprio, have sported it on various important occasions.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
In May 2022, a vintage Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch sold for more than one million US dollars at auction. In addition, last year the watch brand Audemars Piguet revenue increased by more than 30% to $1.6 billion. Thanks to this increase, the brand has leveled the rules of the economic game with Patek. Clearly, Audemars Piguet is a watch brand worth keeping an eye on, as it could bring you significant value in the future.
Specifically, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection is worth noting. The watch was first introduced in 1972 and featured an octagonal bezel and an integrated bracelet. According to Hodinkee shop, a pre-owned Royal Oak watch can set you back around US$27,000.
4. Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” 42mm
In 1969, Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon wearing an Omega Speedmaster Professional watch. Since then, the watch has been dubbed the “moon watch» by aficionados and worn by astronauts on every manned space mission by NASA.
Globally, it is among the most sought-after watches, so much so that in 2021, Omega teamed up with another watch brand Swatch to launch a younger and more affordable version of this watch: the MoonSwatch, which costs about US$300. Long queues and intense social media buzz Mark the launch of this watch, thus cementing the legacy and demand for the watch to this day. However, if you want to keep it classic and go for the Omega “Moonwatch”, it can cost you between US$6,300 and US$52,000 depending on the Omega official website.
5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Complication À Triptyque
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a unique luxury watch with a reversible case. The watch was introduced in 1931 in response at the request of a polo player for a practical watch capable of withstanding the intensity of the sport.
Even today, it remains one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most popular models. That its design has barely changed over the years is testament to the lasting impact of this watch. For example, the Reverso Triptych Complication is the first watch in this collection with three faces. The Reverso collection includes various rare watches that are worth adding to your collection and can retain their value. According Sotheby’sthis watch will set you back over US$75,000.
6. Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V
Marked by long waiting times and high demand, the Overseas holds its value like most high-end luxury brands. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a luxury watch introduced in 1977 and reinvented in 2016. Last year the Overseas 4500V rose to fame, thanks to social media influencers online sport, thereby increasing its value.
The watch features a sporty design with a stainless steel case and bracelet. Like at Vacheron official sitethis watch is priced at US$33,100.
7. A. Lange and Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater
In November 2021, the German brand A. Lange and Sohne was at the center of a struggling between demand and supply, the first exceeding the second. Lange watch owners rejoiced as their watches showed resale potential for significant amounts.
One of these watches with great investment potential is the Zeitwerk Minute Repeater ref. 147.028. This is the first mechanical wristwatch with a decimal minute repeater and jumping numerals. This white and blue gold timepiece has only 30 pieces up for grabs and is one of the rarest timepieces produced by the watchmaker.
It should be noted that Lange watches can be extremely hard to find, because the watchmaker only produces a small quantity each year. This is probably what drives the value of their watches even higher. Be warned, prices for this watch are already steep, to start with, costing around US$500,000, according to Hodinkee.
Today, the value of a luxury watch depends on several factors, from its rarity to its presence on social networks. Unquestionably, luxury watches are incredible investments. Not only do they retain their value, but their value also increases over time. So whether you are a watch enthusiast, investing in a luxury watch is a smart move.
This article is intended for informational purposes only. Please make investment decisions based on your discretion.
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