10 Watches to Invest in Right Now
Looking to buy a watch that looks great and will rise in value? Lloyd Amsdon, co-founder of the world's largest pre-owned watch marketplace watchfinder.co.uk, selects 10 pieces with real investment potential.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
“It’s no easy feat breaking into an existing market, even if your heritage is as impressive as Tudor’s. With the Rolex sister company dipping its toe into the market for the first time in a long while, it seems as if it has struck gold with this stunning little number. With a comparatively affordable price tag, it’s foolish not to get one. It can’t stay this cheap for long."
Breitling Navitimer 806
“Breitling’s Navitimer has been gracing the wrists of pilots since the mid-20th Century, but it’s taken until now for early examples to really start becoming collectible. Vintage Rolex is a boat that sailed a long time ago, but vintage Breathing is still ready to be boarded. They’re getting ever more popular though, so don’t hang about too long decided on this one.”
Omega Seamster Professional 300M
“Okay, so this one isn’t going to make you a millionaire overnight, but in terms of holding value and holding strong, it’s as dependable as they get. With Omega recently culling the quartz model from the lineup with a view to moving up the luxury ladder, buying a Seamster Professional should be an easy decision to make. Short of buying a Rolex Submariner, there’s no surer thing.”
Omega Spacemaster Z-33
“A reimagining of the ‘70s Pilot Line case, the Spacemaster continues with what the Omega is most famous for: space exploration. Quirky design, in-depth functionality and impressive heritage gives the Z-33 a real chance of becoming an investment piece. The popularity of the vintage Omega is on the rise, and pieces like this will rise with it.”
TAG Heuer Silverstone
“This ‘Heuer’-badged limited edition has flown under the radar for a while, and is still something of a bargain, but it won’t be that way forever. As the ‘Heuer’-badged Monaco limited editions have shown, there is a definite market for reissue vintage, with its TV case and leather rally strap, is a prime contender for the next big thing.”
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00422
“It may not be a limited edition, but the PAM00422’s reasonable price, in-house movement and vintage good looks have made it irresistible. If history’s anything to go by, desirable Panerai’s gain value as time ticks along, particularly early examples of new models. Hang on to this one until Panerai decides to stop making it and you should do pretty well.”
Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph
“Watchmaker of watchmakers, Jaeger-LeCoultre has supplied the likes of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin with its movements. This Deep Sea Chronograph is a design revived from the brand’s historical archives, and is already generating quite a following. It’s not hard to see why—who can resist those striking good looks?”
Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 116660
“Nobody quite knew what to make of the Deeps when it first came out, and low sales have made it a rare beast in relative terms. The Deepsea was a big move for Rolex, and it’s the big moves that get collectors’ attention further down the line.”
“Rolex’s most complicated watch for decades, the Sky-Dweller came as something of a surprise when it was announced a few years ago. It’s technical ability is sure to see it continue to gain followers, and with it will come appreciation. Rolex are notorious for price rises, which will keep the value strong until the Sky-Dweller’s eventual replacement.”
Patek Philippe 5205
“The words ‘Patek Philippe’ and ‘complicated’ may not be quite enough to restart an economy, but they are certainly good enough to warrant comfortable appreciation. It doesn’t have to be this model specifically—take your pick, they’re all good. There’s nothing quite like having a product of the world’s No. 1 watchmaker resident on your wrist."
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.