Everyday luxury watches are very underrated investment vehicles. Besides being investment-friendly, these watches are something you could wear when not secured in your home locker or bank vault. If you are looking to buy a watch that you can wear regularly and also goes up in value (or at least keeps its value), the following are your five solid options.
An everyday watch must be simple and devoid of various complications. The Rolex Explorer is an epitome of that description. It’s a simple, easy-to-read watch, which makes it an ideal everyday luxury watch. Irrespective of your age and your watch preferences, the stylish Rolex Explorer would suit you well. Thanks to its 904L steel case, it’s pretty durable for regular use. Moreover, the oyster bracelet looks great and feels comfortable.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
The Heritage Black Bay by Tudor is a stainless-steel diver’s watch rooted in tradition. It’s a classic watch that will stay desirable even a decade or more down the line, recouping most of your original outlay. The watch has its own movement and can be paired with a variety of straps or bracelets. If you like Rolex but don’t have the budget for it yet, the Black Bay should keep you occupied until then.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The AP Royal Oak is composed of 40 jewels and 280 parts. Though that sounds ostentatious and complex, the watch is extremely practical. The watch has a self-winding power mechanism and a power reserve of 60 hours. The Royal Oak has been around since 1972 and it has barely changed in looks and functionality ever since. The integrated bracelet and octagonal case have been distinct and desirable right from the watch’s inception. Such levels of integrity give the watch both monetary and sentimental value.
The Submariner is another iconic Rolex watch, besides the Explorer. It, in fact, is the big daddy of diver watches. The watch’s 904L steel case houses the brand’s Manufacture 3135 movement. Since it’s a diver’s piece, it has a water resistance of up to 300 meters or 1,000 feet. The Submariner and most steel sports watches of Rolex are surefire investment pieces. In fact, it’s very rare to come across a two- or three-year-old Submariner selling for a price less than its original retail cost.
Omega Seamaster 300M
The Omega Seamaster 300 comes with rhodium-plated hands, a sand-blasted black dial, and the classic Super-LumiNova. The ceramic bezel ring, the transparent case-back, etc. clearly denote the watch’s craftsmanship. This James Bond watch, like most other Omega watches, increases in resale value quicker than pretty much any other watch in its category. There is also a quartz version of it. However, if you’re “investing” in a watch, steer clear of it since quartz watches, like smartwatches, are not investment timepieces.
The right wristwatch is not just an accessory – it’s an asset too. Like diamonds and other jewels, quality timepieces have an underlying worth and significance. Unlike the market for Rolex and Patek Phillipe, markets for brands such as Audemars Piguet aren’t fluid. Besides not making enough watches, a company like Audemars Piguet also doesn’t market itself much for it to be associated with luxury the way Rolex is. However, with increased knowledge being disseminated about luxury watches and brands online, general perceptions about high-quality watch brands should change. Until then, hold on to your luxury timepiece.