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Top 5 luxury watches to buy as investments

People used to buy watches as accessories or collectibles, but lately, they have been investing in them. This is because many luxury watches have increased in value, either due to rarity or popularity. Nevertheless, if you are looking to invest in one now, we can help you with a list of watches that are expected to go further up in value in the near future.

Best investment watches

From the infamous Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 to the Rolex Tiffany, we have listed down the best watches for investment purposes. These watches have either been discontinued or are extremely hard to find. This has made their price shoot up over the retail price quite significantly.

  • Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711
  • Rolex Submariner Hulk
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Tiffany
  • Omega Speedmaster “First in Space”

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 is one of the most popular watches among watch enthusiasts and collectors alike. It is also a top choice in any list of good investment watches to buy. The watch offers a design inspired by the style of the 1950s. It combines elegant style and modern technology to create a timepiece as refined as it is precise.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

The Nautilus 5711/1A with the blue dial has increased significantly in terms of price. There are only a limited number of pieces out there. In good condition, the watch is currently trading between AED 250,000 and AED 450,000.

Rolex Submariner Hulk Ref. 116610LV

Just like the Nautilus 5711, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV has also been discontinued. Popularly known as the Rolex Submariner Hulk, the watch holds a special place in the hearts of watch enthusiasts. The thing that makes it stand out is the fact that it features a green bezel and a green dial.

Depending on the condition, you can get this investment watch anywhere between AED 75,000 to AED 125,000. Due to its rarity, the prices are expected to go even higher.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo is a larger version of the iconic Royal Oak. With its large dial and striking case, this elegant timepiece is sure to turn some heads. The Royal Oak’s timeless design remains as definitive today as it was in 1945. It features an exceptional combination of a Tourbillon and a Bleu Nuit tapisserie dial.

In particular, many watch enthusiasts have shown interest in the reference 15202ST. There is a huge waitlist to get one brand-new. However, you can get it in good condition in the pre-owned market for a starting price of around AED 280,000. These prices can go all the way up to AED 440,000.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Tiffany 41mm

Although it was launched in 1932, the Oyster Perpetual is one of Rolex’s most popular models. It has an oyster case and bracelet that are in excellent condition, with a classic look that can easily be dressed up or down depending on your personal style. Rolex recently launched the Tiffany color dial for the watch, which gained immense popularity.

Rolex Tiffany watch

While the 36mm variant of the watch is still being sold at retail stores, the 41mm version has been discontinued. Due to its elegant look, the 41mm Tiffany watch still has a huge demand, which is why they are going for a premium in the secondary market. Right now, you can get one in the pre-owned market for a starting price of around AED 119,000.

Omega Speedmaster First in Space

In 1962, astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra wore an Omega Speedmaster on the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission, making it the first Omega in space. To this day, the Speedmaster remains an iconic watch. The Speedmaster “First in Space” model was launched with a retail price of around AED 17,500. But now, the watch is available in the pre-owned market for anywhere between AED 22,000 and AED 29,000.

Why should you invest in watches?

Over the years, it has been proven that these luxury watches can often offer more returns than the stock market. Moreover, if you buy shares of a company or a crypto coin, you are always going to face volatility. The watch that you buy is either going to retain its value well, or it’s going to gradually increase in value.

Unlike stocks that show up only on your portfolio, you can always wear the watch on your wrist instead of just keeping it in your safe.

Which one should you invest in?

All the aforementioned watches can prove as a good investment. In order to retain most of their value, you can try getting one in brand-new condition and keep it safe. If you manage to keep it in pristine condition, you will be able to sell it at a significant premium in the future. Even if you use the watch and manage to keep it in good condition, you can still get a good price for it. Just like other investments, this one is also going to be subject to market risks. But it is proven that they at least retain their value if not go up.

It is worth mentioning that you should actually buy these incredible watches to enjoy the experience and not to make money out of them. The profit you might make when you sell them would just be the icing on the cake.

Written By

Ewan Cole

Ewan Cole is a watch journalist and consultant who has worked in the industry for over a decade. He splits his time between his hometown of London and the United Arab Emirates, writing about luxury watches for a dozen or so websites. He also speaks at numerous events on a regular basis.

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