Picking a good investment watch can be tricky, especially if you aren't overly familiar with the market.
Yes, a Rolex or a Omega is never a bad watch to own, but which models can be expected to increase in value over time?
Therefore we've teamed up with Luxe Watches to offer its suggestions for the right timepieces to invest in.
Luxe Watches is a luxury watch specialist that stacks the finest brands, including the likes of Rolex, Omega, Cartier and Breitling.
Click through the gallery below to see its recommendations.
Best investment watches
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James
When your watch is named after one of the world’s greatest basketball players, you know it’s going to be one sleek machine. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ‘LeBron James’ has a 44mm 18ct rose gold case, grey “Méga Tapisserie” pattern dial featuring a date indicator, fixed titanium bezel, chronograph function and automatic movement. The slamdunk comes in the form of the grey rubber strap with an 18ct rose gold buckle.
Richard Mille RM 055 Bubba Watson Asia
According to Richard Mille, for a timepiece to be perfect, it must be a true exercise in the creation of complex, holistic relationships that unite the interior and exterior of the watch. The Richard Mille RM 055 Bubba Watson Asia Edition AN Ti seems to fit the bill. If you choose to splash out on the 50mm black aluminium case, skeletonised dial, rose gold tachymeter and black rubber strap, rest assured that you’ll be part of an exclusive club. Only 30 pieces exist worldwide. The catch? It’s only sold in Asia. Quick trip to Bangkok on the ol’ air miles?
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40
Rose gold might be all the rage right now, but we have a feeling it’s more than just a trend. If you choose to invest in a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40, you’ll merge style with a little bit of history. Making its debut in 1956, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. It comes with a 40mm 18ct rose gold case, olive green dial with 18ct rose gold Roman numeral hour markers. The President bracelet also features a concealed folding clasp, helping continue its reign as the watch par excellence of the elites.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster
Undoubtedly a statement piece, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster Yellow Gold comes with a Cognac orange sunray dial featuring a date indicator, eight diamond hour markers as well as Arabic diamond studded “6” and “9” markers. Nothing says statement quite like a fixed bezel set with yellow and orange Sapphires, on an 18ct yellow gold Pearlmaster bracelet, now does it?
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A
The tagline, “you never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation,” couldn’t be more apt. At Luxe Watches we consider Patek Philippe to be the ultimate investment brand, and this model is the most recognisable of PP designs. Enjoy the mixture of polished and brushed links on the bracelet, and a beautifully textured white, grey and silver dial. Waiting lists to buy this stainless steel sports watch can take up to two years, which makes buying secondhand a handy option.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 in stainless steel
Undoubtedly one of the best watches Rolex have ever produced. This classic is the most highly sought-after timepiece on the market – and that was before it was discontinued in 2016. Its beauty comes from the simplicity of its design, and the stainless steel model in particular is prized by collectors for its sturdy, functional nature. Here at Luxe Watches we predict that unworn models will be worth around £20k by 2022, so invest now and you can sell it for double the buying price.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph in stainless steel with black dial
The original Royal Oak was a game changer when it came to ‘affordable’ high-end sports watches. Its superior hand-applied finishing techniques on the bevelling, lapping, polishing and brushing mean it's still highly desirable today. It’s a versatile piece that appeals to both watch collectors as well as enthusiasts, and is the ideal purchase for a first time AP buyer. This is a must-own piece, so best to buy sooner rather than later as it will only go up in price.
Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial
Rumours are circulating that this collector’s timepiece will be discontinued at Baselworld 2017. Whether true or not, requests for this model at Luxe Watches have already increased. These whispers have begun to hike up the secondhand price, and if made official will do so even more. What makes this watch so special? It was designed in honour of film director James Cameron, and the Deepsea Challenger vessel Rolex worked on with him. Its special dial symbolises the dive itself: beginning with an aquatic blue to represent the water closer to the surface of the sea, then getting progressively darker to mirror the darkness of the depths. It’s worth noting Rolex have never created a watch in anyone else’s honour, which adds to its allure and value.
Rolex GMT-Master II Batman 116710BLNR
At Baselworld 2013, Rolex revealed what its design team had been working on for years – the world's first one-piece ceramic bezel in two colours, blue and black. Now a much loved timepiece due to its unique bezel and playful dial, it has become a ‘must-buy’ Rolex. Thanks to the relatively reasonable price, there is a waiting list for this watch too. As a result, this has driven the secondhand market price up and will continue to do so.
Richard Mille RM 035 Nadal
Richard Mille is fast becoming one of the biggest luxury brands the world over and this model although not one of its most exclusive offerings, is considered the next big thing. Ultra light, manly and most importantly ultra high-performance - it can withstand a whole match worn on the wrist of its namesake tennis pro Rafael Nadal. Loved by sports icons, celebrities, enthusiasts and collectors a like, this was Luxe Watches best selling timepiece of 2016. Encased in magnesium-aluminium, with a sapphire crystal bezel that will take your breath away and an uncluttered face - The Nadal will appeal to those who love utilitarian style watches. With an annual production of approximately 3,400 pieces a year this watch is hard to find, making it even more appealing to own.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LN in stainless steel
Designed as a commercial diver’s watch in the 1950s, this Rolex has stayed true to its roots and today's design is very similar to the original. Although created to be worn underwater – up to 300 meters to be exact – it also looks decidedly dapper on dry land, and can be worn with a suit or more relaxed attire. This versatility creates huge demand and long waiting lists, meaning prices are on the up – invest now.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Michael Schumacher Limited Edition in 18k Rose Gold
Made out of rose gold but like gold dust to get hold off, only 500 pieces were made available to purchase back in 2013. Created in honour of former ambassador Michael Schumacher to celebrate his racing accomplishments, this watch has something for everyone. The appeal of its limited availability, combined with unique design elements such as the seven stars in the tachymeter (one for each championship win), means this timepiece appeals to Schumacher fans and collectors alike. They sell quickly and prices rise each year, making this a ‘sure-thing’ investment.