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Buying a luxury watch might be one of the most daunting purchases a person can make, and it’s one that most of us only aspire to. However, if you can scrape the cash together, a luxury watch can be a solid investment, especially if you know how to navigate the market.
Sure, luxury watches can cost thousands of dollars and there are loads of brands and models to choose from, so it can be hard to know where to begin, even if you do have the money. Some choices are smarter than others, though, and you’re going to want to be a discerning buyer for such a big investment — one that you’ll wear on your wrist every day. These days, Rolexes and Omegas are not just for suited and booted city workers: they’re the ultimate final addition to your outfit, and you can wear them with your brogues as well as your NMDs. To make sure your dollars are well-spent when the time comes to make a big purchase like this, we’ve rounded up 10 watches that’ll make great investments for years to come.
Rolex Explorer 2016
When you think about the iconic Rolex, the watches that usually come to mind are the Daytona and Submariner models — and that’s exactly why the Explorer is a great, original choice. Boasting a rich history — including the honor of being the first watch on the peak of Everest — the Explorer has a lot in the way of pedigree, and this year’s model is one of the best to be released in a long time.
The 2016 Explorer is a slick, monochrome affair, so you can wear it with pretty much anything, and it has new fully-lumed hands and numbers, so it’s even easier to read in the dark. But the best bit? Despite its good looks, it’s a day-to-day piece, and has a more low-key appeal than some of the other more showy models. Being a Rolex, it doesn’t come cheap — the Explorer retails for $6,000, but it should hold much of that value in the future.
Omega Seamaster 300
Diving watches were originally made to be utilitarian, functional watches for underwater operation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be incredibly stylish. The Omega Seamaster 300 is one of the best-looking dive watches you can buy right now, and its classic, art-deco looks came from cherry-picking details from Omega’s rich history of Seamaster watches.
Although it might look old, Omega have packed the Seamaster with cutting-edge tech, including a ceramic, metal-injected bezel and a glass caseback which shows off its co-axial movement. If you’re after a solid purchase that’ll set you apart from the crowd, the Seamaster 300 is great choice.
It looks every cent of its $6,600 price tag when coupled with the supplied metal bracelet, but throwing on a custom fabric strap provides the perfect blend of smart and casual.
Tudor Black Bay
Tudor isn’t as well-known as the other luxury brands on this list, but it comes with some serious pedigree because it’s actually owned by Rolex. Far from being a second-class brand, Tudor is becoming increasingly popular thanks to watches like the Black Bay.
Almost half the price of a similar Submariner Rolex at $3,250, the Black Bay is a more affordable entry point into the luxury watch game, and it comes with some interesting colorways that you’d never find on a Rolex.
We suggest you go for the Tudor Black Bay Black: featuring a black and gold face that could’ve been endorsed by OVO, it straddles that fine middle ground between vintage and contemporary.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII
If you’re after a watch that’s dressy without being too flashy, the IWC Big Pilot should be one of the first you check out. IWC has been making Pilot’s watches since 1936, and, whether it’s a cleaner model like the Automatic 36 or something busier like the gorgeous blue-faced “Le Petit Prince,” every watch is a great example of less-is-more style.
As you’d expect for watches with this level of fit and finish, they aren’t cheap, but they aren’t the most expensive watches on the market: a new IWC Pilot watch will cost you around $4,200 new, while a watch with more additions and features could cost you upwards of $10,500.
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