THE RARITY of a watch and the complexity of its circuitry, combined with how well it has been maintained, often meant that investors bought watches as an alternative to gold and more volatile stock. Watches are delicate works of art, and some have been crafted by near-centennials whose value of and respect for true craftsmanship is timeless.
Watches, if selected carefully, will always retain their value and in fact increase in value. The criteria for buying a watch as an investment are as follows:
Regular maintenance is key. It should be done by a certified watchmaker or manufacturer every three to four years. This includes a complete dismantling, cleaning and re-oiling.
Exclusive, limited-edition and rare watches are intended to be collected and will always increase in value as they are extremely difficult to come by. These pieces are numbered individually and will have certification to prove their prestige.
Precious metals in a watch may make the initial investment high, but these metals will retain their value for resale purposes.