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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.

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