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When it comes to investments, we cannot predict which way the wind will blow. Not in any precise way, anyhow. If we could, we’d all be multi-millionaires by now.

Nope – we cannot predict exactly what should be invested in, and what should be left well alone. What we can do, however, is use information to get the most likely answers. There’s market research, year-on-year performance, brand prestige, and customer loyalty. These things, and more, can help us earmark the products most likely to hold their value, or increase in value year after year.

That’s what we’re going to do today – with watches. Here are the best watches to collect for investment purposes. Purchase these watches now and sit back as their value increases over the years. You can thank us later!

Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix (£10,900)


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Swiss watch brand, Vacheron Constantin, was founded in 1755 and since then, they’ve mastered the classic Swiss timepiece with simultaneous innovation and a penchant for risk-taking. This particular self-winding watch is no exception – it melds traditional and modern with that inimitable Swiss watchface and the form-follows-function philosophy that captivated much of contemporary art and design. Not a bad price, either (for Vacheron Constantin).

What’s more, parent company Richemont reported their highest UK sales last year, totalling a whopping £306 million. Now’s the time to get on board. See the watch here.

Oris ‘Carl Brashear’ Chronograph Limited Edition (£3,613)


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This is a one-of-a-kind, limited edition release commemorating Carl Brashear, the decorated U.S. Navy sailor and master diver. Brashear was the first African-American officer in the U.S. Navy (as well as their very first amputee). So, he’s kind of a big thing, and so is this watch – it has a handsome bronze casing, a rich leather strap, and comes with a frankly gorgeous wooden presentation box that will no doubt impress your friends and peers.

Oris are, to this day, considered one of the market’s go-to brands for diving watches. They have brand respect that you can bank on (or invest in, which you definitely should).  See the watch here.

The Longines Heritage 1945 (£1,130)


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The time-honoured craftspeople of Swiss brand, Longines, recently dug into their back catalogue to re-release their Heritage 1945, a watch that sadly fell into obsolescence but is now available again. For a long time, it was favoured by adventurers and connoisseurs alike until it was surpassed by newer and more ‘technologically advanced’ models. Of course, fast-forward a few decades and we’re pining for the original again!

So, if you missed out the first time round, now is your chance. Invest! Before the current (limited) run has all sold out. Here’s a bit about the watch: the glass is made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the underside is made from an anti-reflective to protect it from sun damage, and the clock hands are a fetching cornflower blue.

See the watch in all its glory here.

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante (£9,040)


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With a name like Rattrapante, you should hope for something incredible. Fortunately, like most other Breitling releases, the watch doesn’t disappoint. The Rattrapante is a masterclass in modern watchmaking with a nod to its Swiss forebears – it has a bi-directional bezel, luminescent hands and indices, and its face is made from sapphire crystal. 

Of course, these are just bells and whistles when you think about the connotations that spring to mind at the mere mention of Breitling: prestige, class, luxury are just a few. And, thinking about some of the more iconic Breitling products, the Rattrapante is a somewhat left-field watch. It’s understated, and sure to become a collector’s item – see it here.

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller (£9,550)


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Did someone mention the sea? The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller is a seafaring classic for Rolex and it set the bar for marine watchmaking. At the time, however, it was met with very mixed reactions. Of course, like anything that breaks the mould or disrupts the market, we simply weren’t ready!

For years, the Sea-Dweller failed to sell half as well as Rolex’s other models but it has, in time, attained a sort of cult status. This is for those of you in the know! Come twenty years or so, being ‘in the know’ may just pay off. If you want to know which Rolex investment to opt for, we recommend this one. Take a look here.

Here’s how you protect your investment

Once you start out on your investing journey, make sure that you protect those investments with watch cases. We have a vast range of crush proof and waterproof cases and collection boxes, so be sure to take a look.

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