5 Sports Watches To Invest In Now
A sports watch stands out as the cornerstone of any watch collection. But with so many brands and styles out there, finding the right sports watch to invest in can be a tough business. We’ve asked watch expert and blogger Ariel Adams to highlight five iconic sports watches which are sure to stand the test of time…
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
The larger, sportier brother of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (the first ever high end steel sports watch), is the Royal Oak Offshore. Rugged and attractive, this large family of chronograph watches comes in many forms.
It would be easy for me to suggest a limited edition version of the Royal Oak Offshore as an investment worthy piece, but I am going to recommend the Royal Oak Offshore Forged Carbon. Why? Because the unique forged carbon material is produced exclusively in house at Audemars Piguet, and will likely not be produced forever. In the future, the rarity and exclusivity of a forged carbon case in good condition is sure to be collectible.
Hublot Big Bang
The 44mm wide case includes Jean-Claude Biver’s “fusion concept,” meaning that each case is made from a range of materials. The eye-catching design is a modern masterpiece and is wonderfully polarizing as well. With all the attention on limited edition pieces, the glorious original models are sure to be overlooked in the future, until they are recalled and considered the purest form of Hublot design.
This is the obvious choice given the history of the Submariner and the fact that the Rolex brand name is so valuable that even new Rolex watches can be turned around and sold for almost what they were paid for even after being used.
Your best bet is a steel Rolex Submariner, and if history has anything to say about it, buying unusual dials that are produced for a limited time (such as the green dial) is your best way to go.
For an indepth guide to the Rolex Oyster Professional collection (from which the Submariner hails) take a look at our guide.
I have a hunch that very soon Rolex will be updating their Daytona collection with a brand new version of their popular chronograph racing watch. The traditional status piece has a huge amount of collectability amongst vintage Daytona models, but less among new versions. History has told us that when Rolex stops making something the chances of it being collectable go up.
The good news is that Rolex produced many different versions of the Daytona in terms of dial styles. Look for some of the more unusual, but still timeless Rolex Daytona models if you want a good chance of it being investment worthy for the long-term.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
One of the least appreciated high-end sport dive watches of today is the Fifty Fathoms range by Blancpain. Marred by a high price and little awareness, the Fifty Fathoms is nevertheless a gorgeous range of divers watches with a real history to back them up. Blancpain operates a major movement making division of the Swatch Group, and the Fifty Fathoms has an entirely in-house made automatic movement.
I personally love the curved sapphire crystal over the rotating diver’s bezel. I believe that these are investment worthy because in the future their good looks and limited production numbers will appeal to collectors looking for well-made but unpretentious Swiss sports watches.