Every watch collector will reach a point where the depth of their collection is the only thing that matters. This means the brand obsession has now matured, and it is the watch’s make and materials that matters. The make could mean a lot of things, including but not limited to: movement, dial, crown, etc. The materials are all that a watch is made of, including the watch itself, its peripherals, the strap, etc.
So what exactly does collecting for depth mean? Usually, it should mean the collector has come to a point where the watches they collect and interested in are those with more value, no matter the brand and the manufacturer. Having depth in a collection should also mean that the collector is more concerned with the watch’s historical and current value. Here are some of the best luxury watches you should add to your collection:
Rolex is the undisputed king of luxury watches, that much is true. Most people would hear of the brand and think it’s the most expensive, but actually, that’s not true. There are Swiss and German brands that are more expensive per watch than Rolex, but they don’t have the notoriety that the latter has. But among the many iconic watches from the king, what’s the top choice? Obviously, a classic – the Rolex GMT.
The GMT is among the most popular choices for a true-blue Rolex watch, but it’s mostly passed on for its better-looking siblings. That’s not to say the watch is not stunning because it is, but that’s something that’s objective. For some people, the GMT is bulky and its design language is an acquired taste. You get top of the line automatic movement with the recognizable two-toned ceramic bezel, with two time zones at a glance.
The Navitimer is a titan among its counterparts, and one of the best pilot sport watches in its category, even better than loved brands like Rolex and Omega. The Navitimer made the slide-rule bezel happen. It’s the first one to truly make it work, and in its latest iteration, it’s a wonder on its own. Breitling really is a brand to be reckoned with in the watch industry, and people who say otherwise don’t know what they’re talking about.
What’s great about Breitling’s Navitimer is that it doesn’t try too hard like the watches in its category. Aviation watches usually have the Flieger style in their dial, and although the Navitimer does have it, it incorporates other elements that truly make it one of a kind. The movement, which is a Swiss automatic, is in a league of its own. A true versatile watch, if you ask us.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Arguably one of the most recognized watches in the world, Audemars Piguet’s – AP for the initiated – Royal Oak Offshore is the shining star of the brand, the one model that instantly is a hit in every iteration. The watch is popular with celebrities and politicians, as well as people who want to have the best in the world in terms of watchmaking. Depending on your preference, you can get the Royal Oak in a tourbillon, with a chronograph complication on top.
The newest Code 11.59 is as handsome a watch can be, and if you have more than $20,000 to spare, we say this is the watch to get, no doubt. The movement inside the watch is all made on the plant, making it bespoke all the way. A dress watch through and through, this is the perfect watch for a three-piece suit, even a casual get up for a night out in town. Beautiful and sophisticated, the Royal Oak will impress the most discerning of tastes!
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope
An automatic chronograph is probably one of the most important types of watches one can buy. It’s as historic as can be, and with several quality options, you can be lost in choosing the best of bests. Consider the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope. The minimalist take is as refreshing among a sea of overdesigned, overworked pieces. The Bauhaus styling on the dial is the cherry on top.
If you are a budding watch collector, chances are high that you still don’t have enough leeway to fund your hobby. That’s quite understandable. The average watch collector isn’t a millionaire, and so collecting is about the watch’s quality and what it represents. For most people, this means getting the best quality out of your existing budget. So be wise with your purchases and save up for those iconic timepieces!