Historical performance of watch investments

Recent media coverage such as these articles below well document the phenomenal returns careful watch collectors have seen over recent years. These returns have continued when other more tradition investments have suffered through global downturns, recessions, and other acts of God. Collecting and investing in watches is an area that is continuing to grow due to worldwide growing demand and shortage of quality supply.

Antique Collecting

With the current demand for vintage watches showing no signs of letting up it’s never been a better time to look at their investment potential, says Paul Maudsley, International Specialist-Director Watches at Phillips in London.

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Mr Porter

No one would have taken you seriously 30 years ago if you told them that come the new millennium, their money would be better off in old watches than savings accounts, bonds or shares.

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The Telegraph

The value of premium second-hand watches has ticked up even in the tough economic times of late.

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We see thousands of new people interested in vintage watches every year, and explosive growth in values, and this is just over the last five years or so.

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The Guardian

Prices for some watches have doubled in the past 12 months and, like other markets where there is only a limited number available, prices have to go up.

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This is Money

The price of the most collectable second-hand wristwatches is rising by 5 per cent a year thanks to their old-fashioned appeal.

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Much of this optimism derives from the performance of vintage watches over the last few years using reliable independent price tracking. This shows the performance of a typical collection of say 6 key pieces and how that historical trend could be extrapolated into future growth. As always it is not my intention to make rash promises, merely to show that a carefully selected collection could not only offer years of enjoyment but make your money work just as hard, and in some cases harder, than other forms of investment.

Brand performance


When you consider this purchase is backed by a no quibble three year money back guarantee I find it harder to think of a better investment for both the would be collector, seasoned horologist or even the clever investor looking to achieve some diversification. Below, we take a look at recent performance of a range of Omega Speedmaster models:

Speedmaster 105.003-65

Speedmaster 105.003-65
  • July 2008 - Sold £2,750
  • June 2010 - Sold £3,250
  • May 2013 - Sold £3,450
  • Aug 2015 - Sold £5,550
  • Sep 2017 - £14,500
Increase over 9 yr period 427%

Speedmaster 2998

Speedmaster 2998
  • Dec 2010 - Sold £4,750
  • May 2013 - Sold £5,500
  • Aug 2015 - Sold £7,950
  • Sep 2017 - £14,800
Increase over 7 yr period 211%

Speedmaster 105.012-65/66

Speedmaster 105.012-65/66
  • Oct 2009 - Sold £3,350
  • Jan 2010 - Sold £3,200
  • Nov 2012 - Sold £3,450
  • Nov 2016 - £7,800
  • Sep 2017 - £10,250
Increase over 8 yr period 205%

Speedmaster 145.022-69

Speedmaster 145.022-69
  • July 2008 - Sold £1,650
  • June 2010 - Sold £1,850
  • Aug 2012 - Sold £2,200
  • Sep 2015 - Sold £2,450
  • Sep 2015 - Sold £5,750
Increase over 7 yr period 248%

HMRC working for you

What also undoubtedly helps the current collector is that vintage watches are classed as Wasting Assets by HMRC, a delightful phrase that reflects the nature of their mechanical construction and the belief of HMRC that most mechanical items have a lifespan of only 50 years (I won't tell them if you don't!). All of which means any profits made on the sale of the watches are not subject to Capital Gains Tax! This simple fact makes the purchase and collection of Vintage watches a more than a sound investment.


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