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There are only a few collectibles on the market that hold their value as well as a beautiful timepiece so it’s a befitting object for you to
splurge on invest in. The world of horology (the science of measuring time and the art of making timepieces) can get a bit overwhelming quickly because of all the intricacies that come with the craft. So here are a few things I suggest you do to make your trip to your jeweler less cumbersome.
The conundrum: With the advent of smart watches, the watch market has been hit again with tech that may revolutionize or scuff their history in a way similar to their Quartz days. As of now companies such as Tag Hauer, Apple, Hermes, and Samsung have invested in smart watches and the outcome has been fun to watch–my only worry is that a watch which will inevitably need hardware and software updates will lose something very important to the collector…timelessness. So for the sake of this article, I will put my unrealized dream of talking into my watch the way The Jetsons did aside.
Step 1: Don't outdo your boss
You never know what sort of complex he or she may be dealing with so stay on the safe side and avoid picking a watch that will make one wonder if you’re being paid too much or lack respect. In essence, If he’s sporting a gold Rolex Sky Dweller, opt for a Yacht-Master maybe.
Step 2: Do your research
There are countless watch factories, but only a few will be worthwhile to you as a consumer based on your preferences. Some people shop for watches as collectible items while some others shop for the heck of it so it’s all a matter of what it means to you. If you’re going for reliability in the movement, customer service and resell value–look towards long-standing brands such as (but not limited to): Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and Panerai. The aforementioned companies have a good selection of entry-level watches and a series of watches to fit any level of financial success you may graduate into in the future.
Fun Fact: Deep-cover MI6 spies back in the day always sported a Rolex because it was recognizable all over the world and it carried an immediate value, which could be used to trade their way out of sticky situations
Step 3: Find your inspiration
When it comes to spending hard-earned money on certain luxuries, such as cars and watches, there should be an air of playfulness that pulls on the heartstrings of your inner child. Many watch companies have poured unfathomable amounts of money into several expeditions to nudge the explorer within you into their shops. Omega for instance was the only non-NASA item on board the spacecraft during the Apollo 11 mission, which was the first manned moon landing in human history. It also doesn’t hurt that our favorite man with the golden gun James Bond also opted for an Omega Seamster 300 in Pierse Brosnan’s 1995 rendition of Goldeneye.
These are just a few things to bear in mind during your hunt for a worthy timepiece, but they are by no means definitive, so play with them as you see fit and most importantly–HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Honorable Mentions (Entry-level watches):Bell & Ross, Cartier, Hamilton, IWC, Longines, Seiko, Tag Heuer, Tudor.