Industry Trends

5 watches that will increase in value over time

Written by Laura | Updated 6th July 2022

Big brand precision watches are made to last. Designed and built with excellence and endurance in mind, certain watches can give you a great return on investment. That is, if you know which models to invest in. Our Expert in Watches Berry Harleman shares five watches that are likely to increase in value over time

1. Rolex Submariner

Rolex Submariner
People often ask whether Rolex watches hold their value and the answer is a resounding yes. Submariners from just two or three years ago already sell for more than the original price and with time this will only increase. The Submariner was the first Rolex diving watch; it's watertight up to 300 metres. It was originally produced in 1953 and today the new models are staying true to the original. Because of their sleek, timeless appearance and rugged durability, they are a popular watch for everyday wear and are a stable investment. The Submariner is easily the most popular and sought-after Rolex watch and therefore will continue to increase in value over time.

2. Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

Tudor is not one of the most well-known brands out on the market, but it's the sister company of the watch giant Rolex and holds its value in similar fashion. Tudor is becoming more and more popular though and the Black Bay watch is one of the reasons for this. The watch is a great mix between vintage and contemporary watch making. The 60-year-old diving watch was updated in 2016 with a mechanical movement manufactured by the brand itself. The Black Bay costs about half the price of the Rolex Submariner, and is therefore an affordable way to start investing in watches. Because of it's increasing popularity, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is sure to increase in value.

3. Rolex Explorer 2016

Rolex Explorer 2016

Along with the Submariner, the Explorer is another good Rolex investment option. The watch, originally released in 1963, was the first one to reach the peak of the Mount Everest. The 2016 model is one of the best so far, with its black dial, filled with luminescent material to give the markers and hands a lasting blue glow. This watch is definitely not cheap, but it will increase in value over time and is worth the investment.

4. Omega Seamaster 300

Omega Seamaster 300

Like Rolex watches, Omega watches not only hold their value but gain in value too. As a result, the Omega Seamaster 300 has become an iconic watch. It offers cutting-edge technology and great detailed features, such as a metal-injected ceramic bezel and glass case back so you can see the co-axial movement. The fact that it's one of the best-looking Omegas comes from selecting the best elements from previous Seamasters and combining them into the ultimate functional and stylish timepiece. This model is one of the best watches to buy right now, since it is increasing in retail value faster than the usual watch.

5. TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera

Over the years, TAG Heuer became so closely associated with motorsports that the names have become synonymous. The motorsport watch Carrera was launched in 1963. With is precise and easy to use chronograph, it has become a popular racing piece. But as a wristwatch for everyday use, it looks stylish with its sport look and multiple colours to choose from. The Carrera typically costs only half the price of a Rolex, but will continue to increase in value like many TAG Heuer watches, which is why it’s a good starter investment.


Start investing right away and have a look at our weekly Watches auctions. Or if you're ready to cash in on an investment and sell a vintage watch online, simply become a seller.

Discover more Watches

You might also like these articles:

How to Buy and Sell Rolex Watches Online Without The Stress

What Your Watch Says About You

How to Keep Your Watch in Good Condition

Create your free account
At Catawiki, you’ll be surprised every week with the impressive selection of special objects we have on offer. Create your free account today and explore our weekly auctions curated by our team of experts.
Share this article
Close Created with Sketch.
Not registered yet?
By creating your free Catawiki account, you’ll be able to bid on any of our 65,000 special objects up for auction every week.
Register now