There are not many experiences that are more satisfying than owning luxury watches and throughout centuries quality watches have defined the wearer. Despite technological advances that have led to practically every gadget people own has a clock on it, wearing watches has not gone out of fashion. What has happened is the classic luxury watches have become a more desirable accessory. Anyone struggling to find a gift for a special person in their lives would do well to look at the range of watches available, or if you have a bit of spare cash and just want to spoil yourself – this is one investment that will provide returns, not just as a piece of jewelry, but also have good resale values.
We have to start with the classic Rolex watches. There are a few to choose from but one that has stood the test of time is Cosmograph Daytona, which was first launched by Rolex in 1963 offering a range of options within this range of sport watches for men. Customers are spoilt by being able to choose the material from a number of options that include Oystersteel, Yellow Gold, Platinum and even Pink Gold. There are also options of bezel, dial colour and hour markers styles that include a decadent gem-set hour option.
A Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is not as expensive as you would think with a starting price of around £9,000 and obviously some of the more luxurious options will cost considerably more.
The Rolex Yacht Master was launched in 1992 and is one of the brand’s iconic models and is probably the most recognized in their range of exclusive watches. There is a waiting list for a brand new one to your specific options and prices start at £8,500. The Rolex Yacht Master was essentially an upgraded version of the Submariner and a part of Rolex’s range of sport watches for men. It is waterproof for up to 100 metres and a sapphire crystal face that is almost scratch proof.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch first came to public attention in 1965 when NASA flight qualified the watch for space missions and was worn by both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they walked on the moon. It’s incredibly priced starting at £3,500 being shatterproof on high impact, with a criteria set by NASA and comes with optional straps e.g Velcro and NATO strap as standard.
Hublot’s Big Bang is available with a range of faces and straps with prices starting at around £8,000. They have even introduced the Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with the flags of participating countries around the edge of the face, although you may not wish to remember the tournament in a few weeks’ time. Their range of luxury watches have a more modern contemporary look and there is also one playing homage to the 1980s hit band, Depeche Mode. The Big Bang range includes luxury watches for women that are particularly stylish.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 starts at a more affordable price at £1,100 and is the ultimate in sport watches for men offering 49 options of differing faces and dials, although not any personalized options as in the Rolex luxury watches range. The classy and stunning TAG Heuer Formula 1 range is comfortable to wear and popular with successful race car drivers, according to the manufacturer.
The Tudor Pelagos has a limited range of three options, although the Pelagos is also available for left handed wearers/drivers which were originally commissioned by the French Navy. Despite the small number of options, these luxury watches are stylish and symbolize the adventurous spirit. These watches cost around £3,200, so not the cheapest of sports watches for men – however the quality is spectacular. As in the functionality, the Pelagos is robust and waterproof to 1,640 ft / 500m.
Grand Seiko luxury watches have been on the market since 1960 and managed to generate brand loyalty because of the chic and strong look of these highly functional classic watches. The sports watch range has 12 options starting at around £4,000 to £11,000, although the Grand Seiko Heritage range can set you back up to £40,000 and take a more conventional style that most owners would be proud to own. The sport watches range provide quartz precision time and have up to 72 hours power reserve delivering reliability and continuity of time keeping in the current busy world that we live in where time is precious.
Last but not least, the IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer, which is not as well known as the other luxury watches. With the Aquatimer starting at approximately £5,600, some customers will need to book an appointment to view these stunning watches. The Aquatimer was launched in 1967 targeting the exclusive diver market and has luminescent displays with design improvements in 1982 inspired by the Porsche Ocean 2000, offering rounded and recessed grips. The Aquatimer range are distinguished with an unquestionably Alfa male design and colour options.