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Are vintage watches a good investment?

Updated: Apr 23, 2022

WatchArtExchange believes vintage watches are a good investment.

Why? They ain’t making them anymore!


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Prices of raw or unrestored vintage watches are soaring. Scarcity is the number one reason. Vintage watches are becoming hard to come by.


Mint condition or factory condition vintage watches are nearly impossible to find, except at WatchArtExchange.


You can buy a Rolex, Omega, or even a Seiko on the internet and take it to your local

Jeweler to repair and restore, but this is often unsuccessful because he doesn’t have the skillset nor the tools to do the job correctly.


Don’t believe us?


Try it.


WatchArtExchange is the only place that can restore your vintage watch to perfection or factory condition.


Vintage watches reflect the pinnacle of human art and engineering. Watches truly are valuable pieces of art.


Is precious art a good investment?


You bet it is!


Automation


Vintage watches are valuable because they were hand made and each is unique. It took a master watchmaker over 30 hours to make just one watch.


Back in the day, a Rolex, a Rado, and even a Seiko cost about the same. It took a lot of work to make a watch.


Modern day watches use machines to mass produce watches to save money. Labor is very expensive. As an example of modernization, Rolex manufactures over a million watches per year and only has 30 thousand employees.


Every modern Rolex Submariner, Omega Moon Watch, and Steinhart Ocean is exactly the same.

Below is a comparison of a Rolex and a Steinhart. The Rolex sells new for $10,000 and the Steinhart sells new for under $800. Both beautiful watches. Both are Swiss made. Both keep accurate time. Why pay 10X more for the Rolex?


In our opinion, modern watches are a victim of their own success. The manufacturers have been able to automate watch manufacturing and significantly reduce their expenses. It is true that the higher brands like Rolex, Omega, and Patek for example do add an element of human labor to the timepiece in the form of embellishments, but the profit margin is immense and not passed down to the consumer. This is why they fear Chinese copies which are essentially the same watch for much less.


Vintage watches were made by hand. Each watch was a little different. Vintage watches cannot be mass produced, by definition.


The vintage watch is fairly priced, if it took over 30 hours to make. The vintage watch is worth more if it is unique and scarce. The vintage watch is worth more if it is a piece of horological art.


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