So where else should you look for a cheap rolex watches that’s likely to appreciate – or at least hold – its value? Well, in the sub-￡10,000 market, it will probably be another Rolex; one of its “professional” watches such as the Submariner or GMT. One to watch is the Deepsea people are calling the “James Cameron”, which features a dial that fades from deep blue to black, launched in commemoration of the film director’s voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. It has a waiting list of a couple of years and a decent chance it will be discontinued (thus limiting supply): both good indicators it will hold its value. If you have rather more to spend, any Patek will hold its value well, although if the advertising campaign is anything to go by, you’ll be giving it to your children rather than selling it.
But buying a watch with the expectation of making a profit – certainly a quick one – is probably the wrong approach. The big-money auctions are all vintage rolex replica watches at least 20-30 years old, and working out which pieces will be desirable in three decades can be like divining the future from tea leaves. You can bet the original buyer of the “Paul Newman” described above had no idea his or her ￡200-300 outlay would eventually reap such astronomical rewards.
That’s not to say replica rolex watches shouldn’t be viewed as an investment of sorts: a good mechanical timepiece will hold its value far better than most other luxury goods. Wine is a notoriously difficult and fickle investment market, with many chateaux and regions horribly over-priced. Try selling a sports car with 100,000 miles on the clock for a profit and you’ll be laughed out of the auction house. Property, of course, is a safer bet, but the barriers to entry are high and it’s all business: you can’t fall in love with a property empire in the way you can a watch collection.