By MH Staff - Posted on 28th May 2014
Vintage watch experts Chronos Watchmakers valuate 5 investment pieces.
1 Tag Heuer Carrera
“No-one can touch Tag Heuer as a chronograph maker thanks to its unflagging approach to new technology,” says Matt Bowling of secondhand watch retailer Watchfinder. VINTAGE MG 1967 Carrera, from R30 000 | NEW Carrera Calibre 1887 Chronograph, R74 995.
2 Panerai Luminor
Panerai makes cult watches. Each model is limited, so whichever you buy, it will become a rarity. Collectors can pay 50% over retail cost. VINTAGE PAM00392 Luminor Marina 1950, from R61 300 | NEW PAM00111 Luminor Marina 44mm, R61 300.
3 Breitling Navitimer
The old version is being discontinued, so it will increase in value. If you can’t find an old model, the new one is already establishing itself as a solid bet. VINTAGE Navitimer 1969, from R30 000 | NEW Navitimer 01, R89 700.
4 Rolex Submariner
If you only want one watch, this is it. But don’t expect an instant windfall: its value increases after five years. Ones with red print on the dial are highly collectible. VINTAGE 1966 Oyster Perpetual
Submariner 1680, from R30 000 | NEW Submariner, R85 100.
5 Omega Seamaster
“James Bond’s model of choice is increasing in resale value faster than other brands,” says Bowling. “The quartz version, which is being phased out, may double in price in a few years.” VINTAGE 1970 Seamaster, from R30 000 | NEW Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, R70 400.