I have noticed, at least in the German speaking markets, that watch collectors tend to go more and more for the big brands. This may not hold true for all markets, but Western Europe and more so even Germany seems to look for Rolex and Omega in the first two places. While this is just my personal perception, I believe there is more to it.
One aspect I believe is behind this trend is the fact that more and more people not only collect watches, but have started to trade and deal with watches. They may just be your common watchflipper, but the numbers of those flippers must be increasing fast.
For any flipper, the bigger the name, the easier it is to trade the watch. That is a given. Even more so for men’s Rolex watches including the 5 digit references of Submariner, and men’s Omega watches. Actual men’s Rolex watches including the 5 digit references of Submariner, GMT, Seadweller and Deep-Sea Rolexes have seen amazing price increases over the past 2-3 years. This has made it easy to make some money, but who knows where the prices will be heading and if they can continue their climb?
Men’s Omega watches like Seamaster and Speedmaster have proven to be solid and high in demand as well.
Noone can predict what is coming next. A certain slowdown may already be imminent, however, it may just be a break before prices climb further?
The vintage market is still going strong, and excellent examples of vintage watches like vintage Submariner, Daytona, and Speedmasters are fetching the highest prices in history. This may be contributed to the fact that excellent pieces are becoming ever rarer.
It will be interesting to see what will happen when the Chinese start looking for vintage Rolex and Omega.
What do you think about this?