Collectible wristwatches are a hobby anyone can pursue, with thousands of options to choose from. With prices ranging from a few to millions of dollars, collectible wristwatches come in an astonishing variety of styles and sizes. While the newer range of wristwatches have a host of features, it's the vintage wristwatches which are valued higher amongst collectible wristwatches.
An eclectic mix of vintage and modern wristwatches are generally preferred by most collectors, and if you are especially fond of the luxury category, then be prepared to shell out for a starting range of $ 1500 to $ 10,000.
Vintage wristwatches are best bought from auctions, as you can be assured of authenticity and quality. Two important things to keep in mind when buying at auctions are, first, determine your pocketbook, and secondly make sure you take condition reports before purchase.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, try buying second-hand watches, these are listed under used watches, and come at considerably lower prices as compared to retail prices. Also, these pieces can be easily bought off the internet or even from friends or relatives. Generally used watches become valuable collector pieces after 10 to 15 years.
Popular collectible Wristwatches
The most popular watches are those which are complicated, fancy sport watches, such as vintage Rolex Daytonas as well as watches made of white metals like platinum and other forms of vintage watches. Patek Philippe is the most expensive and most coveted brand amongst collectible wristwatches, but they are extremely heavy on the pocket. Other top collectible wristwatch brands are Jaeger Le Coultre, Cartier, Rolex and A. Lange & Sohne.
Whether you decide to collect according to manufacturer, or style or even year, it is important to gather as much information about each category as possible. When buying over the internet, make sure the seller is verified, the website provides secure transactions and there are ample pictures. In case the seller has provided vague descriptions and has no or negative feedback, avoid purchasing the item.
Joining a collectors group can give you a lot of information on latest news, upcoming auctions, how to spot fakes and the other aspects of being a successful collector. Keep within your budget, and remember that buying the most expensive pieces is not the only way to increase value of your collection of collectible wristwatches.