Much like diamond rings purchased on the retail market, new watches often lose part of their value after leaving the jewelry counter’s showcase. The good news is that certain ladies’ watches hold their value fairly well, and a select few may even increase in value so long as they are maintained in excellent condition. It’s impossible to make predictions about how the watch market will behave in the future, but past and current trends can help you choose watches that are most likely to hold their value in years to come.
Ladies Rolex watches hold their value well in general, and certain models may even appreciate with time. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Datejust Pearlmaster with Diamonds is a fine example of a watch that remains desirable as the years pass, particularly if you can obtain a Special Edition model. It’s worth mentioning here that the best chance of value retention or increase occurs when you purchase diamond Rolex watches pre-owned; the precious metals and diamonds increase retail costs exponentially and original owners rarely come close to recouping their original investment. Plainer, sportier, larger models are good options as well, since they marry Rolex quality with versatile style.
Not all Cartier watches hold their value well, but a few stand out. Certain ladies Cartier Tank watches do well at auction; for example, a trio of Cartier Tank Ref 2625 watches sold at Christies for $18,800, $21,053, and $12,898 on different dates. This model is a rare, curved Cartier Americaine tank watch with a case of 18K white gold, silver dial with black roman numerals at 12 and 6, and approximately 6.5 carats of diamonds on the case and buckle.
Sleek, simple, and timeless style paired with quality craftsmanship make the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 a highly sought-after watch that tends to hold value well. Its rectangular case is adorned with diamonds, and diamonds mark all hours but 6 and 12. Christie’s calls this watch iconic, grouping it in the same category as the Rolex Datejust.
The Ladies Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso comes in different configurations, with or without diamonds. Like Jaeger-Lecoultre men’s watches, these tend to be in demand on the aftermarket, particularly when they offer unique features. A skeletonized Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso looks incredible on a woman’s wrist, and typically fetches excellent prices at resale.
Quality and sensational style come together in the Harry Winston Emerald watch. The watch’s name has nothing to do with the gemstones used in its design; in fact, most of these watches contain diamonds! This exceptionally elegant timepiece gets its name instead from Harry Winston’s favorite gemstone cut, the Emerald. With an elongated octagonal shape, its look is sleek and feminine. These watches are made in a variety of configurations using white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, paired with the wearer’s choice of double tour straps or traditional bracelets.
Bulgari is renowned for its beautiful ladies watches, including some astonishing models with artful details that make them standouts on the resale market. For everyday wear with business attire, the Bvlgari LVCEA pink gold and diamond watch makes an excellent choice. While it isn’t likely to resell for its retail price, it is in such high demand that some retailers have sold out.
Depending on your sense of style and your interest in certain brands, specific gemstones, and other factors, you may find that it’s quite easy to find appealing timepieces that offer a combination of performance, beauty, and lasting value.
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