Top 5 Watches to collect as Investment timepieces.

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If you are an avid watch collector and admire the sheer brilliance and craftsmanship of these timepieces, you need to consider the three pillars of watch investments: brand recognition, demand and rarity. Using these as our top fundamentals, we created a list of our 5 most exclusive watches to invest in. 

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

The diver's watch, manufactured in stainless steel, draws its characteristics from the Tudor history, fitted with Tudor's MT5602 self-winding mechanical movement and a bidirectional rotor system. It has 70 hours of power reserve, this one is a must-have for 'dive' hard fans. Expert Kyron Keogh, managing director of ROX states "stick to the classic pieces that people will always want and you'll have a watch that, 10 years down the line will recoup the majority of your outlay".  

Rolex Submariner

The legendary Rolex Submariner - also known as the watch that unlocked the deep, being the first timepiece capable of accompanying a diver to 100m whilst remaining waterproof - came into existence in the 1950s. It is manufactured in a 904lL waterproof stainless steel case which now descends to 300 metres (1 000 feet) deep. Expert Simon de Burton, an auction specialist, states "Rolex's steel sports watches are a surefire investment, you never see examples older than two or three years selling for less than what they originally cost". 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic 

The name already sounds luxurious: the Royal Oak, made up of 280 parts and 40 jewels, is a symbol of excellence and class. The Royal Oak is powered by a self-winding manufacture calibre of 3120 movements with a 60-hour power reserve which cements its position as a modern icon. Watch Expert Kyron Keogh, Managing Director of ROX states "The Royal Oak has barely changed for a good reason: its Gerald Gentas octagonal case and the integrated bracelet was spot-on from inception". 

Omega Seamaster 300m 

Famous for its appearance as the watch of choice for James Bond since 1995, the Seamaster 300m incorporates a sand-blasted black dial with rhodium-plated hands, coated in vintage super-LumiNova, and is an essential timepiece to have in your collection. Watch expert Lloyd Amsdon, co-founder of watch finder states "Buy into James Bond's model of choice and you'll be buying into a brand that's increasing in resale value faster than anyone else". 

Panerai Luminor base

Designed in Italy and manufactured in Switzerland, the Panerai Luminor base features a hand-wound OP I calibre that comes with a 56-hour power reserve. Inspired by the 1950s collection created for underwater agents in the Italian Navy the Luminor is a rebirth interpreting the classic proportions in a contemporary manner. Watch expert Simon Sutton director at Watches of Knightsbridge states: "Panerai's chunky, cushion-shaped watches are a modern cult phenomenon and one of the best investments you can make." 

Many people underestimate the value and quality when producing timepieces, and the technical mastery behind the work. "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to destroy it, think about this and you will do things differently."- Warren Buffet

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