Why Are Watch Prices Rising So Rapidly?

The demand for luxury watches has never been higher, with brands such as Rolex, Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet being targeted by collectors and watch enthusiasts. People have recently been choosing to invest their money into accessories such as luxury watches and there’s been a steady increase in these timepieces for the past two years on a global scale. 

Not only has the demand for these luxury watches increased, but so has the value, meaning that if someone has invested in the likes of a Rolex watch today, they could expect the resale value to be higher if they sell in the future. But what’s influencing the rise in prices? And why is it that today, more and more of us are keen to own a luxury watch?

The value of the brand

Brands such as Rolex and Patek Phillipe are synonymous with success and prestige, and more recently, these brands have been a symbol of class too. More and more people are interested in owning a timepiece from one of these brands, whether new or pre-loved, than a high street company. These brands have recognition as the most prestigious in the world and everyone, whether a collector or not, understands that these are respected brands with high quality products. 

The pandemic effect

COVID-19 had a big impact on the luxury watch market and while we may have thought that being in lockdown would have reduced the demand for luxury accessories, the opposite turned out to be true.

Brands like Patek Philippe and Rolex saw a huge spike in demand for certain models, particularly in stainless steel styles, in large part because the pandemic meant people weren’t spending their money on other luxuries such as going out or holidays abroad. With entertainment venues closed, people had more disposable income to spend on luxury watches.  

Scarcity of materials

With supply chain issues during the pandemic, which have remained today in many cases due to a range of factors, it has been harder for brands and manufacturers to produce products, which meant that getting hold of certain styles became more difficult. This increased the demand and prices of second-hand watches and vintage pieces from the luxury brands we know and love, and is one of the reasons why older pieces that are rarer and have that history behind them are desirable. 

Social media content

Editorial content focusing on luxury watches has also helped to boost the desirability factor and demand for these accessories, making luxury brands feel more approachable for people. In particular, blogs and social channels such as Dimepiece focus on content that caters to women, a demographic that tends to be overlooked in the luxury watch market. By a broader market of people gaining interest in luxury watches, the demand for these pieces has increased which has pushed prices up. 

Supply and demand

Something that heavily influences the value of an item is its supply and demand chain, and luxury watches are no exception. Rolex is an attractive option because it holds its resale value, but Patek and Audemars Piguet are also strong options – especially if you have a rarer model. Some of the most in-demand styles including the Rolex Submariner or the Rolex Daytona, the Patek Phillipe Nautilus or Patek Phillipe Calatrava, or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshores, all of which are dependable options for resale value. 

The level of craftsmanship

No-one wants to invest in a watch that requires constant repairs or maintenance, and that’s what makes luxury brands so appealing to a buyer – you have the confidence that you’re buying a lasting timepiece that will last for decades to come with the very best performance and movements. Brands such as Rolex are renowned for their quality and the fact that people are still investing in vintage pieces today that work and can be worn as a functioning timepiece is evidence of this. 

The rich history

The leading watch brands that we associate with luxury timepieces are all brands we’ve been buying from for decades, with rich histories. Rolex was established in 1905, with Patek Philippe launching in 1839 and Audemars Piguet in 1875. These brands have a significant history and it’s something that inspires people to choose to buy from long-lasting companies rather than new kids on the block, as they know that these brands are guaranteed to have a lasting impact and sustained value. 

Final thoughts

As the passion for luxury timepieces increases around the world, more people are likely to invest in recognised brands, whether it’s Rolex, AP or another brand with equal prestige. Those who choose to invest in these brands aren’t likely to see their investments depreciate any time soon either. If you’d like more information on the value of your own luxury watches, get in touch with us.