Watch buying guide for 2021

Our Traditional time of the year to look what’s worth buying.
(Note: I using grey market resale price, not necessarily I will follow RRP)
Les Précision recommendation:
– Swatch Sistem51
– Casio G-Shock
– Seiko automatic
– Seiko Diver watches
– Tudor models
– Azimuth models
– Omega Seamaster past 007 Limited editions
– Omega 3570.50.00 Moonwatch
– IWC Pilot Mark VIII etc.
– Panerai PAM 0000, 0005
– Bell & Ross models
– Tag Heuer Monaco
Omega Moon Watch 3570.50.00 discontinued in 2015
– Omega Limited Edition Speedmaster Moonwatch
– Panerai PAM112, PAM104
– Hublot Fusion
– IWC Portugieser
– IWC Big Pilot
– Chopard Mille Miglia
– Cartier Santos 100 XL
– Rolex Explorer 114270, 214270
– Rolex Explorer 214270
– Rolex Explorer 2 16570
– Rolex Sea Dweller 16600
– Rolex Submariner 14060m, 16610, 124060 or 114060
– Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
– Rolex Explorer 214270
– Rolex DeepSea 116660 (Black)
– Hublot Big Bang, Unico
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
– Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Calendar SS
– Rolex Submariner 126610LN
– Rolex DeepSea 116660 (DeepBlue)
– Rolex GMT 16710 or 116710LN
– Rolex Sea Dweller 116600
– Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
– AP Offshore Black Themes or Volcano (older generation)
– Rolex Submariner Green 16610LV(discon) or 116610LV
– Rolex GMT 116710BLNR (batman)
– Rolex DeepSea James Cameroon 126660
– AP Offshore Drivers
– AP Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee
– Rolex Daytona 116520
– Rolex GMT 126710BLRO
– AP Royal Oak 15500ST or 15400ST (discon)
– IWC Perpetual Calendar
– Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix day-date Stainless Steel
Audermars Piguet Offshore 42mm “Volcano”
– Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A
– AP Royal Oak 15300ST Blue
– AP Royal Oak 15500ST or 15400ST
– Rolex Submariner 116619LB
– Rolex Daytona 16520 (Zenith)
– A.Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase
– AP Royal Oak 15300ST, 15400ST, 15500ST
– Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146, 5396
– Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph or Dual time
– Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A, 5711/1A, 5712R
– Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G; 5164A, 5164R travel time
– Rolex Platinum Daytona 116506
– Rolex Platinum Day-Date2 41mm 218238
– AP Royal oak perpetual calendar 26574ST or Equation of time;
– Patek Philippe 5070J, 5070G, 5070R
– A.Lange & Söhne Odysseus Stainless Steel Blue
– A.Lange & Söhne Platinum Datograph
– Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Sapphire
– AP Royal Oak 15202ST ultra thin
– Ulysse Nardin Freak
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3712/1A (left) & 5712/1A (centre, right)
– Patek Philippe 5070P
– Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A, 5980/1R, 5726/1A
– Patek Philippe World Time 175th 5575
– Patek Philippe World Time enamel dial 5131R/J/G
– Richard Mille RM011
– Patek Philippe 5970J 5970R 5970G Grande complications
– Patek Philippe Nautilus 3711/1G, 3712/1A (discon)
– Watches independent watch makers: MB&F, F.P. Journe, Urwerk
– A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31
– A. Lange & Söhne Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time
– Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Céleste
$250000 and beyond
– Patek Philippe 5004, 5970P Grande complications;
– Patek Philippe 6002G Sky-moon tourbillion
– Rolex Rainbow Daytona and other all diamonds sports Rolex
– Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon models
– Richard Mille models
– A.Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbograph Perpetual “ Pour le Mérite”
– AP Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked 26585CE.OO.1225CE.01
– Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Skeketon
– Breguet Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 “Quai de I’Horlogue”
– Ulysse Nardin North Sea Minute Repeater
– Grand Complications independent watch makers: Philippe Dufour; MB&F, F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey, Laurent Ferrier
Dial Details of Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5970/1P
For 2021 I had decided to broaden the list to include many newer models, as what I perceived as icon in the making. I also include some already iconic design, but just that I excluded them in the past because of lack of investment potential. 2017-2020 basically were the years that sports model from PP, Rolex and AP took all the attention and their prices soared, and because of these high valuations the investment potential in them had diminished.
Hopefully with this extended list, I can offers alternatives and reintroduce some the technically sophisticated watches to community. Although designs can be evergreen, but no trend can last forever. If we want to do well in investment, we must stay ahead and look beyond those in-trend models.
^^ Again I had omitted the vintages watches from the list. For buyers with sophistication and taste for vintages, I feel they might not need a list like above. Also there are many pitfalls in the world of vintage, which is the reason why I will not recommend beginners or intermediate collectors to venture into the vintage Rolex or Patek Philippe.
Our plead: Please buy only what you like to wear. We all have a finite and limited budget for watches buying, always be mindful on every watch purchase. Buying a hot watches and posting on Instagram may feels great, but they all come with hefty price tags. Also investment will hit and missed, don’t let it take away the joy of this hobby. Finally do understand, there are definitely more important things in life. Invest sensibly and please don’t buy on impulse. Wishing everyone a healthy and safe 2021!