Top 4 Watches of 2022
Luxury watches surpassed Bitcoin and classic cars as the most sought-after investment choice this year. Despite the historic crypto meltdown, watch prices are still substantially higher than they were in 2019 and it would be a great time to win a watch.
In light of this, the following are the top four luxury watches in 2022.
1. Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LV
The Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953 for professional divers, and both its value and design have improved over time. For example, the Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LV, commonly referred to as the "Rolex Hulk," is regarded as one of the most valuable—and thus rarest—watches the watch company has to offer. Due to its big lugs and ceramic bezel, the watch is hefty.
The Rolex Submariner 116610 LV Hulk's UK suggested retail price was just £7550 in 2020. However, prices on the secondary market were quadruple this because of the model's extreme appeal and scarcity. When the Hulk was discontinued, some business professionals predicted that prices would peak, but instead, they have continued to grow.
The model is currently valued about $23,000, but this value might soon fluctuate depending on supply and demand.
2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 50th Anniversary
A vintage Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch fetched more than US$1 million at an auction in May 2022. Additionally, Audemars Piguet, a watch company, saw an increase in revenue of almost 30% to US$1.6 billion last year. The brand and Patek were on equal footing economically as a result of that rise. Clearly, Audemars Piguet is a watch company to keep an eye on since it can end up being very valuable to you in the future.
Make a note of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak collection in particular. The watch had an integrated band and an octagonal bezel when it was first presented in 1972.
We anticipated that the Royal Oak would have a significant year. Even though the iconic design is approaching 50, it was difficult to see how the company might capitalise on the occasion given the abundance of Royal Oaks available in just about any taste. What we got was more of a new generation of Royal Oak than a fundamental change. The company unveiled a variety of models at once, but the fundamental Royal Oak Selfwinding and chronographs in a few sizes received a number of graphical, practical, and technical updates that amount to a significant refresh. The straightforward 37mm Selfwinding, with its brand-new movement and sleek case, has our particular attention.
3. Hublot Big Bang Integral Time Only
The Hublot Big Bang Integral watch may have been seen before, but not in this manner. In addition to being an expansion of an existing line, the new models for 2022 are much more. These watches have a completely new, more subdued personality thanks to the size reduction to a slender 40mm (from 42mm) and the availability of a time-only variant. It opens up the brand to a new audience that may have considered its boldly proportioned chronographs and other watches too loud. It is one that will appeal to the numerous admirers of so-called "sports-chic" watches like the Royal Oak and Nautilus. It's undoubtedly one of the best examples in its category, available in three variations: titanium, yellow gold, and blacked-out ceramic (in titanium, particularly).
4. Omega Speedmaster ‘57
This edition of Omega's Speedmaster, a brand icon that this year marks its 65th anniversary, is cast in stainless steel in the same manner as the 1957 model. The watch embodies the brand's pioneering attitude and has distinctive rhodium-plated Broad Arrow hands, a date window at 6 o'clock, a tiny seconds subdial at 9 o'clock, and 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph recorders on the subdial at 3 o'clock. It also took part in all six lunar missions.
The current model, which is a permanent addition to the collection, is the Omega Speedmaster 57 Chronograph Co-Axial Master Chronometer 40.5mm Black dial. Prices for a steel bracelet are EUR 9,100 and for a leather strap are EUR 8,700.