To people familiar with a number of the recent headline stories in the world of classic watch auctions, it appears to be a no-brainer. Obviously, watches are good financial investments. Imagine buying a watch for just over $200 in 1968 and having it market for $17.8 million in 2017? (This really happened, incidentally.) Investing in the ideal watch today could yield you incredible returns in the future, right? Alas, these blockbuster earnings are the exception instead of the norm. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years in this industry, it is that people who say they’ve made money through watch investing are either lying or very lucky. And I mean winning-the-lottery kind of lucky. I get asked all the time by fresh, bright-eyed collectors what view will make them the most resale cash, and… it just doesn’t work like that.
If you would like real value in your watches, do not hold out for inconsistent (and frankly inconsistent) amazing appreciations in resale or auction price. Get a watch which pays for itself in the short and long term. There are three variables here, which may be applied to pretty much whatever you buy, actually. Things are usually considered to be good value for money if they last a long time, get used a great deal and deliver a consistently high degree of performance. And so it is for watches. It cost approximately 40,000 Swiss francs, which a lot of critics had problems with. However, the price of the watch is relative to this value it brings. So here’s the bottom line: does the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra-Light cover itself in the short and long term?
If you have bought yourself the Seamaster Ultra-Light, you have obtained a milestone timepiece from among the most prestigious historical watchmaking manufacturers in Switzerland. It is the pioneering use of many technologies and innovative mechanisms at Omega watches, technologies and mechanics that are planned to be used in future timepieces down the line. If those things are important to you, the Ultra-Light has paid for itself in the moment of its buy.
Also, it lasts longer. Things have a tendency to keep their worth if they don’t deteriorate dramatically in appearance and don’t demand a lot of maintenance. The gamma-titanium instance of the Ultra-Light is manufactured with sophisticated powder metallurgy processes that virtually guarantees the physiological properties of this substance. Things like hardness and resistance could be controlled and fostered to levels which you wouldn’t achieve with standard procedures. The Ultra-Light won’t reveal signs of wear and tear for quite a long time.
You will wear it more. As the name suggests, the Ultra-Light does not weigh much (55g, to be exact ). The telescoping crown could be recessed into the case and gives a comfortable wearing experience — you almost forget you have a piece of complex micromechanical technology strapped to a wrist. You’ll end up wearing it all the time, especially because its colour palette of neutral and dark shades (with a couple bright accents on the dial and strap) and traditional design is highly versatile.
It functions well consistently. Modern Omega watches are fitted with the brand’s proprietary Co-Axial escapement, which enhances chronometric performance. When taken all together, these attributes also allow for more extended servicing cycles, which means that you don’t need to think about sending it in to servicing and not having it to wear for however long it takes to service. In this sense, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra-Light not simply gives it saves time. That’s value for money right there.