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    Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    I am looking forward to purchasing a retirement present watch (in ten+ short years time) and I pondered this question. Should I buy a watch that is future proof - i.e. one from a company that I know will in all likelihood still exist in the future for service support of their watches. Or should I buy a watch from a newish manufactuer and hope they are still around to service the watch later in its life. Most manufactures are now focusing on in-house movements so if a watch manufacture goes under will parts for servicing the movement still be available? I know that past performance is no indicator of future existence.

    To give you an example, should I focus on buying from a branch such as Jaegar-leCoultre, Vacheron Constantine and the like verses H. Moser & Cie or FP Journe?

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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Only buy what you love 100%.

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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Like Grouch said, buy what you like.

    That being said it depends on the independent. A brand like FP Journe is likely to survive the passing of Mr. Journe. He sold a minority stake to Chanel. Same as Gauthier.

    No idea about Moser.

    It’ll probably be a pain in the butt to service a watch made by a defunct company, but my guess is that there will be a few master watchmakers who would be able to service independent movements.


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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Yes.

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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Rolex is your safest bet.
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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    No such thing as future proof.
    Just buy what you love.

    Even the large brands could go through significant changes in the next 10 years or more.

    With regards to ongoing servicing and maintenance though, you will almost always be better off avoiding complicated or unusual movements as even the original manufacturers will likely charge more, or have specialist resources to look after these...


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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    well, if you do care about giving your watch to your children as an heirloom, best to stick with the big houses. The only two watches you should consider getting is either a rolex or patek.

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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    Rolex is your safest bet.
    Maybe but has nothing to do with high end.
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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by murokello View Post
    Maybe but has nothing to do with high end.
    Though I agree with your sentiment that Rolex isn't high end, but in all likelihood it will be the most future proof for servicing due to volumes sold for parts and expertise in servicing them.

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    Re: Are you concerned about buying a future-proof high-end watch?

    Buy what you love.

    If you are worried about resale then only buy Rolex - boring. Yawn. Even then this is a tired argument... plenty of mint; box, papers, etc pre owned from many brands with soft second hand prices and then you've already bought at the bottom.

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