Generally speaking, most items do not tend to hold their value very well. If you purchase a brand new car, you will find that it loses quite a bit of value as soon as it leaves the dealership. The same is true for some items of jewellery such as rings, which immediately decreases in value as soon as they are bought.
This is not always the case with watches. In fact, it is well known that some timepieces actually appreciate in value and can prove to be exceptionally good investments. Tudor is just one watch brand that enjoys this luxury.
Second hand Tudor watches are becoming increasingly popular items to invest in. Not only are their timepieces exceptionally well-made, they have an illustrious history that other brands simply cannot compare with. They are also more affordable when compared to the likes of Rolex and Patek Philippe, making them a very popular choice for a starter watch or collectors who want to invest in a watch that holds its value.
We have already explored in detail why second hand Tudor watches make a good investment in a previous blog post, so this time around we will delve into some important timepieces that you should look out for and add to your collection.
Tudor Black Bay
The Black Bay models from Tudor are retro-inspired sports watches that can provide power reserves of up to 70 hours. Often considered to be the flagship collection of Tudor watches, the Black Bay series (especially the Heritage line) are inspired by vintage Rolex Submariner watches. The Heritage Black Bay collection alone contains a large number of timepieces, meaning there are a lot of opportunities for investment here.
Other notable Black Bay collections include the S&G models, which are either crafted from bronze casings or have designs that combine stainless steel and gold. These models exude a motorsports-inspired feel, especially those that have a black face and yellow gold coloured chronograph sub-counters.
Models to Look Out For
There are a number of second hand Tudor watches from the Black Bay collection that can be particularly good as an investment opportunity. These are:
Heritage Black Bay Chrono
This timepiece effortlessly blends the aquatic origins of the Black Bay with the demands of the racetrack. The watches feature a COSC-certified in-house movement and an inscribed tachymeter on the bezel, while other attributes include a “snowflake” hour hand and domed glass.
Black Bay Bronze
The bronze casing of this watch will gradually develop a patina over the years, making them an interesting choice for a family heirloom. This is because each generation will inherit a slightly different version of the watch, making it much more unique than other models.
Black Bay 58 “Navy Blue”
Making the Black Bay available in blue was a real crowd-pleasing move from Tudor. Its cool blue dial and blue bezel is a nod to the Tudor Submariners worn by the French navy (or Marine Nationale Française as they are otherwise known). Such was the enthusiasm for the model that watch collectors from across the world clamoured to add it to their collections when it was released in August 2020.
Black Bay GMT
Tudor Black Bay GMT models are an ideal blend of solid and robust features, with retro-modern good looks. Boasting a simultaneous display of three timezones, it is extremely difficult to imagine a second hand Tudor watch that makes as sound an investment as this one. The timepiece is water resistant to 200 metres and has a power reserve of 70 hours, making it ideal for any occasion.
If you are particularly looking for a diving watch that will retain value, Tudor’s Submariner collection is an ideal addition to your collection. The first generation of these timepieces were released in the 50s and 60s and are incredibly rare finds. Meanwhile, the second generation that was made in 1969 and 1989 include models such as the 7016. This particular watch has actually doubled in value, but still represents an affordable second hand Tudor watch.
Timepieces that have a model number of 9401 were exclusively made for the Marine Nationale Française and feature the letters M.N engraved on the back of the case.
Tudor Pelagos wristwatches are primarily geared towards diving enthusiasts, as well as underwater photographers and scientists. Boasting a lightweight titanium case, a helium escape valve for saturation diving and impressive water resistance, these timepieces are incredibly popular amongst watch collectors due to their designs being so functional and practical.
Second hand Tudor watches from this collection can be sold for around $3,300 provided they are in good condition. Meanwhile, the Pelagos Left Hand Dive (LHD) can cost up to $4,000. Much rarer models and those in high demand due to their scarcity are those that will hold their value the most and would make ideal additions to your collection.
Vintage Tudor Watches
Because the Tudor brand has been around for quite a long time, it has produced many different timepieces that are now classed as vintage. Demand for these watches continues to be strong, while their prices in some cases have increased quite a lot in recent years. Indeed, several vintage timepieces have more than doubled in value over the last decade.
The models that are proven to have done the best are the Submariner and older chronographs, such as the Tiger. Collectors have become increasingly interested in these collections, especially due to the Tudor brand’s close connection with Rolex.
Buying Second Hand Tudor Watches from Blowers Jewellers
If you are looking for a second hand Tudor watch, either as an investment piece or just to add to your collection, Blowers Jewellers is here to help. We are extremely passionate about jewellery, and are committed to helping our clients secure the watch of their dreams.
Our family-run business has cultivated a strong reputation for quality and knowledge over the years, meaning we are perfectly placed to help you search for your ideal piece – whether it be a Tudor watch or something entirely different. In addition, we can make purchasing your item of jewellery even easier thanks to our generous finance scheme.
To find out more about how Blowers Jewellers can assist, contact a member of our team today or book an appointment at one of our boutiques.