The Rise of Luxury Watch Prices


Whether you're an avid collector or a casual enthusiast, if watches are your thing, you might start to notice a trend in prices. Why is it that high-end watches are so expensive? And how come watch companies can sell them for such outrageous prices? When Rolex first started manufacturing their most basic model, the Oyster Perpetual, they set the price at $210. Today, that same watch will set you back more than $6,000. So what gives? Well, there's a lot of factors involved in setting the price of high-end watches. The movement itself comes first; then there's the materials used and even external factors like tariffs and inflation. However one thing all these brands have in common is how long it takes them to make each watch by hand. Because these watches are all made by hand in small workshops and because each individual piece has to be tested for quality and accuracy before it is sold, these companies can only produce a limited number of pieces per year—and the longer it takes to make them the more they cost.


Rolex is a well known brand. Rolex watches are expensive and popular. They are hard to get and even harder to find, but if you do manage to get your hands on one of these timepieces, don't let go! The reason why they are so desirable is because they're made from the best materials in Switzerland.

Patek Phillipe

Patek Phillipe is a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. The company was founded in 1839 by Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe, who later left the company to pursue his own interests in watchmaking. Patek Phillipe watches have been known for their complicated movements since their inception, particularly those with chronograph functions. In recent years, there has been an increase in demand for these timepieces as they are often considered to be the best watches on the market. They can cost thousands of dollars and sometimes millions of dollars depending on what type of materials are used.

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is a Swiss luxury watchmaker, founded in 1875. The company produces watches that are considered some of the most expensive in the world, with one example selling for over $1 million. Audemars Piguet watches are also popular among celebrities and athletes, with many purchasing them as gifts to themselves or their loved ones.


Omega is a Swiss luxury watches brand. It's owned by the Swatch Group and has been an official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932. Omega also makes luxury watches for women, men and children. The price tags for these watches are high: in fact, they're some of the most expensive watches on the market today. The price of an Omega watch depends on its style and features (some models cost over $10,000).


Breitling is a Swiss watchmaker that has been making timepieces since 1884. Their mission is to create watches that are functional, yet luxurious and masculine with a touch of elegance. The company produces various types of watches for pilots as well as divers, but their most popular line by far are the Aerospace series—an impressive collection of timepieces designed for people who need to be able to tell time in the dark or at high altitudes without any distractions. Aerospace watches feature several technological innovations including an analog chronograph movement with minute repeater function, an automatic winding mechanism that winds itself when worn (via movement), self-winding rotor system (automatic winding), waterproof casing up to 300 meters deep underwater (diver), luminescent markers on dials so you can see them even in low light conditions (pilot).

If you want to buy a watch in the high end market, you need to shop online.

The high-end market is booming, and if you want to buy a watch in the high end market, you need to shop online. The price differences between online and offline retailers have increased dramatically over the past few years as more people turn online for their luxury purchases. This trend is especially prominent with Rolex watches—the most popular brand of watch in the world. In fact, this year Rolex introduced its own e-commerce platform called ShopCartier (a play on words) where consumers can purchase their favorite models at lower prices than retail stores or typical auction sites like eBay do not offer them. While it’s true that there may be some things about shopping for watches offline that are less convenient than shopping from home – such as having someone else tell you how cool your watch looks – there are plenty of advantages too! So what’s driving this shift away from traditional brick-and-mortar locations?


So if you’re in the market for one of these brands and would like to see them on your wrist, then consider shopping online. You can walk into any watch store or even a department store and see them in person without having to pay the high prices. Some of these watches are available through consignment shops as well if you want to take that approach.