New timepieces make an ideal gift and are often excellent investments, especially models from Rolex or Panerai. Rarer models often increase in value. You can often save money when purchasing your new watch online, but not always.
When buying a new watch, you're faced with many questions that aren't always easy to answer. It's important that you find the right watch to suit you. Do men's watches, women's watches, or unisex models appeal to you most? Are designer watches your only option, or does the brand not matter? Often, the history of the watch and the brand's prestige play an important role. Once you've decided on a model, you must choose between purchasing it pre-owned or new. If the watch is new, it should be in its original packaging with box and papers. "Unworn" is a synonym that is often used for new. Check to make sure that the dealer is offering all the accessories and documents with the watch. This can be very important if you choose to resell the watch at a later point in time, as having the complete package raises its value. This also reduces your chance of falling victim to a scammer.
Collectors also consider models from Rolex or Panerai to be investment opportunities. If you fancy a watch that will increase in value, take a closer look at models from these two companies. Rolex's Submariner and Daytona are particularly appealing timepieces, as is Panerai's Luminor. You should switch the original Panerai strap with a strap of your choosing to preserve the watch's value. Luckily, it's quite straightforward to change the strap on the Luminor.
Other popular manufacturers include the International Watch Company (IWC), Breitling, Omega, and TAG Heuer. Their most famous models are the IWC Portugieser, Breitling Avenger, Omega Speedmaster, and the TAG Heuer Carrera. Affordable new watches for men and women are available from manufacturers such as the Japanese brand Seiko.