The Best Expensive Watches in the World

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The Best Expensive Watches in the World
Three watch purveyors stand out as masters of their industry. (watch image by petar Ishmeriev from Fotolia.com)

A watch can be viewed as an object to tell time, or as an investment. When purchasing a watch, consider several factors, including accuracy, precision, style and quality. Several reputable brands have built a foundation upon high standards and classic watchmaking. Their names have become symbols of luxury, and they manufacture stylish and functional timepieces for both men and women.

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex is a classic symbol of luxury and craftsmanship. The "Belfast Telegraph" named the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona on its list of the world's 50 best watches. The watch features bands in stainless steel bracelets, white and yellow gold bracelets, and leather. The bezel bears an engraved tachymeter to calculate speed over fixed distances. The particular model the Telegraph referenced was a vintage version that is valued at approximately £34,255. The Cosmograph Daytona was originally launched in the 1960s, and new models are periodically released by Rolex. Timepieces within the line are available at various price points, and generally start at around £19,500.

A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk

Ambition magazine named A. Lange & Söhne's Zeitwerk watch one of the "best of the best" watches of 2010. A remontoir is located inside the watch; this mechanism holds energy within a spring and releases it when needed. Because this watch features rotating numerals rather than time-telling hands, it tends to use up a lot of energy. The remontoir restores energy instantly, ensuring that the watch remains precisely accurate. A second hand on a subdial reinforces the watch's accuracy and provides an additional timer. Due to the watch's intricate craftsmanship, it is priced at £35,425.

TAG Heuer 2000 Aquaracer

The World's Luxury Guide by WELT Online named the 2000 Aquagraph from Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer as one of the world's best watches under 1,500 euros. This watch excelled in the publication's ranking because it is waterproof up to 300 meters, making it the ideal watch for divers and watersports enthusiasts. The watch features a chronometer that measures individual and total times from one-tenth of a second to minutes and hours, making it indispensable for athletes. The watch also has an extendable band for wearing over a diving suit. In 2010, prices for this model start around £520 and top out at around £2,340.

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