Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Rolex Prices to Drop Further as Supply Surges

We are talking about the pre owned models here as the makers can control the new supply.  The second hand market is not deep enough.

There are still plenty of pools of cash out there and it strikes me that securing an inventory is a handy way of protecting cash.  So a heavy uptick in new buys could flood the market with used product.

Can you imagine what the value of a container of used rolexs might be?  It is still a lot with a usuable fifty percent discount..

Rolex Prices to Drop Further as Supply Surges

Rolex. (Shutterstock)
14 October 2022


Prices for the most popular pre-owned Rolex, Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet watches will fall further as the market has been flooded with supply, analysts at Morgan Stanley said in a report.

After surging in 2021 and during the first quarter of 2022, an index of the most popular models from Daytona chronograph maker Rolex tracked by WatchCharts has fallen by 21 percent since the market peak in April. Prices for the most popular Nautilus-maker Patek Philippe references are down an average of 19 percent on the secondary market while those for Audemars Piguet, the maker of the Royal Oak, have declined 15 percent since the peak.

Prices will likely keep falling due to a “dramatic” increase in supply, Morgan Stanley analysts including Edouard Aubin said in the report.

“We have noticed a significant increase of watch inventory in the secondary watch market year to date as a result of secondhand watch dealers and individual watch investors off-loading their stocks,” Morgan Stanley said.

“Given the current watch inventory for sale and the worsening macro backdrop, we would expect second hand prices to contract further quarter over quarter.”

The most in-demand models of the ‘big three’ — Rolex, Patek and Audemars Piguet — account for a significant 71 percent of of the total traded value of the secondary luxury watch market. Prices for the WatchCharts overall market index, which includes other brands, fell by 9 percent in the third quarter this year compared to the second quarter.

An example of the decline is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas reference 4500V/110A-B483. The steel sportswatch model, made by the Richemont-owned brand with a retail price of $22,500, peaked at $39,900 on the secondary market in April. It can now be purchased for about $30,900, which is still a significant premium over retail.

Secondary watch market prices have declined less than many other asset classes during the past 18 months, according to the report. While secondhand prices of the 30 most traded Rolex watches fell 8 percent this quarter, they are still up a cumulative 21 percent since January 2021. This compares favourably to the S&P 500 stock market index which is flat while Bitcoin is down 34 percent during the same period.

The report identifies a few Swiss watch brands that are bucking the price decline trend. Even as Rolex and Patek prices fell, LVMH-owned Bulgari models rose 1 percent, Richemont’s A. Lange & Sohne increased 3 percent and Girard Perregaux, a brand that was purchased in a management-led buyout from Kering SA this year, climbed 5 percent.

By Andy Hoffman

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