Have you ever seen a photo of yourself from ten years ago and thought, “What was I wearing?” or “Who thought that haircut was a good idea?” Thankfully, watch purchases are seldom something to regret, but tastes can and do evolve over time.
We’ve crunched the numbers to find the top-10 most popular watches on Chrono24 for buyers in their 30s and 40s. Do you have a good grasp of the watch market? Let’s see if you can guess which watch matches up with each age group.
First up, we have the Omega Speedmaster Reduced vs. the Omega Speedmaster Racing.
The data says: younger buyers prefer the Reduced and older buyers prefer the Racing edition.
This reflects a wider trend of younger buyers purchasing more mainstream models, while more seasoned buyers gravitate towards niche references. It’s a similar story with NOMOS: 30-something buyers prefer the classic NOMOS Tangente ref. 139, while 40-somethings opt for the NOMOS Tangente Neomatik 41 Update ref. 180.
Next up, we have the Breitling Navitimer ref. 806 vs. the Breitling Colt ref. A17035.
The data says: younger buyers prefer the Colt and older buyers prefer the Navitimer.
This is a good example of a not-so-surprising trend that we see across the board with different brands: purchase price tends to increase with age. The average sales price for the top-10 watches for 30-somethings is roughly $3,700. This jumps to roughly $6,000 for 40-somethings.
Now let’s talk about Rolex: Here, we have the Yacht-Master II ref. 116680 and the Yacht-Master 40 ref. 126621.
The data says: young guns prefer the more compact Yacht-Master 40, while the old heads prefer the 44-mm ref. 116680. In fact, we see a near unanimous increase in case size with age. The average diameter of the top-10 watches is 37.7 mm for those in their 30s, vs. 41.9 mm for those in their 40s.
OK, let’s switch it up a bit for the last matchup. We’re pitting the modern Cartier Santos WSSA0029 against the IWC Pilot Chronograph “Le Petit Prince”.
The data says: younger buyers prefer the Santos and older buyers prefer the IWC. This reflects a few common trends, including brand preference by age bracket. Younger buyers gravitate towards: Rolex, AP, Hublot, Cartier, NOMOS, Omega, and Richard Mille. Older buyers, on the other hand, prefer Panerai, IWC, and dressier options like Blancpain, JLC, Chopard, Breguet, and Glashütte Original.