9 beautiful watches that cost $10,000 and won't become obsolete

The problem with the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition isn’t that $US10,000 is a lot for a watch. It isn’t.

It is, however a lot for a first generation gadget.

Once you get into the $US10,000 range in watch buying, you start buying for investment. These are the watches that become family heirlooms: timepieces that are kept forever, worn on special occasions, and eventually passed down to children.

It’s virtually guaranteed your children are not going to want a first generation Apple Watch. In fact, in only a few short years the Apple Watch Edition will probably only be as valuable as the metals that can be salvaged after melting it down

Luxury watch brands, on the other hand, have been making mechanical movements and gorgeous watch cases for centuries.

Their intricate movements and insanely strong pedigree helps them maintain their value. And the best part is: the technology never changes.

Here are just a few smart purchases for those in the market for an investment-grade watch.

IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007

The Portugieser is one of IWC's most popular models. With its legendary Pellaton winding system and select ceramic components, this watch is sure to hold its value.

Suggested Retail: $US13,700

Rolex Datejust

Rolex is probably the most recognised watch brand in the world. This means that everyone knows how great the Datejust is -- and everyone wants one.

Suggested Retail
: $US12,750

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox

Jaeger-LeCoultre is a watch name that needs no introduction. It's been making specatular watches with insanely precise movements since 1833 and the elegantly desinged Master Memovox continues that tradition.

Suggested Retail: $US11,100

Calibre de Cartier Chronograph

Cartier's legendary pedigree is exemplified by the Calibre de Cartier. It's in-house movement will ensure decades of use.

Suggested Retail: $US11,300

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

The Omega Seamaster is an undervalued watch. Though it may not fetch its retail when resold, the Aqua Terra has an ethusiastic following for its precise movement and understated details.

Suggested Retail: $US9,732

Rolex Submarier

Rolex's Submarier is the most recognisable dive watch in the world. It's a staple of any watch connesiour's collection and has never gone out of style.

Suggested Retail: $US8,550

Habring 2 Doppel 2.0

The Doppel 2.0 is a significant achivement made by relative newcomer, Habring. Only 20 were made, so it's also extremely rare.

Suggested Retail: $US7,800

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity

The Masterpiece Gravity is a new timepiece by Maurice Lacroix, but its unique feature, the 'sapphire box,' sets it apart. Only 250 were made.

Suggested Retail: $US13,900

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