Did you know that there are some materials used in the luxury goods and accessories industry which Muslim men cannot wear? The most notable is gold – a rule which originates from The Prophet, who said that men cannot wear garments and materials that were specifically made for women. Thus, Muslim men are not permitted to wear any form of gold, be it in a watch, ring, or other item of jewellery or accessory.
But first, what exactly should Muslim men know about luxury watches and accessories?
What Muslim men should know about luxury designer watches?
One of the biggest challenges for Muslim men seeking a luxury designer watch is the presence of not only yellow gold, but also rose gold and white gold in the inner workings and details of many high end watches. With their faith forbidding them from wearing any type of gold, it follows that Muslim men can often struggle to find a suitable watch which ticks all of their boxes in terms of value and style, but also follows the restrictions of their faith and beliefs.
Without further ado, here are some of the top watches that Muslim men can wear, from four of the most iconic luxury watch brands on the market.
Rolex watches that Muslim men can wear
Rolex was first founded in 1905, albeit it under a different name, as a brand that created and engineered watches for the London market using components imported from Switzerland. Fast forward more than a century, and Rolex today is not only famous for its high end watches, many of which are directly connected to activities and sports, but also for its celebrity following and its clear and deliberate presence in many major movies, including James Bond.
A popular brand that combines affordable designer watches with high end and incredibly rare timepieces, there are a handful of watches under the Rolex brand that Muslim men can wear – namely:
- The Yachtmaster Platinum
- The Submariner Steel, an excellent everyday watch
- Rolex Platinum Daytona – the top end of the market, priced at over £100,000.
Outside of these three specific models, many of the Rolex watches have gold or white gold bezels which makes them impossible for Muslim men to wear. This fact, especially with regards to the white gold, epitomises one of the biggest challenges that Muslims face – knowing when a material is white gold or something else.
Audemars Piguet watches that Muslim men can wear
Audemars Piguet is a classic watch brand that was founded way back in 1875 and has been making high end timepieces ever since.
With an emphasis on stainless steel within the Audemars Piguet range, Muslim men can comfortably wear:
- 1500 ST
- The Panda
Most Audemars Piguet watches are available with steel and rubber straps for different wearers and activity levels, with both of these models not containing any gold content.
Richard Mille watches that Muslim men can wear
A modern luxury watch brand that was founded in 2001, Richard Mille has made a name for itself as a high value, high priced, and high quality maker of timepieces – launching with sleek and stylish timepieces for men from all walks of life.
But what about Muslim men who cannot wear gold? For them, the best Richard Mille timepieces include:
- RM 005
- RM 6101 in Ceramic
- RM 029 in Titanium
The Richard Mille collection of watches are generally priced at the higher end of the range, so are only suitable for those with a larger budget.
Patek Philippe watches that Muslim men can wear
The Patek Philippe brand boasts some of the best watches on the market for Muslim wearers and those without the same confines in terms of materials they can wear. Founded in 1839, the Patek Philippe watches are creative and innovative, and have been ever since the brand’s inception – relying on visionary design concepts and quality craftsmanship.
In terms of watches for Muslim men, some of the best models include:
- The 5167A with a rubber strap and stainless steel material
- 5711 in stainless steel, a classic and timeless design
- 5712 in stainless steel with a leather strap
Best Muslim-friendly watches to invest in
While many watch owners select and choose pieces which suit their personal style, their personality and their lifestyle, others look to investment value when identifying the most suitable model for themselves.
To look exclusively through the eyes of a Muslim buyer who wants to steer clear of any gold, the best watches for investment tend to be from the classic Rolex range – largely because these are watches that everyone has heard of and that will continue to be in high demand for many years to come. At present, the Rolex Sprite is one of the most investable pieces owing to its high projected resale value, while the iconic Submariners and Daytona models are also excellent investment pieces for those looking to increase the value of their spend.
A great investment piece is one which will always be easy to sell, as a result of high demand and limited supply. Bear this in mind whenever buying or seeking an investment timepiece and be sure to focus on excellent care and maintenance in order to retain the value.
Should I sell my watch?
If you have a watch that you find you are unable to wear due to gold content as a Muslim owner, or you want to reap the benefits of an investment purchase, then Love Luxury offer a reputable buy and sell service which includes a formal valuation and authentication – giving you cash to the same value of the purchase, if you decide to sell your genuine luxury timepiece to us.
Where can I buy one of these luxury watches?
Similarly, if you are looking to buy any of the aforementioned watches or have something else in mind, our boutique store in Knightsbridge has an ever-changing collection of stock, including watches from all the brands mentioned in this article alongside handbags and other jewellery accessories.
Visit us online or in store to learn more.