Watches priced at $20 in 2000 $22.71 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Watches

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Prices for Watches, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for watches were 13.55% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $2.71 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Watches experienced an average inflation rate of 0.71% per year. In other words, watches costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $22.71 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for watches was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -0.09%, which is below the average yearly change for watches during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for watches was much lower.

Price Inflation for Watches since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2016 (5.16%), 1994 (4.82%), and 2017 (4.75%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Watches:

Year 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 100.000 102.392 106.062 108.808 110.138 114.900 116.085 118.777 124.508 129.054 129.762 126.662 123.531 122.269 122.154 120.131 115.685 112.562 115.000 115.215 116.769 116.744 116.707 116.622 114.997 116.671 118.312 121.569 122.202 123.188 129.550 135.698 138.708

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Watches, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 -0.09%
2001 $19.67 -1.66%
2002 $18.94 -3.70%
2003 $18.43 -2.70%
2004 $18.83 2.17%
2005 $18.86 0.19%
2006 $19.12 1.35%
2007 $19.11 -0.02%
2008 $19.11 -0.03%
2009 $19.09 -0.07%
2010 $18.83 -1.39%
2011 $19.10 1.46%
2012 $19.37 1.41%
2013 $19.90 2.75%
2014 $20.01 0.52%
2015 $20.17 0.81%
2016 $21.21 5.16%
2017 $22.22 4.75%
2018 $22.71 2.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for watches, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Watches was 122.154 in the year 2000 and 138.708 in 2018:

138.708 / 122.154 * $20 = $22.71

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.71 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Watches).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Watches in 1986. In addition to watches, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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