Whilst I understand the point, it assumes that everyone would opt for an original out of choice and certainly that’s not the case. In my situation I would be very unlikely to find an original I would want to own. I have no interest in a jacket that looks 80 years old. I want it to look contemporary of its time, and I’m not interested in worn linings, knits, missing labels and leather that looks that age. I’m also not interested in potential funny smells or other hygiene issues, that may or may not exist.No disrespect to JC and other manufacturers. It may sound like an investment but at the end of the day they are reproductions. These higher end new repros are sold the same price as wearable original jackets in good condition. The irony is new repros need to be broken into to make them look like old WW2 ones and when they reach that condition they are usually worth no more than 50% of when they were new based on ebay price. They may come a point or I believe has happen already that it make no sense paying over $1k for a repro as long as wearable original WW2 examples can be had for those price. The only reason why anyone would pay those prices is for larger or unique sizes that are difficult to find with originals.
So I would have a high end repro any day.
However, to the point of buying a repro and keeping it 10 years for investment there is the consideration of repro fashion for want of a better term I think. For instance, for a while a trim fit is preferred, then looser, or the preference is for more grain then less, or a particular repro brand for the minutest of real or date I say imaginary reasons. The jacket speculator would need to think wisely I think....