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10 classic watches you should have in your collection


Time waits for no man. An iconic timepiece, however, can stop a gentleman right in his tracks

10 classic watches you should have in your collection
The Gentleman

Time waits for no man. An iconic timepiece, however, can stop a gentleman right in his tracks. Whether it’s the craftsmanship on show, the tradition it represents or the technology behind it, a classic watch tells more than time – it tells the world who you are.

And, if you’re any sort of watch aficionado, you know it’s hard to stop at just one. You want a collection of timeless timepieces. Finances willing, you might want to go for some of the most coveted watches out there: the bonafide classics. Here’s a list of ten of the best.   

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Rolex Submariner

Arguably the most celebrated of all diving watches, the Rolex Submariner has an incredible story behind it and is recognised everywhere for its exceptional aesthetic and build quality. Famous wearers include Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Sir Roger Moore and Johnny Depp.

Why should you get it?

Every serious watch collection needs to have at least one Rolex in it, and you can’t go wrong with one of their most legendary models, featuring materials you’ll generally only find in aeronautics and the highest of high-end engineering.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

IWC Portofino

Sharing its name with an Italian fishing village, the Mediterranean-inspired IWC Portofino is another must-have classic to add to your watch collection.

Why should you get it?

The Portofino line perfectly embodies IWC’s ethos of ‘purity’ in engineering and design, perhaps best showcased in their renowned Moon Phase model.    

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Cartier Tank

A historic watch by any standard, the Cartier Tank line dates back to the early 1900s and today features a remarkable 45 different models, all instantly recognisable by their uniquely stylish looks. 

Why should you get it?

Square watches are definitely back. With a Cartier Tank in your collection, you not only get to own one of the most renowned collector pieces ever, you also get to make a real fashion statement every time you wear it. 

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Omega Seamaster

Redefining watchmaking since 1848, Omega is famous the world over for their iconic timepieces (as well the celebrities who wear them). Their lauded Seamaster collection is a particular favourite among professional divers.   

Why should you get it?

Blending cutting-edge technology with innovative style, the Omega Seamaster strikes just the right balance between classic sophistication and the free-flowing ocean spirit that’s epitomised by the brand.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Breitling Navitimer

Breitling has been producing timepieces of incredible quality and detail since 1884, with their Navitimer line a favourite of pilots and aviation enthusiasts all over the world.

Why should you get it?

Considered one of the best ever aviation watches, the Navitimer represents the pinnacle of what the Breitling brand is all about: precision, functionality and reliability of the highest standard.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Patek Philippe Calatrava

Master watchmakers Patek Philippe launched the Calatrava line back in 1932, hailed ever since as the finest example of the round-shaped watch. Classic elegance and artistic ingenuity at their very best. 

Why should you get it?

As well as being a very impressive addition to your watch collection, the Calatrava is one of those dress watches you can actually wear every day, so you’ll have every opportunity to show it off (go for the rose-gold model pictured above for extra style points).

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

A reference point for all rectangular watches, the Reverso’s most famous feature is its reversible case, an invention that’s been unique to the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand since 1931.   

Why should you get it?

Its minimalist, geometric shapes make the Reverso one of the best examples of modern Swiss watchmaking, while the reversible case feature is sure to turn more than a few heads.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Favoured by the super-rich, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the finest luxury watches you can find today. Their Chronograph line (pictured above) is a true mark of distinction, and has a great story behind it too. 

Why should you get it?

The stunning octagonal-porthole design and integrated bracelet alone should be enough to warrant this classic timepiece a place in any gentleman’s collection.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Tag Heuer Monaco

The world’s first square-shaped waterproof timepiece when it was first introduced in 1969, the Tag Heuer Monaco has gone on to cement its place among the all-time greats of horology.

Why should you get it?

Steve McQueen wore it. If it was good enough for him, we feel it’s good enough for just about anybody.

10 classic watches you should have in your collection

Panerai Luminor

Originally created for the elite underwater commandos of the Italian Navy, the Panerai Luminor isn’t short on history. It’s quite a looker too.

Why should you get it?

Considered an icon of luxury sports watchmaking, the Panerai Luminor stands out for its unique case design, which will give an extra layer of oomph to any gentleman’s watch collection.

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