Today we list 10 iconic classics in the watch world, all of which will hang around for a long time in the future. Some are located in the higher price bracket and the other in a little lower, but regardless of the price level, they are all models that will grow old with dignity, together with you as a carrier.
Perhaps the most iconic Rolex watch is their diving watch from the 1950 ‘s. Submarinern has, together with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, Omega Seamaster, and formed the basis of more or less all diving watches since then. Then measured the model approx. 37 mm which slowly over time increased to current version p 40 mm.
Rolex Submariner 6205 from 1954. (hodinkee.com)
The modern version of the reference 114060.
Patek Philippe-Calatrava (1932)
Few if any clock model has had greater influence on how a classic dress watch while should look like than Patek Philippe Calatrava series. With 96 1932 reference as a starting point, a norm of the round plate, stick-index and dauphinevisare which then has become very common feature among the industry’s kostymklockor.
Patek Philippe Calatrava reference first is 96. This in from 1942 with black dial.
Modern version of the gulguld called 5196J and shares the large parts of the heritage of reference 96 but has a more modern size of about 37 mm. (even top picture)
Audemars Piguet-Royal Oak (1972)
The market’s first true luxury clock designed by the genius of Gerald Genta took the market by storm after its launch at the Basel fair 1972. With the integrated steel link, relatively large size and Octagon glass ring (inspired by valve on old diving suits and not a ship valve as many think) it became quickly a success despite the high price and low for inspiration at a reams of competitors in the industry.
Royal Oak ref 5402st from 1972
Modern version 15202st that 2012 was launched in a tribute model that once again put the company logo at 6 on the Board.
Cartier is perhaps most notably known for his jewelry but has been an important player over the years even in the watch industry. Perhaps the most iconic model from the company’s Tank, a rectangular dress watch while created in 1917 by Louis Cartier. The model has over the years been with as well as quartz and mechanical works in a range of sizes. Our personal favorite is the model “Solo” which is a direct kostymalternativ.
Vintage Cartier Tank with the characteristic the Sapphire in the Crown, the Roman numerals on the dial and rectangular boettformen.
Modern version of the Cartier Tank Solo that differs minimally from the older models but available in more sizes.
Navitimern is the air, bells. Model that revolutionized by rotating the watch algorithmic scales which allowed the calculations directly on the wrist. The clock has changed minimally throughout the years but received a new update recently with inhousekalibern B01 and is offered in both 43 mm as 46 mm.
Breitling Navitimer from 1950 ‘s.
Modern Navitimern with B01-caliber.
Jaeger LeCoultre-Reverso (1931)
Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso was originally conceived as a pure sports watch and more specifically for Polo. What made the watch unique was the fact that the model’s case could be rotated and turned toward the wrist so that the delicate glass was protected against shocks. With time, royalty and celebrities of the model that is now seen more as a dress watch while but make themselves extremely well even with a more casual style.
First Reverson from 1931.
Last year celebrated Jaeger LeCoultre 180års anniversary with the launch of the model with a blue plaque.
Speedmastern from Omega associated for understandable reasons, primarily with the space and the fact that it was the watch that stays rigid tests had to follow on the first lunar 1969. The fact is that the model today is the official choice for NASA. What many don’t know is that when the model was launched in 1957 was thought of as a motor sports watch.
Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 carrying an Omega Speedmaster on the outside of the space suit.
Today’s version of the Speedmaster Professional has updated the link and watch movements but is otherwise almost identical model that Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon.
Tag Heuer-Principality of Monaco (1969)
Heuer launched at the end of the 1960 ‘s what is speculated may have been the world’s first automatic chronograph movement in terms of caliber 11. To really marknadföra this, they decided to launch a new model named Principality of Monaco in connection with racing movie Le Mans. Steve Mcqueen wore the watch on the right arm during the entire movie, and since then, the model is a sure Classic in clock history.
The first Principality of Monaco model reference 1133 from the film Le Mans. Note how these had the Crown and kronografknapparna on the opposite side of the case.
Today’s version has the caliber 12 inside and have moved the Crown to the right side of the case. The model came in multiple colors on the Board but it is the blue with white table that has become the most iconic.
IWC Flieger (1936)
The IWC was one of the four watch manufacturer that produced the iconic flyguren for the German Luftwaffe. Model Flieger was equipped with a antimagnetisk balance to protect against the magnetism in the cockpit. The model was generous in size with large clear numerical index into lysmassa for easy reading of the time at night and so it could be worn on the outside of the pilots ‘ bomber jackets. Today, the IWC’s Big Pilot a natural homage to model and have kept the aesthetics and function, but with an updated technology.
Original Fliegern without a logo on the watch face.
IWC Big Pilot reference 5009 is today’s version of the classic Fliegern.
Swatch Originals (1983)
Among all these valuable articles it may sound strange to throw in a plastic clock for a few hundred pieces? In fact, a big reason that many of the brands above at all selling watches today is because the Swatch in the beginning of the 1980 ‘s more or less saved the Swiss watch industry when Asian quartztillverkare was about to take over the entire market and mechanical watches were colder than the ice age.
The first model from the Swatch 1983. A model that has since been an obvious feature of the watch industry and worn on the wrists of both investment bankers as students.
One of the company’s most popular models today is “Rebel” is a slightly enlarged version of the original from 1983. A perfect cheap clock that does not pretend to be anything other than what it is.