These are, in my opinion, five of the most iconic watches available and whether you’re a novice or a serious collector, you should plan to own, have owned or do own one of these beauties.
This list leans towards the sports watch, however, that is not because I am biased towards sports watches (which I am) but because these are truly some of the best from the Horology world.
One of the most popular luxury watches around; they are known as a benchmark for durable luxury. Rolex has different models but undoubtedly the most popular is the Submariner. Introduced in 1953/54, it is a diving watch, but it’s estimated that less than 5% of the tens of thousands of these watches sold since its introduction are used for diving. Why is it so popular? It’s a well-made watch, very tough, can be dressed up or down (moves from a suit to t-shirt easily) and like the Porsche 911, looks the same after 60 years: only a watch aficionado could tell the difference between a submariner from 2016 & one from 1970. There are different variations from steel to gold although purists gravitate to the steel version. Fun Fact: Sean Connery wore a Submariner in his 1st 4 James Bond movies. Prices in the current line up are from $7,500 – 40,000.
Jaeger Le Coultre Reverso:
Invented around 1931, the JLC reverso’s unique feature is that you can rotate (or reverse) the dial so that the solid case back of the watch is facing up. The watch’s development was influenced by British Army polo players in India as a player had the glass on his dial broken during a match, so the watch was made so polo players could protect their watches again knocks while playing polo.
The watch was originally rotated or flipped to expose the solid caseback as stated above but over time variations were developed so you would have the reverse side showing the movement of the watch though a clear caseback or another dial altogether so you would get two watches for the price of one.
JLC is one of the top watchmakers in the world, so their craftsmanship is well recognized in the world of horology (many argue they are in the top 5) and this particular watch combines a unique feature from a well-respected manufacturer. Prices range from approximately $5,000 to over $250,000 for the Reverso Gyro Tourbillon.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak: