If you’ve been collecting watches for quite some time now, you probably have at least a decent amount of timeless time pieces sitting in your vault. Or what do we know? Maybe you have them displayed in glass cases inside your closet. A few Rolexes, some Patek Phillippes, maybe one or two Audemars Piguets should be impressive enough for the casual collector.
But when you’re the hardcore watch afficionado, there’s always the inherent desire to get the rarest, the most revered, even sometimes the most popular watches out there. It’s not just a hobby anymore, it’s a lifestyle. After all, you can only have too much luxury watches, can you? And it’s a great investment as well, as these luxury watches retain their value over time.
Any watch collector worth their while having a specific classification of the watches they have in inventory. Whether it’s luxury, the classics, the best military watches, by movement or by price, it’s individual to the watch connoisseur. One such categories though that should have a place in every collector’s collection is the timeless timepieces.
These are watches that have stood the test of time. They’ve aged like fine wine. And it’s not about the price or the make, even the brand. It’s the legacy that these watches have in them that makes them special. So if you’re raring to go and get some for yourself, here are a few of our recommendations:
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
This watch is one for the books. When it was first released in 1941, there was a collective gasp from the watch industry because of its ability to measure small increments of time. Add to that, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is able to keep track of the date without manual adjustment, and it can do in paper for at least 200 years.
In its latest iteration, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is still a sought-after piece of watch, especially for top watch collectors. It now has a split-seconds chronograph feature, and house in a wider diameter, improving upon the original 39mm when it was launched. Available in platinum and rose gold, it’s a timeless timepiece worth looking into.
The Speedmaster is probably the quintessential sports watch in this list. Originally made for racers and other related industries, the Speedmaster is Omega’s crowning glory. To own a Speedmaster is to have a piece of watch history. It’s not only a gorgeous watch to display and wear – because let’s face it, you’re going to want to wear it – it’s a living legend in the industry.
To date, the Speedmaster is the only watch in the planet that’s flight-certified by NASA. It’s the first and only watch that has reached the moon, so when you’re getting one, you’re paying for its storied past, the history of its journey and the promise of its future. The latest Speedmaster iterations are mostly chronographs, so any watch from that collection is a safe and sure bet.
When we say timeless, we mean timeless. The Breitling Navitimer may not be as popular as the namesake’s brands in this category, but its line of watches are as good as any Rolex out in the market today. This is specially true with the Navitimer. Originally used in 1952, the Navitimer became an instant favorite among aeronautical enthusiasts.
One of the watch’s defining features is it’s slide rule bezel, which can calculate certain operations such as airspeed, distance traveled and fuel consumption. It’s one of the best chronographs in the market today, and arguably better than the Rolex Submariner. Plus, it doesn’t have the Rolex’s price tag.
Tag Heuer Monaco
As a brand, Tag Heuer has always been divisive. Their foray into making a smartwatch has been, to say the least, middle of the road. And history has seen them really struggle towards their integrity as a brand. But putting all of these aside, Tag Heuer historically has also been a great manufacturer of luxury watches. One of their bests? The Monaco.
Dedicated to the Formula 1 races which usually always happens in Monaco, its first debut in 1969 was a hit. The movement was a Calibre 11, with a face in a what was then a controversial choice: a square. It was discontinued a few years after its release and came back in 2003. You’d be lucky to find one these days, and if you do, it will be for a hefty price.
Timeless timepieces are no joke. They’re expensive, hard to source out, and difficult to get serviced. But the tradeoff is most definitely worth it as owning one means having a piece of history, craftsmanship, and art in your wrist. Watch collection is a serious business, that’s why only a few are able to parlay into it.
Do you have any timeless time pieces?