What makes a watch interesting? There are so many different brands/houses/manufactures who produce some incredible work, so here’s our little selection of some historically interesting pieces:
Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms; the dive watch that started them all (predating Rolex’s Submariner). Designed by a French military diver, this is a proper serious piece of kit.
Jaeger Le-Coultre’s Reverso. Designed for polo players, the casing of the watch flips around, protecting the glass. An art deco masterpiece.
Omega Speedmaster Professional. The first watch worn on the moon, it’s a hand wound (as an automatic watch doesn’t work in microgravity) triumph of engineering with an impeccable pedigree.
Rolex Milgauss. Originally designed for the scientists at CERN, the movement is encased in a Faraday cage, protecting the movement from magnetic interference.
Swatch Sistem51. Assembled entirely by machine, this soon-to-be-released watch is possibly the most exciting watch in the list. Fully automatic, anti-magnetic AND made with only 51 components, it will soon be available at a Swatch-appropriate (around $150) price point.
Cartier Santos-Dumont. One of the first wristwatches ever, it was designed for the early aviator – Alberto Santos-Dumont – so that he could check the time while flying.