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The 10 Greatest Watches of all Time

"A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit." - Ian Fleming

A watch is the one piece of jewelry that a man can wear on any occasion.  The choice of timepiece is one of the best ways to express your individuality and style.  In this modern world a designer timepiece is not a right of passage anymore and this has resulted in many high level people wearing a cheap watch.  This is a great shame as a watch is an item you can use for years and then hand down to your children (with all its history).

I personally believe all people should have a $4,000+ watch by the age of twenty-five.  The watch does not need to be flashy or imposing; in fact the contrary is desirable.  I am a firm believer in long established style icons.

1) Patek Philippe CalatravaThe Ultimate Winner!

2) Rolex DateJust

3) Rolex Submariner

4) Omega Speedmaster – Man on the Moon Watch

5) Breitling Navitimer

6) Louis Cartier Tank

7) Cartier Santos

8) Jaeger LeCoutre Reverso

9) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

10) A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1

 

 

 

 

The list of referenced watches included here includes a watch for all occasions.  It is preferable to have a work watch and also a special “dress” watch.  Personally I have gone for quality over quantity.  It is far better to have two good pieces instead of half a dozen mediocre pieces.  My choices have been for a steel Rolex sports watch and a white gold Patek Philippe Calatrava.

It was only after years of constantly changing/trading watches that it dawned on me that two or three classic pieces are all I really need.  Once I obtained my Patek Philippe dress watch it all just fell together.  Suddenly I did not need to impress anyone or show off.  Part of the joy of owning a Patek Philippe is being part of an exclusive group of owners.

A quality watch is something to enjoy and cherish.  The journey is often more important than the destination.  With a quality time piece you also have an item which can be with you for a good part of your life.  It then becomes an heirloom to pass on.

 

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