A watch collection: Classic pieces to build a collection

Anyone looking to build a watch collection that has a sense of personality look no further than these classic icons:

1) Omega Speedmaster reference #311.

See watch

Every watch collection should include a Speedmaster. This piece has been to the moon and back. A classic icon that has changed very little since 1957 and is flight qualified for all manned space missions, hard to argue with that.


2) Rolex Submariner Date reference #116610LN

The Rolex submariner is probably one of the most recognizable watches on the face of the earth and has earned a reputation for being a solid, rugged piece that looks great when wearing a suit, or jeans and a t-shirt on the weekend. The perfect mix of dressy and sporty at the same time.

3) Brietling Navitimer 01 reference #AB012012|BB01|435X|A20BA.1

The Breitling Navitimer is the original professional pilot watch conceived in the early 1950’s and has changed very little aesthetically since then. It has a slide rule bezel that can be used to perform complex calculations for wind speed and fuel consumption (if your a pilot you will actually know how to use it) otherwise its a classic looking watch that will never go out of style.

4) Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso 976 reference #3738420

Grande Reverso 976

The Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso 976. With its art deco face and arabic numerals this is the original polo watch used by the british in colonial India with a face that swivels to reveal a solid caseback that protects the front of the watch. This piece comes in many variations but this is one of the cleanest and most classic interpretations.

5) IWC Portuguese Chronograph reference #IW371446

IW371446 Watch Front

A great looking balanced dial with blue hands and numerals with a matching blue crocodile strap makes a great business casual dress watch.

6) Audemar Piguet Royal Oak 41mm watch reference #15400ST.OO.1220ST.01

Royal Oak Selfwinding, Watch Reference 15400ST.OO.1220ST.01

The Royal Oak designed by the late Gerald Genta in 1970 this watch has a cult following and at 41mm makes for the perfect sporty dress watch. It’s iconic octagonal case set with 8 gold screws and hand engine turned dial make for a luxurious understated watch.

7) Panerai Luminor Base Logo Acciaio reference #PAM00000

The classic Panerai Luminor model. a 44mm watch that was originally used by Italian Frog men (combat divers during ww2). Instantly recognizable for its large oversized crown guard. This is a bold, masculine watch.

8) Cartier Tank MC reference #W5330004


Cartier has been making classic refined dress watches since the early 1900’s. This modern re-interpretation of the classic Cartier Tank model features an updated size with the signature blue sapphire crown, a hallmark of the “king of jewellers, and jeweller to kings” The bold roman numerals really make this icon a striking piece.






About ryanwatchreviews

I am an avid watch collector and horology enthusiast. A few years ago I bought my first Omega and fell in love with automatic watches. This page is dedicated to those who share a passion for timepieces.
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