Top 12 Luxury Watches for Stylish Men 2019

Today I'm going to introduce you to some luxury watches that are on my wish list. It's very much an aspirational thing to be able to afford a luxury watch. Whilst a watch doesn't define you, it can certainly communicate a message that you're serious about your appearance. Plenty to get through so let’s get into it.

 

Omega Seamaster 300m 

The Omega Seamaster is arguable one of the most iconic dive watches of all time. This particular Seamaster is a tribute to the brands maritime legacy. Various incarnations of the Seamaster 300m have been worn by James Bond, starting with Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye who wore the Seamaster Professional (both quartz and automatic) throughout his tenure.

Bond 25 will mark the 25th anniversary of Omega’s involvement with the James Bond franchise. 

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PRICE £2,550 

Breitling Navitimer 01

I could look at the dial face on this Breitling Navitimer 01 watch for hours. Quite happily. It has that energy, that look of a watch that you want to live in. If there was a Honey I shrunk the Blogger movie, I'd want to be the leading shrunken man and I'd want to run around inside this watch. The bezel has this cog-wheel texture that gives it this industrial hyper-masculine sensibility. 

PRICE £5,250

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande Date

I class the Jaeger watches as the haute couture of watches. What do I mean by that? I don't really know. But they have an irrepressible flair. Many brands have attempted to replicate that elongated bezel with concave striped silver chassis. To no avail. There's only room for one maestro in this division. 

PRICE £6,750


IWC Big Pilots

I will be touching on a more ostentatious IWC watch later in the blog. For now feast your eyes on this Big Pilots watch. Notice the sub-dial on the 3 O'clock position that tells you when your movement is in need of some juice. Dig that. 

PRICE £7,395



Bremont DH-88

My new best pals, Bremont. So kind of them to invite me to the Henley Regatta a few weeks back. You can read about my day out and a brief history on Bremont on a separate post here. There's a wonderful blurb about the history and the inspiration behind this watch on the Watchfinder site. Bremont are a very romantic brand. I'm slightly infatuated with them right now. 

PRICE £7,500

Omega Speedmaster Missions

We spoke about the moon landings before. You know I'm obsessed with all that right now. We haven't been back to the moon since 1972. Do you know why? Yes money, back in the day it cost something like 4 billion USD to get on the moon. The Vietnam War kicked off and things just got shelved. But largely people just lost interest. Can you believe that? 

So this Speedmaster Mission is one of a 22-piece limited edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of its legendary Moonwatch. 

PRICE £7,650

Hublot Classic Fusion

We're going through the gears now. Into the 5 digit category. This Hublot Classic Fusion speaks to me. It has that aforementioned aspirational elegance. Cleaner face, deft minimalism, no pretence, no chi-chi. 

PRICE £10,950 

Rolex Datejust 41

Can you believe we have gotten this far without mentioning a Rolex watch yet? This has a sparse, almost supernatural feel to this watch. If those protesters camping outside Area 51 right now broke through the fences, found an orgy of alien autopsy reports and discovered this Rolex watch was delivered to earth as an offer of peace from an extra-terrestrial being; I wouldn't be a bit surprised. 

PRICE £8,925 

Rolex Submariner

I'm going to slide in the Submariner 5513 here surreptitiously. It really is the watch that got me into watches. Bond fans will recognise this watch from Live and Let Die. "Pure magnetism darling". 

PRICE £10,950 

Rolex Daytona

Confession, this is not really my style. The watch is of course beautiful, but not one I would normally gravitate towards. That said I’m a huge race fan. Love the F1, love Stock Car racing (yes I’ve seen Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights way too many times) and the Daytona 500 is the tip of the spear when it comes to NASCAR. If money was no object I'd be the proud owner of this Daytona Watch

PRICE £12,650

IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar

There is something about brown alligator leather over silver bezels and dial faces. Arabic Silver to be precise. It's just a gorgeous combination, they saddle so well, it's the ornate-embodiment of class. 

The moon phase dial; often times I see this on the underside of the centre pin. Here it's in the treble twenty range, to use a darts analogy. It's prouder, its confident. This IWC watch will be the real show pony in my watch drawer someday. 

PRICE £17,500

Patek Philippe Grand Complications

This isn't a watch this a lifetime achievement award. I picked this Patek Philippe because you need to see what a luxury Rose Gold watch should look like. So often I'm seeing Kickstarter brands use Rose Gold to offer the verisimilitude of luxury, but this is the real deal. 

I love the brown sun-brushed dial face that gives it an exotic unquantifiable quality. As Patrick Bateman would say, 'something illusory'. He would also ask people to not touch the watch. I'd hire my own bouncers if I were to wear this out in Clapham. 

PRICE £47,500

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Why Own a Luxury Watch?

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It's a wonderful time to be a watch owner. With the rise of capital crowdfunding, watch brands such as MVMT and Adexe London have enjoyed huge success over the past couple of years. 

Men have graduated from the odds and sods draw, (that paraphernalia stuff now gets sloshed around window sills and shoe boxes that gets tossed without taxonomy under the bed) to a fully-fledged watch draw brimming with all kinds of boutique and often, unheard of brands. 

But it all feels a little vacuous without that special luxury watch. The Excalibur every man dreams of unsheathing once he opens his draw. But why have a luxury watch in today's modern climate when the standard of entry level watches are so good? 

Put simply, there are some fundamental truths in life, one being there is something quite incontestable about owning a luxury watch. The notion of craftsmanship, the complexity of complications, the sublime harmony and symmetry that only come from a luxury watch foregoes the most palpable of gratifications. 

Whether it be a Rolex that makes you feel aligned with 60's era James Bond, an IWC that reflects your affinity with the lustrous Bradley Cooper, a Patek Philippe for the paragon of irrefutable masculine chic, or a Jaeger LaCoutre simply because it sounds sexy, a luxury watch says something about you. 

It omits a certain aura and as the saying goes, one can read a shape of a man’s character by the company he keeps on his wrist. Or as Rocky Balboa more eloquently puts it, 'You want to have a good time, then you're going to need a good watch'. 

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Recently I had a great compliment on my dress watch, that came from an unexpected source who's critique in men’s fashion I deeply admire. Having laudatory comments bestowed upon you from your peers is unfathomable. 

A luxury watch is an investment that typically holds its value, and we haven't even spoken about the sentimental value one can accredit to a family timepiece. It's why Tom Hanks gives back the pocket watch to Helen Hunt at the end of Castaway, even though she gave up on him and married the dentist. 

It's why Bruce Willis goes back for his father’s watch in Pulp Fiction and chances perilous consequences, some too colourful to delineate here.

A luxury watch if nothing else could be your legacy. For all the materialistic-skeptics out there, it could be the greatest thing you do. 

50 Years Anniversary for Rolex & Sir Jackie Stewart

2018 is a particularly special year for Rolex and Sir Jackie Stewart, as it marks the 50th anniversary of their partnership. At the minute, aside from Charlie, I'm struggling to find something that will attach itself to me for 50 minutes let alone 50 years. 

 

How did it all begin Rolex and Jackie Stewart? 

Back in the 1930s, trailblazer Sir Malcolm Campbell aka “the king of speed” broke the World Land Speed record with a Rolex on his wrist; a pioneering moment on the long, flat and firm Daytona Beach which would establish motor sport as an integral part of Rolex’s culture.

Did you know that the most expensive watch in the world was a Rolex that Paul Newman wore throughout his racing career? Originally a gift by his wife Joanne Woodward, it sold for $18 million dollars at an auction last year and has the inscription engraved “Drive carefully”. 

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In 1992, Rolex formalized its relationship with Daytona as Title Sponsor of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and following the turn of the twenty-first century the watchmaker was named an Official Partner and the Official Timepiece of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

You may have noticed Rolex's presence in Formula 1 in the last couple of years, in 2013, Rolex became a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1®.

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©Rolex/James Moy THE START OF THE FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Reflecting on his career to date, that includes three FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Championships™, Sir Jackie Stewart said: “I am honoured to have been with Rolex for 50 years, it’s a rare commitment and almost unheard of in sport – it has been a fantastic journey together. I am still as impressed and in awe of the brand today as I was back then.

I purchased my first Rolex having qualified well at the Indianapolis 500, before I became a Rolex Testimonee. It was a Rolex Day-Date 18 carat gold with President bracelet and it instantly established my love of and respect for Rolex.

©Rolex/Guillaume Mégevand ROLEX TESTIMONEE, SIR JACKIE STEWART BEFORE THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL 1957 BRITISH GRAND PRIX CELEBRATION

©Rolex/Guillaume Mégevand ROLEX TESTIMONEE, SIR JACKIE STEWART BEFORE THE GOODWOOD REVIVAL 1957 BRITISH GRAND PRIX CELEBRATION

The watch that I particularly treasure is my new Daytona. It was presented to me in 2016 by Rolex at the Grand Prix de Monaco to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my first win around the hallowed streets of the principality.

There is a special engraving on the back of the watch, which of course makes it all the more important to me. Rolex has become the most desired watch in the world – the esteem, the prestige, the pride of ownership that Rolex commands is unmatched.”

Wearing his distinctive Royal Stewart tartans, Sir Jackie continues to attend races globally and his ongoing loyalty to motor sport makes him an ultimate Rolex Testimonee – embodying the dedication, excellence, precision and innovation that also underpins Rolex watchmaking.

We only wish Rolex would come back and usurp the Omega boys that are currently running the helm at the James Bond franchise. As well as racing they have a lustrous heritage for appearing in style-driven films such as American Psycho and Get Carter.