With so many watches in the market, from sport styles to diving styles, finding one for you could be hard. The value of classic watches has risen by an average of more than five per cent a year over the past decade, according to the Picollecta Rare Watch Index.
A classic-looking timepiece is a good way of conveying that you respect what has come before. If you are a practical person then a timepiece that looks like a family heirloom is possibly for you. Usually of a ‘classic’ design that never dates, these watches last a lifetime and are precise and reliable.
Discover our top ten finds in the Goldsmiths Watches edit:
Rado Integral Mens Watch
Bold, assertive, and effortlessly striking, the Rado Integral Men’s Watch offers a generous dose of chic sophistication, making it perfect for the urban gent who likes to stand out from the crowd. Dark and moody, this exceptional timepiece features a sleek black, diamond dot dial, set within a high-tech ceramic case with rose gold PVD detailing, and secured with a flawless, black ceramic bracelet with rose gold PVD end links. Driven by advanced quartz movement technology, this exquisite, confident timekeeper balances function and style with breath-taking results.
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch
There’s no bigger claim to fame or heritage than a watch that was part of all six apollo lunar landings and we are proud to stock the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch which has just that. This incredibly well engineered timepiece has a stainless steel case which houses perfectly proportioned black face with tachymeter, black chronograph sub dials with white detailing protected by hesalite crystal glass and is paired with a matching stainless steel bracelet.
A manual movement ensures extremely accurate timekeeping, making this is a very serious contender for one of the finest watches currently available. Whether you want something that you can wear every day just as comfortably with a business suit as casually or buying as an investment this watch is a must have.
IWC Portofino Automatic Moonphase 37
With a passion for innovation and technical inventiveness, IWC Schaffhausen creates masterpieces of haute horlogerie that bring together precision engineering and exclusive design.The IWC Portofino Automatic Moonphase 37 will add the perfect touch of effortless sports-luxe chic to any ensemble. This watch comes with a 37 mm Stainless Steel, the White Baton dial is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.
The Swiss made automatic movement is also housed inside the case and comes with a moon-phase complication. The Alligator strap comes with a Pin buckle for added security when the watch is on the wrist. This watch is water resistant up to 30 Metres.
Breitling Colt Mens Chronograph Watch
Equipped with a Breitling SuperQuartz™ movement, ten times more accurate in its measurements than standard quartz, the Breitling Colt Chronograph Men’s Watch immediately makes itself known as the timepiece at the zenith of robustness, functionality and style: these qualities are derived from its military roots.
The four rider tabs adorning the unidirectional bezel with its engraved hour-markers also ensure exceptionally optimally smooth handling. The case is water-resistant to 200m and features a polished finish, creating a striking contrast with the satin-brushed bezel and bracelet.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark Mens Watch
This diver’s watch in matt black steel inherits its general lines, domed dial and crystal from the first TUDOR diving watches. The indication of guaranteed water depth engraved in red on the dial and the red triangle on the rotatable bezel are also characteristic elements from TUDOR’s history.
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 Gents Watch
This Breitling Superocean Héritage 46 Men’s Watch was designed for divers, so is fully water-resistant to a depth of 200m. The timepiece’s sleek appearance also echoes the functional and elegant design of the company’s legendary 1950s model. Because style hasn’t been neglected in favour of performance, the black unidirectional rotating bezel also matches the shade of the dial.
Complete with date, chronograph, and power reserve functions, the original styling of this grand classic is accentuated by the perforated sporty rubber strap – equipped with a clasp featuring a comfort-enhancing extension that is easily adjustable.
Since 1884, Breitling have been a specialist in technical watches, and today are the official supplier to world aviation. Unusually for a large luxury watch manufacturer, all of Breitling’s watches are equipped with chronometer-certified movements. All mechanical chronograph parts are crafted in Breitling’s own workshops, and Breitling remains one of the last independent, family-run Swiss watchmakers.
Emporio Armani AR2448 Gents Watch
For a slim, classically elegant timepiece, you won’t go wrong with this refined Emporio Armani AR2448 Gents’ Watch. With a striking deep blue dial housed in a 43mm case, the face features clear index hour markers as well as a discreet Armani logo which lends this gents’ accessory an air of sophisticated elegance. Stainless steel is a classic material in watchmaking, as any scratches can be easily buffed out, and unlike other materials, stainless steel allows for future gold plating if desired by the wearer.
This Armani watch is designed with both style and practicality in mind, and comes complete with mineral crystal glass for further scratch resistance. This handsome watch can also withstand water to a depth of 50 metres, making it ideal for busy gentlemen whose schedules demand time in the gym and at active social events as well as in the boardroom.
Michael Kors Men's Walsh Chronograph Watch MK8570
This men's Michael Kors Walsh watch is made from PVD gold plated and is fitted with a chronograph quartz movement. It is fastened with a gold tone metal bracelet and has a gold dial. The watch also has a date function.
Pre-Owned Rolex Datejust Mens Watch
The Iconic Rolex Datejust, a watch that perfectly combines elegance and style which has spanned decades, the timeless design makes this watch perfect for any occasion. This particular model comes with a 36 mm case which is water resistant up to 100 Metres.
Housed inside the case sits the in-house Swiss Made Self-winding Movement with a convenient date complication at the three o'clock position. A Bicolour Jubilee bracelet comes with polished centre links and brushed outer-links for a luxurious finish. A Smooth bezel surrounds the scratch resistant sapphire crystal which protects the Champagne dial.
Breitling Chronomat Colt 44 Automatic Men's Watch
Although one of the more understated pieces from the Breitling watch collections, this Breitling Colt Chronomat Automatic watch is no less remarkable. It’s bold and sophisticated aesthetic is only the beginning as the powerful Breitling 17 automatic movement works it magic beneath the dial providing unmatchable quality and an accuracy of -4 to +6 seconds a day.
The stainless steel case of this Breitling Colt Automatic watch measures to 44mm making it unmissable on the wrist while the unidirectional ratcheted bezel is striking and features four rider tabs around the edge to make it exceptionally easy to handle. The sleek black dial is truly stunning and has been decorated in luminescent hands and indices as well as a date window at 3 o clock.
Above the dial is special sapphire crystal glass that has been treated in an antireflective coating making it easily legible while a bold red tipped seconds hand brings the piece to life. To complete the masculine look, this Breitling Colt watch is paired with a sophisticated stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp.
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