As Christmas draws ever nearer, many people will be fretting about what to buy for their loved ones. “Will they like it? Will they use it? How much shall I spend?” are a few of the questions that will zip across people’s minds. So in order to give you a helping hand in this tricky, seasonal period, Watchmaster has picked out five watches to help you choose that perfect timepiece for your loved one.
1. Rolex Submariner
First produced in 1953, Rolex’s Submariner has gone on to become the brand’s most famous watch – and for good reason. Embodying the perfect marriage of form and functionality, it’s versatility is hard to top. Perfect for the board room, or the depths of the sea, the Submariner performs at all levels. Discover here: Rolex Submariner
2. Tag Heuer Monaco
Famous for being adorned by Steve McQueen in the classic film ‘LeMans’, Tag Heuer’s Monaco has never been far from racing stripes. Named after the world-renowned race, the Monaco furthered Tag Heuer’s remit of avant-garde watchmaking as the world’s first watch to be housed in a square case and to have a water-proof chronograph.
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3. Omega Speedmaster
As the only watch to have been to the moon and back, the Omega Speedmaster is testament to man’s ever-enduring passion for exploring new frontiers. Nicknamed “The Moonwatch”, the Speedmaster is powered by a rhodium-finished 1861 calibre movement and protected by hésalite crystal. The original Speedmasters even contained radioactive tritium in order to power the phosphorescent indices; eventually to be replaced in 1990 with non radioactive pigments. Robust and precise, the Speedmaster is simply stellar.
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4. Breitling Superocean Heritage
Reinventing a classic watch for the contemporary age, Breitling’s Superocean Heritage II is a stellar tribute to it’s 60 year old predecessor. Whilst inheriting it’s predecessor’s dashing good looks, it’s what’s under the skin which makes this watch a contemporary re-work. It’s B20 caliber movement is actually a modified version of Tudor’s MT5612, first introduced for the Pelagos. Being further endowed with a ceramic bezel, mesh steel bracelet and a richly coloured dial, the Superocean Heritage II is just as much a captivating timepiece, as it is fit for it’s deep-sea dives
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5. IWC Portuguese Chronograph
Embracing it’s namesake as an International Watch Company, the Portuguese Chronograph was first made in 1939 when two Portuguese businessmen approached IWC wanting a wristwatch that was as precise as a marine choreographer. With only 700 being produced from the 40s to the 70s, it’s revival in the 90’s was quite the turnaround. Flaunting its beautiful vertical sub dials, hand-made Santoni leather strap and powerful 8631calibre movement, the Portuguese Chronograph is truly a sight to behold.
Discover here: IWC Portuguese Chronograph