I’ve always worn watches. I think the first one I got from my parents was in kindergarten, a green one with crocodiles drawn on the strap. In second grade I received one which was telling the exact time (in Spanish though – and that’s how I got to learn Spanish numerals). I certainly still have it in a box.

But it wasn’t until I turned fourteen that I decided I wanted a watch that even a grown man would wear – so I can make a good impression as a freshman in high school. And so I got, as a birthday gift, a Casio Edifice Chronograph with a white dial and a steel bracelet that I still have and wear every once in a while. It’s just a good looking watch.

Later on I discovered my grandfathers vintage Swiss-inspired Russian pieces and that’s what I wear on my wrist to this day.

In this post I put together seven watches that I think every man should consider if they wanted a statement item, something that looks good, ages nicely and it’s also a good investment.

And without further ado, here they are:

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph 44

It’s a watch that looks great in every color, but the black dial and mesh bracelet does it for me. A versatile piece that you can wear at black-tie event as well as when riding a motorcycle through Brooklyn or when sailing the Mediterranean.


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Find a good selection here.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

Designed by the artist and industrial designer Max Bill and probably the most affordable on the list, this piece is to me very elegant through its simplicity. I like the white dial – it reminds me of a vintage stopwatch.

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Get the Max Bill on Amazon.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch

According to their website, “when Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface in 1969, he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional, the chronograph that has been known as the Moonwatch ever since.” It’s very nicely put together and like most of the watches in this lists, this one too is a decision less when you’re dressing up for an event. To be honest, I like pretty much everything about it, from the bracelet, to the dial and to the bezel.

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You can get it here.

Tag Heuer Monza Chronograph 

This one presented here is the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition after in 1976, “Jack Heuer, the great grandson of the brand’s founder, designed a chronograph to celebrate Niki Lauda’s first world championship title with Ferrari.” Along with the IWC, the Monza is the only watch in this lists that looks better in this (“super racing”) leather strap. To me, it screams “torque” in a very gentlemanly fashion.

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Get it here.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph or Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

The two that I picked for the photo make me think of the day/night dichotomy. While the Chronograph is fairly simple but nevertheless elegant, with the Perpetual Calendar we are already getting royal. Both are well-suited for elegant events.

“The tradition behind the Portuguese family of watches stretches all the way back to the precision nautical instruments used by seafarers to discover the world.”

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Here is IWC’s concierge where you can find more about them.

Rolex Submariner and Rolex Sea-Dweller

The cliché pick of the list, I know. But I think that on every man’s watch wishlist there was once a Rolex, whether a vintage one, or a newer model. And the reason behind that is that they look great regardless of the circumstances (even at 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) under water). You really can’t go wrong with it.

Browse through many models here.


Patek Philippe Nautilus

I had to save the crème de la crème for the end. One of the most popular and iconic luxury sports watches, the Nautilus was designed in 1976 by Gerald Genta, the same guy who created the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 1972. The Nautilus, whose name was taken from the Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (where Nautilus is the submariner used by Captain Nemo) is a timeless piece, a watch that you can definitely pass on to a next generation.


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If you feel like splurging… check it out here.

Well, this is it. Let me know what you think of these and which one is your favorite.