As Patek Philippe celebrated its 175th birthday, the media coverage, auctions, and insanity surrounding the events got me thinking. What are the worlds most iconic sport watches? Why sport watches? Because they’re generally the biggest sellers, and meet my criteria of instrument, rather than jewelry. Well, after some thinking, and condensing, here’s the list in no particular order:
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Introduced in 1976, the Nautilus created quite the stir by being one of the most expensive non precious metal watches. It’s still manufactured today with models ranging from the 5711 to the 5990. Photo courtesy of the suave @spanishrob
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Designed by Gerald Genta, the same genius that penned the above Nautilus, the Royal Oak was an indirect middle finger to Patek’s Nautilus. The Royal Oak is now available in a crazy variety of sizes, materials (Gold, Stainless Steel, Carbon Ceramic, etc.) and movements. Photo courtesy of 2014 watch collector of the year, @jlee_5o5o
The ultimate sport watch, and dare I say it, the MOST recognizable watch ever created. Introduced in 1953, the Sub is a watch that belongs in every collectors collection. If you don’t have one yet, go get one. RIGHT NOW.
Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso
Let me tell you why it’s hot shit. You can reverse it. It was released in 1931 for Polo players who were tried of breaking their watches. It’s a Jaeger Le-Coultre. End of story. Oh yeah, just look at it!
Heuer Monaco (Now released as TAG Heuer Monaco)
If Steve McQueen wore it, it must be worth something. The Monaco, along with the Rolex Daytona, were products of the most amazing era of motorsport, ever. TAG Heuer still makes the watch today, with reproduction models of the iconic GULF theme.
Designed to meet the requirements of racing drivers, the Daytona is THE chronograph watch since 1963. Worn by Paul Newman, the Daytona is as good as it gets.
The watch that left the earth and landed on the moon.
The definition of Pilot instrument.