THE WORLD’S MOST ICONIC SPORT WATCHES

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

Photo courtesy of @spanishrob

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

Photo courtesy of 2014 watch collector of the year, @jlee_5o5o

Photo courtesy of 2014 watch collector of the year, @jlee_5o5o

Rolex Submariner

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.

Photo courtesy of @djhsueh

Photo courtesy of Rolex connoisseur @djhsueh

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!

Photo courtesy of photography extraordinaire @_howardparr

Photo courtesy of photography extraordinaire @_howardparr

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.

Photo courtesy of @heuervintage

Photo courtesy of @heuervintage

Rolex Daytona

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.

Courtesy of yours truly, @thetimekeeperconsulting

Courtesy of yours truly, @thetimekeeperconsulting

Omega Speedmaster

The watch that left the earth and landed on the moon.

Courtesy of @alex.pan

Courtesy of @alex.pan

Breitling Navitimer

The definition of Pilot instrument.

Courtesy of @watchfred

Courtesy of @watchfred

Cheers,

Michael Senderovich

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