All Serious Collectors The Fame Of Iconic Watches

If you’re looking for a hard-to-find watch at a reasonable price, Watchfinder’s inventory reads like a Who-is-Who of watchmaking – including Rolex, Cartier, Patek, IWC and Omega, among others – and all watches are checked and verified in-house so you know you’re investing in the real deal. It is a real treasure for those who want to buy their first luxury watch, as well as for serious collectors. With that in mind, here are five of the most iconic watch models ever created that you can buy now – all of which would occupy a place of honor in any collection.

Rolex Daytona

Let’s start with one of the most sought-after watches in the world: the Rolex Daytona. Modern Cosmograph models have waiting lists for their waiting lists, regardless of which retailer they go to, while historical price movements for Vintage can turn some models into potential investment pieces.

Go back about a decade and you can still find them for decent money – but not exactly inexpensive. However, if you want to imitate the on-screen icon Paul Newman with the coveted Daytona black/white contrast dial, you will be hard pressed to get out of your pocket. Then there is the Grail model, for which any collector would sell his grandmother: the 6265. they are all available, you just need to know where to look-and you don’t even need to execute a rival at an auction.

Patek Philippe Nautilus

If you thought the waiting list for a new Daytona was bad, wait until you try to get a Nautilus. The Patek Philippe steel icon, inspired by portholes, is a little less in demand, but its production is much lower. It is a duality that means that the watch is difficult to find, even when it is used – it is not a piece that you leave from your collection for no good reason.

The only positive point is that the Nautilus has not changed much since Gerald Genta (he of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak fame) created it in the 1970s. Although there are sometimes models with high complications, the standard references generally retain the same muscular shape and the dials inspired by the bridge.

It’s less about the Nautilus you have, but rather about the fact that you have one that is important – that is, if you see one that is immediately available, grab it. You never know when you will have another opportunity.

Cartier Tank

At the other end of the Nautilus spectrum, we have Cartier’s most famous watch. Inspired by a tank of the First World War in its rectangular shape, it is one of the oldest watch models and remains a pillar of the watchmaking offer of the French jeweler. It is also a model with which Cartier is not afraid to play.

Over the years, there have been many variations of the tank, some relatively simple and refined, others strange and crazy. They range from thin squares to huge metal squares, although they all tend to divide the white dial with Roman numerals. Personally, we like the French versions, but there are more than enough choices if you don’t share our classic feelings. Oh, and it helps that the tank is invariably inexpensive.

Omega Speedmaster Watches

If you haven’t heard – or insisted that Stanley Kubrick produced all this-It’s been 50 years since man first landed on the moon, and if there’s one watchmaker who can’t tell you enough, it’s Omega. Still, we can’t blame you; when Buzz Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong to the surface of the Moon, he had an OMEGA Speedmaster on his wrist.

The classic Speedmaster has remained practically unchanged since then, at least aesthetically. The movements have been modernized, but the black Look with white indexes is still omnipresent. If you want this particular watch, it is worth going to a dealer. But Omega is passion with limited editions and has created much more unusual Speedmasters over the years. The open connections to any Apollo Mission, the sub-dials replaced by meteorites and the Alaska project (a removable external matter clock designed for negative temperatures) easily forget that the Speedmaster has much more to offer than NASA certification.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Gerald Genta had a way with watches. He designed not only the Nautilus already mentioned, but also one of the most revolutionary timepieces ever built: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. In 1972, a steel watch with a luxury price was ridiculous, scandalous. Now it is the most successful piece of the watchmaker and always will be if the Code 11.59 does not combine in one way or another.

It is not difficult to see what is so great about the Royal Oak: its octagonal bezel with visible screws, its integrated bracelet and its audacity in Design make it the perfect watch for anyone who needs a watch adapted to their Yacht. Here at Ape, we prefer pure time models with their Tapestry dials, but if you are looking for a sportier Look, there is always the large Offshore, bulky and equipped with a chronograph.

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