When it comes to starting a watch collection, sometimes it’s best to start strong. You might have heard about the fabled “one watch” collection—the idea that a single timepiece offers everything you could need. Now, whether you’re looking to challenge yourself to that kind of minimalism or simply start with an excellent first watch, it may be best to look for something feature-packed. Even watches that feature a range of complications can spark the desire to collect more. So, set your sights on the classic, the cutting edge, and the versatile.
Rolex Datejust II
Living in the shadows of Rolex’s more purpose-built sport watches, the Datejust continues to be one of the brand’s best models. It’s not overly flashy (unless you want it to be) and packs the essence of Rolex in a wearable and versatile package. Both the Datejust and Datejust II serve as a fine choice and it’s up to you to figure out which version and size works best for you.
Not as flashy as something like a Rolex Daytona, the Speedmaster is often considered somewhat of a “working man’s” sport chrono. With a nearly unmatched history, it’ll do its job and serve as a cool conversation piece. Also, Omega has produced countless varieties throughout the years, so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. Still, the original Speedmaster design is hard to beat.
After their return to the US market in 2013, Tudor managed to rekindle their spark and gain a dedicated following. The Pelagos, with its newer in-house movement, encompasses the brand’s vision for the future. In a way, it can be seen as the Rolex Submariner of the latest generation of watch lovers. Features like a titanium case and bracelet, spring loaded clasp, 500 meters of water resistance make the Tudor Pelagos a great choice for any occasion – rugged or dressy.
Breitling’s Navitimer line is without a doubt their most popular collection. Like the Datejust, it comes in a range of configurations that are sure to meet the needs of watch nerds and aviation geeks alike. If you want a watch that’ll hold up for years, the Breitling Navitimer might be right for you. There are even variations that feature dual-time functions in addition to the chronograph and slide-rule bezel.