“Perfect” may be a stretch, but the IWC Portuguese Chronograph is one of the best dress watches out there. It’s dressy, but also looks a bit sporty. At 40.9mm, it’s big, but not overpowering. And it’s an IWC – one of the best brands around.
IWC knows that it has a hit on its hands. The aggressive price increases are proof of that. The watch now retails for $8,600!! I don’t remember the historical retail prices, but I seem to remember the watch being priced in the 6s not too long ago.
Never fear – you can still snag the watch for a reasonable price on the second hand market. The pre-owned models sell for $5,000-$6,000 depending on a number of factors – condition, box/papers, buckle, etc.
If you find one, don’t be afraid to move quickly. These watches sell fast. And after the initial depreciation hit, they hold their value.
Fun. Sporty. And a little flashy. This Tag Heuer Formula 1 is a great woman’s watch for the summer. The best part about this watch is that it transitions from day to night very well. It works well for the beach or the sports fields and for a dinner out on the town.
Retail price is $3,000, but we’re only asking $1,899 for this unworn model. Check it out here.
If you’re looking to buy that someone special a luxury watch, I don’t think it gets much better than this!! A Rolex Submariner Date. Classic. Good investment. Extremely versatile. It’s a no-brainer! Check out the Rolex Submariner Date on eRelyx.
Want to buy a watch and get paid to wear it? Then the Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi is your watch.
Let’s look at the facts. Rolex is the most well-recognized watch brand in the world. The sport models are Rolex’s most popular models. Rolex stopped making the “Pepsi” models several years ago. Rolex raises their prices every year.
We’re not betting folks, but it would be hard to imagine this watch being worth less than $7,000 in 5 years. So, you’ll essentially get paid to wear it!!
We’ve been lusting after a genuine vintage Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph (or Heuer Monaco, if we’re being accurate) watch for many moons now. Not only is it an awesome-looking watch, the Heuer Monaco is also a hot collector’s item, and makes for a real conversational piece.
So this got us to thinking- what’s the story with this watch that makes it so desirable (and so darn hard to find)?!?
Back in 1969, the Heuer Monaco debuted as the first chronograph watch to feature an automatic movement. Additionally the Monaco was the first SQUARE chronograph watch available on the market.
Beyond its technical innovations, the Heuer Monaco (another fun fact- the TAG Heuer brand we know today did not exist prior to the 1985 TAG Group’s acquisition of the Heuer brand), has a culturally rich past. It was originally conceived in honor of the 1969 Monaco Grand Prix (hence the name), and came to notable fame when actor Steve McQueen wore the watch in the 1971 film Le Mans (a cult favorite among racing fans). The watch has since become synonymous with McQueen and in 2003 Tag Heuer reintroduced the watch in response to McQueen’s popularity.
If you are looking to purchase one of the original Heuer Monaco Chronographs, it is important to keep in mind that the original Monaco was discontinued in the mid-70s. Tag reissued the watch with a new design in 1998, and many of the “Steve McQueen” models you see out there are the reissued, modern version of the original Monaco.
With such a (comparatively) small window of production with the original Monaco watches, there is certainly a very limited pool of original vintage models out on the market today. So if you find one, or have one to sell, let us know! After writing this article, we’re itching for one of these legendary watches even more.
(photos c/o google image search: calibre11.com & watchanish)
As a child of the 90s, spent idolizing boy-bands like *NSYNC, you can imagine my enthusiasm over hearing JT would be coming to Fenway. Then you factor Jay-Z into the equation? Well, that’s a whole different ballgame entirely.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love Jay-Z an unnatural amount… like, a “recite-the-lyrics-to-the-entire-Blueprint-3-album-in-my-sleep” amount. (Seriously. Ask the bartender at the karaoke place down the street. Actually, on second thought- don’t do that. But do take my word for it).
The brands on the list include:
Carl F Bucherer
What do you think about the list? I noticed two things as I scrolled through the list. First, no Omega, Breguet, Panerai, IWC? Wow. That surprised me a bit – and yes, I understand that there can only be 12. Second, I didn’t like many of the watches. Sure, I’d wear an $800K FP Journe because it’s a work of art, but it isn’t exactly gorgeous.
Have you ever visited a watch forum? If you have, you probably noticed that there’s a daily thread devoted to wrist shots. The old, “What are you wearing?” thread.
Every day there’s a new thread. The old threads just get lost in cyberspace.
So, we decided to create a website dedicated to sharing pictures of your watch(es). It’s called Rate My Timepiece. The idea is simple – upload your watch photos for others to enjoy and rate. Don’t want to upload your photos? Just get on there and check out what others have uploaded – and feel free to share your opinion.
It’s a great way to browse watches to discover what you (and others) love!