“Retro” is a word that may bring to mind the 80’s and classic cars, but it’s also synonymous with a classic wrist watch. Fashion is in a constant flux, but a great watch is a fail-safe way to anchor any wardrobe. Whether your personal style gravitates towards preppy or streetwear, modern or minimal, these wrist watches will complete your wardrobe.
By Anthony James O'Dell
Edited by Shervin Shirvani
Heritage black bay bronze
Inspired by Tudor’s first diving watches,the Heritage Black Bay is based on the watches originally used by the French National Navy in the 1970s. The bronze case is an aesthetic homage to the use of bronze in historic ships and diving equipment. A 70-hour power reserve ensures this watch will keep you going all weekend.
Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph
Inspired by the Memovos Deep Sea Diving Watch from 1959, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces the Deep Sea Chronograph.The Deep Sea Chronograph shines in its practicality. With a 40.5 mm diameter and water resistance up to 10 bar,Jaeger-LeCoultre brings deep sea diving into 2016.
Paying tribute to the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Cape Horn at the tip of South America, the Hyper-chrome is a modern take on a classic design. Using titanium with a hardness of about five times the Vickers as the original model, this watch is as durable as they come. For a classic de-sign with a modern twist, look no further.
Sea-Master 300 Bond
Worn by the original Renaissance man himself, James Bond, the Omega Sea-Master 300 comes in a smooth stainless steel case powered by the OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400. A lollipop central seconds hand and LiquidMetal 12-hour scale help you keep on track no matter your time zone.
The first independent chronograph push piece from Breitling, this watch is a throwback to the original Breitling Primeris of the early-to-mid-20th century. The mono-pusher design and Breitling B14 manually wound double wheel movement make this watch a great fit if you prefer a chronograph design.
Black tie (Vintage Inspiration)
40 mm x 45 mm
Reappropriating a classic 70s style, the Piaget is the perfect option for the minimalist who is fixated on the past. Maintaining the proportions of the original watch, the new version switches to white gold and slims down due to the automatic Piaget 534P movement. This is a limited edition of only 28, so good luck on getting one of Andy Warhol’s favourite 70s watches.
Taking classic cues from the 70s aesthetic and culture is the Glashütte Panorama Date.The monochromatic blue dial is mixed with prototypical white or rose gold hands for a classic design. Details such as an innovative closing and adjusting mechanism (GlashütteOriginal) separate this watch from the rest. Inspired by Tudor’s first diving watches, the Heritage Black Bay is based on the watches originally used by the French National Navy in the 1970s. The bronze case is an aesthetic homage to the use of bronze in historic ships and diving equipment. A 70-hour power reserve ensures this watch will keep you going all weekend.