Wristwatches are one of the few things left in the world that have the longevity and durability to be passed down generations. A suit, no matter how expensive, will one day wear thin, a smartphone will become outdated and a car is too costly to maintain for long.
Below is a list of 10 wrist watches that are meant to be bought today and then passed on after a couple of decades.
10. The Tag Heuer Monaco
You can almost see the masculinity and the creativity seeping through the seams of this masterpiece. This particular model was made famous initially by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans.
9. The Hamilton Ventura
The only American watch company to make this list, Hamilton did quite a fine job in coming up with the design and innovation of the Ventura. The original was one of the world’s first watches that required electric power to work and even to this day, it remains one of the classic watches.
8. The IWC Portuguese
The IWC is one of the most respected watch companies of the world. The slim design of the IWC Portuguese makes it quite a versatile chronograph. There are few watch designs that are able to match the Portuguese.
7. The Omega Speedmaster
The Speedmaster left behind five other watches in the 1960s, including one made by Rolex, to become the standard issue by NASA. To this day it is the official choice of NASA and is the only watch to have been worn to the moon.
6. The Rolex Submariner
It is considered by many to be the ultimate wrist watch. The collectors value of the Rolex Submariner is very high and you can expect it to retain its value even after 50 years.
5. The AudemarsPiguet Royal Oak
The entire line of luxury sports wrist watches was initiated by the AudemarsPiguet Royal Oak. This watch has a great classic design and is a collector’s item that will keep ticking for generations to come.
4. The Jaeger-LeCoultreMemovox
Originally designed in the 1950s, the Memovox by Jaeger-LeCoultre has the added functionality of a mechanical alarm, apart from the sleek and slim design that makes this watch a classic.
3. The Cartier tank
One of the first wrist watches ever made, the Cartier Tank has been worn by some all-time greats like Harry Truman and Cary Grant. It is a symbol of timelessness and an icon of classic luxury.
2. The Patek Philippe Calatrava
Thought of by many as one of the most handsome watches ever made, this design has been replicated over and over by some of the top watch making companies. This watch is the definition of a dress watch and perfect to wear to weddings.
1. The Rolex Day-Date President
Named not only after its immaculate design and craft, but also after the type of man who wears this bracelet to important life events. Also one of the most recognizable watches in the world the Day-Date makes the original even more timeless than it already was.