7 luxury watches for men that are worth their weight in gold

Rolex daytona

Rolex Daytona has reached the status of an icon watch.

We go back to 1963, where this unique piece was launched.

In 1965, with the 6240 model, they added their first chronographs with guaranteed sealing.

To this day, this model is one of the most coveted in the world, even being worth a whopping hundreds of thousands of euros.

rolex daytona
History of the Rolex Daytona

During the 1960s, the Rolex Daytona was a little-known watch, but thanks to a famous actor, Paul Newman, it experienced rapid growth and soon became a best-seller.

The name Daytona was nicknamed by watch collectors (ref 6239) Paul Newman Daytona, because the actor had made car racing movies, and they associated the watch, which he wore in his private life, to practically a lifestyle of the actor.

It was designed to meet the chronometric requirements of high-competition pilots, since thanks to its chronograph it is possible to measure average speed up to 400 kilometers per hour.

The watch pays tribute to a place – Daytona, Florida – where passion and speed in the automotive world emerged in the early 1900s.

From this moment until today, the Rolex Daytona can be considered a “must” of the Rolex brand, coveted and loved by the world, it has generated waiting lists in infinite jewelry stores to such an extent that today you can find one it is a practically impossible task.

history rolex daytona

Qualities of this collector’s watch

The Rolex Daytona is available in Gold, Steel and Gold and in Steel, and with several different colored dials.

The last launch was in 2019 with the caliber 4130, a power reserve of 72h and a diameter of 40 mm.

Rolex Daydate President

Rolex Daydate President was born in 1956 with the need to display the calendar date and the day of the week.

Equipped with a President bracelet created specifically for this model.

Its founder, Hans Wilsdorf already had things clear when he said that it was not so important to be the first, but the best.

ROLEX DAYDATE PRESIDENT

Learn a little about the history of this watch

Hans began offering the clocks in his house to the most influential figures in the world.

The tradition of giving Rolex watches occurred to celebrate the 50,000th watch in 1946 and gifted it to Swiss General Henri Guisan who fought staunchly against the Nationalists in WWII.

At least three presidents of the White House wore this iconic watch: Eisenhower, JFK, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

A few touches to its characteristics

It is available only in yellow gold and platinum.

Currently the bezel can be grooved, smooth or set, adorned with precious stones.

The Day-Date features a 40 mm diameter case with a caliber 3255, a new generation movement completely developed by Rolex.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

The Patek Philippe Nautilus “jumbo” caused mixed reactions at its launch as it broke a bit with the brand’s line, and the brand’s regular buyers disagreed with the new model on its presentation in 1976 (ref 3700 / 1a) , especially because it was smaller than usual.

In 1981, they released the midsize model (ref, 3800 / 1a).

In 2005, they finally released the first with a larger case and three complications (ref: 3712 / a).

Finally, in 2006 they launched the new Nautilus models in a totally redesigned collection commemorating the 30th anniversary of the watch and all the models described above disappear from the catalog.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

We tell you more about this watch

The brand intended with these models to analyze the market reaction to significant changes with respect to the 1976 model.

Starting from the 3712, the already new models replace the monocoque case with a three-part one that allows its mechanisms to be exhibited from the inside until today, all of which have a transparent background.

The “top” or star watch of the new collection is the 5711 / 1a, which is directly descended from the original 3700.

It incorporates a 324 SC caliber and a 42-43 mm case diameter.

Technical characteristics of the Nautilus models

The steel models are the only ones that have remained intact since their creation in 2006, while they have been adding different models in steel and gold and gold.

The only minor but significant change to the steel model has been the creation of a new model with a 5980 / 1a chronograph and a black dial.

These models are extremely sought after as their production is low.

Approximately each official dealer receives only between two and three pieces of this model per year and the average customer must wait about 3 years to be able to wear the watch on their wrist.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was created in 1997 and caused a lot of sensation with its rounded octagonal case, inspired by the Nautilus case, and its “tropical” strap inspired by its new ultra-tensile and ultraviolet-resistant composite material.

It was born with the idea of ​​offering the brand’s customers a sporty yet elegant watch, with a more dynamic and less serious presence open to the door of younger customers but with a taste for things well done.

The Aquanaut model came to breathe fresh air with its more informal presence, with a 35.6 mm case and a year later with 38.8 mm.

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Do you want to know its history?

In 2018, the Aquanaut Chronograph 5968a was the great star of the novelties presented at Baselworld 2018 and therefore deserves a detailed analysis.

With this watch, if there were any doubts, the Aquanauts are no longer perceived as the younger siblings of the Nautilus, a feeling that many of us who are passionate about Patek have had since its launch.

The geometry of the case retains all the typical features of this collection since it was launched in 1997. The size is significantly increased compared to the other Aquanauts.

Its diameter is 42.3 mm and its steel case guarantees a water resistance of 12 bars.

Without a doubt, a sports watch not suitable for all pockets, with a price of around € 42,300 and very difficult to find, since its production is scarce.

Richard Mile RM 001 Tourbillon

Technical qualities, strength and performance has been the top priority for the brand’s founder, Richard Mile.

As an anecdote, at Baseworld 2001 he smashed the watch hard against the ground so that people could see its harshness with their own eyes.

The RM 001 is the prelude to what would be the RM 002, 003 etc. watches.

It served as a “Laboratory” to choose technical solutions for their future watches.

It was the “pioneer” and brand identity mark.

The architecture of the tourbillon movement was rethought so that the design was easy to maintain and was highly shock resistant.

A revolutionary design

Its design, very revolutionary for its time in which the tourbillon regulator was considered a very fragile organ that should only be worn on very special occasions.

His movement, a unique prototype, was initially mounted on an alcapa plate for cost development reasons.

A black PVD treatment was applied, very unusual at that time, and this what it did was reduce the need for lubrication and offer greater protection.

Audemars Piguet Jumbo

For many, the Audemars Piguet Jumbo is the best sports watch in the world.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “jumbo” extra fine Ref 15202ST.

Inside it beat an ultra-thin automatic caliber developed in conjunction with Jaeger-LeCoultre. JLC called it 920. AP called it 2121. This same movement was later used by Patek Philippe in his own Gerald Genta-designed steel sports watch, the Nautilus.

Qualities of pure elegance

The Royal Oak Jumbo was also one of the first watches to feature an integrated bracelet. This means it sticks directly to the case, something we take for granted today. It was made by a Geneva manufacturer called Gay Frères. Sporty and comfortable, the bracelets were known for their thinness and their ability to stretch.

It has a 39mm case and a 40 hour reserve.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton

Audemars Piguet (AP) is known within the watchmaking community for his famous masterpiece, the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak has become a cultural icon thanks to Mr. Gerald Genta, a pioneering and unique designer of high-end luxury sports watches. At nearly 50 years old, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a classic piece and is even more popular now than when it was released in 1972.

Openwork pieces such as the double flywheel (ref. 15407) and the recently released all-ceramic Royal Perpetual Calendar (ref. 26585CE) are especially sought after among watch collectors. But there is another openwork AP that didn’t get as much attention when it was released. There were no hype, no Instagram, no long waiting lists.

Luxury sports features

I am referring to reference 25829 of the discontinued Royal Oak openwork perpetual calendar. The watch was introduced in the late 1990s and was sold in steel, platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold. This masterpiece is a self-winding perpetual calendar watch that indicates the day, date, moon phases, month, and leap years.

What is special about openwork watches (most brands call them “Skeleton” watches but not AP) is that they have a transparent sapphire dial, so you can see the movement working.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Skeleton

Audemars Piguet (AP) is known within the watchmaking community for his famous masterpiece, the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak has become a cultural icon thanks to Mr. Gerald Genta, a pioneering and unique designer of high-end luxury sports watches. At nearly 50 years old, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is a classic piece and is even more popular now than when it was released in 1972.

Openwork pieces such as the double flywheel (ref. 15407) and the recently released all-ceramic Royal Perpetual Calendar (ref. 26585CE) are especially sought after among watch collectors. But there is another openwork AP that didn’t get as much attention when it was released. There were no hype, no Instagram, no long waiting lists.

Luxury sports features

I am referring to reference 25829 of the discontinued Royal Oak openwork perpetual calendar. The watch was introduced in the late 1990s and was sold in steel, platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold. This masterpiece is a self-winding perpetual calendar watch that indicates the day, date, moon phases, month, and leap years.

What is special about openwork watches (most brands call them “Skeleton” watches but not AP) is that they have a transparent sapphire dial, so you can see the movement working.

New generation of calendars in watches

Measuring 39mm in diameter and just 9.3mm thick; This perpetual calendar from Royal Oak is slightly smaller than the new generation of perpetual calendars that come with a diameter of 41mm and a thickness of 9.5 to 9.9mm (depending on the model). The case back is also made of sapphire crystal. Both the back of the sapphire display and the skeletonized dial allow the viewer to see what haute horlogerie is all about and clearly define the word “microengineering”.

This openwork perpetual calendar is powered by the caliber AP 2120/2802, which consists of 343 pieces and has a 40-hour power reserve. The caliber was originally derived from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s JLC 920 caliber movement and was the thinnest automatic perpetual calendar movement available on the market at the time.

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