Nostalgic hues of brown and gold are favourites in crafting the classic look, as are distressed leather straps and domed crystals.
Brands we know and love have released updated versions of their classic pieces as heritage watches, paying homage to their rich history as some of the world’s finest watchmakers. After all, gentlemen with refined taste do tend to have a nostalgic preference for antiques.
Vintage watches are the best bet for classic modern men that appreciate the aesthetic of yesteryear but do not wish to deal with the high maintenance of an older watch.
Whether you are looking to add to your collection or surprise a special man in your life (Reminder: Father’s Day is coming up!), here are our favourite picks among vintage-looking pieces that have debuted in the past few years.
Patek Philippe Grand Complications 5372P-010
This fresh classic debuted at Baselworld 2017, with a complex dial indicating day, month, leap year and day or night, as well as moon phases. The satin-finished rose gold dial with blackened gold applied numerals gorgeously compliments the shiny, hand-stitched chocolate brown alligator strap, making it an instant timekeeping masterpiece. W patek.com
Glashütte Original Sixties Panorama Date
This blue strap and dial combo is a refreshingly simple yet bold choice, an interpretation of the legendary Spezimatic watches. Vintage influence is seen in Arabic numerals in a font reminiscent of the 60s, and the signature panaroma date with consistent blue-and-white colour scheme. White-gold dials and details complete the piece. W glashuette.com
Hublot Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto Platinum
Handcrafted to its own class of perfection, this piece comes in a polished platinum case that makes for an inspired match with its genuine Venezia leather strap. Luxury is found in every detail, down to the platinum bezel with 6 H-shaped 18K white gold screws. W hublot.com
Panerai Radiomir Composite Black Seal 3 Days
This one stands out as the 'youngest looking' of the lot, in shades of brown down to the dial, and sparse cream-coloured details that work in a warm, neutral manner. Light and resistant, the material used combines technical characteristics with the sporty elegance Panerai is known for. Perfect for everyday, on-the-go use. W panerai.com
IWC Portugieser Chronograph
A throwback to the Portuguese watches of 1939, this is the most formal and elegant of our picks. Vertical sub dials, convex sapphire glass case and sleek gold details come together in a stunning, polished package. Definitely one for the classic man. W iwc.com
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