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8 Fabulous Watches With Tales of Old and Time

These iconic timepieces have played significant roles in the history of watches.
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Cartier Tank


A legend was born in 1917 when Louis Cartier introduced the Cartier Tank to the world. The now-iconic style has inspired many variations to follow it, but the original prototype’s bare edges and flat brancards stay on in today’s designs. Its square face framing 12 roman numerals gives it a retro, yet timeless element.

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Rolex Submariner

The Submariner, cloistered in a redesigned oyster case, is form and function reimagined. This legendary diver’s watch features a rotatable bezel and luminescent hour markers. Its first generation dates back to 1953.

 

TAG Heuer Monaco

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The classic, popularly worn by racer Steve McQueen, was both the first automatic chronograph and first square-cased water-resistant timepiece. The icon is best known for its bold blue dial.

 

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe charmed foreigners when the Swiss brand introduced its patented perpetual calendar mechanism, which began in pocket watches, into wristwatches. It was magic, at that time, for this small device to be able to “predict the future” by informing its wearer of the date and state of the moon. It’s survived to become a historical contraception in time telling. The Nautilus is unlike any other on this list. Its unique bezel shape was inspired by the porthole on maritime vessels. Through its subtlety and casual elegance, it's become a classic that's withstood the test of time.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Designed exclusively to withstand the rigors of a polo match, this watch, originally designed by Jacques-David LeCoultre himself, established the brand’s affinity with polo. Inspired by Art Deco, the Reverso showcases sleek rectangular edges and clear-cut gadroons. The Reverso Lady collection offers a mix and match selection for an endless combination of possibilities.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional

The Speedmaster embodies the spirit of adventure, as it already played a role in all six lunar missions. Inside, a mechanical calibre with a manually winding movement is the same one worn on the moon. It comes with a black dial and bezel and three subdials for small seconds, a 30-minute recorder, and 12-hour recorder.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Many watch collectors would recognize the octagonal bezel adorned with eight tiny octagonal screws as synonymous to the Royal Oak. Beyond that, the dial features a “tapisserie” pattern unique to the design. Made with steel and installed with various materials in its contemporary counterparts like frosted gold, there’s no denying that this wristwatch is a stunner.

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IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser

With so many icons produced by IWC, it’s difficult to choose just one. The Portugieser stands out because of its colorful 75-year history, which reflects the journey of the International Watch Co. in becoming a luxury watch brand. Ahead of its time, the Portugieser was the first wristwatch of its size, being exceptionally large.

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