Throughout centuries of watchmaking there have been many iconic watches characterized by rich history, strong brand legacy, and advanced technical features. Here are only a few icons of the watchmaking industry that receive admiration to present day.
1. Omega Speedmaster Professional
The Omega Speedmaster Professional is undoubtedly one of the most iconic watches ever created. Nicknamed the Moonwatch, it took part in several moon landings and a rescue mission in space. It has been an irreplaceable element in NASA's official kit for decades. Its timeless design is yet another factor that makes it so recognizable and loved by watch wearers.
2. Rolex Daytona
The Rolex Daytona is one of the legendary watches of the popular Swiss brand. Surprisingly, when it was launched in 1963, it didn't receive much appreciation. As time passed, it gained popularity as an accurate, practical, and aesthetically pleasing sports watch that could be worn in both formal and casual situations. This led to the market prices exploding. Today, Daytona is one of the most desirable Rolex models.
3. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
At one point, the Patek Philippe Calendar Chronograph held the record for the most expensive watch to be sold at an auction ($7.38 million). What makes this timepiece so pricey is the fact that it is the first wristwatch to have both a perpetual calendar and a chronograph function integrated in it. Also, it is the very first watch to be equipped with such complications. Patek Phillipe produced a limited number of this model.
4. Seiko Astron
When it comes to innovation, the Japanese brand Seiko is hard to beat. In 1969, they created the first quartz watch, the Seiko Astron, that caused the popularity of mechanical watches to drop dramatically.
Aside from introducing a new concept in the watchmaking lexicon, Seiko’s innovative engineers equipped the timepiece with a GPS mechanism, making it the first-ever GPS solar watch. The new technology allowed the wearer to adjust the time to a specific location with one push of a button. Moreover, being powered by the sun, the watch didn't require charging and winding.
Also called the watch that won the war, the A-11 is an icon of American watchmaking. It was specially created for the Allied soldiers in World War Two. As the environment required, it had to be shock-resistant, legible, and accurate. Aside from its utilitarian purpose, its robust design and vintage classic style makes it a coveted accessory for many watch enthusiasts today.
6. Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle
The Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle marked a revolution in the segment of navigation and pilot watches. The timepiece had a rotating disc that allows for the synchronization of the second-showing hand with a radio GMT signal.
This helps to calculate the longitude and latitude and determine the geographical position. Thanks to this feature, the Longines Longbergh Hour Angle is one of the most popular navigation watches to this day.